November's top reads: USAID's vision for self-reliance, B-Corp explained, nutrition funding

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It’s been an action-packed November for our team of global journalists. We brought you five things we learned about U.S. aid from the impeachment inquiry, and details on the funding gaps for sexual and reproductive health revealed at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. We also looked into the big role the private sector is playing in Germany’s €1 billion ($1.1 billion) development strategy in Africa.

For our Devex Pro subscribers, we took our coverage even deeper. We analyzed news and trends such as how USAID is implementing its self-reliance metrics, and how aid organizations navigate rigid ID requirements for customers. Through exclusive digital events, we discussed how to support entrepreneurs in emerging markets and parsed four years of budget data in a webinar on how the EU is spending on development.

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

1. USAID moves from self-reliance metrics to implementation. We explore the metrics that make up USAID’s development spectrum measuring self-reliance — with new insights on how the agency will harness these findings to redefine its country relationships.

2. Do development contractors need B-Corp certification? We explain the purpose and process behind the increasingly popular B-Corp. certification for ethical impact and considered its relevance for the global development sector.

3. Ebola in DRC: NGOs organize to coordinate community engagement work. Community engagement remains one of the toughest challenges for Ebola responders in DRC. We look at a new consortium of NGOs that are committed to sharing data, analysis, and strategies to reach more communities.

4. Q&A: For donors, investing in nutrition is 'pure economics'. We speak with an expert from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on the importance of more coordinated action on nutrition — and why donors must change how they interact with partner governments to reach nutrition goals.

5. UN youth envoy envisions a UN that embraces risk. After two years as the U.N. secretary-general's envoy on youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake shares her view on what needs to change to keep the U.N. relevant.

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