Global Development Community Should Recommit To Continuing Successful Work

Devex: A message from Raj Kumar: ‘Don’t duck’
Raj Kumar, founding president and editor in chief of Devex

“…[G]lobal development is working. We know this and have the data to prove it. Investing in healthier people and societies, in a cleaner more stable planet, in more open and inclusive democracies pays off. … So here’s the question: in an environment of political headwinds, of British tabloids questioning the fundamentals of what we do, should we duck our heads and go about our work quietly? Should we, as many in Washington, D.C., have suggested of late, try to fly under the radar of a new administration? It’s something to think about as we take stock of all we accomplished in 2016 — all the thousands of NGOs large and small, the private sector initiatives, the government and donor agencies, the foundations and institutions that make up the Devex community. If you focus on the big picture, it’s clear that this community — made up of over one million professionals that we have the pleasure to serve at Devex — is on the right side of history. So … ignore the headlines and take the time to recommit to the important work you do…” (12/23).