February's top reads: PEPFAR's future, USAID strategies, Ethiopia's foreign donors

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In February, our reporters brought you exclusive stories covering findings of nepotism, corruption, and worse at the African Union Commission, five potential picks to succeed Deborah Birx at PEPFAR, and the U.K.’s position — or lack thereof — on U.K. aid budget cuts. 

For our Pro subscribers, we took our coverage deeper and delved into discussions on developing a standardized framework to track ESG performance, shared the latest social media strategies of the most-followed globaldev organizations on TikTok — with a feature on IFRC's success on the video-sharing platform — and discussed the future of U.S. aid under Biden.

Here’s a look at our top-read Devex Pro stories for February:

1. As HIV and COVID-19 collide, questions loom over PEPFAR's future. While the pandemic has highlighted the need for strong health systems, U.S. President Joe Biden faces difficult choices about the role for America's flagship HIV initiative.

2. Exploring USAID's 2020 country development cooperation strategies. We dig into the agency’s 24 new country development cooperation strategies to identify common development objectives, priorities, and new initiatives to be implemented over the next five years.

3. Where do Ethiopia's foreign donors stand? As the EU continues to postpone budget support over a lack of humanitarian access, we take a closer look at how the Tigray conflict has affected international donors’ development assistance to Ethiopia.

4. Exclusive: New EU development bank fades as study backs 'Status Quo+'. COVID-19 has all but put an end to heady talk of a new European Climate and Sustainable Development Bank.

5. In Brief: EBRD's Alexia Latortue to become deputy at MCC. Latortue is departing her role at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development after four years to be the deputy CEO at the Millennium Challenge Corp.

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