Health, development leaders weigh in on Global Fund shortlist

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By Michael Igoe

The shortlist of candidates to run the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has some health and development heads wishing for more innovative leadership.

Advice from The Gambia on staying flexible when conflict looms

When violence threatened last month, aid professionals and consular staff in The Gambia put their training into practice, and learned a few lessons along the way.

3 takeaways from Georgetown University's Africa Business Conference

A lack of access to capital stands as a major roadblock for project implementation or expansion in developing countries. During the Georgetown University Africa Business Conference held this month, experts shared their views on the future of finance, managing currency risks, and public-private partnerships.

UN outlines 'new way of working in crisis' with $4.4B famine appeal for 4 countries

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday that responses to crises in South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia would see humanitarian and development groups work closely together to alleviate short-term suffering while looking for long-term stability.

UK pledges $249M to South Sudan and Somalia in response to famine

The U.K. Department for International Development will offer 200 million pounds ($249 million) in new humanitarian support to famine-struck South Sudan and Somalia. The EU and Norway are also committing funds, for a total of $342.8 million, while the U.N. has released emergency funds to tackle the effects of drought in the region.

Opinion: Don't despair, innovate — Now is the time to try new forms of development cooperation

As the global shift toward political populism brings foreign aid budgets under renewed and intense scrutiny, Michael Clemens at the Center for Global Development outlines a new type of development cooperation: giving visas as aid.

How to fill the gaps in the response to the digital divide

The benefits of connectivity are being recognized across the global development agenda, yet more than half of the world's population has never been online. Building on a new report out today, Devex asks what can be done to accelerate universal internet access.

World Bank aims to boost knowledge of African development

World Bank Africa Region wants to spread better information about development work in Africa via a multi-city "festival of knowledge."

Inside the fight for OPIC reauthorization

Conflicting reports about the Trump administration's stance on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation have left the agency's future hanging in the balance. Advocates and critics are staking their cases and looking to an upcoming battle for reauthorization in Congress.

Why invest in health evidence? Q&A with Chris Murray of IHME

Devex interviews Chris Murray, founder of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which just received a $279 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue and expand its work.

Education experts square off on the public versus private school debate in Africa

At a World Bank event, four experts discuss the controversial topic of whether the boom in private schools across Africa is good or bad for education.

The students guide to networking

The very word networking can cause anxiety for even experienced professionals, so it can be particularly daunting for students. It is also critical to launching your global development career. Here are seven tips for students to help make networking a little less stressful.

New US foreign aid reform bill on the way

The Economic Growth and Development Act is likely to be introduced in the United States House of Representatives in March. The bill would require the Trump administration to create an interagency process for the private sector to engage with development opportunities. Here's a look at what the legislation's drafter hopes to achieve.

Kenya launches biggest ever insurance payouts for livestock herders

As part of an effort to address drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa, Kenya has provided $2 million to over 12,000 pastoral households under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program.

How M&E data can hide development impact

A new study has found a dramatic disconnect between official reporting and the actual impact of a program to disseminate conservation agriculture practices. Author Brendan Brown, a PhD student from the University of Adelaide, is urging NGOs to add more nuance to their impact monitoring strategies.

Embrace the future and the uncertainty: Advice from former Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet

The former head of the Peace Corps has urged American development workers to apply the same principles and energy they dedicate to their work abroad with their fellow citizens back home in the U.S. amid the "uncertainty" and "division" characterized by the new Trump administration. Here are Hessler-Radelet's three "challenges" for the development community.

How aid workers should dress: Do's and dont's

What is proper attire in a tropical country where the temperature often creeps above 32 degrees Celsius? When is donning a country’s traditional dress considered acceptable, and when is it considered impolite? Three international aid workers share their experiences with Devex, offering insights on how aid workers can better navigate this often trivialized but contentious issue.

Europe raises at least $32.2M to plug 'global gag rule' shortfall

The Dutch-led She Decides fund aims to replace U.S. government funding lost as a result of the reinstatement of the "global gag rule." But there is some way to go to make up for the shortfall, estimated at a minimum of $600 million.

Persistent digital divide hampers cocoa sector

Mobile connectivity in Africa has widely expanded with the introduction of 4G networks and wireless internet in many major cities. But many rural areas still lack access, and there is no sign of the private sector deploying soon. Cocoa farmers and their crops are among those deeply affected in Ghana.

Inside Development

Bridging humanitarian, development nexus ‘central theme’ at Lake Chad Basin conference

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Donors pledged at least $672 million for relief efforts in the African countries around the Lake Chad Basin at an international donor conference Friday. What isn’t yet clear is how much of the now 45-percent-funded appeal will go toward humanitarian relief or to long-term development, peace building or livelihood efforts.

Global Views

Opinion: Don't despair, innovate — Now is the time to try new forms of development cooperation

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As the global shift toward political populism brings foreign aid budgets under renewed and intense scrutiny, Michael Clemens at the Center for Global Development outlines a new type of development cooperation: giving visas as aid.

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