From the potential impact of COVID-19 on global poverty to calls for debt relief in the face of the pandemic

Oxfam says the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic could push between 400-600 million people into poverty.

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UNDP administrator Achim Steiner has urged world leaders to address the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and not just focus on the health response.

Related: Opinion: COVID-19 — How to avert the worst development crisis of this century

 

More than 100 civil society organisations including Oxfam and ActionAid International have written to world leaders and major central banks calling for a range of debt relief measures to help developing countries struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Related: Development Finance Institutions Join Forces to Respond to COVID-19 in Developing Countries

 

A group of 165 global leaders made up of past and present politicians, academics, and civil society representatives have called for immediate and coordinated international action to tackle the twin health and economic emergencies caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Related: UK politicians call for a ‘G20 for Public Health’

 

International aid groups say they’ve never face a challenge like the COVID-19 pandemic, a challenge Elinor Raikes, head of program delivery at the International Rescue Committee, says ‘has simultaneously impacted every single office that we run in the world at the same time’.

Related: In Burkina Faso, aid groups face a test of the ‘humanitarian-development nexus’

 

European Commission says it will reallocate more than €15.6 billion in existing aid to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic outside the EU.

Related: AIIB launches health infrastructure investments in response to COVID-19

 

African Development Bank (AfDB) staff have accused AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina of multiple abuses and breaches of the bank’s code of ethics. Adesina has denied the charges which were first reported in Le Monde.

Related: Despite promises, UNMAS staff say nothing has been done about ‘toxic’ culture

 

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) saw its lowest ever share of the UK’s aid spending last year, with other government departments accounting for 22.3% of the UK’s total aid spend.

 

The Wellcome Trust is calling for business to donate USD $8 billion for research to develop diagnostic tests, therapies and vaccines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Devex profiles Andy Herscowitz, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)’s first chief development officer.

 

New International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) secretary-general Jagan Chapagain discusses the future of humanitarian work.

Related: After Ebola funds fiasco, IFRC is ‘confident’ corruption won’t get COVID-19 money

 

The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s “State of the World’s Nursing 2020” report has identified a global nursing shortage of 5.9 million nurses, with most of the gaps found in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Latin America.