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Follow our coverage of the World Economic Forum summits for everything you need to know as political, business, and society leaders meet around the world to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

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As Davos gathers, the development community struggles for attention

Taking stock of global development: What's working and what's stuck

After a week of conversations and events at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Devex's President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar takes stock of the key issues in global development.

For global development leaders, Davos is about making deals

Here is an inside look at the major deals likely to emerge from this year's forum. Most of the value comes from bilateral meetings and roundtable conversations, not always making it to the public stage or the press conference room.

Humanitarian investing gathers speed at Davos

Private investment for humanitarian issues was a hot topic at this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting — but some cautioned of its limits.

EU aid boss points to options for UK NGOs after Brexit

The head of the EU's humanitarian arm, Monique Pariat, has confirmed U.K. NGOs will use ECHO funding if no Brexit deal is agreed but says there are other options, including moving to the continent.

Opinion: We rely on water for everything we need. Why don't we manage it that way?

Betsy Otto, director of the World Resources Institute's Global Water Program, outlines the path forward for countries working toward water security.

How collaborative philanthropy efforts are starting to learn from one another

In Davos, donors are coming together to discuss both how they can combine their resources and ways philanthropic collaboratives can build on what is working and avoid what is not.

Y Analytics aims to bridge gap between research and impact measurement

Y Analytics announced its launch Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland. Here's what you need to know about the new impact measurement framework it aims to advance.

Mental health in the spotlight at Davos

Efforts to improve mental health in lower-income countries received a boost at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, in what campaigners hope will be a pivotal year for attention to the issue.

Taking the conversation on ethics and technology beyond Silicon Valley

Discussions on privacy, bias, and security need to happen more globally, and at the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos, leaders across sectors can build partnerships to mitigate these risks.

Events preview: 2019 in development cooperation

We've rounded up several of the major gatherings in global development taking place in early 2019. Check out our preview for more.

WEF summit highlights 3 ways to accelerate SDG progress

The World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit focused on accelerating progress on the SDGs. Here's what leaders who gathered think is needed.

6 conversations you missed at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN

More than 1,000 participants from 43 countries gathered for the event in Hanoi, Vietnam, this week. From innovative financing for malaria to a first-time focus on sexual harassment in the workplace, here are a few things you might have missed from the three-day summit.

At WEF in Vietnam, Plan International CEO puts sexual harassment on the agenda

There are three main thoughts any private sector or development leader will have when confronted with a case of sexual abuse. But there is always only one way to respond, according to Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Asia-Pacific turns to innovative finance to stamp out malaria

Sustaining interest to reach malaria elimination is an increasing challenge within countries and from external donors in Asia-Pacific. Stakeholders are turning to different approaches to fill the gap.

Are ASEAN youth interested in working in the social sectors?

Yes, but a new WEF survey reveals disparities between countries.

5 takeaways from the 2018 World Economic Forum on Latin America

Discussions at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Brazil last week ranged from the region’s corruption problems, to financing and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, and the growing crisis in Venezuela. Here are some of the key takeaways.

Dear development leaders in Davos: Learn to be plumbers

With a dozen years to go before the finish line of the Sustainable Development Goals, development leaders need to get the underlying plumbing of the sector right in order to have a chance to reach those goals. From managing data and raising money to striking the right deals, they need to roll up their sleeves and build out the best system for their industry, writes Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar from Davos.

More than infrastructure: WEF's Eric White talks internet for all

Devex speaks to the head of the World Economic Forum's Internet For All initiative about why the group fills a gap in internet access efforts and where it will be focusing its attention in the year ahead.

Follow our coverage of the World Economic Forum summits and everything you need to know as political, business and society leaders meet around the world to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

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