Jennifer Brookland is a former Devex global development reporter based in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a humanitarian reporter for the United Nations and as an investigative journalist for News21. Jennifer holds a bachelor's in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University and in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School. She also served for four years as an Air Force officer.
With sustainability topping the post-2015 development agenda, issues created by global urbanization will have to be addressed in conjunction with greener concerns. At this week’s World Urban Forum in Italy, the aid agenda is fitting itself into traditional urban planning and forward-looking sustainability conversations.
At World Water Week in Stockholm, which ends today, advocates for water, sanitation and hygiene interventions are pulling out the hard evidence that mainstreaming WASH is the best way to achieve development goals.. Devex spoke with one the issue’s champions.
As one of the world’s major rice producers, Southeast Asia can impact global food trading. The Asian Development Bank recommends establishing a commodities exchange and rice index to ensure stable rice prices not only for the region but also worldwide, averting what many fears as a possible repeat of 2008. Devex discusses the role development partners can play to help the Asian rice markets work.
The U.S. Agency for International Development has been known for its particularly cumbersome process and frequent delays in awarding field work. But over the past few years, delays have become worse, implementers tell Devex. Here’s why.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved 45 proposals from 37 different countries, awarding grants totaling $419.8 million. The projects were given “on an exceptional basis” through a Transitional Funding Mechanism, launched as a preemptive effort to safeguard gains the organization feared would be lost after the normal proposal cycle was canceled.
Nigeria’s malaria prevention and treatment programs just received a $225 million boost from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, including a grant tied to the African country’s additional commitments.