5 years after Rana Plaza, worker safety has improved, but more remains to be done

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By Adva Saldinger

Five years ago, a building collapse at Rana Plaza killed 1,134 garment workers, sparking outrage across the world. The initiatives delivered since seem to have improved workplace safety, but many wonder what's next as the government readies to take over, and key concerns — about wages and workers rights — remain.


MCC can now sign regional compacts, expanding influence of infrastructure projects

The Millennium Challenge Corporation can now make regional compacts, a move the organization says will allow it to better maximize resources and results by investing in projects that can benefit multiple countries at once.


World Bank procurement reforms 'already saving millions of dollars'

Experts scrutinized the early impacts of the World Bank's new procurement framework during its Spring Meetings last week.


Satellites for survival: Saving lives in Nigeria

Satellite technology is providing health workers in remote communities in Nigeria with better access to training, as well as improved information management systems. In this video, we take a look at how a new partnership is helping to revolutionize health coverage in some of the country's rural areas.


Prescreening necessary before dengue vaccine use, says WHO expert advisory group

As World Immunization Week kicks off, the World Health Organization's expert advisory group on immunization made new recommendations on the dengue vaccine. These come on the heels of a series of controversies linked to the vaccine, particularly in the Philippines.


5 takeaways from the World Bank Spring Meetings

While the World Bank Spring Meetings were dominated by negotiations around a major capital increase announced on Saturday, they also raised questions about human capital, digital economies, and internal changes at the world's largest multilateral development bank.


Cities and NCDs: The growing threat of childhood obesity in Quito

With 30 percent of children overweight or obese, Ecuador's capital, Quito, is suffering the effects of widely available fast food. Tackling this NCD is not going to be a one-city job, Quito's mayor explains.


New partnership aims for NCD 'best practices' in conflict, fragile settings

The growing burden of noncommunicable diseases in humanitarian emergencies is increasingly being recognized. But developing programs specific to NCDs and managing these chronic conditions well, particularly in an unwelcoming environment, can be challenging. Chronic diseases, for one, require follow-up and long-term commitment. Several aid actors are hoping to make headway in terms of better addressing and treating them.


How to tell your story better

Storytelling at NGOs is typically focused on attracting funds - but there are many reasons to tell a story, and many ways to do it. Devex spoke to experts to find out how nongovernmental organizations can develop more creative storytelling strategies with impact that extends beyond donations.


Exclusive: US to avoid 'large-scale reconstruction efforts' in future, SAR says

The United States government will avoid "large-scale reconstruction efforts" in the future, according to a copy of the multidepartment Stabilization Assistance Review obtained by Devex. The study also suggests a new approach to stabilization in conflict areas that seeks to maximize the value of U.S. taxpayer dollars and press international partners to pay their fair share.


At Spring Meetings, Michael Bloomberg on sin taxes, 2050, and AI

The billionaire philanthropist says sin taxes are necessary to get people, especially those with fewer resources, to live longer.


Inside Development

Planned exits — an unpopular course on an unpopular topic

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“I could count on one hand international organizations that have a clear exit strategy. There just isn’t a lot of thinking in the international development space about organizations making themselves redundant.” Weh Yeoh, co-facilitator of the Exit Strategy Workshop and co-founder of WhyDev, urges NGOs and other key development players to implement exit strategies for their programs in developing countries.

Global Views

Q&A: WHO malaria director on rearming ourselves for the fight

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On World Malaria Day, Devex spoke to the Director of the World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme Dr. Pedro Alonso on why progress against the disease is stalling, and what we can do about it.

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