A New Era for Development with Raj Kumar of Devex: Shifting from a Project Mindset to an Investment Mindset

Episode 36  |  53 minutes

Global development is evolving quickly in the face of social, economic, and political changes. Jonathan Jackson sits down with Raj Kumar, founder and editor-in-chief of Devex, a leading independent online news platform for development professionals, to discuss how 2023 marks the start of a new, more challenging development era. With growing competition between China and Russia and the West, a new set of economic circumstances, and overwhelming humanitarian needs, development professionals need to get more value for money. And this requires a change in mindset and how things are done - shifting from a project-based mindset to a collaborative, results-driven investment mindset.

Topics discussed:

  • Why and how we need to shift from a project-based to an investment-based mindset
  • The role of Devex in changing the development sector
  • How funding for development is changing and needs to change
  • The potential of philanthropy in funding development work
  • How technology deployed thoughtfully in support of the people closest to the challenges is poised to unlock significantly more value
  • The impact of technology on development outcomes
  • Prioritizing results over projects for better resource allocation

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