From the limited progress at COP25 to the future of DFID

More than 40 hours after the original deadline the COP25 talks in Madrid ended with few signs of progress and several key issues including global carbon markets and more ambitious emissions targets left unresolved.

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British aid organisations and development experts fear Prime Minister Boris Johnson will seek to roll the UK’s development aid agency the Department for International Development (DFID) back into the Foreign & Commonwealth Office following the Conservative Party’s landslide victory in last week’s general election.

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A coalition of aid groups including the British Red Cross, Cafod and Oxfam GB is calling on Boris Johnson not to merge the Department for International Development (DFID) with the Foreign Office, saying doing so would suggest Britain is “turning our backs on the world’s poorest people”.

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The International Development Association (IDA), part of the World Bank Group, has surpassed its funding target by ensuring commitments of USD $82 billion despite a lower pledge from the USA.

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Health officials are investigating an ‘alarming’ spike in Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after the World Health Organization (WHO) noted an almost 300% increase in cases in the last three weeks.

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A new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) says the scale of the urban sanitation crisis is underestimated globally.


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced plans to invest over USD $1 billion in energy projects in the Pacific from 2019 to 2021 to ‘increase renewable energy generation and improve access to affordable and sustainable electricity in the subregion’.

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Conservationists have criticised EU ministers for choosing to continue to overexploit fish populations despite previous commitments to set fishing quotas at sustainable levels by 2020.

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Martina Brostrom, a UN whistleblower whose claims of sexual assault at UNAIDS prompted an investigation into the agency’s leadership and culture, has been sacked along with another colleague for alleged sexual and financial misconduct. Brostrom has denied the allegations made against her and says her dismissal is an act of ‘retaliation’ for speaking out against the leadership of the agency.


The US has blocked efforts to redistribute voting rights at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) despite support for redistribution from the majority of IMF member states. Political analysts believe the US’s opposed the reform because it does not want to increase China’s voting power but some commentators warn the US’s stance risks undermining the IMF’s claim to being a democratic institution.


Patricia Danzi has been appointed Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) becoming the first woman to hold the position. Danzi joins the SDC from the International Committee of the Red Cross (IRCR) where she has worked since 1996, most recently serving as ICRC regional director for Africa.

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Auke Lootsma, the UNDP’s resident representative for Yemen, discusses the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen and why development funding for the country is coming up short.