Naki B. Mendoza


Naki is a former reporter for Devex Impact based in Washington, D.C., where he covered the intersection of business and international development. Prior to Devex he was a Latin America reporter for Energy Intelligence covering corporate investments and political risks in the region’s energy sector. His previous assignments abroad have posted him throughout Europe, South America and Australia.

Latest Articles

Q&A: How can urbanization pay for itself? 3 questions for UN-Habitat
16 Mar 2017

Marco Kamiya, the head of the urban economy and finance department at UN-Habitat sat down with Devex to share his thoughts on some of the simple but necessary regulatory steps that cities can take to unlock larger streams of finance and what, in his opinion, makes for smart urban planning.

How social entrepreneurs pitch diaspora communities to investors
26 Oct 2016

Through the reach and scale of their networks, diaspora communities can be effective means for delivering very powerful messages — and attractive for investors, clients and business partners. Devex looks at how some social entrepreneurs use diaspora linkages to pitch their business.

5 tips to conquer a large industry conference
25 Oct 2016

With so many sessions to attend and events to cover, large multiday industry conferences can be overwhelming to plan and prepare for. We've pulled together a short list of suggestions to help you maximize your experience.

Lessons learned at Habitat III
24 Oct 2016

Habitat III now over, national delegates and members of the development community now head home to implement the New Urban Agenda in their local context. Devex takes a look at some of the key issues that emerged at Habitat III that will inform those plans.

Land value finance proposed as a way to pay for urban development
20 Oct 2016

Financial products that are underwritten by rising land values can be innovative and useful ways for cities to finance urban development. They are generating a lot of buzz at the Habitat III conference in Quito this week. Devex takes a look at what some of these products are and the constraints to how they can be applied.

What are 'new cities' and why they matter for development
19 Oct 2016

There is growing trend of "new cities" across the developing world and they matter for the New Urban Agenda.

What to expect from Habitat III
17 Oct 2016

The Habitat III summit on sustainable cities and urbanization is this week. It is the seminal gathering of U.N. Habitat that happens only once every 20 years. Devex previews what to expect from the conference.

Is it time for OPIC to own up?
13 Oct 2016

Overseas Private Investment Corp., the U.S. government's development finance agency, is barred from owning shares of foreign companies in the markets where it invests. But with new financing models needed to address the challenges of the 2030 development agenda, should OPIC be looking at different ways to achieve investment impact?

The New Urban Agenda vs. the urban planner's dilemma
11 Oct 2016

The New Urban Agenda outlines many lofty ideals and aspirations for cities to promote sustainable livelihoods and prosperity. The task of planning for that, however, can be a perplexing dilemma for city workers and officials.

What the New Urban Agenda and the Washington Consensus have in common
4 Oct 2016

Two weeks ahead of the Habitat III, Devex interviewed Joan Clos, executive director of U.N. Habitat and secretary-general of the upcoming summit. He explains his vision of urban planning that creates value and strategies for municipalities to finance their plans.