Molly Anders


Molly Anders is a U.K. Correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.

Latest Articles

Breaking: Oxfam to withdraw from DFID bidding 'until ministers satisfied' with reforms
16 Feb 2018

The U.K. Department for International Development confirmed that Oxfam will withdraw from bidding on future contracts until ministers are satisfied with a "higher standard" of conduct from the organization, even as Oxfam chief Winnie Byanyama detailed further reforms in the wake of the Haiti scandal.

Oxfam sexual abuse scandal: Are the aid sector's HR systems failing?
14 Feb 2018

In the wake of news that some of the men involved in the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti went on to work elsewhere in the aid sector, humanitarian organizations are collectively asking: Are our human resources, recruitment, and safeguarding systems broken? And what can we do to fix them?

Aid to Yemen blocked by banks, suffocating local organizations, report finds
9 Feb 2018

A study by the Overseas Development Institute of local and international humanitarian organizations working in Yemen found that groups are shutting down or are unable to respond to crises due to routine "de-risking" by international banks, and that a lack of financial access to the country has led to a "black market" trade in food and fuel.

'DFIs don't need more money,' says UK DFI official
7 Feb 2018

Development finance institutions “have more than enough money; what we’re starving for are places to invest that money,” the chief operating officer of the United Kingdom's DFI, the CDC, told an audience last week, adding that it's time to address the obstacles in the way.

DFID seeks to tackle declines in global budget transparency
7 Feb 2018

The United Kingdom Department for International Development has launched a new transparency agenda, with a dedicated unit focused on opening up developing country budgets to public scrutiny and greater oversight. It comes as the Open Budget Survey reports a decline in global budget transparency for the first time since 2008.

New DFID leadership team sets out priorities
1 Feb 2018

The new Secretary of State and Permanent Secretary of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development appeared before the International Development Committee on Wednesday to articulate their views on some of the most pressing debates facing the department — including the national interest agenda, aid for trade, and multilateral reforms.

DFID minister Lord Bates offers shock resignation, then unresigns
31 Jan 2018

The United Kingdom's development community was shocked as Department for International Development minister Lord Bates quit and then unquit his ministerial post on Wednesday, apparently after failing to be present to answer a peer's question in the House of Lords — a misdemeanor that even the opposition described as “minor.” His announcement comes amid a period of upheaval at the department.

DFIs must 'shift mindset' to maximize impact, says Severino
31 Jan 2018

Development finance institutions need a "serious mindset shift" among their management and shareholders to make the most of the opportunities that impact investment and blended finance bring, including re-evaluating their approach to return on investment, the former chief executive officer of the French development agency said Monday.

OECD seeks common ground on 'blended finance'
30 Jan 2018

At the first annual conference on blended finance, hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, delegates said we need to find a common framework if we are to understand the true impact and potential of blended finance.

The man guiding Islamic Relief on the brink of change
29 Jan 2018

Naser Haghamed went from child refugee, to IT manager, to chief executive officer of one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. Now, he must lead Islamic Relief through an era of reinvention.