About the event

The U.K. Department for International Development has experienced unprecedented change in recent months — from a "musical chairs-like" ministerial reorganization to the appointment of secretary of State Rory Stewart — and will face yet another strategic challenge with the ascension of a new U.K. prime minister at the end of July.   

In light of this political uncertainty, Devex is hosting a webinar to provide insight into the evolution of DFID's programs and focus areas, and explore the potential implications of the leadership shake-up on the future of the agency. We'll delve into nine years of disbursement data to highlight major funding trends in DFID's work with the private sector, civil society, NGOs, and multilateral institutions — and connect these trends to the latest reports on what might be next for U.K. aid.

You can access the DFID disbursement data report in PDF format here, and visit the Devex funding overview page for more in-depth articles, interactive visualizations, and resources on the future of U.K. aid.  

The panel will also take audience questions. We invite you to share them during the event or in advance by submitting to webinars@devex.com.
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The Speakers

Moderator

Catherine Cheney

Senior Reporter
Devex
Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.

Jessica Abrahams

Deputy News Editor
Devex
Jessica Abrahams is Devex's Deputy News Editor. Based in London, she works with Devex's team of correspondents and editors around the world, with a particular focus on Europe & Africa. She has previously worked as a writer, researcher and editor for Prospect magazine, The Telegraph and Bloomberg News, among other outlets. She holds graduate degrees in journalism from City University London and in international relations from Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals.

Lisa Cornish

Reporter and Data Journalist
Devex
Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.

Meghann Rhynard-Geil

Advisor, Technology for Development
Mercy Corps
Meghann is an Advisor on the Mercy Corps Technology for Development team. She consults globally with Mercy Corps field teams and partners to integrate digital communication and community-building tools into programming. She also manages WiFi provision programming for crisis-affected populations. Her past experience includes working in monitoring and evaluation, program design, program quality and capacity building.

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