Raj Kumar


Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community.

Latest Articles

Minding the gaps at the Global Education & Skills Forum
16 Mar 2018

The Global Skills & Education Forum, a kind of Davos for the global education set, is starting in Dubai amid a global "learning crisis" that permeates every aspect of the development sector. Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sums up what we might learn from a gathering of education leaders and practitioners looking for new ways to tackle a stark reality: Global education is failing.

Dear development leaders in Davos: Learn to be plumbers
6 Feb 2018

With a dozen years to go before the finish line of the Sustainable Development Goals, development leaders need to get the underlying plumbing of the sector right in order to have a chance to reach those goals. From managing data and raising money to striking the right deals, they need to roll up their sleeves and build out the best system for their industry, writes Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar from Davos.

Gates vs. Malaria: How Bill Gates aims to win the fight of his life
1 Feb 2018

Bill Gates aims to eradicate malaria from the face of the earth — and he could be in for the fight of his life. On the sidelines of Davos, he tells Devex’s Raj Kumar how a comprehensive approach, including innovative new tools, could one day make this disease history.

In Davos, the art of the development deal
23 Jan 2018

As the World Economic Forum hosts its annual Davos shindig, the development sector is hoping to see a slew of deals emerge from the elite gathering of CEOs, political leaders, financiers, philanthropists, and celebrities. Devex Founding President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar writes that the time is ripe for financial dealmaking to secure vital funds to tackle some of the world's biggest problems.

Aid sector sees a tough year ahead, after navigating choppy waters of 2017
5 Jan 2018

The development sector has coped with the multiple shocks of 2017 and emerged from a year of uncertainty in better shape than many expected. But as Trump, Brexit, and multiple humanitarian crises still play out across the industry, Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar details the challenges — and opportunities — that lie ahead in 2018.

Rethinking the definition of development
12 Dec 2017

With just six months to go until Devex hosts the second edition of Devex World, President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar explains the thinking behind this unusual global development gathering.

Will the global food system sink the SDGs?
23 Nov 2017

While many SDGs show progress or promise, food is presenting a difficult problem. Nearly every country in the world is heading the wrong way on nutrition and problems in the global food system affects everything from energy to jobs to climate change. A WEF conference in Dubai heard that there is no one solution to this crisis — instead a multi-pronged approach is vital.

Behind the scenes at the Hilton Humanitarian Prize
19 Oct 2017

Dr. John Clemens, who leads the Bangladesh-based medical research institute icddr,b, was awarded one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards in the global development community: the $2 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize. Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar reflects on icddr,b's work, his on and offstage conversations at the Hilton Humanitarian award ceremony, and why these awards matter now more than ever.

Smart Money: The World Bank looks to a future of creative financing
10 Oct 2017

As the World Bank prepares to hold its 2017 annual meetings, there has been a burst of activity around financial engineering for good. President Jim Kim has pioneered the “billions to trillions” agenda that aims to connect funds to broader thematic priorities that unlock private investment for development objectives.

Amid global crises, UNGA will show development community rising to the challenges
18 Sep 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump might create most of the headlines at UNGA this week, but he is unlikely to be the real story. At a time of multiple global crises and fierce political backlash, a different narrative looks set to emerge: the story of the global development community stepping up in a time of trouble.