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

Defense Department officials pressed on aid, as military emerges as key voice in budget debate
23 Mar 2017

In two defense-related congressional hearings this week, Senators and representatives sought answers on the security impact of proposed cuts to the aid and diplomatic budgets. The defense community has emerged as a key voice in the debate over whether and how to slash aid funding.

Senators Coons, Isakson join expanded caucus on aid effectiveness
23 Mar 2017

The Congressional Caucus for Effective Foreign Assistance got a bit bigger Tuesday night as it expanded to the Senate, with Senator Chris Coons and Senator Johnny Isakson as new co-chairs.

Stephen Hadley and Madeleine Albright team up to ask Congress not to cut foreign aid
22 Mar 2017

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley may seem an unlikely pairing politically, but they called on Congress together to convene a national debate about America's role in the world, warned against isolationism and asked Congress to reject the foreign aid cuts recommended in President Donald Trump's budget.

Q&A with Ambassador Deborah Birx: 'This White House is very responsive to data'
20 Mar 2017

A complete readout of Devex's interview with Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, on PEPFAR's budget, potential "global gag rule" impacts and what implementers need to know.

Digging deep: How Trump's budget affects everything from local jobs to foreign stability
17 Mar 2017

Senators, development experts, lobbyists and advocates are working overtime to figure out how best to tackle unprecedented cuts.

Trump to release 'hard power' budget
16 Mar 2017

President Donald Trump's first budget request will include approximately a 28 percent cut to State Department and foreign aid funding, as part of a shift from "soft power to "hard power" in line with the president's objectives.

What would deep cuts to US foreign aid look like?
15 Mar 2017

There has been a flurry of speculation and warning about what cuts of the magnitude President Donald Trump is proposing — up to 37 percent — would mean for U.S. global development programs and the populations they serve. Here's a look at how deep cuts could impact foreign assistance.

Amb. Birx on PEPFAR in the Trump era
14 Mar 2017

How exactly the reinstated "global gag rule" will impact PEPFAR programs is unclear at the moment, but Ambassador Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, played down potential impacts and told Devex that the agency's focus on data has it well positioned to track impacts and plan for whatever budget it gets.

Congressman Ed Royce calls for continued US commitment to electrify Africa
10 Mar 2017

In a speech Thursday at the Powering Africa Summit, Rep. Ed Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stressed the importance of improving capacity and access to power in Africa and a continued U.S. government commitment to address the challenge.

Lobbying efforts ramp up in the wake of proposed cuts to US aid
3 Mar 2017

Groups such as the ONE Campaign, development organizations and lobbyists who support foreign aid are gearing up for a fight. Here's a look at how it's shaping up.