Adva Saldinger


Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.

Latest Articles

How policy wonks, politicos, and a conservative Republican remade US aid
5 Dec 2018

The Better Utilization of Investment Leading to Development, or BUILD Act, has been praised as an example of bipartisan cooperation in a fractious political era. Here's how the new U.S. development finance institution came to be.

High-level support for PEPFAR, with budget cut proposals looming
30 Nov 2018

As U.S. Congress reauthorized the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Trump administration officials voiced support for PEPFAR and announced new funding commitments. That doesn't mean they won't try again to slash the initiative's budget next year.

Q&A: Nick O'Donohoe on impact investing, CDC in India, and a riskier portfolio
22 Nov 2018

As more mainstream investors begin to show interest in investing for impact, what is the role of development finance institutions? Devex speaks with CDC CEO Nick O'Donohoe.

World Bank Inspection Panel chair: 'Whenever we say something, the building shakes'
21 Nov 2018

Last week, the World Bank's Inspection Panel marked its 25th anniversary, and on Monday, the bank's board released the first results from a review of its toolkit. Devex spoke with Gonzalo Castro de la Mata, chairman of the Inspection Panel, about the review process and the panel’s legacy.

Moving beyond a 'flush and forget' mindset in India
19 Nov 2018

For India to truly be open defecation free, it needs more than toilets. Devex speaks with entrepreneurs offering solutions and experts working with governments to find out about the latest efforts to deal with waste.

OPIC launches billion dollar co-investment platform
9 Nov 2018

OPIC and Liberty Mutual announced a co-investment platform for small- and medium-sized enterprises, a first for OPIC as it tries new tools and strategies to attract institutional investors to the development finance arena.

How India became a leader in low-cost, high-quality eye care
31 Oct 2018

Within three decades, India has turned itself into a model for good, affordable eye care. Here's how.

Q&A: Ronald Cohen on moving to a financial system that measures impact
29 Oct 2018

Recognized as a pioneer in venture capital and social finance, Ronald Cohen thinks the finance industry needs to add impact into investing calculations.

A new US development finance agency takes flight
4 Oct 2018

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday sent the BUILD Act to President Donald Trump's desk. The bill, a culmination of bipartisan efforts on Capitol Hill and backed by the administration, will create a new U.S. development finance institution. Here's what's next.

Q&A: EIB President Werner Hoyer on European aid turf war, Iran, and more
2 Oct 2018

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank are engaged in a debate about who will lead external investment programs for the European Union. Devex sat down with EIB President Werner Hoyer to get his take.