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

Social Progress Index 2018 reveals worrying trends
21 Sep 2018

The index measures countries' social and environmental performance to provide an alternative picture to GDP — but this year's results were mixed.

Tamsyn Barton set to be new head of UK aid watchdog
17 Sep 2018

The U.K. development veteran was approved to take over as chief of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact on Friday, having set out her vision for the agency during a parliamentary hearing.

DFID to offer NGOs full cost recovery on grants
14 Sep 2018

The U.K. Department for International Development is rolling out processes to help cover all NGO costs associated with implementing its programs, including overheads.

UK will 'continue to reassess' its use of ODA definition if reforms cannot be made
13 Sep 2018

The U.K. government has said it is committed to working with OECD partners to reform the international rules around official development assistance, but that it will "continue to reassess our approach" to the definition in order to achieve a "modernization agenda."

Fresh start for Oxfam as new CEO announced
12 Sep 2018

The charity named Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah as its new chief executive on Tuesday, with many insiders describing him as a strong leader and a progressive thinker on development — but he faces an uphill battle as Oxfam continues its recovery from a sexual misconduct scandal.

Forced to choose between US and Swedish funding, sexual health NGOs speak out
12 Sep 2018

Civil society organizations say they have spent a year "caught in the middle of politics" after Sweden, a key funder of sexual and reproductive health services worldwide, said it could not work with contractors who comply with the U.S. "global gag rule."

No savior: Can blended finance work for WASH?
10 Sep 2018

Momentum is growing around innovative financing streams for water and sanitation, a sector in urgent need of funds. But at Stockholm World Water Week, some insiders told Devex the sector should pay more attention to the fundamentals before diving into "sexy" new strategies.

Theresa May in Africa: The key development issues
4 Sep 2018

Last week, Theresa May became the first British prime minister to visit the African continent in five years, making several headline-grabbing announcements about aid and trade during the trip. Devex rounds up the key development issues, and what they could really mean for the U.K.'s partnership with Africa.

What you need to know from Stockholm World Water Week 2018
3 Sep 2018

There was a new sense of urgency at this year’s Stockholm World Water Week, the biggest event in the global water and sanitation calendar. Devex rounds up the key takeaways.

WASH advocates call for political support ahead of major meeting
24 Aug 2018

Water, sanitation, and hygiene advocates are gathering for a challenging meeting at Stockholm World Water Week after a U.N. report showed progress on the SDG targets for WASH is way off.