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Delivering an Australian aid program: How DFAT taps the private sector for public good

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By Lisa Cornish

How are large-scale Australian aid programs managed and delivered? We speak with key members of the Palladium team delivering an innovative infrastructure program in Cambodia for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Digging deep: How Trump's budget affects everything from local jobs to foreign stability

Senators, development experts, lobbyists and advocates are working overtime to figure out how best to tackle unprecedented cuts.


Power with Purpose: How to foster female leadership in the development sector

Devex President Raj Kumar and McKinsey associate partner Tracy Nowski discuss how to foster female leadership in the nonprofit sector.


How CEO Sean Callahan plans to shake up CRS culture

Sean Callahan recently moved his desk into a smaller office, converting the larger space into a conference room for staff. It's the first of many changes in an organizational culture he plans to lead by example. Devex caught up with the Catholic Relief Services CEO about what else we can expect from the nonprofit under his stewardship.


Understanding USAID's Business Forecast data

The U.S. Agency for International Development's Business Forecast Conference Call last week was the first since USAID released their new web-based portal with access to Business Forecast data. Devex breaks down what you need to know about the portal and analyzes the details of the BF data to see what we can learn about USAID's planned opportunities for partners in the coming 12 months.


Webinar: The Future of DfID

In this webinar, Devex's London correspondent Molly Anders digs into key questions around the future of the U.K. Department for International Development.


Philanthropists have a new way to partner on the SDGs

The SDG Philanthropy Platform aims to coordinate foundations and draw them into national conversations to advance progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.


Q&A: Why the Gates Foundation is working with governments to digitize payments

Daniel Radcliffe, of the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tells Devex that the global development community needs to build infrastructure at the center to unlock innovation at the edges — and advocacy is key to this.


A lesson in likeability with CRS CEO Sean Callahan

It's an approachable matter-of-factness that accompanies Sean Callahan into a room — an attribute that has served him from conflict zones to boardrooms and has now launched him to CRS' top spot. Devex accompanied the Catholic Relief Services CEO to Niger to learn more about what motivates him.


Q&A: Brad Perkins on leapfrogging to personalized medicine

Genomics sounds out of reach for even the richest of the rich. But one pioneering scientist thinks developing countries could be among the best placed to take advantage of the coming revolution in personalized medicine. He spoke to Devex about what public health actors, including NGOs, international organizations and governments, need to know.


Are bonuses ever ok in global development work?

Some organizations are considering adopting bonus incentives, commonly used in the private sector, to motivate staff and increase performance. But will it work in global development? Human resource experts weigh in.


The CGI annual meeting is no more. Can anyone fill the gap?

Once considered a seminal forum for thought-leadership and fundraising, the CGI annual meeting is no more. Where can development experts turn instead?


How communities can be involved in monitoring and evaluating development projects

Monitoring and evaluation is an important aspect of project implementation. How can organizations improve the way they engage communities in their M&E? Devex talked with project managers and experts to find out.


Collaboration, competition, connectivity: Q&A with Paul Garnett of Microsoft's Affordable Access Initiative

Microsoft's director of Affordable Access Initiative talks to Devex about the role of universal internet access in development and efforts to achieve it.


Why invest in health evidence? Q&A with Chris Murray of IHME

Devex interviews Chris Murray, founder of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which just received a $279 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue and expand its work.


In an era of declining trust, how can NGOs buck the trend?

Trust in global institutions is at an all-time low. The results of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer paint a bleak picture of a broken global system and a population with little hope for things to improve. NGOs are caught in the negativity. Devex investigates what's behind the trends and how NGOs can win back trust.


How development organizations can save money in a world of fluctuating currencies

Smarter foreign exchange strategies helped the Global Fund save $55 million in 2015. In times of volatile exchange rates, how can development organizations save money and insulate themselves against currency risks? Devex spoke to the Global Fund about its FX hedging strategies and to Cambridge Global Payments about shopping around for better FX deals.


Writing a proposal? Here's a checklist to guide you

Small errors can derail even the most convincing project proposals. Two business development managers spoke to Devex about the due diligence that can help transform a submission into a winning bid.


4 lessons for a better extreme weather response

Governments rich and poor are struggling to respond to more frequent and stronger extreme weather events. What can their experiences teach one another about where to invest?


African cities will remain 'closed to the world' without reform and investment, World Bank says

Rapidly growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa are crowded, fragmented and expensive, says a report published today. Reforms to land markets, property rights and infrastructure are needed if they are to reach their economic potential.


Leocadia Zak on how USTDA has the impact, but needs to get better at the messaging

Leocadia Zak, the most recent director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, is the agency’s biggest cheerleader. In an exit interview with Devex just before she stepped down from her post at the end of the Obama administration, she praised the agency’s staff, held up its model as an example, and advocated that it could do more if it only had the resources.


6 organizations to watch among NGO Advisor's top-ranked 500

NGO Advisor's annual list of the most impactful NGOs highlights best practices across a range of sectors. Devex delves into the list to offer insight into what makes an organization stand out.


What is at stake for the three main channels for US climate finance?

There is a lot of speculation over how a Trump administration will deal with climate change. Here are the three main funding channels for U.S. international climate finance flows and how each might be affected by the new government.


Lessons for aid in the Trump era, from Australia

Australia's aid program was targeted for heavy budget cuts several years ago under the Tony Abbott government. Here are some lessons that international NGOs learned during the process — and how partners of the U.S. Agency for International Development can start to prepare now.


Foundations rally behind an industry in turmoil

Those who made their fortunes in tech are now considering how civic media fits into the landscape of issues they want to support. Here are highlights from a Silicon Valley event last week — part of a strategic rethinking by philanthropists and foundations on their role in supporting media innovation.


Connectivity, currency fluctuation, M&E, tips for proposal writing: For development executives

Devex's Executive Membership content this month explored why good data on public health is vital for good policy and why internet connectivity is an essential component of economic development. We also detailed how development organizations can save money in a world of fluctuating currencies, tips for proposal writing, and how organizations can engage communities in their monitoring and evaluation.


The key elements of an exit strategy, according to one small project in Cambodia

Weh Yeoh has spent the last three and half years working to introduce a new profession — speech therapy — to Cambodia. As the OIC founder prepares to step away from the day-to-day operations this year, Devex caught up with him at the project's offices in Phnom Penh to chat about avoiding founder's syndrome and his thoughts on what makes a solid exit strategy.


Election sees WHO's future role in question

Whoever wins among six candidates for the director-generalship of the World Health Organization will have a consequential impact on the future of agency and of global public health itself. Candidates are promising leadership and bold change. But any reform will have to contest with a WHO's fraught budget, demanding member states and a stultifying bureaucracy. Devex takes an exclusive look at the stakes behind the vote.


CNFA's model of supporting agribusinesses gains government attention

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, CNFA, recently marked a decade of working on agricultural development in Georgia, largely through supporting agribusinesses as a vehicle for improved rural employment and income generation. Devex spoke with Bauka Namicheishvili, chief of party of the REAP program, to learn more about the model.


What donors, recipients and businesses want from aid for trade

Aid for trade programs account for a rising share of development budgets. Devex takes a behind-the-scenes look at what donors, the private sector, and developing countries want to get out of these programs — and where better coordination is needed.


German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works.

Germany has a growing budget for development cooperation and increasing pressure to take a leading role on the world stage. Here's how it approaches its work in development cooperation.


New funding aims to catalyze innovative climate finance tools

Climate finance needs to attract more private capital in more ways in order to meet global goals. Convergence, a platform that works to help catalyze blended capital deals, issued two grants last week to organizations working to design new products.


Opinion: Wanted — a new mindset for CEOs

With the release this week of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission report, Fred Sicre, a managing director at The Abraaj Group, offers recommendations on three key areas that private sector engagement is required in order to push the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Pharmaceutical companies launch new initiative to tackle NCDs

On Wednesday, a group of 22 pharmaceutical companies announced a new initiative aimed at tackling noncommunicable diseases and better assessing their individual, and collective, work to enable access to care in developing countries.


Gates doubles down on malaria eradication with influential new group

Bill Gates and Ray Chambers plan to mobilize the voices and networks of influential End Malaria Council members to help ensure the world has the political commitment, resources, and tools it needs to end the disease.


In historic move, UN grants International Chamber of Commerce observer status

In late December, after years of trying, the International Chamber of Commerce was granted observer status at the United Nations. Here's a look at the process that signals the growing acknowledgment of the need for private sector engagement to tackle the world's greatest challenges.


The biggest funding trends from latest donor data

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's latest statistics show an overall decline in donor funding in 2015. Devex delves into the data with an interactive analysis tool.


DfID's top private sector partners for 2015

As the Department for International Development gears up for the next chapter in providing development assistance, Devex ranks the 15 private sector organizations which received the most funding in 2015.


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Top development groups in the Niger Delta: A primer

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The Niger Delta is often in the news for the unrest in the region, which has attracted the attention of many in the development community. Here's a list of development organizations working in the Niger Delta region.

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Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala talks finances, focus and the future

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In an interview with Devex and a few other reporters on Friday, Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala offered more details on what the past year has been like at the foundation, how fundraising efforts will move forward and how newly announced changes will allow the foundation to be nimble and explore new investments.