From debt relief for the world’s poorest countries to global condemnation of the Trump Administration’s decision to freeze funds for the WHO

The G20 nations have agreed to suspend debt payments owed to them by 77 of the world’s poorest countries until 2022 to help the countries deal with the health and economic impact of COVID-19.

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US President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze funding for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic has been met with near universal condemnation across the globe, with Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, calling Trump’s decision ‘a crime against humanity’.

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A new poll from Bond shows the majority of development NGOs in the UK have already taken measures to reduce staffing costs in response to the economic impact of COVID-19. Nearly 60% of the 93 organisations surveyed said they had already frozen recruitment, furloughed or laid off employees, or asked staff to voluntarily take unpaid leave, with a further 25% saying such moves were likely.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a new Ebola virus case has emerged in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This new case is the first case WHO have announced in 52 days and comes just two days before authorities would have formally announced the end of the second deadliest Ebola outbreak on record.

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The UN says a second wave of desert locusts threatening east Africa could be up to 20 times worse than the plague that hit the region two months ago.

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Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is being urged to delay its upcoming replenishment in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gavi was aiming to raise USD $7.4 billion for 2021-25 to fund its programs but this calculation was made before the pandemic.

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ONE Campaign president and CEO Gayle Smith says a ‘deficit of global leadership’ is undermining the world’s response to COVID-19.

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Outgoing USAID administrator Mark Green discusses his time at the agency and his hopes for legacy with the organisation.

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A new report from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) warns some of the world’s poorest countries have only a handful of ventilators to serve the entire country as the developing world braces itself for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on already fragile states.

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Devex talks to 21 global health and development leaders about how the COVID-19 pandemic could transform the sectors.

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Devex talks to global development groups about how COVID-19 has impacted remote work trends in the sector.

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Former and current volunteers of the Peace Corps fear the organisation could struggle to regain its footing following the decision to temporary halt all activities and evacuate volunteers, with funding concerns and the Trump Administration’s general disinterest in soft diplomacy programs leading some questioning whether the organisation will survive past the current crisis.

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Devex looks at Sweden’s official development assistance (ODA) data to see who the top recipients of Swedish aid have been over the past decade.

 

The Open Society Foundations has pledged USD $130 million to support the global effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has convened a new external advisory group to ‘provide perspectives from around the globe on key developments and policy issues, including policy responses to the exceptional challenges the world now faces due to the novel coronavirus and its economic impact.’