The concept of women, peace, and security is changing: But is government evolving with it?

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By Lisa Cornish

As Australia enters the development phase of its second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the ideas held by government and civil society on the topic do not align.

Humanitarian sector in DRC not able to access many of the affected populations

As the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to escalate, many affected populations are without, or with limited, assistance.

New report reveals LGBTIQ+ communities forgotten in Cyclone Winston recovery

Gender and sexual minorities face biases that often make them an invisible population when it comes to humanitarian responses. A new report aims to be a stepping off point to further engage discussion and support in the developing world.

Is a randomized controlled trial right for your NGO?

Randomized controlled trials are just one of several monitoring and evaluation options that organizations have, which is why Innovations for Poverty Action is rolling out a new program to help groups find the right fit for them.

CARE's Lee vows to fight sexual misconduct as it reports its own problems

CARE International has investigated 28 cases of sexual misconduct in 2017 and fired 11 members of staff, but chief Laurie Lee tells Devex the aid giant is committed to a wide reform of its operations. Lee said that CARE and other groups in the scandal-hit industry would act decisively to "stamp out something we don’t want to have as part of our sector."

Q&A: How tax collaboration could change global development

Devex spoke to Jan Walliser, the World Bank's vice president for equitable growth, finance, and institutions, on the sidelines of the first global conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax in New York. Walliser outlined how boosting countries' ability to collect and use taxes could unlock huge amounts of new development funding and increase self-reliance.

This new effort aims to scale up maternal and newborn health innovations

The United States Agency for International Development's Saving Lives at Birth is launching what it describes as a next generation acceleration model, with Duke University and VentureWell leading a renewed effort to support innovations in this sector.

Asia-Pacific should look inward to foster disaster preparedness, expert says

Asia-Pacific comprises the most disaster-prone region in the world, but the vast variety of disasters complicates preparedness and response. Here's what the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center's executive director thinks the region should focus on.

High-level meeting on NCDs holds promise, and pitfalls

It's another big year for noncommunicable diseases. But to spell success, governments need to move from declarations and acknowledgments of the burdens of NCDs to action.

Early HIV diagnosis in infants works in Africa, but the technology must spread to save lives

Diagnostic technology that allows caregivers to know the HIV status of an infant born to an HIV-positive mother in the same day has been introduced across nine sub-Saharan African countries. Early evidence shows success in putting infants on vital drugs, but adoption of this technology remains low, mostly due to a lack of political and donor support, some experts argue.

Drug trial eyed for one of the leading causes of child mortality

Cryptosporidiosis is the leading cause of mortality for toddlers suffering from diarrhea, but treatment options remain minimal. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other high-profile funders have started to invest in research and development to find drugs that would work for everyone suffering from the disease, while others are looking to repurpose drugs for other diseases.

Inside Development

Donors lift funding for Sahel security force

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At the conference on Sahel in Brussels, the EU doubled its support to 100 million euros to reinforce the operationalization of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. Overall, the conference mobilized 414 million euros to support the force while reinforcing the coordination of sustainable development efforts in the region.

Global Views

Opinion: Beyond aid — 7 steps to responsible transition

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The specifics of how and when to end U.S. development programs in a country is one of the most fundamental questions for U.S. — and the development community. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network gives seven steps to facilitate a responsible transition.

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