Daphne Davies is a London-based freelance journalist and consultant with more than 30 years' experience in international development. She has worked with the U.N., the European Union, national governments and global civil society organizations, including Amnesty, WWF and LDC Watch. Her expertise is in monitoring government policies in relation to international cooperation. Her interests are in sustainability, social and economic matters, women and least developed countries.
How have EU member states responded to the refugee crisis and what will guide its response for the future? Yves Pascouau, director of migration and mobility policies at the European Policy Centre, a Brussels-based think tank, gave Devex his assessment of the road ahead for bloc in this #AcrossBorders interview.
If you’ve just accepted a position for an international development organization in a country new to you, you’re most likely wondering about the cultural adjustments you’ll have to make ahead of and during your time abroad. Devex asked two aid workers hailing from London for their own experience in adapting to work in Malawi.
The Enhancing Community Resilience Program — a major effort to support rural livelihoods — is made up of national and international partners to help people in rural communities adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Devex talked to a range of actors to learn what lessons can be drawn from ECRP and where it goes from here.
Conservation International attributes a large part of its success on the importance it places on partnerships as a way to "change how development occurs." Devex met up with Jennifer Morris, the environmental nonprofit's chief operating officer to learn more about how it achieved its success.
A recent study on the plight of Syrian refugees shows the potential of putting international development research results into practice to concretely help people on the ground. Its key finding? Health and education support need to be integrated, and government regulations modified.
New technology has narrowed the gap between those on the ground and individual donors, bringing with it new ways to connect and lower transaction costs. So will disintermediation be the talk of the town in Addis Ababa in July — and potentially be the next "disruptor" for the global development financing landscape?
Gone are the days when a master's degree in international development was considered the key qualification to carving out a career in development. Today, those studying the sciences, medicine or education are finding their research has a direct effect on those living in the developing world.
The international development community has found itself increasingly dealing with multiple humanitarian emergencies. With needs more than doubling over the past decade, radical changes are needed to disburse funds and support for these disasters.