Sara Jerving is Devex's East Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi. She is a reporter and producer, whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation magazine, among others. Sara holds a master's degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow.
Devex sits down with Aisha Abubakar, Nigerian minister for women's affairs and social development, to hear more about how creating "ecosystems" around female entrepreneurs is a crucial step in helping these women thrive.
Rather than focusing on creating more pilot programs, humanitarians should work to create minimum standards for technological innovations. Nathaniel Raymond, director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, talks to Devex about the sector's focus on innovation.
Family Health Options Kenya, the country's first and largest sexual and reproductive health organization, just closed another one of its clinics in Kenya because of the "global gag rule." Devex speaks to the organization's director of clinical services about the closures and the impact of the rule on operations.
Rather than bring in its own clinics and health workers, IMA World Health is paying patient fees directly to clinics in DRC's Kasai region, in efforts to ensure that health systems remain functional once the crisis that has affected millions abates.