Inclusive planning for sustainable infrastructure

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By Naki B. Mendoza

Devex spoke with Andrew Patterson, regional president for Africa for international engineering firm Bechtel, about new models for resilient infrastructure planning on the continent.


Investing in fragile states: What makes a great frontier market fund manager?

Investing in fragile states requires a unique investment approach and poses challenges even for financial institutions with a mandate for development. Devex caught up with several experts at the International Finance Corp. to find out why — and how — it is continuing to take the risks.


Highlights of the 2016 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

This week entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and corporate leaders have gathered in Oxford, U.K., at the Skoll World Forum. Check out this video recap of the event and our coverage.


A new jolt for South Sudanese coffee

A new partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development and Nespresso aims to build on the progress of revitalizing South Sudan's fledgeling coffee industry.


Setting the standard: Leading through philanthropy

CSR has become a major focus in Myanmar, particularly as civil society, human rights organizations, and foreign governments have called for a new and transparent way of doing business in a country, writes Erin Murphy, founder of Inle Advisory Group.


Climate change and SME finance headline IDB meeting agenda

At their annual meetings in the Bahamas this weekend, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Investment Corp. laid out commitments that prioritize climate change and private sector financial services as central to the region's development agenda.


Whose company is it anyway?

The "Panama Papers" leak has given new momentum to financial transparency initiatives promoting development. Here's a look at what's happening.


A new look for big pharma business in the developing world

The success of public health initiatives in developing countries often hinges on the same two pressure points: market access and product affordability. Find out how two pharmaceutical giants are revamping their strategies to address them.


Selling entrepreneurship to a million students

With more and more schools adopting their entrepreneurship program, Ugandan organization Educate! is attracting international attention — and funding. What have they learned about scaling up, and how do they plan to reach 1 million students per year?


Harnessing the power of the private sector to fight a growing 'double burden'

What role can the private sector play in finding a sustainable, widespread and lasting solution to the growing "double burden" of stunting and undernourishment, and obesity and diabetes? Devex spoke to organizations fighting global malnutrition to see best practices for the private sector, possible pitfalls and opportunities.


Why haven't more Latin American countries joined EITI?

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is the premier global standard for accountability in natural resource governance. But surprisingly few Latin American countries have come on board.


LinkedIn on workforce development

LinkedIn, one of the world's largest social networks, has been partnering with governments on various workforce engagement initiatives. Watch this video with Nicole Isaac, the company's head of public policy, to learn more about how LinkedIn is using its resources and reach to partner.


5 must-reads on women's entrepreneurship

Want to know what the latest research says about trends in women's entrepreneurship and what data shows what is working to support those women-led businesses? Check out these must-read articles and reports on women's entrepreneurship.


PayPal on financial inclusion

Curious how online payment platform PayPal is working on global development challenges? Watch this video with Sean Milliken, PayPal's head of global social innovation.


Meet the Airbnb disaster chief matching relief workers with empty beds

Airbnb's first head of global disaster relief is helping to organize a group of tech companies to better coordinate response efforts. Devex caught up with Kellie Bentz to learn more about where she got her start and what's next for Airbnb's disaster response plans.


New insights on what makes emerging market entrepreneurship accelerators work

Think that accelerators should focus on business plans and financials? Think again. Looking to pick only businesses that can already prove financial success? Might want to reconsider. Trying to fill every minute with programming? Maybe not. A new report out Monday sheds some light and shakes up some of the common assumptions about entrepreneurship accelerators.


How to pitch a partnership to a tech giant

Presenting a partnership opportunity to a technology company can feel like a daunting and difficult task. Here's a look at what executives from Google, PayPal, LinkedIn and Amazon Web Services are looking for when they choose partners.


The role of the private sector in alleviating the refugee crisis

How could a coordinated response to the refugee "crisis" benefit businesses, refugees and host societies alike? Private sector involvement would enhance the efficiency of projects, and improve prospects for success, write Open Society Foundation's Maria Teresa Rojas and Alyssa Ross, in this guest column.


9 things to know from a new report on USAID PPPs

This week the Brookings Institution, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., released a report that analyzes USAID's public-private partnerships from 2001 to 2014. Devex sifted through the 90-page report to pull out the key takeaways. Here's what you should know.