From a developing world depression to the climate strikers’ call for greater climate action

World Bank president David Malpass has called for a more ambitious debt relief plan for poor countries, warning that the Covid-19 recession is turning into a depression in the most challenged parts of the globe.

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Two years on from the first school strike for the climate, climate activists Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Anuna de Wever, and Adélaïde Charlier, have penned an op-ed criticising world leaders for failing to take meaningful action on climate change. The four are demanding policymakers take several steps including ‘halting all fossil fuel investments and subsidies, divesting from fossil fuels, making ecocide an international crime, designing policies that protect workers and the most vulnerable, safeguarding democracy and establishing annual, binding carbon budgets based on the best available science.’

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New data published by Marie Stopes International (MSI) shows almost 2 million women and girls have been unable to access MSI’s services since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, a disruption MSI says could lead to more than 1 million unsafe abortions and 900,000 unintended pregnancies.

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17 countries including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia have signed a letter opposing the growing drive to postpone the election of the next president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Though the 17 countries combined have more voting power than those who pushing to postpone the vote, their opponents have enough voting power that they could still deny the body the 75% quorum needed to hold the election if they refuse to participate.

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As former US Vice-President Joe Biden formally accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States, Devex talks to development experts and representatives from Biden’s campaign about what a Biden administration’s foreign aid policy would look like.

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Devex’s says that 59% of respondents to its latest COVID-19 Trends Tracker survey of development workers say they or someone they know has lost their job due to the coronavirus pandemic, up from 36% in April.

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UN staff have accused the organisation of racism after the UN Survey on Racism issued to staff this week included ‘yellow’ as one of the responses to a question asking staff how they identify themselves.

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The UN says at least 55 migrants have died in two separate incidents off the coast of North Africa this week. In the first incident, 45 people, including five children, were killed when the engine on their boat exploded off the coast of Libya, while Spanish authorities confirmed the bodies of ten migrants were found in a semi-submerged boat near the Canary Islands.

Related: UNGA Set to Begin Quadrennial Negotiations on Development System


Amidst coronavirus pandemic, Syria ranks deadliest places to be an aid worker in 2020, for fourth year in a row

CARE International has named Syria the deadliest place to be an aid worker for the fourth year in a row based on its analysis of data from the Aid Worker Security Database.

Related: NGOs call on USAID to end suspension of humanitarian aid to north Yemen


The Swiss government has announced it will increase its contribution to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to USD $150 million for the 2020-2023 period, a 50% increase on Switzerland’s previous contribution.

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A new study published in the journal Nature says global warming will increase the amount of carbon dioxide released by tropical soils as temperatures increase, potentially leading much of the carbon stored underground throughout the tropics to be released as the planet heats up.

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Devex looks at how the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been working with tech sector to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bill Gates has urged the world to not to let the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt the fight against malaria.


The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has put together a collection of pieces to give an overview of the merger of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) into the new combined Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Related: DFID scheme accused of ‘putting UK aid in pockets of wealthy companies’


Black employees at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the philanthropic company Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg co-founded with his wife to funnel his wealth into charitable causes, have accused CZI of marginalising their voices and discounting their expertise. Black staff have also called out what they perceive as Zuckerberg’s blind spots around race with some employees saying CZI’s philanthropic efforts are stymied by Zuckerberg’s desire to appear unbiased to critics of Facebook.