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This Week in Global Development

  • A look at the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and addressing malnutrition

    14 JUN. 2024 · This week we take a look at the humanitarian crisis in Haiti, where 578,000 have been displaced, mostly due to violence. We explore what is being done to address the hardships faced by the affected population, including bringing essential food supplies, as well as discuss what life is like on the ground.  On the topic of food insecurity, we also dig into a https://www.devex.com/organizations/united-nations-children-s-fund-unicef-20131 report, which found that https://www.devex.com/news/1-in-4-young-children-deprived-of-nutritious-food-unicef-says-107749 — which can have lifelong consequences for their health and development. We stress the importance of having programs that prioritize the providing of a balanced diet to malnourished children. On a more positive note, we also report on https://www.devex.com/news/how-crispr-gene-editing-technology-could-change-the-way-we-eat-107585 by making crops tastier, more nutritious, and more resilient to climate change. Nonetheless, questions remain on the extent to which the technology will be available to farmers who need them the most.  For the latest edition of the podcast series, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sits down with Jean-Martin Bauer, country director of the https://www.devex.com/organizations/world-food-programme-wfp-44564 in Haiti, and Devex Global Reporter Elissa Miolene to discuss these stories and others.  https://www.devex.com/account/newsletters to Devex Newswire and our other newsletters.
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  • U.S. lawmakers spar over foreign aid, and debt relief for small island states

    6 JUN. 2024 · This week we reported on https://www.devex.com/news/us-lawmakers-spar-over-international-human-rights-funding-transparency-107736 in which Republicans tried to paint the U.S. government’s entire approach to foreign assistance as wasteful and counterproductive — but they faced pushback from Democrats who argued that human rights grants are critical in the global contest between democracy and autocracy.  The hearing took place against the backdrop of a proposed House of Representatives budget bill that would impose https://www.devex.com/news/damaging-foreign-affairs-budget-cuts-funding-fuels-partisan-politics-107735, which would be 19% less than what President Joe Biden requested. The proposed funding bill cuts “wasteful spending” and “continues reestablishing American leadership” where the Biden administration has been lacking.  We also look back at https://www.devex.com/news/us-national-security-adviser-details-white-house-s-development-goals-107727, during which U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed tackling humanitarian crises, adapting to the rise of artificial intelligence, and partnering with other nations to drive development through debt relief and infrastructure "corridors" connecting regions. Meanwhile, during the https://www.devex.com/news/small-island-states-seek-world-s-full-support-for-resilience-strategy-107710, concerned countries called for debt relief and more concessional funding to deliver on a 10-year strategy to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and build resilient economies. We highlight how a lack of support could decimate local livelihoods and lead to climate-induced migration. For the latest episode of the podcast series, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sits down with Liz Hume, executive director at the https://www.devex.com/organizations/alliance-for-peacebuilding-76061, as well as Devex Managing Editor Anna Gawel, to discuss this week’s top global development stories.  https://www.devex.com/account/newsletters to the Devex Newswire and our other newsletters.
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  • Devex @ World Health Assembly: WHO's progress in addressing sexual misconduct cases

    31 MAY. 2024 · In 2020, https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/2020/09/29/exclusive-more-50-women-accuse-aid-workers-sex-abuse-congo-ebola-crisis and an independent investigation revealed one of the largest sexual misconduct scandals in U.N. history, in which more than 50 women accused ebola aid workers — including World Health Organization staffers — of sexual exploitation and abuse during the 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic of Congo.   At last year’s World Health Assembly, WHO’s Dr. Gaya Gamhewage https://www.devex.com/news/who-cleans-house-after-sexual-misconduct-scandals-but-questions-linger-105613 about the organization's new policies for addressing sexual misconduct allegations. Gamhewage was appointed to lead a new unit investigating such claims in 2021. In the final podcast episode from WHA77, Devex Associate Editor Rumbi Chakamba is joined by Dr. Gamhewage to discuss the progress her department is making, the challenges faced, and the lessons other agencies and NGOs can learn from WHO.
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  • An update from the 77th World Health Assembly

    30 MAY. 2024 · This week Devex’s editorial team was on the ground in Geneva, Switzerland, closely following the conversations taking place at the 77th World Health Assembly. As well as attending the summit itself, we also hosted https://pages.devex.com/devex-checkup-at-wha-77.html, our very own event happening on the sidelines of the main event. From following the https://www.devex.com/news/will-the-pandemic-treaty-get-more-time-or-will-it-go-down-the-toilet-107697 to addressing global health issues, we provide an update from the conference that brings together health leaders from around the world.  We also discuss the https://www.devex.com/organizations/world-health-organization-who-30562’s announcement of a https://www.devex.com/news/who-launches-first-investment-round-asking-for-11-billion-107666 to usher in this finance. This is a new approach for the world’s leading public health agency as it hopes to raise $11.1 billion to fund its work over the next four years.  To look at the key stories from WHA 77, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sits down with Fatema Sumar, executive director of the Center for International Development at https://www.devex.com/organizations/harvard-university-42053, as well as Devex Senior Reporter Jenny Lei Ravelo for the latest episode of our This Week in Global Development podcast series.  https://www.devex.com/account/newsletters to the Devex Newswire and our other newsletters.
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  • Devex @ World Health Assembly: Strengthening Africa's health security

    28 MAY. 2024 · During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health of populations across Africa were put at risk because of dysfunctional global health systems. For example, African nations were at the back of the queue for medical countermeasures, including vaccines. In the wake of the pandemic, leaders across the continent have worked to build stronger health systems — but there are still barriers at the international level standing in the way.  At this week’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, health leaders from across the continent are calling for changes to global health systems. These include more equitable access to health innovations and financing that aligns with country priorities. “Those who can do more should agree to give in order for us to meet each other at a level where everyone will feel safe,” said Dr. Magda Robalo, President and co-founder of The Institute for Global Health and Development. In this podcast episode, Devex global health reporter Sara Jerving speaks with Dr. Robalo and Dr. Githinji Gitahi, chief executive officer of Amref Health Africa, about changes needed at the international level.
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  • Devex @ World Health Assembly: Can the pandemic treaty deliver on equity?

    27 MAY. 2024 · A two-year negotiation process for a pandemic treaty concluded on Friday https://www.devex.com/news/5-issues-to-watch-at-the-77th-world-health-assembly-107665, as countries remained divided on numerous provisions, including technology transfer and equitable access to medical products. This week, health officials at the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, will need to determine the next steps. Before Friday’s decision, Devex Senior Reporter Jenny Lei Ravelo spoke with K.M. Gopakumar, legal adviser for the Third World Network, an independent international nonprofit network that advocates for the needs of people from the global south, about the contentious issues in the negotiations and how https://www.devex.com/news/what-is-the-pandemic-treaty-and-what-would-it-do-106577 in some countries impacted the process. For front-line and behind-the-scenes reporting on global health, sign up to the Devex CheckUp newsletter: https://www.devex.com/newsletters/devex-checkup
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  • A historic visit to Washington, D.C., and the reauthorization of the farm bill

    23 MAY. 2024 · This week we report on https://www.devex.com/news/us-sen-chris-coons-on-kenyan-president-s-visit-africa-policy-and-trade-107643, the first by an African leader since 2008. We dig into what the occasion means for the relationship between Kenya and the wider African continent, including whether it will lead to closer economic ties between the United States and Africa as a whole. During the conversation, we also look back at our interview with Sen. Chris Coons about the visit, in which we discussed the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA, and the U.S. Africa policy. We are also https://www.devex.com/news/devex-dish-vanuatu-uses-old-strategies-to-meet-new-food-systems-challenges-107650 — a $1.5 trillion piece of legislation that shapes food assistance both within the United States and abroad. While the legislation largely focuses on domestic policy, it also governs the operations of Food for Peace, a flagship food assistance program that distributes American-grown commodities across the globe.  However, it has been proposed that at least 50% of funds should go toward U.S.-grown commodities and ocean freight. As the reauthorization negotiations continue, we explore the importance of these funds for communities in the global south and contemplate what the potential outcomes of the discussions could be.  On the topic of food systems, we also look at a story that explores how https://www.devex.com/news/how-tech-and-tradition-are-cyclone-proofing-vanuatu-s-food-systems-107542 by combining traditional practices with modern technology. For the latest episode of the podcast series, Devex Managing Editor Anna Gawel sits down with David Barth from https://www.devex.com/organizations/save-the-children-international-48089 and Devex Senior Reporter Adva Saldinger to discuss these stories and others. https://www.devex.com/account/newsletters to the Devex Newswire and our other newsletters. 
    Escuchado 35m 5s
  • Melinda French Gates’ next chapter, and a new platform to increase aid transparency

    17 MAY. 2024 · This week marked a significant development in the philanthropic world with https://www.devex.com/news/melinda-french-gates-resigns-from-bill-melinda-gates-foundation-107623 from the https://www.devex.com/organizations/bill-melinda-gates-foundation-b-mgf-44525 to focus on the "next chapter" of her philanthropy. As part of the separation agreement with her former husband Bill Gates, French Gates will receive an additional $12.5 billion for her work on behalf of women and families, an area which she has been pushing to get involved with.  On the topic of philanthropy, we also took a look at where https://www.devex.com/news/mackenzie-scott-gave-away-over-2b-last-year-where-did-it-go-107594. Known for her unorthodox attitude to philanthropy, she has already given away $17.3 billion since 2020, mostly as unconditional grants. While many have praised her approach to philanthropic giving, it appears as though few have followed suit when it comes to allowing recipients to decide how they would like to spend the funds they receive.  We also reported on https://www.devex.com/organizations/unlock-aid-197050’s plans to launch https://www.devex.com/news/glassdoor-for-primes-seeks-to-boost-aid-industry-accountability-107596in the coming months. The tool would allow local organizations to publicly review major international NGOs, contractors, and agencies on their accountability and treatment of subgrantees. In order to discuss these stories, and others, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sits down with Sasha Fisher from https://www.devex.com/organizations/spark-microgrants-103438 and Devex Business Editor David Ainsworth for the latest episode of our weekly podcast series. https://www.devex.com/account/newsletters to the Devex Newswire and our other newsletters. 
    Escuchado 40m 27s
  • What we expect from the EU elections, and allegations against the Africa CDC

    10 MAY. 2024 · The European Parliamentary elections will take place next month, and with https://www.devex.com/news/dangerous-moment-for-aid-policy-as-eu-braces-for-far-right-surge-107459, there are fears for the future of the world's second-largest development budget.  According to one senior Brussels politician, the controversial swiping of €2 billion from the development pot to fund a crackdown on illegal migration could just be the start of the European Union’s reduced focus on supporting global development initiatives. We explore how Europe’s political landscape is changing, as well as what it could mean to the EU’s approach to foreign assistance. In South Africa, we found that the country’s politics is https://www.devex.com/news/the-struggle-to-provide-health-care-to-refugees-migrants-in-south-africa-107494 from effectively delivering health services to refugees and migrants. Aid groups and civil society organizations are trying to untangle the snarled problem of how to guarantee access to health services for all people who are far from home — whether that home is in another country or somewhere else in South Africa — without creating disparities in health care services that enrage local communities. On the topic of the continent, Devex obtained a copy of an African Union audit that https://www.devex.com/news/exclusive-africa-cdc-audit-warns-against-creating-an-avenue-for-fraud-107430 against https://www.devex.com/organizations/centres-for-disease-control-and-prevention-africa-cdc-120577's Director General Dr. Jean Kaseya. The audit, which was finalized in March, analyzed over a dozen allegations in a February whistleblower email. We dig into the claims, including allegations of misusing funds, flouting rules, and exhibiting favoritism, among others.  For the latest episode of our podcast series, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sits down with Managing Editor Anna Gawel and Senior Reporter Sara Jerving to discuss these stories and others.  https://www.devex.com/account/newsletters to the Devex Newswire and our other newsletters.
    Escuchado 35m 39s
  • A new Africa Club, Europe's development agenda, and USAID's struggles

    2 MAY. 2024 · This week we discuss the establishment of the Africa Club by the African Union, an initiative that the continent’s leaders hope will https://www.devex.com/news/can-a-new-africa-union-alliance-hasten-global-financial-reforms-107174. With African states currently spending more on debt repayments than they are on health care or climate action, the goal is for the alliance to leverage more funding for global development efforts.  On the topic of Africa, we also reported on a gathering of African leaders who outlined their https://www.devex.com/news/african-leaders-set-out-ida-funding-priorities-at-world-bank-summit-107559 for the https://www.devex.com/organizations/international-development-association-ida-56361, the https://www.devex.com/organizations/world-bank-group-38382's fund for the lowest-income countries. From building climate resilience to greater energy and digital access, we examine why IDA is such an important tool for countries in the global south. We also break down leaked documents from the European Commission that outline its development https://www.devex.com/news/how-to-read-europe-s-future-development-vision-107514. To almost nobody’s surprise, it appears as though the EU is planning to pursue a foreign aid agenda based on its own economic interests rather than prioritizing issues linked to poverty and the https://www.devex.com/organizations/united-nations-un-41567’ Sustainable Development Goals. And like the https://www.devex.com/organizations/united-states-agency-for-international-development-usaid-45096, which ishttps://www.devex.com/news/how-usaid-is-hiring-to-tackle-its-localization-agenda-107537, the EU also faces issues around staffing that affect its ability to carry out effective aid delivery.  To analyze these stories, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sits down with Bidjan Nashat, managing director of Aequitas Human Capital, and Senior Reporter Adva Saldinger for this week’s edition of our podcast series.  https://www.devex.com/account/newsletters to the Devex Newswire and our other newsletters. 
    Escuchado 32m 33s

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Every week we break down the big headlines in global development and bring in top experts to help us do it. Hosted by Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief of Devex.

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