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

Q&A: Julia Gillard on the future of the Global Partnership for Education
20 Jun 2018

GPE's board chair spoke to Devex about the big questions the fund is grappling with, as it maps out its future in an increasingly prominent but fragmented sector.

How family planning can help save cheetahs
18 Jun 2018

Conservationists and reproductive health actors may seem unlikely partners, yet two organizations have teamed up to publish a policy paper advocating for joint work on cheetah conservation and family planning.

World Bank failing to follow watchdog advice, says IEG report
18 Jun 2018

World Bank managers are failing to properly implement, and in some cases ignoring, the recommendations of the bank's own independent watchdog, according to a report from the Independent Evaluation Group published last Thursday.

DFID boosts education program for marginalized girls
11 Jun 2018

The U.K. government has revealed details of its plans to expand an innovative funding stream to help keep marginalized girls in lower-income countries in school.

Former UN education boss says he is losing hope of getting all children into school
29 May 2018

Nicholas Burnett, former assistant director-general for education at UNESCO, says millions of out-of-school children have been forgotten.

The high price of being a UN whistleblower
24 May 2018

Ostracized. Blacklisted. Unemployed. Whistleblowers have played a key role in bringing wrongdoing within the United Nations system to light, but are they protected from the backlash?

Former Save the Children chair denies sexual harassment cover up
23 May 2018

Alan Parker, who resigned in April, was grilled about the charity's handling of sexual harassment allegations by members of the U.K.'s International Development Committee.

DFID has 'considerable distance to go' on disability inclusion, says watchdog
17 May 2018

The U.K.'s Department for International Development has made disability inclusion a priority under its new leadership, but a report from an aid watchdog that scrutinizes DFID spending suggests there is much work to do.

Meet MIGA, the World Bank agency coming of age
16 May 2018

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency is the World Bank's youngest, smallest, and least known branch. Can it take on an ambitious new role?

Plans for the International Finance Facility for Education take shape
14 May 2018

After a year of silence, work is finally ramping up on the launch of the first global education financing facility — but not everyone is convinced of its benefits.