In the past month, Devex looked into visiting a USAID mission for procurement opportunities, the difference between open and closed loop systems for humanitarian payments, and branding and innovation for NGOs. Here are the most important insights and analysis exclusive for our Executive Members.
Better visibility and more understanding of priorities are some of the benefits of visiting a USAID mission, procurement executives told Devex. But they cautioned that there should be some sensitivity in making such visits with a business-led approach. Devex’s Jennifer Ehidiamen spoke with experts about the benefits and possible downsides of mission visits at an organization that has a lot of power in awarding contracts and grants. Read more about it here: Does it pay to visit USAID missions?
Humanitarian payment systems are a hot topic for the development sector. In order to better understand this complex field Devex explained a key issue — is an open or closed loop payment system the right option for delivering humanitarian aid? Read this DevExplains feature here: Open vs. closed loop systems for humanitarian payments
The practical application of payment systems gets money into some of the world’s most difficult crisis zones. Now emerging digital solutions are creating an opportunity for the development sector to deliver aid quickly and at a larger scale, reaching people in need wherever they are. Devex spoke to MasterCard and sQuid about the future of humanitarian payments — Backpacks of cash: How to make payments when all the options are bad