February's top reads: USAID's local partners, DFID's new leader, donor priorities

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February has been a busy month for our team of reporters. We asked David Malpass about his decision to split the World Bank Africa department in two, and brought you insight into the trends defining the future of development, according to U.N. Development Programme chief Achim Steiner. We’ve also continued to closely follow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, including what Latin America is doing to prepare for an outbreak.

For our Devex Pro subscribers, we took our coverage even deeper. We explored five years of OECD climate funding data in a webinar with our Analytics team and explained how UNDP is handling  ”complex asks” from cities on the environment. And through an exclusive conference call featuring an adviser on Medair’s Global Emergency Response Team, we dove into the role NGOs could play in the event of a widespread COVID-19 outbreak in Africa.

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

1. How much does USAID spend with local partners? As part of its framework focusing on the “journey to self-reliance,” USAID wants to spend more through locally-led partners. We explore what the data can tell us, one year into the strategy’s implementation.

2. Top US corporate foundations investing in development. From Coca-Cola to Nike, we’ve compiled the 10 leading U.S.-based corporate foundations that are dedicating funding to global development.

3. Who is Anne-Marie Trevelyan, DFID's new secretary of state? We profile the new leader of the U.K. development agency, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a relative newcomer to politics who has expressed skepticism toward foreign aid.

4. What do strategies from 2019 tell us about donors' priorities? Our Analytics team has assessed data from 205 country strategies to highlight top donors’ geographic and sector-specific priorities.

5. Trump complicates USAID's already 'broken' budget process. We speak with aid experts on how continued budget cut threats from the Trump administration are impacting projects and damaging U.S credibility with partners.

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