How NGOs can save money on FX

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By Helen Castell

Foreign exchange can represent a huge part of an NGO's financing or banking costs. There are numerous ways to make savings here, but many smaller and midsize organizations are not getting the best deal. Here are 10 questions NGOs should ask to get the best deal from their banks or brokers.


Building the business case for health sector strengthening

London-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC announced a commitment Friday to train more than 9,000 health workers in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria in partnership with NGOs and in-country governments. What does it take to build the case for private sector investment in health systems?


Maternal mortality: Not just a human rights issue

Maternal mortality is not just a human rights issue; it's an economic and social issue with consequences that cannot be ignored, writes Aslihan Kes, economic and gender specialist at the International Center for Research on Women.


Rethinking partnerships for greater shared value

The Levi Strauss Foundation had to form partnerships with NGOs to ensure the sustainability of its programs. It's been quite a process, one in which the actors have had to learn and grow, Executive Director Daniel Lee shares in this video interview for the Future of INGO series.


Success in Nepal relief won't come cheap

It will be hard to put a price on success in the Nepal relief operation. A Devex video interview with Mark Smith, World Vision's senior director for humanitarian emergencies.


Can you hear me now? How the world's governments are children playing Minecraft

Like children who inadvertently ignore their parents because they are focused on the games they're playing, governments seem blind to the needs of local communities, World Vision's Director of Child and Maternal Health Mesfin Teklu Tessema writes in this op-ed for #WHA68.


USAID's top small business contractors for 2014

For only the second year running, USAID has set a worldwide procurement goal for U.S. small businesses — 10 percent of prime contract spending in fiscal 2015. In the latest in our series on top donor agency partners, Devex ranks USAID's 20 largest small business contractors.


5 ways #globaldev professionals can ensure a fairer future for women and girls

How can global development professionals harness the tools of economic empowerment to ensure a fairer — and more prosperous — future for women and girls? The Guttmacher Institute's new CEO weighs in with her top five calls to action.


Unleashing TV white spaces' potential to democratize ICT, reach the last mile

TV white spaces could democratize broadband access for the billions of people who remain unconnected. We take a look at its potential and present use in developing countries.


The other Grade 3 emergencies apart from Ebola

There is wide perception that WHO's initial limited response to the Ebola outbreak was partly due to the agency responding to multiple crises — some demanding the same degree of resources and attention. Devex takes a closer look at these simultaneous crises.


In EU, 0.7 percent aid target under threat

European governments could drop their aid pledge to developing countries — known as the 0.7 percent aid target — as disagreements between member states ahead of the May 26 Foreign Affairs Council threaten to derail the EU's historic anti-poverty commitment, Devex has learned.


Inside Development

3 key issues to watch out for at the 2015 AfDB annual meetings

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The African development community is looking forward to the election of a new president at next week's AfDB annual meetings. But there's more.

Global Views

Maternal mortality: Not just a human rights issue

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Maternal mortality is not just a human rights issue; it's an economic and social issue with consequences that cannot be ignored, writes Aslihan Kes, economic and gender specialist at the International Center for Research on Women.

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