Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.
In an exclusive interview, the new CEO of Aga Khan Foundation USA shares his view about the priorities of the organization at a time of raising tension in the Muslim world. Walji share lessons from the World Bank, his vision for the future and what strategies work in fragile states.
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Despite its isolation, Cuba has fought hunger and poverty successfully through its social protection programs. As it transitions to a more market-based economy, how can development organizations ensure inequality will not increase? Devex traveled to Cuba to get the inside track on the role of NGOs in this fast-changing climate.
How does the World Food Program collect data to help minimize aid worker risk and maximize information access? In this exclusive interview, WFP Chief Economist Arif Husain shares some of the the organization's strategies.
In an exclusive interview with Devex, Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, shares her views on the role of agriculture and food security at COP21 and what still needs to be done to overcome the adaptation challenge.
Small farmer agriculture may not have been given the emphasis it deserves in the climate change discourse, but will it get recognition at the Paris climate change conference? IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze tells Devex what we can expect from COP21 negotiations.
Negotiations in Paris are beginning in earnest. But has the impact of climate change on agriculture been addressed sufficiently in the process that led to COP21? Devex reports from the climate conference.
Environmental and human development must move together as one, according to Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Program. On the sidelines of last month's Convergences Forum in Paris, Clark sat down with Devex to discuss the challenges ahead for the international community.
How can the global development community ensure that this year of summits and agreements translates into tangible results, rather than being consigned to history as the year of good intentions? We asked José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Launched in 2011, Fondation Chanel chose to direct its efforts squarely on issues impacting women's empowerment. In this exclusive interview, Miren Bengoa, executive director of the foundation, shares the challenges of setting up an organization, her vision for the future and what to look for in prospective partners.