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: Meet Chris Berry, DFID's new year honoree
15 Jan 2019

The DFID veteran talks about his work on education in Sierra Leone after the Ebola crisis.

Nominations for new World Bank president to open Feb. 7
10 Jan 2019

The World Bank's board will officially start recruiting a replacement for Jim Kim — who resigned as president unexpectedly on Monday — on Feb. 7. Advocates hope the board will break tradition and give the job to a non-American, but the quick timeline may indicate that the U.S. plans to keep their stronghold on the selection process.

Stephanie Draper announced as new Bond chief executive
10 Jan 2019

The sustainable development expert will take over as CEO of Bond, a network of 400 U.K. aid organizations, in March.

DFID needs to keep pushing on AIDS, says HIV-positive MP
9 Jan 2019

Devex speaks to British politician Lloyd Russell-Moyle about his concerns that U.K. aid is backing away from tough challenges such as HIV/AIDS.

Q&A: ICAI's Alison Evans on the state of UK aid
8 Jan 2019

The outgoing head of the U.K. aid watchdog speaks to Devex about what the Department for International Development is getting right — and what it's getting wrong.

Jim Kim's resignation sparks questions about the next World Bank president
8 Jan 2019

Jim Kim's sudden resignation raises concerns about who will take over as president of the World Bank, renewing a debate about whether the U.S. should control the presidency.

Q&A: Sarah Brown on the need for safe schools
4 Jan 2019

With 620 million children's education at risk from external and internal threats, Sarah Brown, head of education campaign group Theirworld, talks to Devex about why the issue of safe schools needs to be embedded into global education thinking and financing.

DFID urged to push for bolder UN humanitarian reforms
19 Dec 2018

Half of U.K. humanitarian spending goes through the U.N. system. A new report assesses how effectively it has used its influence to shape U.N. reform — and how much further it should go.

UK plummets in aid quality ranking
19 Dec 2018

"The data shows the U.K. is waning as a development leader," says Ian Mitchell from the Center for Global Development, after the country dropped 12 places in its aid quality rankings.

Q&A: Linda McAvan on what aid stands to lose from Brexit
18 Dec 2018

The chair of the European Parliament's development committee says the U.K. aid sector must prepare itself for a loss of influence in Europe.