John Alliage Morales


As a staff writer, John Alliage Morales covers the Americas, focusing on the world's top donor hub, Washington, and its aid community - from Capitol Hill to Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom to the downtown headquarters of USAID, the World Bank and Millennium Challenge Corp. Prior to joining Devex, Alliage 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.

Latest Articles

Room for improvement on aid coordination in Myanmar
16 Aug 2013

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.

Far-flung villages waiting for aid after Myanmar floods
13 Aug 2013

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.

What indigenous peoples need from foreign aid
9 Aug 2013

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.

Why ADB is providing more support to PPPs in the Philippines
8 Aug 2013

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.

Why 'cost-effective' development is not a panacea
7 Aug 2013

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.

In 'caretaker' mode: Australia mum on details about foreign aid cuts
6 Aug 2013

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.

Wanted: Public feedback on IDB grievance and redress policy
5 Aug 2013

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.

Syria: Dire funding situation continues
2 Aug 2013

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.

World Bank changes senior staff to continue anti-poverty agenda
1 Aug 2013

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.

Why post-2015 indicators can help people with disability
31 Jul 2013

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.