Who's who in #globaldev: August appointments

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By Jenny Lei Ravelo

The World Health Organization announced a new global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases, while the Asian Development Bank has elected its president for the next five years.


Take a fluid approach to build fresh water resilience

When it comes to flood resilience, we must be smarter in terms of design and planning. In this guest column, The Rockefeller Foundation's Managing Director for Ecosystems Fred Boltz discusses how new technologies and innovations can help us better prepare for whatever future disasters come our way.


Global Fund replenishment first big test for new DfID chief

The Global Fund is seeking $13 million from donors for its upcoming replenishment, to be held in Montreal, Canada, Sept. 17. Sources close to DfID explain why the government is stalling.


The keys to good mentorship for global entrepreneurs

Many accelerators or incubators targeting global entrepreneurs have a mentorship component. But what makes for a good mentorship relationship? Devex explores.


The camera-toting NGO field worker: Cliché or communicator?

Digital cameras have become as essential to the modern aid worker’s field kit as hand sanitizer and Imodium. Plan International's Mike Bruce explains why a certain camera can also act as a tool to break down barriers between an outsider and community members.


For better health, countries must understand death

Bloomberg Philanthropies is working to fill a void in cause of death data, so countries can better target resources and treatment for the health problems their citizens experience. We spoke to Kelly Henning, head of public health at the foundation, to learn more.


A Syrian first responder's last call to action

The U.N. estimates the Syrian civil war has resulted in nearly half a million civilian deaths. The White Helmets, a group of volunteer rescuers in war-torn Syria and a nominee for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, are trying to keep those numbers down, even as they mourn losses within their own ranks.


Can enough development professionals speak the language of finance?

The worlds of development and traditional finance are increasingly intertwining as both public and private capital look to address the 2030 development agenda. Can development professionals and public donor agencies sufficiently navigate the financial landscape where the two fields intersect?


Securing humanitarian and development data

As aid organizations rely increasingly on data for their work, how can they be sure vital information is secure? Satwik Seshasai, Aadil Mamujee and Ron Brachman of Segovia lay out the key issues to address.


Mapping a better economic future for refugee communities

Economic opportunities are key to the future and stability of refugees and the countries and communities they live in. In this guest column, Gustavo Gonzalez UNDP's subregional development coordinator for the Syria crisis discusses the research underway to determine what is needed for national capacity building and the creation of growing economies.


The New Urban Agenda: Exploring the local and global impacts of Habitat III

Cities are increasingly playing an essential role in how we approach development. Looking ahead to Habitat III, this Devex webinar brings together four expert panelists to engage with a range of issues in the lead-up to October's summit — seen as a critical moment for the future direction of sustainable urban development.


What is the power of sport to change lives?

In spite of the slim odds of attaining fame and fortune as a professional athlete, mere participation in sport can be a powerful tool for economic and social mobility. Megan Shutzer, senior consultant at Dalberg, shares some thoughts on the future of these initiatives in this Devex op-ed.


Learn from Ebola, Zika outbreaks, and invest in diagnostic labs

The international community should invest more pandemic response and prevention funding in diagnostics labs, writes Nina Dudnik, founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, in this Devex guest contribution.


The 'new realities' in social protection

As governments and the international community at large discuss ways on how to improve social protection programs, they may want to leave behind some of their conventional thinking and ground themselves to current and future realities, suggests Miguel Nino-Zarazua from the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University in this Devex video interview.


3 alternative sources of financing for social protection

Taxes are an important resource for governments as they launch and expand their social protection programs. But various participants at Asia-Pacific Social Protection Week argued for thinking out of the box when it comes to unlocking other sources to diminish people's exposure to risks.


Inside Development

Who's who in #globaldev: August appointments

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The World Health Organization announced a new global ambassador for noncommunicable diseases, while the Asian Development Bank has elected its president for the next five years.

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What the Olympic medal tally tells us about developing countries

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Industrialized countries usually fare better than developing ones in the Olympic medals count, for a variety of reasons. But when analyzing the economic costs that countries expend to produce those medals a different picture emerges. We've done some light numbers crunching to see which countries are the most efficient at racking up Olympic medals.

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