Elena L. Pasquini


Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.

Latest Articles

Aga Khan's Aleem Walji: Leading by mistakes to innovate
30 May 2016

In an exclusive interview, the new CEO of Aga Khan Foundation USA shares his view about the priorities of the organization at a time of raising tension in the Muslim world. Walji share lessons from the World Bank, his vision for the future and what strategies work in fragile states.

Invest in people to become productive — IFAD director
6 Apr 2016

How can the international community address the challenges of poverty and inequality and prevent "social rollbacks" in Latin America and the Caribbean? Devex spoke with Joaquín Lozano, LAC director at the International Fund for Agricultural Development to find out.

Cuba's development priorities in the new landscape
19 Feb 2016

Despite its isolation, Cuba has fought hunger and poverty successfully through its social protection programs. As it transitions to a more market-based economy, how can development organizations ensure inequality will not increase? Devex traveled to Cuba to get the inside track on the role of NGOs in this fast-changing climate.

What mobile tech innovation offers food security
19 Jan 2016

How does the World Food Program collect data to help minimize aid worker risk and maximize information access? In this exclusive interview, WFP Chief Economist Arif Husain shares some of the the organization's strategies.

Measuring success from COP21: Agriculture, food security and climate adaptation
16 Dec 2015

In an exclusive interview with Devex, Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, shares her views on the role of agriculture and food security at COP21 and what still needs to be done to overcome the adaptation challenge.

Increase smallholder finance to avert catastrophe — IFAD president
2 Dec 2015

Small farmer agriculture may not have been given the emphasis it deserves in the climate change discourse, but will it get recognition at the Paris climate change conference? IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze tells Devex what we can expect from COP21 negotiations.

What place for agricultural innovation at COP21?
1 Dec 2015

Negotiations in Paris are beginning in earnest. But has the impact of climate change on agriculture been addressed sufficiently in the process that led to COP21? Devex reports from the climate conference.

UNDP chief on the convergence of climate-sensitive development
12 Oct 2015

Environmental and human development must move together as one, according to Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Program. On the sidelines of last month's Convergences Forum in Paris, Clark sat down with Devex to discuss the challenges ahead for the international community.

Now that we've started cooking, political will is the missing ingredient — FAO chief
28 Sep 2015

How can the global development community ensure that this year of summits and agreements translates into tangible results, rather than being consigned to history as the year of good intentions? We asked José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Fondation Chanel chief on the scent for new partners
21 Sep 2015

Launched in 2011, Fondation Chanel chose to direct its efforts squarely on issues impacting women's empowerment. In this exclusive interview, Miren Bengoa, executive director of the foundation, shares the challenges of setting up an organization, her vision for the future and what to look for in prospective partners.