Entrepreneurship could drive Middle East revitalization

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By Naki B. Mendoza

The convergence of plunging oil prices, a global technology revolution and an innovative startup culture have a chance to reinvent the economies of the Middle East. Devex looks at a new narrative for inclusive development in the region.


Eli Manning: Teamwork, a good game plan are critical in disaster response

What do football and disaster response have in common? Here's what New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, whose brother takes the field in the Super Bowl on Sunday, had to say.


Where is the consolidated plan for Syria?

Ensuring that billions of euros in emergency relief are available is not enough — we need to make sure that local aid workers can do their courageous work properly, says Cordaid's Simone Filippini, in this op-ed. As the Syria donors conference kicks off in London, what can the international community do?


Appeal to protect the health and rights of Syrian women and girls

The health, rights and dignity of women and adolescents should not be treated as an afterthought in humanitarian action, writes Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of UNFPA, in this exclusive guest commentary.


WFP's vulnerability-based programming in Sudan still evolving

The U.N. World Food Program has been working on a transition strategy in Sudan for the past three years. Devex sat down with WFP Country Director Adnan Khan to learn how close — or far — the agency is from its goal of vulnerability based programming.


Strong, independent media critical for good governance

How does healthy media contribute to better, more responsive, and more effective development outcomes? In this guest commentary, Internews President Jeanne Bourgault and IREX CEO Kristin Lord discuss the need for investment and call on USAID to increase support of information aid during crisis.


Syrian refugee crisis: Can business deliver?

The Syria donors conference in London this week saw unprecedented buy-in from the private sector, but can new investments deliver the quality over quantity needed for long-term education and job creation in the region?


We can end FGM in a generation

Breaking the silence that surrounds female genital mutilation is the first step toward ending the brutal practice within a generation, writes Plan International's Madina Bocoum Daff in this guest column, ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.


Tips for private sector: Getting the most out of partnerships

Not only top management needs to be convinced that there is a business case for doing development, explains Katy Hartley, Philips Foundation director. To work with development partners, private sector needs both top-down, bottom-up buy-in.


At a glance: The 4 categories of a solid security risk management system

Given the spike in life-threatening incidents in recent years, coupled with ever-rising humanitarian need, international NGOs are rightly looking to increase the safety of their staff. It doesn't have to be complicated. It just needs to be systematic, according to InterAction Security Director Basile Pissalidis.


Rights-based family planning: Collaboration for acceleration

Expanding access to contraception has never been just about health, but fundamentally changing the status of women and girls in society, write EngenderHealth's Dr. Yetnayet Asfaw and FP2020's Beth Schlachter in this commentary. How can reproductive health and rights be strengthened?


Inside Development

Syrian refugee crisis: Can business deliver?

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The Syria donors conference in London this week saw unprecedented buy-in from the private sector, but can new investments deliver the quality over quantity needed for long-term education and job creation in the region?

Global Views

We can end FGM in a generation

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Breaking the silence that surrounds female genital mutilation is the first step toward ending the brutal practice within a generation, writes Plan International's Madina Bocoum Daff in this guest column, ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.

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