Nikki Haley, Trump's pick for UN ambassador, pushes back against entire defunding of UN in hearings

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By Amy Lieberman

Haley, the governor of South Carolina, diverged from other leading Republican politicians, saying that she would look carefully at each U.N. body and agency. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee indicated it would likely confirm her shortly.


Opinion: What the development community can expect from Davos

This year the World Economic Forum plays out against the backdrop of a rise of populism that has manifested most prominently in Donald Trump's election win and the Brexit vote. But many other important trends that impact the world of development will also come up for discussion and debate ranging from the rise of China, to 3-D printing, to our world's ever-increasing connectivity.


Foundations rally behind an industry in turmoil

Those who made their fortunes in tech are now considering how civic media fits into the landscape of issues they want to support. Here are highlights from a Silicon Valley event last week — part of a strategic rethinking by philanthropists and foundations on their role in supporting media innovation.


How this tech startup drew the attention of Gavi, Gates and Google

One of the partnerships to emerge at Davos will help Nexleaf Analytics scale its work. The organization has set itself apart not just by gathering data, but ensuring that data is actionable and useful.


Business leaders call for new socially focused business model that embraces SDGs

In an environment where trust in CEOs is dropping, distrust in business is growing and the markets with the greatest future opportunities are in emerging economies, a group of business and civil society leaders are calling for bold action to disrupt the way business operates and replace it with a new socially focused business model.


Q&A: WHO candidate Philippe Douste-Blazy

Innovative finance can provide a toolkit for resolving the World Health Organization's financial woes, France's candidate for director-general tells Devex.


The key elements of an exit strategy, according to one small project in Cambodia

Weh Yeoh has spent the last three and half years working to introduce a new profession — speech therapy — to Cambodia. As the OIC founder prepares to step away from the day-to-day operations this year, Devex caught up with him at the project's offices in Phnom Penh to chat about avoiding founder's syndrome and his thoughts on what makes a solid exit strategy.


Q&A: WHO candidate Flavia Bustreo

The only candidate to come from within the World Health Organization, Italy's Bustreo tells Devex she would push hard for reform, effectiveness and independent evaluation as director-general.


Development community weighs implications of Rex Tillerson Senate hearings

After advocating for certain issues to take the spotlight during the all-day session, NGOs react to Tillerson's first public views on U.S. aid and development.


In historic move, UN grants International Chamber of Commerce observer status

In late December, after years of trying, the International Chamber of Commerce was granted observer status at the United Nations. Here's a look at the process that signals the growing acknowledgment of the need for private sector engagement to tackle the world's greatest challenges.


A critical skill for global development professionals: Storytelling

The story — from a fast pitch to a media kit to other investments ranging from social media outreach to film production — can make all the difference in goals such as raising funds, attracting investment, mobilizing supporters and bringing new partners on board.


Opinion: 4 questions on foreign aid for Rex Tillerson

At Rex Tillerson's confirmation hearing on Wednesday, asking serious questions could be a risky proposition for Senate Republicans since they could trigger ill-considered policy statements that are difficult to reverse. But at a minimum, senators and the American public have a right to expect answers to four fundamental questions on foreign aid and development.


RTI International acquires IRG from Engility

The acquisition, announced Monday, will expand RTI's footprint to new countries and expand the organization's technical portfolio.


When aid goes digital: 4 factors to bear in mind

Traditional aid may no longer be the norm in countries where digital solutions can take their place. Devex takes a look at the future of cash-free assistance and key factors to bear in mind when rolling out digital humanitarian aid programs.


The G77 will push for 'tax justice' through a UN tax body, says Ecuador's foreign affairs minister

Ecuador pledges to revive efforts for a U.N. tax body to reform global tax regulations and crack down on offshore tax havens, as it assumes chairmanship of the Group of 77.


Can an app help with the UK fundraising drought?

As U.K. public trust in charitable organizations appears to be waning, a new smartphone app from Oxfam hopes to bring greater transparency and donor agency to the aid sector.


Agriculture and food security — where are we headed in 2017?

Agriculture and food security researchers visited Canberra in December for discussions with the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. And as 2017 will be an important year for establishing long-term goals and making important advances within the sector, Devex spoke with attendees to better understand its prospects.


10 Australian MPs to watch on aid in 2017

In a divided new Parliament, opinions about aid vary widely. What will it mean for the sector? Devex has your guide to the personalities who will wield the most influence on the Australian aid program in 2017.


Inside Development

China could gain clout if US backs out of climate commitments, experts warn

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As the international community worries U.S. president-elect Trump could back away from climate commitments, Chinese president Xi Jinping sends signals at Davos that his country is ready to fill a leadership void.

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Opinion: What the development community can expect from Davos

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This year the World Economic Forum plays out against the backdrop of a rise of populism that has manifested most prominently in Donald Trump's election win and the Brexit vote. But many other important trends that impact the world of development will also come up for discussion and debate ranging from the rise of China, to 3-D printing, to our world's ever-increasing connectivity.

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