2016 was a tumultuous year for global development. The year has seen shocking election results, the rise and fall of a new pandemic, and a long, catastrophic refugee crisis. Here’s a look back at Devex’s coverage in 2016.
2. The United Kingdom votes to exit the European Union.
On June 23, a majority of the British voters opted to leave the European Union, prompting the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, who actively campaigned to remain in the EU, and the rise of its new leader Theresa May. The shocking popular vote left the future of EU-U.K. aid cooperation uncertain, and Devex mapped out what development aid may look like after the historic event. Priti Patel, an active proponent of aid for trade, was appointed head of the Department for International Development, which released the long-awaited reviews on bilateral development and multilateral aid in December.
6. The world makes sense of the overwhelming humanitarian crises at the World Humanitarian Summit.
The World Humanitarian Summit in May was set to ensure that the humanitarian system can keep up with the growing needs of those caught in the mounting conflicts and crises around the world. The gathering in Istanbul, Turkey, produced the “Grand Bargain” agreement, a package of humanitarian reforms considered to be a first step in solving the system’s most pressing needs.
Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that causes birth defects, set in motion a pandemic response after the disease was designated a global health emergency in February. The disease was reclassified as “a significant public health challenge” in November. The disease has affected pregnancies and travel in the Western hemisphere and even decreased participation at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Gamesin Brazil.
Jacques is a copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He is currently taking his master’s degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman.
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