Oxfam grapples with taking blockchain beyond pilots

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Oxfam Australia has completed testing money transfers from Australia to Vanuatu with blockchain. As the organization looks toward wider applications, its leaders speak with Devex about challenges and opportunities.


New USAID procurement strategy targets increased work with religious groups

USAID's New Partnership Initiative will make it easier for the agency to expand its work with local, national, and international faith-based organizations.


Red Cross takes on low levels of women in leadership

A report released Thursday found that only 5.9% of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies have women as both president and secretary-general. Almost 10 times as many have men in both positions. Now IFRC has a plan of action.


Q&A: How the Ebola declaration could threaten food security in DRC

WHO's decision to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a public health emergency could help raise extra funds for the crisis — but it also comes with risks.


How health care workers can protect themselves from occupational illness

In low- and middle-income countries where health care resources are sparse and staff are stretched, how can health care workers adequately protect themselves from occupational illness, infection, or disease in a bid to further safeguard the health of the wider community?


Breaking: WHO declares global public health emergency in DRC Ebola outbreak

Recent events, from the spread of the disease in Goma to the murder of two Ebola health workers, led experts to recommend WHO declare the outbreak a global health emergency, one year into the DRC Ebola outbreak.


DFID headed toward centralization despite its leader's concerns

DFID's latest annual report shows more money is being managed by Whitehall and less by in-country offices, even as its new secretary of state Rory Stewart advocates for the opposite.


IFRC issues new guidelines to help cities combat deadly heat waves

Cities worldwide could take on the guidelines with minimal cost, according to IFRC, to better prepare for the increasing likelihood of deadly heat waves.


Events preview: This week in development cooperation

This week, Devex is hosting a webinar to provide insight into the evolution of DFID's programs and focus areas, and to explore the implications of the leadership shake-up on the future of the agency. Check out our preview for more noteworthy events.


UK steps up funding for Ebola response, tells other donors situation is 'on a knife-edge'

It was not designed as a pledging event, but response actors were hoping the high-level meeting would lead donors to step up their financial support for the Ebola fight in DRC.