What do Ban Ki-moon, Justin Trudeau, Usher and Bill Gates have in common? Global health diplomacy

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By Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Peter Small

What is global health diplomacy and why is it so important for global health professionals to identify and understand it? Gabrielle Fitzgerald and Peter Small explore how global health diplomacy represents the reality that health issues are inherently political and offers a way to address major global health challenges.


Collaboration is key from elephant conservation to global health

This week conservationists, policymakers and business representatives are gathered for the 2017 Conference of the Parties for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES. In this interview Tony Banbury, the chief philanthropy officer of Vulcan, Inc. shares his thoughts on the importance of collaboration from pandemic response to elephant conservation.


South-south cooperation at work: Inside Thailand's aid

With more than half a billion dollars in aid over the last decade, Thailand has become a flag bearer of the idea that countries don't need to be rich to be able to give help. Devex talks to senior officials of Thailand's two major development institutions about the country's aid portfolio and why it has been a silent success.


For aid professionals, it's self-interest vs. country ownership

Development doesn't have an end point. But is there a point when the global north no longer has a role to play? Thomas Dichter, an international development consultant and contractor with 45 years of experience, responds to FHI 360 CEO Patrick Fine's idea that "we shouldn't be working ourselves out of a job."


Why 'entrepreneurial' aid is on the rise in East Africa

Devex spoke with several development professionals about the general trend toward "active aid," and how infusing business or entrepreneurial elements into traditional aid operations can increase motivation and deepen the impact of a charity.


Saving mothers' lives begins at the grass-roots level

Community health workers — many of whom have no previous formal work experience — become recognized as powerful agents of change. Linda Pfeiffer, president and CEO of INMED Partnerships for Children, shares her organization's experiences in Peru.


Here's what happened at the final CGI annual meeting

Collective action was at the center of every CGI session. But because this is the final meeting, questions linger about who or what can continue to bring unlikely allies together to tackle some of the toughest global challenges.


The Australian approach to integrating Syrian refugees

Australia focuses its support services on individual refugee needs, a unique approach that could provide insights into how to make long-term integration a success.


Hit by DfID funding shift, UK charity Progressio to close

The 75-year-old charity relies heavily on unrestricted funding from the U.K. Department for International Development, a mechanism the U.K. aid agency says it will no longer use after December.


Q&A: UNHCR's Kelly Clements talks 'doing things very differently'

Unprecedented flows of migrants and refugees across the world are bringing world leaders together to consider new ways forward. Kelly Clements, the UNHCR's second-in-command, sat down with Devex to discuss what's at stake.


Why African agriculture still depends on the 'middle man' — or woman

The "middle man role" of rural agro-vets, also known throughout sub-Saharan Africa as agro-dealers, isn't one to cut out — and not only because they're a means of delivering new technologies to farmers. Seed and other input suppliers are increasingly relying on rural agro-dealers to sell their stock.


After FARC deal, 3 must-haves for lasting peace in Colombia

Stability in Colombia will depend on how the country partners with the private sector and civil society. Provash Budden, Colombia country director for Mercy Corps, lays out three things that will be necessary if Colombia is to achieve the lasting reconciliation, stability and economic growth its people have long waited for.


Supply chain financing can help solve small business challenges

Micro, small and medium enterprises, also known as MSMEs, are the largest employers across the world. These MSMEs are also necessary for the stability and sustainable growth of the global economy but many of them are unable to secure financing to fuel their growth. In this guest column Himanshu Chandra, co-founder of Desiderata Impact Ventures, explores how supply chain financing can help.


New platform aims to bridge gap between climate data and climate action

The launch of the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness, or PREP, represents one way United States government agencies are engaging partners to harness the data revolution for climate resilience.


Social protection for the elderly can improve welfare of an entire population

The Sustainable Development Goals are built on the idea of leaving no one behind — and that includes the elderly. But does it make economic and social sense to invest on the welfare of the aging segment of the population? HelpAge International's Daniel Horn certainly thinks so.


Why new data on financial inclusion makes Melinda Gates want to 'stand up and cheer'

Women are currently disproportionately excluded from the financial system. But over the next decade, digital finance is likely to provide access to 1.6 billion unbanked people, more than half of them women.


New UN Women, Gates Foundation partnership takes on gender data

Twelve countries will receive support from a starting pool of $11 million through a new public-private partnership launched Wednesday at the U.N. headquarters. It is set to take form at the regional and national level next year.


The world's fastest-growing population needs our help

One year ago, leaders committed to making the Sustainable Development Goals a reality by 2030. Now, those same leaders need to make greater commitments to help refugees and forcibly displaced people. Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, outlines three actions for leaders at UNGA that would support refugees and the countries that host them.


A long road to shared responsibility for refugees and migrants

World leaders pivoted from "watered-down" principles to "concrete" commitments at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week — but this is just a beginning.


Inside Development

OECD chiefs weigh in on Habitat III priorities

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On the sidelines of the Africa Forum 2016 at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development headquarters in Paris, France, global development leaders weigh in on the need for a paradigm shift in the way we think about urbanization.

Global Views

3 ways the world can do more and do better for refugees

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Today, no community can afford to leave women and girls behind — and that is certainly true of the communities hosting refugees. Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard and U.S. Ambassador Cathy Russell offer three ways we can protect and empower women and girls, who are often the most vulnerable and forgotten members of refugee and displaced communities.

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