Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar at last year’s Devex World.

It was at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York in 2015 that the Sustainable Development Goals were ratified. At a side session, during a Devex-moderated panel with Bill Gates, among others, a wire service reporter asked the question many had been thinking. With estimates for achieving the SDGs ranging in the trillions of dollars per year, wasn’t all this optimistic talk about global goals a pipe-dream?

Gates, looking vaguely annoyed, answered concisely: “What about innovation?” he countered.

Ending extreme poverty, eradicating disease, and achieving all the other SDGs isn’t just about money. What’s needed is concerted effort that prioritizes results for people and a relentless focus on innovation. In short, one key ingredient is a global development community that works differently to achieve more.

Today, Devex is announcing a new ambition to help our community do more good for more people through deeper analysis and exclusive insights.

Our new chapter: Devex Pro

Devex began as a student project at Harvard’s Kennedy School nearly two decades ago. Surely it was the naïveté of the young, but it began with the core idea that global development could do better. We even coined a tagline that we proudly display to this day: “Do Good. Do It Well.”

At the time, we didn’t know what innovative finance was, but we did believe that the very best ideas for changing the world needed to be put in the spotlight. We didn’t understand how governments made decisions about foreign aid budgets, but we knew there had to be transparency and accountability in order to shift the focus to results. We weren’t clear on all the obstacles to changing the aid industry from top down to bottom up, but we felt strongly that bringing aid workers and development professionals together into one global platform would help.

We could not have anticipated the incredible response to these ideas. With your support, Devex’s news coverage of global development, health, humanitarian aid, and sustainability has grown tremendously and maintained a focus on impact.

You are among more than 1 million professionals who rely on Devex for big ideas, new solutions, and holding our own industry to account. Today, there are 150 full-time journalists, analysts, editors, designers, event producers, web developers, and more at Devex, all working for you.

And what we do is about to get better.

Today we are launching a premium news subscription called Devex Pro.

Designed and produced by our journalists, Devex Pro offers deeper analysis and exclusive insights directly from our expert reporters and analysts. There is no other place to get the critical information you need on the full range of global development topics — think social impact bonds, climate change adaptation, food fortification, health systems financing, sustainable infrastructure, humanitarian cash transfers, and so much more.

Devex Pro is offered for free during a 15-day trial period, after which the subscription price is $399 per year. Substantial discounts are available to small organizations outside the global north and to students.

Want to get a sense of what subscribers get? Those who sign up today will experience the following during just their 15-day free trial:

  • A special series on development finance institutions including a never-before-seen analysis of 3,000 DFI investments over five years. As the data shows, European DFIs are particularly on the move, with investments tripling over the past decade. Devex Pro subscribers will be invited to an exclusive online panel where experts will break down the priorities of European DFIs and explore how to engage with these institutions.

  • An exclusive interview from Beijing with the intellectual father of China’s foreign aid strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Advice from NGOs on the biggest mistakes they made when applying for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds in the EU.

  • A special series on global education, reported from the Global Skills & Education Forum in Dubai.

  • From rural Rwanda, a revealing look at how global health education is being disrupted.

  • A sit-down with UNICEF chief and former U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Henrietta Holsman-Fore who shares her concerns about maintaining development funding levels, getting results financing right, and missing the boat on private sector collaboration.

  • And one story about Brexit that hasn’t yet been told: an insider account of how U.K. Department for International Development contractors are struggling to stay afloat.

Subscribers will also receive a special newsletter each Sunday with an insider’s glimpse at the week ahead and have access to an archive of thousands of articles across sectors and donors — indispensable background for proposal development, project design, and organizational strategy.

Even before this public announcement was made, we picked up some early-adopter subscribers, including three foundation presidents, two NGO CEOs, and a former USAID administrator. Organizations including the World Bank, International Committee of the Red Cross, and Comic Relief are already onboard.

For those of you who want to try Devex Pro too, the free trial provides that chance, and we’ve made canceling easy if you decide not to continue — although we don’t think you’ll want to!

In the coming days and weeks, our coverage will just keep getting better as your subscription fees allow us to expand our journalism from around the world. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

For all Devex members — premium subscribers and those who continue to rely on our free content — our commitment to serving the entire global development community is unwavering. You can continue to count on us for our daily Newswire email and coverage of top stories — all free of cost and with the highest journalistic standards.

Achieving the SDGs will require all of us to work differently and to push harder. In this new chapter for Devex, we’re eager to bring more of the tools of reporting and analysis to bear to help our community do just that.

In that spirit, we hope you’ll try out Devex Pro and tell us what you think.

About the author

  • Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.