Trump budget thrusts US foreign aid into a political fight

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By Michael Igoe

The foreign aid budget has enjoyed quiet bipartisan support for over a decade. President Donald Trump's budget request threatens to make it a political issue, warn development insiders.

AfDB's Adesina pushes an all-hands 'High 5' approach to African development

During the World Bank Spring Meetings, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina sat down with Devex to discuss how he plans to achieve his "High 5" agenda strategy. His five priorities include Light Up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

Tedros' fundraising strategy for WHO, global health

Devex looks at how the incoming director-general of the World Health Organization plans to address the aid agency's budget troubles.

How to lobby for development: Tips from a politician

British member of parliament Jeremy Lefroy gets a lot of calls from worthwhile aid organizations looking for his support. Here's what he wishes they'd do differently.

Cyber protection: Have you received the data call?

With cyber attacks on the rise and in the news, now is the time for NGOs to ask themselves whether they are doing all they can to protect the personal information they have on file. So what can you do?

Brazil to tackle its 'wicked problems' with new SDGlab

Brazilian civil society organization Agenda Pública has combined Sustainable Development Goal 17 with its own facilitation strategies and change theory to tackle the country’s most dynamic problems. Here's what they've learned so far.

Webinar: What's next for the US budget process and what you can do to prepare

Raj Kumar speaks to Washington insider Porter Delaney on the Trump administration's budget proposal and what it might mean for foreign aid, what's next for the U.S. budget process, and how development professionals can prepare for it.

This fund seeks a traditional return and grantlike impact for global health R&D

Staff at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and J.P. Morgan said they hope the Global Health Investment Fund will demonstrate that it is possible to generate social impact, reduce costs to health care systems and deliver financial returns to investors at the same time.

Innovative financing needed to counter stalled SDG progress

While investments from the private sector have increased in recent years, it has not been enough to close the Sustainable Development Goals funding gap, a new United Nations report has found.

New report finds African entrepreneurship is key to industrialization

Industrialization and fostering entrepreneurship in Africa are vital factors in the overall development of the continent, according to the 2017 African Economic Outlook. The new report, released during the AfDB annual meetings, predicts an uptick of growth in 2017, after a tough 2016.

How strong gender strategies can benefit companies — IFC report

The International Finance Corporation looks at nine case studies drawn from client firms that have introduced gender strategies across their value chains, including designing banking products for women, combating gender-based violence, taking lessons from female entrepreneurs and hiring women into nontraditional roles.

Inside Development

US senators call for national diplomacy and development strategy

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Two United States senators have proposed legislation calling for the creation of a new strategy to guide U.S. diplomacy and development efforts. The bipartisan bill would see the Department of State produce and submit a classified report to Congress to allow planning around sensitive issues.

Global Views

Opinion: Fighting superbugs cannot be a luxury for the rich

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High-income countries are much better prepared to deal with antimicrobial resistance than their low-income counterparts. Dr. Marc Sprenger, director of Antimicrobial Resistance at the World Health Organization, charts a path forward.

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