Adva Saldinger


As a Devex Impact associate editor, Adva leads coverage of the intersection of business and international development. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, she enjoys exploring the role the private sector and private capital play in development. Previously, she has worked as a reporter at newspapers in both the U.S. and South Africa. Most recently, she has been ghostwriting a memoir for a former child slave and NGO founder in Ghana.

Latest Articles

5 development stories to watch in the Trump era
20 Jan 2017

As Donald Trump is sworn in as president of the United States on Friday, Devex is looking ahead at what some of the big storylines are as Trump takes the reins and what the global development community should be watching as the next four years unfold.

Analysis from Davos, the US inauguration and Gambia on the brink: This week in development news
19 Jan 2017

As world business and government leaders gathered for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, the U.S. prepared for a controversial new president and the small nation of Gambia teetered on the brink of unrest. This week in development news.

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations launches in Davos
19 Jan 2017

A new initiative backed by nearly half a billion dollars will finance vaccine research and other innovations to combat diseases that pose global health security threats.

Pharmaceutical companies launch new initiative to tackle NCDs
19 Jan 2017

On Wednesday, a group of 22 pharmaceutical companies announced a new initiative aimed at tackling noncommunicable diseases and better assessing their individual, and collective, work to enable access to care in developing countries.

Business leaders call for new socially focused business model that embraces SDGs
16 Jan 2017

In an environment where trust in CEOs is dropping, distrust in business is growing and the markets with the greatest future opportunities are in emerging economies, a group of business and civil society leaders are calling for bold action to disrupt the way business operates and replace it with a new socially focused business model.

In historic move, UN grants International Chamber of Commerce observer status
13 Jan 2017

In late December, after years of trying, the International Chamber of Commerce was granted observer status at the United Nations. Here's a look at the process that signals the growing acknowledgment of the need for private sector engagement to tackle the world's greatest challenges.

How the US State Department engages the private sector in refugee crisis response
9 Jan 2017

The United States government made both quiet and public pushes to engage the private sector in refugee crisis response in 2016. Devex recently sat down with the special representative for commercial and business affairs at U.S. Department of State to discuss how he's made the case for companies to engage on refugee issues and what’s ahead as the administration changes.

How a commercial carpet giant built an inclusive business in its supply chain
6 Jan 2017

The U.S. Department of State presented commercial carpet company Interface with a Corporate Excellence Award on Thursday. Devex spoke with Interface's chief sustainability officer to learn more about Interface's journey and what other companies looking to build inclusive businesses or improve supply chain sustainability should keep in mind.

OPIC exit memo: 'We are an agency whose time has come'
5 Jan 2017

The Overseas Private Investment Corp., which faces an uncertain fate and a likely difficult reauthorization process, submitted its exit memo to the White House on Thursday. Here's a look at what it says.

New CRS deal marks first foray into impact investment
23 Dec 2016

Catholic Relief Services announced on Monday it's first impact investment, the latest signal in the trend of international NGOs considering investments to generate both measurable impact and a financial return.