August's top reads: WHO and Big Tech, climate politics, and DAC's safeguarding policy

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This month, as part of The Climate Finance Challenge — our ongoing Devex Pro series on financing the global climate goals — we took a closer look at OECD data and national policies and politics to understand the trends in climate financing from leading donors. We spoke to experts to find out what development professionals need to know about technical assistance for climate finance.

We also sifted through nearly 30 years of Global Environment Facility project data to provide insight into its investment levels, focus areas, and locations — with the aim of putting its new $700 million funding allocation into context.

We covered how development organizations are using messaging apps to meet COVID-19 needs from a distance. Our Devex Analytics team dug into Swedish aid data to learn more about its maternal health funding priorities. And we took a deep dive into Australian DFAT's funding data to review its history in funding security and peace-building programs.

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

1. Can we build resilience to both pandemics and climate change? Rather than framing the climate and health crises as separate or competing for scarce resources, experts say there is an opportunity to leverage funding to simultaneously make communities more resilient to both pandemics and climate change.

2. How WHO is engaging Big Tech to fight COVID-19. Silicon Valley companies met with the health organization to share ideas on addressing COVID-19 before it became a pandemic. Andy Pattison, WHO manager of digital solutions, discusses how the agency approaches these tech partnerships and where they stand now.

3. A development practitioner's guide to technical assistance for climate finance. As climate finance flows become ever greater and more complex, we look at the role of technical assistance in helping countries to access it.

4. To understand climate financing, look at climate politics. The latest OECD data on climate financing from bilateral donors ends with the 2018 calendar year. Combining this data with policies and politics shows the trends in climate financing from leading donors.

5. Q&A: OECD DAC chair on ODA, COVID-19, and safeguarding policy. We spoke with the Development Assistance Committee's Susanna Moorehead for her take on the latest trends in development assistance, COVID-19, and DAC's year-old safeguarding policy.

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