October's top reads: Chemonics' corrective action, new financing models, migration dollars

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October was a busy month for our global team of journalists. In Washington, D.C., the World Bank Annual Meetings shed light on the institution’s priorities — including a broader shift toward a more decentralized model. In France, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria surpassed its $14 billion replenishment target. And in Oregon, staff at Mercy Corps’ Portland headquarters tried to make sense of — and chart a path forward from — explosive sexual violence allegations against the humanitarian organization’s late co-founder.

For our Devex Pro subscribers, we took our coverage deeper. Through exclusive reporting and digital events, we parsed how the World Bank intends to shift hundreds of D.C.-based staffers to country offices and went behind the scenes in the French city of Lyon with a conference call featuring Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands. We also released a special report chronicling the rise of development finance institutions — including the latest analysis of the forthcoming U.S. DFI.

Here’s a look at our top-read Devex Pro stories this month:

1. Q&A: How Chemonics went from corrective action to commercial solutions. We spoke with incoming Chemonics CEO Jamey Butcher about how the USAID contractor responded to early challenges with its $9.5 billion global health supply chain project.

2. EuropeAid SIEA 2018: Which organizations won the first €100M? We analyzed the early winners under the "Services for the Implementation of External Aid 2018" framework contract.

3. How did the EU spend on migration in 2018? We dug into 2,000 contracts focused on migration and awarded by the European Union in 2018 to understand where the money is going.

4. Q&A: Mark Green on how USAID transformation will impact program design. In an interview, USAID Administrator Mark Green discussed the true meaning of resilience, why USAID is streamlining its program design and implementation cycles, and how that will make the agency's work more responsive to needs in the field.

5. New financing model blends grants and Islamic bonds for WASH. The Islamic Development Bank and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched the One WASH Fund in a bid to cut cholera in some of the worst-affected countries.

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