October's top reads: World Bank model, cash transfer tipping point, and 'financial cocktails' for WASH

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October has been another busy month for our global team of reporters. We’ve been covering everything from the World Bank annual meetings and World Health Summit, to the latest developments in U.K. aid, and the globaldev community’s reactions to the World Food Programme's Nobel Peace Prize win.

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From our ongoing COVID-19 coverage, we brought to the spotlight strategies that were key to Senegal’s successful pandemic response, a country with roughly 7 doctors for every 100,000 people.

For our Devex Pro subscribers, we took our coverage deeper. We interviewed experts who shared their views on redefining development financing and leveraging larger multilateral development banks' portfolios. We also analyzed the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s first development strategy and took a closer look at its operationalization, funding, and more.

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

1. What is the World Bank without international travel? Now that the pandemic has brought international travel to a virtual standstill, can an institution known for jet-setting expertise still function?

2. Is the COVID-19 pandemic a cash transfer tipping point? Cash transfers have been a key tool in the response to social and economic fallout from the pandemic. Will the crisis give rise to a new era that puts cash at the center of global development?

3. Can the private sector save the world? Sustainability guru John Elkington discusses his new book "Green Swans," and the role of the private sector and impact investment in creating a better future for all.

4. Which bilateral donors are supporting mental health? We analyzed funding data from 2019 to identify the top 14 bilateral donors supporting this crucial but underfunded area of global health.

5. Q&A: Kevin Rudd on creating 'financial cocktails' for WASH. In this Q&A, the former prime minister of Australia shares creative financing solutions for sanitation projects for cash-strapped finance ministers.

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