April's top reads: Germany's aid overhaul, top Swedish aid recipients, and DFID procurement

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April has been another busy month for our global team of reporters. Our continued coverage of COVID-19 brought you details on DFID’s new funding package plans, following complaints on the agency’s lack of engagement of NGOs in its pandemic response.

We also spoke to top global health and development thinkers and leaders for their insights and predictions on how the COVID-19 crisis might transform the sector, and highlighted the most sought-after skill sets for the pandemic response.

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For our Devex Pro subscribers, we took our coverage even deeper. We parsed through 2019 ODA data to provide detailed insights via an interactive visualization, explored virtual pledging conferences, and dove into what other donors might learn from the U.K.'s official aid watchdog on improving aid spending.

Here’s a look at our top-read Devex Pro stories for April:

1. Germany plans sweeping changes to aid. We share exclusive details on Germany plans to cut support for 25 countries and streamline its funding priorities — including ending eight bilateral country programs — and rerouting funding for health and early education through multilateral agencies.

2. How Mark Green held the line at USAID. Faced with repeated attacks on his budget, political demands from the White House, and an administration that doubted the basic premise of foreign assistance, Mark Green managed to protect — and maybe even sharpen — USAID's development mission.

3. Who are the top recipients of Swedish aid? Our Analytics team digs into recipient organizations’ data to look at underlying trends of the partner landscape for Swedish aid.

4. Doing business with DFID: A procurement process guide. In 2017, DFID adopted new measures to make it easier for new partners to bid for tenders. We bring you five tips for doing business with DFID.

5. Education Outcomes Fund takes shape, with September launch in sight. Despite school closures and opposition from teachers, EOF is confident it can launch its first two programs later this year.

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