From the US refusing to join the COVAX Initiative to the launch of the FCDO

The US government says it will not participate in the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (Covax), a global initiative to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute a vaccine for Covid-19, due to the involvement of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the initiative.

 

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the newly merged Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) will enable the UK to take the global lead in tackling coronavirus and the growing risk of famine in developing countries by combining diplomatic strength with ‘world-leading’ aid expertise.

Related: Recognise DfID expertise and influence in FCO merger, Raab urged

 

The UN General Assembly has established the Alliance for Poverty Eradication. The Alliance, of which thirty-nine countries are listed as members, will aim to galvanize multilateral and bilateral efforts to fight poverty, including the establishment of a new ‘Global Fund for Social Protection’.

Related: Pandemic is widening poverty gap between women and men, new UN findings show

 

The World Bank has suspended the publication of its annual Doing Business report after identifying ‘irregularities’ in its data that may have affected the ranking of four countries, including Saudi Arabia and China.

Related: Arctic wildfires emit 35% more CO2 so far in 2020 than for whole of 2019

 

Six former presidents of Latin American countries and Spain have published a letter calling for the postponement of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)’s election for its next president in response to the Trump Administration’s unprecedented decision to nominate its own candidate for the role. In the letter, the six signatories call for the postponement ‘because we are not just facing a deviation from a common practice that has been done throughout this institution’s history, but a grave violation of the fundamental political agreement that has existed since the beginning.’

Related: USAID gender policy faces backlash from advocates, lawmakers

 

Devex gives an overview of the main takeaways from this year’s World Water Week.

Related: How to sell the water problem outside of the sector

 

New research by UNESCO shows COVID-19 has increased the annual funding gap for education in the world’s poorest countries to as much as US$200 billion a year.

 

African Development Bank (AfDB) President Dr Akinwumi Adesina has been reelected for a second term after a unanimous vote of all Governors, regional and non-regional members of the Bank at the AfDB’s 2020 Annual Meeting.

 

Just one week after it declared wild polio had been eradicated in Africa, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says a new outbreak of polio in Sudan appears to be linked to the oral polio vaccine that uses a weakened form of the virus.

Related: Michel Zaffran reflects on polio lessons and the job ahead

 

A decision by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to publicise a donation of USD $500,000 from investment giant BlackRock has sparked off a wave of criticism, with staff at the organisation arguing that MSF should not accept donations from an organisation which has holdings in weapons, tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceutical companies.

Related: New campaign group set up to push for recruitment transparency

 

Devex takes a look at the Africa Gender Data Network, a network funded by Data2X uniting statisticians from across the African continent who are the focal points for gender data in their national statistical offices.

 

Development professionals working in monitoring, evaluation, and learning say COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing how they operate and could potentially accelerate the push to invest in local capacity and hand over more work and agency to local partners and officials.