Jason Clay: A conservationist looking to help businesses find sustainable solutions

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By Naki B. Mendoza

The sustainability of global food supplies will require collective action among the world's largest food producers. Devex profiles Jason Clay, executive director of the World Wildlife Fund's Markets Institute, who is working to shape the dialogue between those companies.


New company from GiveDirectly founders aims to streamline payment systems

The Global Innovation Fund announced its first round of investments Tuesday, the first of which went to Segovia, a software tech platform to streamline payment systems. Here's a look at what the company, started by GiveDirectly co-founders Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus, is doing to improve the efficiency of aid by fixing the leaks in the cash transfer system.


What to expect from Obama's FY17 budget request

President Barack Obama will release his administration's 2017 budget request Tuesday, setting the stage for a long appropriations season.


Power Africa: Deals or development? 5 questions for the US government

The Electrify Africa Act ensures the continuation of the Obama administration's Power Africa initiative to expand access to electricity in Africa, but will it live up to its potential and achieve lasting development outcomes? The American Jewish World Service's Dahlia Rockowitz outlines five key questions the U.S. government should ask itself.


Entrepreneurship could drive Middle East revitalization

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.


What's missing in Silicon Valley?

The truly visionary disruptors see the next generation of opportunities in high-need economies — as well as the chance to change lives, writes Jeri Jensen, founder of Business Driven Development, in this op-ed.


The 62 richest people, and you

Extreme inequality is not inevitable — it is the consequence of political choices, writes Oxfam America President Ray Offenheiser in this op-ed. Following the release of Oxfam's inequality report last month, what actions can the development sector take?


The case for a 'greater' private sector role in family planning

The private sector has played a pivotal role in pushing progress on development programs over the past few decades. But many believe the sector has more to offer. Devex talked to experts about how private sector actors can impact global development in sectors such as family planning, SRHR — and beyond.


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.


Inside Development

Aid work in North Korea — 5 ways to stay safe and be effective

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How can aid workers navigate a country notorious for detaining and expelling foreigners? Here are 5 tips to keep in mind.

Global Views

What's missing in Silicon Valley?

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The truly visionary disruptors see the next generation of opportunities in high-need economies — as well as the chance to change lives, writes Jeri Jensen, founder of Business Driven Development, in this op-ed.

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