From UNOCHA’s global humanitarian overview to UNAIDS missing its 2020 treatment target

UNOCHA’s global humanitarian overview for 2020 says attacks on healthcare workers have reached a record high as a rise in violent conflicts around the world combined with the growing climate emergency paints a ‘bleak outlook’ for the world’s poorest people.

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UNAIDS says though ‘significant progress’ has been made in expanding access to treatment for HIV over the last decade, access is not increasing fast enough to meet the organisation’s target of getting 30 million people on treatment by 2020.

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Leading experts in water, sanitation, and hygiene are calling for governments, donors, and development partners to step up their investments and efforts on rural sanitation services warning without increased investment, universal access to safely managed sanitation won’t be achieved until the next century, let alone 2030.


The first ever systemic review of climate models used to predict the impact of global warming on global temperatures shows the majority of models published since the late 1970s have been remarkably accurate at predicting the rise in temperatures the world has experienced over the past five decades.

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Though climate scientists and nutritionists are in agreement the world will need to make changes to the global food system in response to the climate emergency, experts say a lack of data, particularly in low-income economies, makes it difficult to model and assess the impact proposed plans and changes to balance the food system will actually have on the environment.

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As both a major source of emissions and one of the sectors most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, agriculture has emerged as one of the key focus areas for investors and donors looking to respond to the climate emergency. Devex looks at some of the key players in the sector and talks to them about where they’re focusing their resources.

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A new OECD report says donors need to do more to align development finance with climate goals. The report, ‘Aligning Development Co-operation and Climate Action: The Only Way Forward,’ finds that while development finance for energy efficiency and renewables has increased since the Paris Agreement this progress continues to be undermined by financing for new fossil fuel-based energy.

Related: Climate change at the centre of new global IFRC strategy


European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) vied for influence at a meeting of EU development ministers last week as ministers met to discuss their views on the ‘Wise Persons Group’ report commissioned by EU leaders to provide recommendations for making the bloc’s development finance system more coherent and prominent.


UNICEF has issued its largest-ever emergency funding appeal, telling donors the organisation needs USD $4.2 billion in 2020 to help it reach 59 million children across 64 countries.

Related: Donors pledge US$1.2 billion funding to UNHCR for refugee protection and humanitarian programmes


Representatives from 49 organisations have signed an open letter to political leaders calling on them to ‘to rise to the ambition of our own and global commitments’ on development whatever the outcome of the general election.

Related: UK election 2019: How do parties’ promises on aid measure up?


Jim Richardson, director of the US State Department Office of US Foreign Assistance Resources (the F Bureau), says the State Department will carry out a set of budget-related reforms aimed at streamlining its processes and averting future rescission attempts. The rescission process has been a source of controversy under President Trump with administration officials drawing bipartisan criticism the past two years for attempting to use rescission to go around Congress to slash the US’s aid spending.

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The GAVI Board has approved a new Ebola vaccine programme that establish a global emergency stockpile of Ebola vaccines which will be made available to countries for outbreak response and prevention.


Masatsugu Asakawa has been unanimously elected president of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Asakawa, Japan’s former vice finance minister for international affairs, who was the sole candidate for the position, will serve the remainder of outgoing ADB President Takehiko Nakao’s term following Nakao’s decision to resign from the position earlier this year.

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Leaders from the Blue Haven Initiative, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Omidyar Network have come together to launch the Tipping Point Fund (TPF), ‘a first-of-its-kind donor collaborative geared towards scaling the practice of impact investing.’

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Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann has announced she will leave the Foundation early next year citing toll of the travel required by the role, and the growing needs of her own family for the decision. Desmond-Hellman, who has held the role for more than five years, will be succeeded by Mark Suzman who was been with the Foundation for 12 years.

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The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has approved sweeping reforms to its governance and financial systems in response to allegations of safeguarding failures and fraud.


Australian author and philosopher Peter Singer reflects on the past decade of trends in aid and discusses how the sector should evolve as his nonprofit The Life You Can Save releases an updated 10th anniversary edition of his book of the same name which helped inspire the effective altruism movement upon its publication in 2009.

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The Trump Administration has formally objected to the World Bank’s plans to continue lending to China. While the US is the Bank’s largest shareholder, it does not have the power to veto lending to specific countries, though Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he is certain Bank President David Malpass, who was a frequent critic of the Bank’s lending to China before his appointment this year, was ‘making it a priority to ensure that China received fewer loans.’