Christin Roby


Christin Roby is the West Africa Correspondent for Devex. Based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, she covers global development trends, health, technology, and policy. Before relocating to West Africa, Christin spent several years working in local newsrooms and earned her Master of Science in videography and global affairs reporting from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her informed insight into the region stems from her diverse coverage of more than a dozen African nations.

Latest Articles

Early HIV diagnosis in infants works in Africa, but the technology must spread to save lives
22 Feb 2018

Diagnostic technology that allows caregivers to know the HIV status of an infant born to an HIV-positive mother in the same day has been introduced across nine sub-Saharan African countries. Early evidence shows success in putting infants on vital drugs, but adoption of this technology remains low, mostly due to a lack of political and donor support, some experts argue.

Latest humanitarian plan for NE Nigeria focuses on long-term solutions
16 Feb 2018

As the conflict in the northeastern area of Nigeria enters its ninth year, a recently-launched 2018 humanitarian response plan focuses on merging humanitarian, development, and peace efforts into a long-term coordinated response.

Q&A: Education is 'foundation' for other aid sectors in crises
14 Feb 2018

Devex spoke to Yasmine Sherif, director of the UNICEF-sponsored Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies. She discussed the need to mobilize support for education now, as many global crises are protracted and require both immediate and long-term response strategies.

Webinar: How to work with the African Development Bank
13 Feb 2018

Recent changes to procurement policies at the African Development Bank encourage the participation of local contractors, national procurement systems, and emphasize value for money. What does this mean for contractors seeking to work with the AfDB? Devex sorted through the details in our webinar with DevData analyst and author of the 2017 Devex AfDB Contractor Insight Series, Matthew Wolf, to learn more.

AfDB president says bank has 'finally come into its own' amid reforms
12 Feb 2018

Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, outlined his institution's progress and priorities to an audience of ambassadors representing the bank’s 80 member countries. He lauded the AfDB's structural reforms as he mapped out a future of investment aimed at creating jobs, power, internet access, and climate financing.

GPE aims to improve transparency, monitoring of education funding pledges
12 Feb 2018

Education advocates met earlier this month for the Global Partnership for Education, where donor countries and private foundations pledged $2.3 billion. To ensure countries respect their pledge agreement, national civil society coalitions will be monitoring in-country spending and aiming to boost transparency to ensure pledges are carried out.

GPE replenishment misses targets, but sees 'turning point' in education financing
5 Feb 2018

The Global Partnership for Education sought education financing from donors, in addition to renewed commitments from developing countries to deliver quality education and increase access. There were mixed emotions after $2.3 billion was garnered, which fell below a target of raising $3.1 billion for the 2018-2020 financing cycle.

Liberian executive order banning FGM expected to lack enforcement
2 Feb 2018

An executive order banning female genital mutilation on girls under 18 was recently signed in Liberia during the last days of the Sirleaf administration. While a step in the right direction toward banning the practice, women's rights advocates tell Devex the looseness of the bill will hamper enforcement efforts.

Education financing, during emergencies, quality top discussions at GPE replenishment conference
2 Feb 2018

The "partnership" day of the Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference kicked off in Dakar, Senegal, with more than 1,000 attendees exchanging ideas and experiences on how to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 and ensure inclusive and quality education for all. While detailed replenishment funding figures remain a mystery, other themes emerged during day one.

DRC cholera outbreak hampers humanitarian efforts, worries neighbors
12 Jan 2018

DRC's national health emergency over cholera, which, to date, has caused more than 1,000 deaths among the 53,000 confirmed cases, is now impacting 21 of the country’s 26 provinces are affected. But ongoing civil unrest and recent floods are set to make the problem, stoking fears cholera may already be spreading to neighboring countries.