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Non-communicable diseases

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Noncommunicable diseases, or NCDs, are the world’s leading cause of mortality. Together, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes kill more than 36 million people each year. Some 80 percent of cases occur in low- and middle-income countries, where access to health care facilities is often lacking and the financial burdens these diseases impose on individuals and families can be crippling.

To find ways to fill the funding gap, innovate around health care provision, better inform affected populations and tell the stories of health workers on the frontlines, Devex is launching a global conversation to analyze the impact of NCDs in the developing world. Looking beyond health implications for the people living with these illnesses, we’ll be exploring the social and economic impact of chronic diseases among local communities and their countries. We’ll be asking what steps need to be taken to prevent the rapid increase in NCD prevalence and examine how their devastating consequences can be avoided.

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Over the past two years, climate action has been pushed to the forefront of the global agenda, forcing governments, the private sector, community groups and individuals to assess their respective roles in creating a more sustainable world. Spurred on by 2015’s Paris Climate Conference and the integration of climate change into the Sustainable Development Goals, the majority of policymakers worldwide have now made low-carbon innovation a priority.

With other key players wavering on their commitment to the Paris climate change agreement, it is now more important than ever to uncover effective, efficient and well-targeted methods, techniques, systems and ways of working together to ensure global warming doesn’t pass the point of no return.

In this series, Devex will bring together thought leaders in the climate change space to create a thought-provoking, cross-sector dialogue that will shine a light on the future of climate action and the innovation behind it.

The global fashion and apparel industry touches the lives of over 12 million garment workers each day. A large majority of them work under difficult conditions, lacking the basic security and well-being measures that will protect their livelihoods. In addition, the industry is the largest cause of pollution globally, second only to oil and gas, as many developing countries depend on it for economic growth.

The fashion industry has the potential to be used as a tool to drastically reduce poverty and raise the standard of living around the world. Together with partners, Devex will take a look at the potential impact of sustainable and ethical fashion economic development, examining the challenges and opportunities that exist in the sector. What innovations, ideas, proven technologies, and business models will propel the industry towards new levels of ethics and sustainability? Join us as we advance the global conversation.

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities

By 2050, some two-thirds of all people will live in cities. So, over six weeks, Devex and its partners — Agence Française de Développement, BearingPoint, XII Metropolis World Congress and UN-Habitat — asked what it takes to build a successful smart city.

We looked at how climate resilient and environmentally friendly infrastructure can be integrated, examined the technologies changing lives and created a discussion on ways to create inclusive communities.

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Across Borders

Across Borders

Across Borders was a month-long online conversation to analyze and amplify the discussion on global migration, hosted by Devex in partnership with World Vision, the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department, the U.S. non-profit partner of the International Organization for Migration, and United Nations Volunteers.

2015 was a year of unparalleled human migration, and this rise in global mobility has contributed to migration becoming a priority for the international development community. Throughout this content series, Across Borders shared insight on one of the most pressing issues of our time — from the current refugee crisis to development cooperation and humanitarian aid work, and more — and engaged in solutions for a successful future.

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Making Markets Work

Making Markets Work

Making Markets Work was a ten week-long online conversation to amplify the conversation on investments in health infrastructure that make markets work for global health and development.

Throughout the content series, #MakingMarketsWork examined major questions including the discussion on effective health financing, critical challenges blocking universal market access in the health care supply chain and key strategies to make markets more effective.

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Data Driven

Data Driven

Data Driven was a month-long online conversation that explored the power that data has to change our approach to achieving development outcomes in every sector, hosted by Devex in partnership with Agence Francaise de Développement, BroadReach, Chemonics and Johnson & Johnson.

With potential to change the trajectory of crises, such as famines or the spread of diseases, the innovative use of data has and will continue to drive a new era for global development. Throughout the content series, Data Driven examined major questions including how data can improve service delivery for government and businesses alike, how data can help close the gap on gender parity and analyzed how every one of us can — and must — make data a central part of the way we work.

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She Builds

She Builds

She Builds was a month-long content series to change the conversation around women and girls, from beneficiaries of aid, to active agents of change for global development.

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