Elizabeth Dickinson


Elizabeth Dickinson is associate editor at Devex. Based in the Middle East, she has previously served as Gulf correspondent for The National, assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy, and Nigeria correspondent at The Economist. Her writing also appeared in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Politico Magazine, and Newsweek, among others.

Latest Articles

5 things to know about Gulf philanthropy
15 May 2017

Foundations in the Gulf are increasingly powerful forces for change in the Middle East. As they expand internationally, they are also on the lookout for blue chip partnerships with the international philanthropic and charitable community. Devex spoke with several organizations and regional experts about what potential partners should know.

Social enterprise to target youth unemployment in Saudi Arabia
10 May 2017

Oil rich Saudi Arabia is facing a wave of youth unemployment that stands to undermine social progress made over the last half century. Could a growing corps of millennial social entrepreneurs help?

Q&A: Hult Prize CEO on social enterprise in the Middle East
10 May 2017

Conditions in the Middle East are ripe for fostering social enterprises: A host of social challenges that government can't meet and a burgeoning youth population full of energy but facing dire employment prospects. Devex talks to Ahmad Ashkar, founder and chief executive officer of the Hult Prize Foundation, about what's needed for the sector to take off in the region.

Q&A: Saudi nonprofit MiSK paves the way for youth
8 May 2017

Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the country's deputy crown prince and architect of a massive economic reform program. His personal foundation, focused on youth issues, builds ambitious partnerships with blue chip organizations across the globe. Executive Manager Shaima Hamidaddin spoke to Devex about what's next.

Q&A: Abdelmoneim on how Ebola and armed conflict are changing MSF
3 May 2017

As one of the most outspoken critics of the international Ebola response, Médecins Sans Frontières earned a newly influential voice in global health policy. Now, the organization is seeking to find the right balance between engagement and its tradition of fierce independence. MSF board member Dr. Javid Abdelmoneim reflects on the debate within MSF, lessons learned from Ebola, and how conflict is reshaping risk for medical workers.

Q&A: Irina Bokova on saving culture in times of conflict
13 Apr 2017

Rarely since its founding has the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization had such an urgent role in safeguarding culture and heritage from the scourge of conflict. Devex sat down with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova to discuss how the web of global crises has transformed thinking and programming within the organization.

Emerging best practices from Iraq for psychosocial support in emergencies
10 Apr 2017

Frontline responders to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq say they are prioritizing psychosocial support in a way that hasn't happened in previous emergencies. Here are six of the best practices they've developed to help populations with overwhelming needs and limited resources.

A checkup on Latin America ahead of the WEF
5 Apr 2017

Ahead of the World Economic Forum this Wednesday through Friday in Buenos Aires, Devex looks at the economic and developing challenges — and opportunities — facing key countries this year.

Tips for getting smart city tech into policymakers hands
31 Mar 2017

A meeting of top researchers from the Gulf and the United Kingdom had a shared message about smart city development: the technology is the easy part. The real work comes in getting governments, companies and citizens on board.

For first time, WHO as implementer in Mosul trauma 'chain of care'
29 Mar 2017

The World Health Organization has taken on an unusually activist role in managing trauma care in Northern Iraq. Donors, aid groups and doctors say it's working.