Dear development leaders in Davos: Learn to be plumbers

A scene during this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photo by: Ciaran McCrickard / WEF / CC BY-NC-SA

DAVOS, Switzerland — Standing in the main hallway of the Congress Center on the last day of World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, last month, I stopped development leaders as they passed and asked a simple question: “What’s your main takeaway for the global development community?”

The big agency chiefs, senior NGO executives, and social entrepreneurs paused in their tracks, pursed their lips, and looked to the ceiling. They were suffering from a common affliction here: Information overload. The savvier ones turned the question back on me, and I stammered something about needing more time to process the many futuristic innovations and geopolitical trends highlighted during the week.

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    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.