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.

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Investment in diplomacy, development more effective than defense, says senior US military official
19 Jun 2018

General Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke out Monday about the importance of diplomacy and development alongside defense in keeping the country safe, calling the two a far better investment than having to deploy military.

Q&A: OPIC's Ray Washburne on the proposed US development finance institution
14 Jun 2018

As the BUILD Act makes its way through the legislative process, concerns remain about exactly how the proposed U.S. development finance corporation would work with USAID, what its social and environmental standards would be, and how its mandate will be interpreted. Here is what OPIC CEO Ray Washburne had to say on those issues.

Q&A: How Rwanda focused PEPFAR funds on 'people-centric, not disease-centric' care
11 Jun 2018

As PEPFAR marks its 15th anniversary, Devex spoke to Agnes Binagwaho about the program, its impacts in Rwanda, and what’s needed both in the fight against HIV and AIDS and to improve health systems.

An atmosphere of fear under 'global gag rule' shows comprehensive new report
6 Jun 2018

Nearly 1 1/2 years after the expanded Mexico City policy, or "global gag rule," was announced, organizations across the globe are struggling to provide life-saving services.

15 years later, PEPFAR is still at war with a global epidemic
25 May 2018

On May 27, 2003, U.S. Congress authorized the largest-ever investment in a single disease in U.S. global health history. Fifteen years later, PEPFAR has saved millions of lives and transformed global development. But to end an epidemic, the flagship HIV/AIDS program will have to go even further — and advocates fear budget pressure could jeopardize the fight.

Q&A: Former acting USAID Administrator Warren shares his insights on the agency's evolving role
21 May 2018

Wade Warren spent nearly three decades working for USAID before leaving earlier this year. He’s just started a new post at Deloitte Consulting, but before he left, he sat down with Devex to share his thoughts on the agency and his time there.

Development finance bill moves forward in legislative process
11 May 2018

The BUILD Act, legislation that would create a new United States development finance agency, took a step closer to reality after being advanced out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and through a Senate Committee hearing. Here's a look at remaining concerns, and at some of the changes members of Congress made before approving the bill in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Congressional appropriators push back on US foreign aid cuts in two hearings
27 Apr 2018

In a pair of hearings this week, United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green was challenged about the administration's proposed cuts to the agency's budget in fiscal year 2019, with lawmakers saying the deep cuts would not stand.

5 years after Rana Plaza, worker safety has improved, but more remains to be done
24 Apr 2018

Five years ago, a building collapse at Rana Plaza killed 1,134 garment workers, sparking outrage across the world. The initiatives delivered since seem to have improved workplace safety, but many wonder what's next as the government readies to take over, and key concerns — about wages and workers rights — remain.

Blended Finance Task Force launches action plan, calls on MDBs to step up leadership
20 Apr 2018

A new blended finance action plan calls on multilateral development banks to step up their efforts to leverage private capital. It lays out a series of eight key initiatives that can help to accelerate blended finance and raise more funds to address the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.