'Embracing volatility' at the UNDP and beyond

By Michael Igoe 06 January 2016

UNDP’s Martinez-Soliman reflects on development cooperation in 2015.

By most accounts, 2015 was a transformational year in global development. It was also a year that reinforced the fact that shocks, crises and the unexpected are what development organizations must come to expect.

“We have accepted that that new normal will be the prevailing conditions under which the development worker’s job will happen,” said Magdy Martinez-Soliman, the United Nations Development Program’s assistant administrator and director of the Bureau for Policy and Program Support, in this Devex interview.

Martinez-Soliman reflected on a year in development cooperation that saw ambitious new goals challenged by daunting emergencies, and he pointed to those areas where the international community still has work to do to ensure its own success in an uncertain world.

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Michael Igoe@AlterIgoe

Michael Igoe is a senior correspondent for Devex. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers U.S. foreign aid and emerging trends in international development and humanitarian policy. Michael draws on his experience as both a journalist and international development practitioner in Central Asia to develop stories from an insider's perspective.

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