July’s top reads: The DFID-FCO merger, climate change financing, and Cotonou negotiations

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Over the past month, our global team of reporters has been covering global development happenings, from the announcement of U.K. aid cuts to confusing narratives around COVID-19 prevention messaging in Tanzania, to U.S. lawmakers questioning the Trump administration’s controversial political appointees to key posts at USAID.

For our Pro subscribers, we released The Climate Finance Challenge, an exclusive new series on climate finance — and also brought to the spotlight the need for broader coordination and leadership in the WASH sector, Mark Green’s views on character-driven leadership, and USAID's business forecast for the third quarter, which included 225 forecast opportunities worth $30.1 billion.

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

1. The DFID-FCO merger. We looked at how the U.K. government’s decision to close the Department for International Development affects its multilateral relationships, analyzed DFID and FCO's funding priorities, and held two conference calls, one on the merger’s implication for U.K. aid and another on how FCO spends aid.

2. Climate funding: What you need to know about the data. In the first part of our Pro-exclusive series, The Climate Finance Challenge, we break down the challenges and limitations behind countries’ reported data.

3. Data insights into DFAT's changing funding priorities. This November will be the seventh anniversary of the merger between AusAID and DFAT, but it is only now that the data is showing the impact of this shift. We analyzed this data to bring you the key insights.

4. EU issues 'ultimatum' in tense final stretch of Cotonou talks. We dove into the grand finale in the negotiations between the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States for a new agreement on trade, political dialogue, and development cooperation.

5. 5 ways the WASH sector can prepare for the next crisis. Experts from the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector shared their biggest lessons learned from COVID-19 to better prepare organizations for future crises.

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