Abby Young-Powell is an award-winning freelance journalist and editor based in Berlin. She covers a range of topics for publications including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Deutsche Welle. Before working freelance, she was deputy editor of Guardian Students, part of the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper. She is also a fellow of the International Journalists' Programme, after working at Die Tageszeitung in Germany.
The world's second-largest bilateral donor is on track to miss the 0.7 percent aid target as politicians approved a lower-than-expected budget for the development ministry in 2018 and 2019, and the government revealed a draft plan for medium-term cuts to the department.
When millions of undocumented migrants and refugees started arriving in Europe, the continent fell into political paralysis. But in many places, students stepped in to help, getting to work on their own NGOs to support the new arrivals. Devex speaks to some of them to find out how, and why, they did it.
The amount of development aid being redirected to domestic refugee reception has skyrocketed in recent years. Now, the rules for what local costs count as aid are up for debate. Civil society sees a crucial moment to tighten the reigns.
The United Nations is set to adopt two global compacts, on refugees and on migration, in 2018. Civil society leaders and policymakers gathered in Berlin this week for the Global Forum for Migration and Development to discuss what should be included. Civil society leader Wies Maas sat down with Devex at the event.