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Nov. 10, 2016
Adva Saldinger
By Adva Saldinger
Donald Trump's successful bid for the U.S. presidency has left the global development community shocked and concerned about what's next, especially as delegates gathered in Marrakech, Morocco, for a climate conference wonder what his victory means for efforts to stop global warming. This week in development news.

The U.S. election has sent shockwaves through the global development community as questions swirl about what a Trump administration might mean for development policy. President-elect Trump has been vague about foreign aid and little is known yet about what the future might hold. Devex has covered reactions on social media, including at the climate summit and at the United Nations. In the days and weeks ahead, Devex will continue to bring you more information about what this all means. Some of the key questions to watch will be whether the U.S. Agency for International Development remains an independent agency, who will lead Trump's development efforts, what foreign aid budgets may look like and what programs or priorities will survive. Devex CEO and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar also shared his reflections on the election.

Donald Trump can't change the laws of physics. The climate is changing and will change much more, and the world is moving — with or without the United States — toward low carbon economies and investments in climate adaptation. That's the message from Marrakech, Morocco, this week, where delegates are assembled at COP22 to shift the climate conversation from process to action. Developing countries particularly want to see action on more finance — especially for adaptation. Donors are supposed to be on a roadmap to $100 billion in climate finance by 2030. Developing countries that are already experiencing the impacts of climate change hope they'll follow through on that commitment, and that they'll apportion a big slice of that funding for investments in disaster risk reduction, adaptation and resilience. Next week the COP transitions to its high-level segment, when dozens of heads of state arrive and the sticky political questions about who's responsible for what take center stage.

A Haiti Funders Conference convened in New York this week and brought together local civil society actors, government officials and international donors to address sustainable development challenges and opportunities in Haiti. The two-day meeting did not result in any concrete funding announcements but a few overlapping themes — government accountability and revitalization of local economies such as agriculture — emerged from the panel discussions. The meeting took place a little more than a month after Hurricane Matthew rocked the southern, remote portion of the country, leaving more than 800,000 facing extreme levels of food insecurity. About half of those people have received assistance, but agencies such as the United Nations Population Fund report significant funding gaps and challenges in meeting needs.

The U.K. Department for International Development announced its new strategy for funding nonprofits Friday, in the first of five key strategy documents outlining the $18 billion agency's spending plans. Nonprofits will now apply for funds through four main channels, down from more than a dozen. The document introduces a new platform — U.K. Aid Connect — to facilitate partnerships between NGOs, the private sector and other government departments. Largely reflective of the U.K. government's value for money agenda, the new strategy sparked some concern among U.K. organizations that worry DfID's move away from unrestricted funding and toward financing models such as payment-by-results will leave hamstrung nonprofits out in the cold.
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The news of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election is sending shockwaves through the world and there will likely be significant challenges for the global development agenda. In a special commentary, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar explains what these challenges might be.

Over in Marrakech, Morocco, where the U.N. climate change conference is ongoing, news of Trump's election is already casting doubts on the success of the summit. In one of this week's top stories, senior correspondent Michael Igoe reports from the COP22.

On the sidelines of election news comes an announcement that incoming U.N. secretary-general António Guterres will select a female deputy secretary-general and appoint women at equal numbers for senior U.N. positions, reversing a trend of inequality at high levels of leadership.

This week, we also looked at the future of U.K. aid as it reviews civil society partnerships, and on the third anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, we analyzed data on the accomplishments and setbacks in the response in the Philippines.
Development professionals and aid workers have good reason to wonder what a Donald J. Trump presidency will mean for their work and careers. Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar explores the likely significant challenges the global development agenda will face as a result of this election. We also looked at how the global development community is reacting on Twitter.
The unexpected election of Donald Trump as U.S. president added an unwelcome element of uncertainty into climate negotiations that were only finally starting to yield concrete global progress. Devex also looked at how a Trump presidency may threaten U.N. funding.
António Guterres, the incoming United Nations secretary-general, will select a female deputy secretary-general, his team tells Devex. He will also appoint women at equal numbers for senior U.N. positions, reversing a trend of inequality at high levels of leadership.
DfID has streamlined NGO funding into four pots and offered up key themes for engagement. Meanwhile its new funding stream, U.K. Aid Connect, doesn't quite connect the dots. Toby Porter, a veteran of U.K. charities, also writes exclusively for Devex about how the new DfID leader can build more trust.
Three years after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the complex dynamics surrounding the long-term rehabilitation of affected communities prompted us to dig into the available data and assess some of the accomplishments and setbacks.
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