Raj Kumar


Raj Kumar is the founding president and editor-in-chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social entrepreneur and digital media executive, he chairs the Humanitarian Council of the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and 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

Should Africa 'hurry up and wait' amid development crisis?
3 May 2017

The future of Africa is an urgent global concern in every dimension — moral and humanitarian, as well as economic and geopolitical. But amid all the discussions of policy and politics, the real question is: What are we doing about it? Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar weighs in from the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban.

In uncertain times, a clearer World Bank strategy emerges
18 Apr 2017

The World Bank is undergoing a transformation from traditional project lender to modern financial catalyzer, working to incentivize private investors to pitch in the trillions of dollars needed for global development. While questions still remain, the shift in thinking and operation could position the institution for a new era of relevance.

Halfway through WEF's Latin America summit, here's the buzz
6 Apr 2017

Attendees focus on what is needed to get the region back on track amid growing problems and a jump in poverty rates. But what would a new approach to development in Latin America look like? Devex analyzes the ideas and projects setting the early pace at WEF Latin America.

Global development in Latin America faces a test
5 Apr 2017

Can Latin America break a development cycle of advancement followed by retreat? WEF Latin America meets this week to examine its prospects — and look at possible solutions — as the region faces another key turning point in its history. Devex will be there covering everything from the latest disruptive models in education to the looming humanitarian crises to increasing internet connectivity.

3 major global development trends from Davos
24 Jan 2017

In a world where challenges can be so complex they require strange bedfellows to solve them, the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos has taken on new importance with stakeholders across government, civil society, business and media. Here are three such initiatives from this year’s Davos meeting that exemplify three big trends in global development.

Opinion: What to do with a successful partnership? End it
19 Jan 2017

In 2011 Devex and the U.S. Agency for International Development partnered to form Devex Impact, an initiative designed to foster a community of practice around the growing role of business in global development. Now as that partnership ends and Devex Impact is integrated into Devex, here's a look at some of the lessons learned and how the intersection of business and development has evolved in the past five years.

Opinion: What the development community can expect from Davos
16 Jan 2017

This year the World Economic Forum plays out against the backdrop of a rise of populism that has manifested most prominently in Donald Trump's election win and the Brexit vote. But many other important trends that impact the world of development will also come up for discussion and debate ranging from the rise of China, to 3-D printing, to our world's ever-increasing connectivity.

A message from Raj Kumar: 'Don't duck'
23 Dec 2016

With 2016 behind us, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar borrows some advice from former President Bill Clinton: focus on trendlines, not headlines. Those trendlines point to one crucial thing: Global development is working. Despite the global backlash to a more interconnected world, people are getting healthier, societies are becoming freer and more inclusive, more kids are going to school — and global development professionals are leading these changes.

Opinion: Seeing past the shock of the Trump victory
10 Nov 2016

Development professionals and aid workers the world over have good reason to wonder what a Donald J. Trump presidency will mean for their work and careers. In this column Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar explores the likely significant challenges the global development agenda will face as a result of this election.

A new era
2 Jun 2016

Global development has inexorably changed. It is a new industry, rich with possibility and opportunity. On June 14 at Devex World, we're bringing this idea of a new era in global development into physical manifestation. Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar looks at why Devex World will be "the global development event of the year."