What role can community foundations play in achieving the SDGs?

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By Catherine Cheney

Last week, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced it now has $13.5 billion in assets. The news comes at a moment of growing recognition that community foundations are essential partners in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Ultra-poor graduation model results show more than just cash is needed

Results from an independent evaluation by Innovations for Poverty Action of Village Enterprise's ultra-poor graduation model show that cash transfers should be coupled with training, mentoring, and access to financial services.

UN to development community: Think urban for the SDGs

As the international community gears up to review global progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 11, the so-called “urban SDG,” urban development issues are increasingly seen by many as essential to deliver on the entire 2030 agenda. At the World Urban Forum in Malaysia, the message was clear: "We need to get our cities right."

Scale X Design: Is this the accelerator the aid sector needs?

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Latest humanitarian plan for NE Nigeria focuses on long-term solutions

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Facebook takes another step into crisis response

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Why your 'open door policy' may not be working

A CEO, president or secretary-general with an open door — or no door at all — has become a popular strategy within global development institutions wanting to shake the grips of bureaucracy and better communicate with staff around the world. Devex spoke with two executive coaching experts on the common mistakes that cause the strategy to fall short of expectations.

Takeaways from the 2018 Aid Supplier Conference

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Aid groups race against Bangladesh's looming monsoons

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Inside Development

With 3 mergers in recent years, what are benefits to Save the Children?

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In December, Save the Children Australia announced their third merger within a period of less than three years. But what are the benefits? A good business fit, shared values, and the ability of a merger to take the aspirations or both organizations to a new level are important first steps for a strong and successful merger.

Global Views

Opinion: The global development community asks tough questions. Here are the answers.

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Why doesn't the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invest more in fighting noncommunicable diseases? Why does the foundation engage with the private sector? Does Gates have too much influence over the World Health Organization? Three Gates Foundation leaders answer their toughest global development questions.

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