Minding the gaps at the Global Education & Skills Forum

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By Raj Kumar

The Global Skills & Education Forum, a kind of Davos for the global education set, is starting in Dubai amid a global "learning crisis" that permeates every aspect of the development sector. Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sums up what we might learn from a gathering of education leaders and practitioners looking for new ways to tackle a stark reality: Global education is failing.

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UN claims sexual misconduct cases fell in 2017

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New figures from the United Nations indicate an overall drop in the number of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against its staff in 2017, but advocates say there is more to the story.

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Opinion: Blockchain for development, explained

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