5 takeaways from the 2018 World Economic Forum on Latin America

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By Adva Saldinger

Discussions at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Brazil last week ranged from the region’s corruption problems, to financing and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, and the growing crisis in Venezuela. Here are some of the key takeaways.

What would a refugee compact for Bangladesh look like?

Six months after the influx of nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, created the world’s fastest-growing humanitarian emergency, actors in the international aid community are exploring sustainable solutions. One model on the table is the refugee compact.

Uganda cholera outbreak slows, but violence in DRC complicates recovery

The World Health Organization says that while the number of new infections in the Congolese refugee community has decreased dramatically, the thousands of refugees still fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo contribute to a delicate situation. Nearly 1,500 people have been sickened in less than a month, and the mortality rate remains high.

Could schools take a cue from the health force?

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Interactive: Top 2017 ADB contractors for consulting

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South by Southwest takes on technology for humanity

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Challenging terrain slows Papua New Guinea earthquake response

Following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in late February, many of the country's hardest hit areas are only accessible by air. Aid groups continue to assess damage village by village.

Progressing the SDGs: What are the barriers and solutions to national implementation?

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Tips on applying to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund

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Inside Development

'Nobel prize for teaching' shines spotlight on innovative methods

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Research shows that recruiting better teachers is the best way of improving learning outcomes for pupils, especially in poor settings. As a $1 million prize from the Varkey Foundation aims to raise the profile and status of the teaching profession, Devex speaks to nominees from developing countries about their unique ways of helping children learn.

Global Views

Opinion: The new U.S. DFI deserves the development community's support. Here's why.

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A new U.S. Development Finance Corporation would mobilize private capital for entrepreneurs and innovators, writes Global Innovation Fund Policy and Advocacy Director Conor M. Savoy.

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