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

Aid community must go back to its roots, says Maina Kiai
20 Mar 2019

The Kenyan human rights activist said the development sector has become too focused on logical frameworks and indicators, at the expense of the people it is trying to serve.

Mordaunt pledges more funding for small and specialist NGOs
19 Mar 2019

U.K. development secretary Penny Mordaunt is lifting the cap on funding through the Small Charities Challenge Fund and announces more money for the Humanitarian 2 Humanitarian network.

'Chill out' about DFID merger rumors, says Mordaunt
19 Mar 2019

U.K. aid chief Penny Mordaunt reassured civil society partners that there were "no plans" to abolish the Department for International Development during her opening speech at the Bond Conference.

David Malpass unchallenged to be next World Bank president
15 Mar 2019

In a process one expert described as "another nail in the coffin for the World Bank," the presidential nomination window closed Thursday with only the Trump administration's candidate — U.S. Treasury official David Malpass.

Exclusive: Major UK aid contractor Aktis Strategy goes bust
14 Mar 2019

Staff at a for-profit development contractor, which ran multimillion pound contracts for the U.K. government, have been left without months of pay after the company announced it was insolvent.

New OECD DAC chair vows to promote gender equality
8 Mar 2019

Susanna Moorehead, who has been OECD DAC chair for just two weeks, tells Devex about her plans to make gender equality a focus during her tenure.

Former DFID minister thinks 0.7 percent aid target could be cut
8 Mar 2019

Clare Short, DFID's first secretary of state, tells Devex she thinks the British government is more likely to axe the 0.7 percent GDP aid target than merge DFID with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Calls for stronger accountability after IFC Supreme Court ruling
4 Mar 2019

In the wake of the landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that the International Finance Corp. does not have "complete immunity" from legal liability, Devex talks to international lawyers about what being able to sue the World Bank could mean for the institution and communities.

Minister 'reassures' MPs on future of DFID
28 Feb 2019

Harriett Baldwin, joint minister for DFID and FCO, offered reassurance on Wednesday as concerns rise that the aid department could be abolished — but the secretary of state has remained silent.

'Teach' tool not for evaluating teachers, says World Bank education boss
27 Feb 2019

Jaime Saavedra, the World Bank's head of education, hits back at critics of its new teacher observation tool, which launched to controversy last month.