Sophie Edwards


Sophie Edwards is a reporter for Devex based in London covering global development news including global education, water and sanitation, innovative financing, the environment along with other topics. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.

Latest Articles

Progress on family planning way off target, FP2020 update reveals
13 Nov 2018

The Family Planning 2020 Partnership has admitted it cannot meet its goals in an update at the International Conference on Family Planning in Rwanda.

Can Teach For All go local?
13 Nov 2018

Teach For All chief Wendy Kopp defends the model against its detractors.

Swedish aid leader talks priorities despite far-right surge
12 Nov 2018

Despite political disarray, Sweden was this year named the most committed country to development. The head of the Swedish aid agency talks through its new five-year strategy.

Outrage after visas denied for UK global health conference
9 Nov 2018

Researchers have warned the U.K. is undermining its status as a global health hub after academics from Africa and Asia were blocked from attending the Women Leaders in Global Health conference.

Meet the new global education donor: BHP Billiton
8 Nov 2018

The mining giant's foundation has made education a priority, with $52 million pledged to help improve access and learning outcomes for the poorest.

Donors put up $1B for Global Financing Facility, with notable absences
7 Nov 2018

The financing facility for women's and children's health met just half of its fundraising target at a replenishment conference Tuesday.

Fundraising trips with celebrities: A how-to guide
30 Oct 2018

Taking a celebrity on a fundraising trip can galvanize support for a cause, but it requires careful management and preparation, according to Comic Relief's travel risk manager, Beth Chandler.

Aid watchdog accuses DFID of exaggerating maternal health impacts
30 Oct 2018

The U.K. Department for International Development may not have saved as many maternal lives as it claims, according to a report published by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact.

Teach For All looks beyond the classroom with new community lab
26 Oct 2018

The organization has launched the Community Impact Lab to understand the connection between what happens outside the classroom and the learning within it.

IFC releases draft impact investment guidelines
15 Oct 2018

Investors have welcomed draft principles for impact investing intended to turbocharge a sector that could be critical to garnering development finance — but some say there is still work to be done.