Getting to know you: RTI's Aaron Williams on local-international partnerships

    What will it take for international and local NGOs to forge the kinds of partnerships that can make aid “localization” a reality? What can NGO executives do to position their organizations better for successful development partnerships in an evolving aid landscape?

    Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sat down with Aaron Williams, executive vice president of RTI’s International Development Group, to find out.

    RTI is an executive partner for the upcoming Devex Partnerships and Career Forum in Manila, which Williams said will offer his organization an opportunity to get to know better a wide range of organizations working throughout the Southeast Asian region.

    In the below video, Williams and Kumar discuss how local NGO leaders can position their organizations for successful development partnerships.

    What types of groups does RTI prefer to engage with? Aaron Williams explains.

    Global organizations like RTI look to source talented employees with the skills to make a difference. Williams, who previously served as director of the Peace Corps, reflected on what RTI looks for in successful candidates and how young people can employ their passion for development to move from theory to results. Click the below video to know more.

    What type of experience is RTI looking for in its new hires? Click the above video to find out.

    Click here for our full conversation with RTI’s Aaron Williams, and here to learn more about the Devex Partnerships and Career Forum in Manila.

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    About the author

    • 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.