August's top reads: Gates funding trends, top UK foundations, State's 'F' bureau

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August kept us on our toes — we’ve been covering everything from U.S. President Donald Trump’s foreign aid rescission attempt and Winnie Byanyima’s ascension to UNAIDS chief, to Sierra Leone’s rollout of a state-wide blockchain program.

For our Pro subscribers, we took our coverage deeper, providing an exclusive look into the priorities of key government offices, exploring what’s ahead for major foundations, and convening digital events to parse funding trends from major development donors.

Here’s a look at our top-read Pro stories this month:

  1. Top 10 UK development foundations. Despite geopolitical uncertainty and fluctuating exchange rates, U.K. charitable foundations still spent £4.5 billion ($5.6 billion) in 2016-17. Here’s a look at which charities are spending the most on international development issues.

  2. Top JICA foreign contractors 2016-2018. Most of Japan’s development contracting is awarded to Japan-based contractors. We dig into the Japan International Cooperation Agency's procurement data to shed light on its key foreign partners.

  3. Webinar: Inside grantmaking at the Gates Foundation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has directed more than $58 billion in grants — primarily to global health and international development priorities. Here are the top takeaways — and the recording from our webinar.

  4. Q&A: What exactly does the State Department's 'F' bureau do? The State Department's Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources — or "F" bureau — plays an important but opaque role in U.S. foreign assistance. We sit down with its director to talk goals, priorities, and the office’s role in a turbulent budget environment.

  5. Impact investing: Discussing opportunities in Asia and the Pacific. Impact investing can be an opportunity to leverage private finance to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We look at how investors are thinking about South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

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