September's top reads: The new rules of development travel, digital fundraising, and FCO's top contractors

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It’s been another action-packed month for our global team of reporters. We tracked the backlash to a recent draft policy on gender equality by the U.S. Agency for International Development, highlighted concerns over ethics in a research experiment affecting marginalized communities in Kenya, and covered an alleged corruption scandal within the Philippines' health insurance corporation regarding the mismanagement of funds allocated for the country’s COVID-19 response.

Adding to our coverage of this year’s United Nations General Assembly, we held a conference call exclusively for our Pro subscribers, in which we discussed how the virtual format impacted UNGA week and shared the biggest moments and key takeaways from the high-level conversations.

And this week, we released our latest Pro report, “The Climate Finance Challenge,” exploring the financing needed to achieve global climate goals, with insights into the data and key players. Download your copy.

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

1. Will travel restrictions transform monitoring and evaluation? As organizations navigate the ever-changing travel restrictions in the countries where they operate, experts say that the pandemic could serve as a catalyst to create new opportunities in leveraging local leadership and existing data in the monitoring, evaluation, and learning sector. This article is from our latest Pro series, The New Rules of Development Travel.

2. How will the pandemic change fundraising? Across the development sector, organizations have seen their fundraising operations interrupted by COVID-19. From virtual events to digital fundraising, we looked into how the pandemic has forced organizations to change their approaches.

3. Who's who in #globaldev: August 2020 appointments. We round up key executive appointments across major organizations and institutions in the aid sector.

4. How can Africa's agriculture SMEs get more funding, policy support? While small- and medium-sized enterprises play a key role in connecting smallholder farmers to markets where products can be sold, the funding and policy environment across the continent hinders the success of these companies.

5. Who are FCO's top development contractors? Devex Analytics combed through existing data from the U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office to identify its top 10 major contractors in 2019. We focused on development-related contract awards, ranking recipients by the total funding value and major contracts awarded to them.

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