Whose land is it anyway?

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By Naki B. Mendoza

Land rights are fundamental to economic growth, prosperity, investment and livelihoods. Yet many countries often lack efficient means to map, register and track ownership. A staggering number of citizens around the world don't even have formal addresses of the place they call home. Businesses are stepping up with innovative solutions.

2015, a test for social cohesion

2015 is a pivotal year for global development, playing host to the third International Financing for Development Conference later this month, the U.N. General Assembly in September where the sustainable development goals will be adopted, as well as the Paris climate conference in December. In this video, development executives share their key calls to action.

EU to present 10-point financing plan in Addis

Official development assistance will remain a "centerstone" of development financing, but other flows are even more important. Klaus Rudischhauser, EuropeAid's deputy director-general, reveals a 10-point EU package will be presented at the third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in this video interview.

Is America's hold on the World Bank at an end?

The rise of new multilateral financial institutions led by emerging economies signal unprecedented change for multilateral finance. Will the World Bank break from its long-standing tradition and place a non-American at its helm in just two years' time?

French blue chips converge on social business

Despite generating small profits, social business initiatives are taking root at France's publicly traded companies — and interest isn't waning. Here are some recommendations for firms and nonprofit partners that might want to venture into social business.

NGOs urged to lobby MPs ahead of Addis finance meeting

The chair of the European Parliament's influential Committee on Development has warned NGOs that they have "a lot of work to do over the summer" to ensure solid outcomes at the third International Conference on Financing for Development next month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

What's next for Africa50?

With financial commitments and pipeline projects in place, the Africa50 Fund seems all set for launch. But a number of issues remain. We get the inside track from the fund's acting CEO.

Internships in the UK: What you need to know

Competition for positions in international development is on the rise — but so are the number of internship opportunities. We take a closer look at some of the opportunities on offer across the U.K., giving a breakdown of requirements, how and when to apply and what to expect from the programs.

Financing sustainable development: The resources are already in the south

There is one solution to achieving the SDGs: Use part of ODA to leverage domestic resources available in the "global south." Those in the "global north" must set the objective of mobilizing them, facilitating access to them for local actors and channeling them toward investments in line with the SDGs, Yves Guicquéro, head of international partnerships at AFD, writes in this op-ed.

UN SDG process indicates exclusion is set to continue

While disability is sufficiently addressed at the goal and target level, indicators to measure progress toward meeting the SDGs are almost 100 percent exclusory of people with disabilities — a step right back to the days of the MDGs when disability meant invisibility. An exclusive commentary from Sightsavers' policy and program strategies director.

UNFPA support: Where is the money going and coming from?

Last week, UNFPA launched a transparency portal that shows information about its operations in 2014. We dig into the data and take a closer look at which donors contributed the most to the U.N. agency and how it used its funds last year.

Inside Development

DfID’s CSO cooperation under review

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DfID is launching a review of its partnerships with CSOs to determine what their cooperation will look like in future. Until a new scheme is in place, the U.K. aid agency will extend the funding under its current Program Partnership Arrangements through the end of 2016, Devex has learned.

Global Views

How to manage a Payment by Results contract

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What exactly is a Payment by Results contract and how can nongovernmental organizations, social enterprises, and other global development and humanitarian aid actors manage them efficiently and effectively? A joint op-ed by Chris Meyer zu Natrup and Dermott McDonald.

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