As a former Devex staff writer, John Alliage Morales covered the Americas, focusing on the world's top donor hub, Washington, and its aid community. Prior to joining Devex, John worked for a variety of news outlets including GMA, the Philippine TV network, where he conducted interviews, analyzed data, and produced in-depth stories on development and other topics.
Recent floods in Myanmar have left scores of dead and thousands of displaced in conflict-torn and far-flung villages. But the disaster also revealed a pattern of aid coordination flaws that need to be addressed in Asia’s new “donor darling,” implementers tell Devex.
Weeks of seasonal flooding in Myanmar have displaced thousands of poor people living in conflict-torn states, and most of the far-flung areas are yet to receive any assistance. Devex speaks with two aid partners working on the ground who urge the development community to begin talking about recovery and rehabilitation.
On World Indigenous Peoples Day, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon thanked governments for helping to protect the rights of these communities. But a group representing an ancestral tribe from the Philippines tells Devex the money should go to aid groups that actually know and address their concerns.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino wants public-private partnerships to take the lead on development projects in the country, especially in infrastructure, with strong backing from the Asian Development Bank. An ADB expert tells Devex why international financial institutions are increasingly supporting PPPs to pursue public infrastructure development in the Philippines and beyond.
Governments and development groups are pushing more cost-effective programs to meet their MDG goals and achieve results fast — but not everyone benefits from that. The poorest people remain excluded as anti-poverty programs typically target “easier-to-reach” beneficiaries, aid partners tell Devex.
These days, aid organizations are unsure how the Australian government will decide on the list of sectors, programs and countries on the chopping block. The anticipation — or the fear — will build up in the coming weeks until the country names a new administration in September.
The Inter-American Development Bank is seeking views on the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism, a policy that provides a forum for addressing complaints from communities or individuals who may be affected by IDB-financed projects.
As the conflict in Syria goes on and on, aid groups continue to struggle to get enough funds. Current data from the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs shows that only 6$ out of every $10 in appeals has been met, and up to seven organizations operating inside the country have not received any money at all.
After the last major staffing overhaul in December, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is again changing several of the bank’s most senior positions. Kim argues a “realignment of responsibilities among senior management is needed” to take the next step in his plan to eradicate poverty by 2030.
People living with disabilities have largely been sidelined by the global development agenda in recent years. Devex speaks to a senior UNICEF specialist who suggests including specific indicators for countries to report on in the post-2015 agenda as the best way to address the issue and provide better assistance to 650 million people all over the world.