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

Priorities for the next WHO director-general
25 May 2017

The next director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will have his work cut out for him when he takes the helm. Government, business and civil society leaders have been weighing in on what the priorities of the next director-general should be. Here's a look at their recommendations.

A 'new era' for WHO as first African head elected — but challenges await
24 May 2017

Praise floods in for Ethiopia's Tedros following his election to the post of new director-general of the World Health Organization, as the global development community eyes his plans to pivot the organization and rebuild its reputation.

What Trump's budget request says about US aid
23 May 2017

Trump's "America First" budget proposes a historic reduction of U.S. engagement in global development efforts.

Amid numerous US foreign aid concerns, can OPIC find the support it needs?
22 May 2017

In a contentious and busy political environment, can the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, slated for elimination by the Trump administration, find the support it needs despite a laundry list of other Congressional priorities?

Leaked US budget document suggests deep humanitarian, global health cuts
19 May 2017

A leaked budget spreadsheet dated May 8 offers more detail into how the Trump administration might achieve deep cuts to foreign aid spending. Humanitarian and global health programs would face steep reductions under this plan.

Impact investing growth continues as industry begins tracking to SDGs
19 May 2017

The Global Impact Investing Network released its annual impact investing report on Wednesday. Here's a look at what it says about the growth of the industry.

A look back at the World Economic Forum on Africa
8 May 2017

Against a backdrop of slowing economic growth, rising food insecurity and a demographic shift that could lead to greater instability in the region, the World Economic Forum on Africa gathered business, government and civil society leaders last week in Durban, South Africa. Here's what happened.

5 May 2017

The Gates Foundation is at the World Economic Forum on Africa to lend its voice to the idea of reducing inequalities and to try to get African governments to invest more in research and development, Ayo Ajayi, the director of the foundation's Africa team, told Devex.

Tackling the problems of fragile states in Africa
5 May 2017

At a panel at the World Economic Forum on Africa, a diverse group of panelists discussed the causes of fragility and what solutions exist to overcome the issue.

ADB President Nakao on the road ahead as the bank marks 50 years
4 May 2017

Takehiko Nakao, the president of the Asian Development Bank, recently oversaw a significant milestone in the bank's history — the merging of two key accounts — and while he's focused on moving the bank forward he said he's also a student of the past. Here's what he had to say in an interview with Devex.