UN secretary general António Guterres says the world is facing its worst food crisis for at least 50 years and has urged governments to act swiftly to avoid catastrophe.
The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti says the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating in Africa.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director Dr. Carissa Etienne has warned PAHO’s members the coming hurricane season in the Caribbean and Central America, as well as winter in the Southern Hemisphere, could greatly challenge the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Gates Foundation poised to become the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s top donor following President Trump’s announcement he intends to withdraw the US from the organisation, questions are being raised about whether a private foundation should be allowed to hold that much influence over the global health agenda.
Sarah Champion, chair of the UK’s International Development Committee, has accused the government of carrying out a ‘stealth review’ of the country’s aid policy without the knowledge of Parliament after whistleblowers from the Department for International Development (DFID) informed her all but 200 future programs run by DFID had been paused amid plans for a cut to the department’s budget.
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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have announced a commitment to increase their payouts to nonprofit organisations by more than USD $1.7 billion within the next two years.
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) says it is seeing increased demand for social protection support during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Christophe Paquet, head of the health and social protection unit at AFD, saying if this trend continues it could change the overall amount of money that AFD will devote to the sector.
Germany has spent the past decade trying to position itself as a global health leader but it’s role in the international fight against COVID-19 has drawn criticism from health experts both at home and abroad, raising questions about Germany’s ability to follow through on its ambitions.
With the COVID-19 pandemic set to dominate the global development landscape for the foreseeable future, organisations from across the development community have pivoted their programming to respond to the pandemic. However, some development leaders are pushing back at the global shift to COVID-19, arguing that doing so is diverting time and resources from other important issues and pushing organisations into areas that others are better suited to in pursuit of funding.
Sexual and reproductive health experts say disruptions to global supply chains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is making it harder for people in the developing world to get condoms, birth control and other items, which is putting lives at risk.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) board of governors has offered a compromise to the US in response to the US’s push for the Bank to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of corruption made against AfDB president, Akinwumi Adesina. In a statement, the board said it stood by the decision of the ethics committee and would not conduct a new investigation, offering instead to commission an ‘independent review’ of the report ethics committee’s report.
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) says the global impact investing market is maturing, driven by strong performance and better measurement, and now stands at USD $715 billion.