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US budget chief explains deep foreign aid cuts

US budget chief explains deep foreign aid cuts

As the U.S. aid community braces for Tuesday’s release of the White House budget proposal, budget director Mick Mulvaney offered some insight into why the Trump administration sees fit to slash foreig...

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Partnering agreements: Effective relationship management in complex development programs

Partnering agreements: Effective relationship management in complex development programs

In development, a lot of thinking goes into the size, shape, focus and aims of programs of support. Yet there is much less consideration of the skills of the people who implement them and their abilit...

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Reversing climate change with carbon-sucking plantations not realistic, scientists warn

Reversing climate change with carbon-sucking plantations not realistic, scientists warn

A proposal to turn back climate change by planting vast swathes of land with fast-growing trees and plants that can be burned for electricity, with the carbon they release captured and stored, is not ...

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Health requires a healthy voice for civil society

Health requires a healthy voice for civil society

Preserving and expanding space for civil society throughout the developing world is crucial to progress on global health. And yet over the last dozen years, that space has been squeezed by many govern...

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Making trade work for all

Making trade work for all

Against the background of rising anti-globalisation sentiment, the OECD has released this new paper. It argues that while there are good reasons for some people to be angry, trade is not the root of m...

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The west is mired in 'soft' development. China is trying the 'hard' stuff

The west is mired in 'soft' development. China is trying the 'hard' stuff

The massive One Belt One Road project harkens back to a pre-Washington-consensus when rich countries built bridges rather than soft power.

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A country 'on its knees': Cholera takes hold in war-weary Yemen

A country 'on its knees': Cholera takes hold in war-weary Yemen

Cholera should be an easy disease to treat and control – it takes rehydration, sometimes antibiotics, and containment. But after two years of war, Yemen is worn down, and the outbreak is exposing the ...

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Sidelining God: why secular climate projects in the Pacific Islands are failing

Sidelining God: why secular climate projects in the Pacific Islands are failing

What does God have to do with climate change? A lot, if you want to engage with communities in the Pacific Islands, where almost everyone goes to church and religious leaders are hugely influential.

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Aid, exports and employment in the UK

Aid, exports and employment in the UK

Every £1 of direct bilateral aid leads to a £0.22 increase in UK exports, new research finds.

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Trump expands 'global gag rule,' targeting $8.8B in global health aid

Trump expands 'global gag rule,' targeting $8.8B in global health aid

President Donald Trump’s administration will significantly expand the “global gag rule” to include much of the United States’ global health assistance, placing more than $8.8 billion of funding on the...

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