June has kept us on our toes — we’ve been covering everything from the U.K. Department for International Development’s merger with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, a private foundation’s potential to become the World Health Organization’s largest donor following Trump’s planned funding cuts, and the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic poses for impact-oriented businesses and investors.
For our Pro subscribers, we took our coverage deeper, exploring approaches to long-term environmental sustainability for refugees and host communities, rounding up key insights on the changing role of business, and convening a digital event to discuss the future of U.S. foreign assistance.
Here’s a look at our top-read Devex Pro stories for June:
1. What does the Adesina affair mean for AfDB? AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina has denied the corruption allegations against him and was exonerated by an internal review conducted by the bank’s ethics committee in early May. But the U.S., which is the bank’s second-largest shareholder, has questioned the probe and pushed for a fresh, independent investigation.
2. What Boris Johnson's speech reveals about the future of UK aid. In the wake of the DFID’s merger with FCO, the prime minister's speech raised several red flags about how official development assistance will be used by the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
3. USAID Africa chief outlines priorities across the continent. We sat down with Christopher Maloney, acting assistant administrator at the USAID Bureau for Africa, to talk about the agency's priorities, China, trade, and private sector engagement.
4. Is this a DFID merger or an FCO takeover? What will the new department look like — and will it be a truly new department, as political leaders have promised? We asked development and governance experts about the clues they will be looking for.
5. Steps for creating water solutions that will last. Increased access to water is becoming a priority during the pandemic. We explore how solutions can be made to last beyond COVID-19.
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