Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres tells Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar that the pandemic has revealed deep fragility in the world — and leaders are falling short of a unified response.
The U.N. secretary-general has faced a dysfunctional Security Council, an isolationist White House, and entrenched bureaucracy. In the face of COVID-19 and climate change, can António Guterres lead the world to collective action?
The World Bank released its "Human Capital Index 2020 Update" on Wednesday. The ranking of global health and education outcomes will now serve as a benchmark of investments in human productivity before the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll.
The World Bank's decision to delay publication of its Doing Business report until it can investigate allegations of data "irregularities" has reopened the debate over whether the highly visible ranking system should exist at all.
A World Bank-led initiative to reduce the harmful and polluting practice of gas flaring could also be used to divert public resources toward the fossil fuel industry's long term interests, a civil society group warns.
The new U.K. aid and diplomacy office launches, dozens of countries join a COVID-19 vaccine initiative without the U.S., and the World Bank halts publication of its influential “Doing Business” report.
Travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have created new challenges — and opportunities — for the global development community. How will the new rules of development travel shape the future of monitoring and evaluation?