Looking at AIIB's milestones: From establishment to operations

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By Lean Alfred Santos

Ahead of its inaugural annual meeting this weekend, Devex takes a look at the key milestones in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's short history.


New off-grid energy grand challenge signals shift in USAID approach

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Three lessons the World Food Programme has learned on connecting smallholder farmers to markets

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Are donors pulling back on agriculture research funding?

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More than emergencies: Making systems work for refugees

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Inside Development

New off-grid energy grand challenge signals shift in USAID approach

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The United States Agency for International Development is making a bet on the off-grid energy market with a new initiative that will commit $36 million over the next three years in an effort to reach 20 million households in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Three lessons the World Food Programme has learned on connecting smallholder farmers to markets

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Previously well-established systems of political, social, economic and environmental resilience are shifting, and smallholder farmers need ways to cope with this change and vulnerability. Bing Zhao, director and global coordinator of Purchase for Progress at the World Food Programme, offers three solutions to improve our support to link smallholder farmers to markets.

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