UN secretary general António Guterres has called for a radical shake-up of the UN Security Council, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to address systemic inequalities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
A new analysis published by the the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) identifies 27 countries facing impending COVID-19-driven food crises.
The World Bank says private sector lenders to the world’s poorest countries should agree plans to reduce debt payments to avoid turning the Covid-19 pandemic into deeper economic crisis.
Aid advocates have expressed disappointment at this week’s historic EU budget deals after €10.5 billion for development funding and €5 billion for humanitarian aid that were proposed by the commission as part of the pandemic recovery package was removed from the final deal. Ultimately €70.8 billion was allocated to the budget’s main development tool, a reduction of 10.4% compared with the first proposal from the commission in May 2018.
Wellcome Trust Director Jeremy Farrar says the choices world leaders make now in response to the COVID-19 crisis will help define the 21st century.
The UK’s official development assistance (ODA) budget is to be cut by £2.9 billion this year, roughly 20% of the annual aid budget, in response to the economic impact of COVID-19.
Devex takes a look at procurement activity related to the U.N.’s support of COVID-19 response and crisis recovery operations, projects, and programs to give an overview of the organization’s procurement priorities and its COVID-19 response.
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Experts say that, though some progess has been made over the past couple of years, sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector remains ‘widespread’ and unreported and warn the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing power imbalances.
UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima says approaches to tackling persistent barriers preventing women and girls, and other key populations from exercising their rights and accessing critical services will need to change if the organisation wants to further its progress fighting HIV/AIDS.
The UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee has published a report warning the UK’s new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office ‘risks operating for months without clear strategic direction’ and that there is a risk that some of the strategic objectives of the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) could come into conflict in the new merged department.
Devex looks at what lessons the UK can learn from Australia’s 2013 merger of AusAid, Australia’s former development agency, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ahead of the UK’s planned merger of the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
- House Democrats call for resignation of USAID political appointee with history of ‘homophobic’ comments
20 Democratic members of the US House of Representatives have signed a letter demanding the resignation of Merritt Corrigan from USAID over her reported history of ‘homophobic, misogynistic, and xenophobic’ comments.
The importance of handwashing to combating the spread of COVID-19 has renewed attention on efforts to improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), highlighting gaps within the sector that are leading some to call for the creation of a global WASH organisation to lead and coordinate WASH efforts around the world.
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) has launched an independent investigation into allegations made by former staff IWHC has a culture of racism and bullying which caused the accusers “racial trauma [they] continue to grapple with long after leaving the organisation’.
An international team of scientists have published a study which they say narrows the range of probable climate outcomes and rules out the most optimistic forecasts for global heating while downplaying the likelihood of worst-case scenarios
Incoming Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO Carlos Manuel Rodríguez discusses his plans for the organisation as he prepares to take over leadership of the GEF in September.
A group of 72 ‘public and private sector leaders’, including 40 investors with nearly USD $1 trillion in assets, have sent a letter to Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell Tuesday calling for the Fed to take action on climate change.
Alan Schwartz and Reuben Finighan of the Universal Commons Project discuss the limits of impact investing to solve the world’s problems and the how government regulations and policies can help incentivise businesses to pursue goals that will have a positive impact on society.