Sophie Edwards


Sophie Edwards is a reporter for Devex based out of Washington D.C. and London where she covers global development news, careers and lifestyle issues. 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

'Nobel prize for teaching' shines spotlight on innovative methods
19 Mar 2018

Research shows that recruiting better teachers is the best way of improving learning outcomes for pupils, especially in poor settings. As a $1 million prize from the Varkey Foundation aims to raise the profile and status of the teaching profession, Devex speaks to nominees from developing countries about their unique ways of helping children learn.

Could schools take a cue from the health force?
19 Mar 2018

Teachers across the globe are burdened with undue administrative workloads. That takes away valuable time for education, even as developing countries struggle to prepare their future workforce for a rapidly changing world. A new pilot project is rethinking who, exactly, could support teachers.

UN claims sexual misconduct cases fell in 2017
16 Mar 2018

New figures from the United Nations indicate an overall drop in the number of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against its staff in 2017, but advocates say there is more to the story.

Tips on applying to the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund
16 Mar 2018

The United Kingdom government's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund has opened a new round of bidding, with changes to procurement intended to attract a more diverse range of partners, including small contractors and NGOs. Join Devex for a webinar on March 21 to hear insider tips on the fund and how to apply.

Bond chief Tamsyn Barton steps down after one year
13 Mar 2018

Barton will leave the United Kingdom network of 450 aid organizations in April.

Aid sector slams DFID partnership with Saudi Arabia
12 Mar 2018

After the United Kingdom Department for International Development announced an aid partnership with Saudi Arabia last week, observers told Devex that any collaboration would be "cosmetic" unless it included measures to reform the country's activities in Yemen.

DFID meets with disability advocates on inclusive development
12 Mar 2018

Representatives of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development are due to join disability advocates and experts at a two-day summit in London hosted by Leonard Cheshire Disability this week, as the issue emerges as a key priority for the current DFID leadership.

Q&A: Judy Heumann on how donors can drive disability-inclusive development
9 Mar 2018

Ahead of a conference hosted by Leonard Cheshire Disability in London next week, Devex speaks to renowned disability rights campaigner Judy Heumann about what she wants to see from donors.

UK aid official offers 'loud and strong' support for access to abortion worldwide
9 Mar 2018

The United Kingdom's International development minister, Alistair Burt, has said that "in a world where some people would like to close down choices for women," the Department for International Development is proud to support access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health and rights services. A parliamentary group has issued recommendations on how that support can be improved.

1,000 female aid workers call for reforms on sexual abuse
8 Mar 2018

The organizers of an open letter calling for reforms to the aid sector on sexual abuse tell Devex that many female aid workers do not feel safe speaking out alone, but "there is something incredibly powerful about joining our voices together and telling our organizations that enough is enough."