From the hottest year on record to calls for action to prevent a COVID debt crisis.

2020 was the jointed hottest year on record according to the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), with only 2016, year which saw a natural El Niño climate event which boosts temperatures, matching  the temperatures reached last year.

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The World Bank has called for rapid and decisive action to prevent a new debt crisis as it warns the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a ‘decade of disappointment for the global economy.’

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Hans Kluge, the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Europe director, says Europe is at a ‘tipping point’ in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, warning the virus is spreading very fast across the continent and the arrival of a new variant has created an ‘alarming situation’.

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A new report estimates Kenya needs USD $62 billion, roughly 67% if its GDP, to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis in the next 10 years.

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New research published Nature Climate Change says global heating could stabilize if net zero emissions are achieved.

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Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) President and UN food systems envoy Agnes Kalibata says the dual threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather brought on by climate change could lead to widespread food insecurity in Africa in 2021.

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The UN is facing its worst liquidity crisis in decades, according to Jordie Hannum, executive director at the Better World Campaign, with the US alone owing the organisation nearly USD $2 billion in unpaid funds.

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After a devastating year for the UK’s development sector in which the UK’s Department for International Development was absorbed into the Foreign Office and the government dropped its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on foreign aid, Devex ask to members of the sector, what went wrong for UK aid?

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As 2020 draws to a close, Devex speaks to a dozen current and former officials at USAID about ‘one of the most tumultuous periods in its 60-year history’.

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Devex looks at what Democratic control of the US Senate could mean for US foreign aid under President-Elect Joe Biden following the party’s victory in the two Senate run-off elections in Georgia.

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The International Rescue Committee has published its 2021 Emergency Watchlist highlighting the top 10 crises the world should be watching this year.

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Devex provides an overview of the 2021 funding pipelines of some of the world’s biggest donors including USAID, the World Bank and the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Related: IFC priorities in 2021

 

World Food Program USA president and CEO Barron Segar says billionaires whose wealth has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic should supply the funding for emergency aid to the record numbers of people facing starvation.

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Nuno Brito, Portugal’s ambassador to the European Union (EU), says he foresees the EU’s relations with Africa being of ‘central importance.’ as the country takes over the six month rotating presidency of the Council of the EU from Germany.

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An internal investigation by the World Bank has found management pressured staff members to manipulate data used in its flagship Doing Business report on business competitiveness, resulting in improvements in China’s and Saudi Arabia’s global rankings.