The Maldivian government will soon announce the winners of its first-ever youth-focused startup competition. Devex spoke to the "father" of the Getset program on how this could transform the island nation's economy.
Despite the widespread negative impact of the allegations against anti-trafficking icon Somaly Mam, the controversy has a silver lining: It sparked renewed global interest in addressing human trafficking and modern slavery. A Devex analysis.
Formerly the largest USAID contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, International Relief and Development submits its response today to USAID allegations that it mismanaged taxpayer funds. IRD spoke with Devex about what's included in the response and the organization's outlook for the future.
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Designed to more effectively utilize the financial aid scheme to bolster Tokyo's role in global affairs, Japan's new development charter emphasizes growth and active pacifism. To understand what this means for development, the International Development Journal breaks down the new priorities and implementation guidelines of the charter.
Ebola crisis and response
The World Bank, Liberia and Japan are partnering on a project designed to provide psychological support to Ebola-devastated communities. Can the new partnership enable economic recovery in the region?
The World Bank's safeguards — the regulations used to protect people and the environment affected by bank projects — will undergo a third round of stakeholder consultations. The executive board review won't take place until fall 2015, but critics of the safeguards believe the delay is well worth the wait.
Aid to Cuba
With Cuba and U.S. officials set to meet Friday in a second round of talks to hash out sticky details around re-establishing diplomatic relations, the picture for foreign aid still remains unclear — although little movement is expected any time soon.
With myriad restrictions, the U.S. Agency for International Development appears to be micromanaging its programs. Devex shared views on how contracts should be implemented and results evaluated.