'Embracing volatility' at the UNDP and beyond

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

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

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