Family planning only part of 'all-of-society' SDG approach — UNFPA chief

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By Richard Jones

Family planning cannot be isolated as a stand-alone problem in the post-2015 era, explains Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund and U.N. undersecretary-general, in this exclusive interview.

Powering Africa: Overcoming hurdles between master plans and power plants

If we are reaching a tipping point of cash, commitment and moral cause to expand energy access in Africa, should we now expect to see substantial progress? In this guest column, Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative's Pierrick Judeaux discusses the Power Africa Roadmap, potential obstacles ahead and ways to overcome them.

Jason Clay: A conservationist looking to help businesses find sustainable solutions

The sustainability of global food supplies will require collective action among the world's largest food producers. Devex profiles Jason Clay, executive director of the World Wildlife Fund's Markets Institute, who is working to shape the dialogue between those companies.

New company from GiveDirectly founders aims to streamline payment systems

The Global Innovation Fund announced its first round of investments Tuesday, the first of which went to Segovia, a software tech platform to streamline payment systems. Here's a look at what the company, started by GiveDirectly co-founders Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus, is doing to improve the efficiency of aid by fixing the leaks in the cash transfer system.

What to expect from Obama's FY17 budget request

President Barack Obama will release his administration's 2017 budget request Tuesday, setting the stage for a long appropriations season.

Power Africa: Deals or development? 5 questions for the US government

The Electrify Africa Act ensures the continuation of the Obama administration's Power Africa initiative to expand access to electricity in Africa, but will it live up to its potential and achieve lasting development outcomes? The American Jewish World Service's Dahlia Rockowitz outlines five key questions the U.S. government should ask itself.

Entrepreneurship could drive Middle East revitalization

The convergence of plunging oil prices, a global technology revolution and an innovative startup culture have a chance to reinvent the economies of the Middle East. Devex looks at a new narrative for inclusive development in the region.

Eli Manning: Teamwork, a good game plan are critical in disaster response

What do football and disaster response have in common? Here's what New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, whose brother takes the field in the Super Bowl on Sunday, had to say.

Syria crisis: Humanitarian agencies urge unimpeded access

After the opening week of peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria were suspended only three days after they began, Devex shares a recent call from humanitarian organizations to stop the suffering and place pressure on all parties to end the blockade on urgently needed humanitarian assistance.

Aid work in North Korea — 5 ways to stay safe and be effective

How can aid workers navigate a country notorious for detaining and expelling foreigners? Here are five tips to keep in mind.

What's missing in Silicon Valley?

The truly visionary disruptors see the next generation of opportunities in high-need economies — as well as the chance to change lives, writes Jeri Jensen, founder of Business Driven Development, in this op-ed.

The 62 richest people, and you

Extreme inequality is not inevitable — it is the consequence of political choices, writes Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser in this op-ed. Following the release of Oxfam's inequality report last month, what actions can the development sector take?

The case for a 'greater' private sector role in family planning

The private sector has played a pivotal role in pushing progress on development programs over the past few decades. But many believe the sector has more to offer. Devex talked to experts about how private sector actors can impact global development in sectors such as family planning, SRHR — and beyond.

Syrian refugee crisis: Can business deliver?

The Syria donors conference in London this week saw unprecedented buy-in from the private sector, but can new investments deliver the quality over quantity needed for long-term education and job creation in the region?

We can end FGM in a generation

Breaking the silence that surrounds female genital mutilation is the first step toward ending the brutal practice within a generation, writes Plan International's Madina Bocoum Daff in this guest column, ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.

Inside Development

Creative ways to provide education in conflict zones

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When people are fleeing war zones, the urge to survive means that some needs are overlooked — one of which is the education of their children. Devex spoke with Creative Associates International, which is doing vital work to address this issue.

Global Views

Syria not just a humanitarian crisis, but a development one too

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How will the funding announced at the Syria donors conference in London help support a renewed call for the protection of civilians? USAID's assistant administrator Paige Alexander and acting assistant administrator Thomas Staal weigh in on the agency's contribution in this guest column.

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