How to advance development partnerships in Asia-Pacific

Devex is bringing its successful career fair to Asia-Pacific this June as part of the first Devex Partnerships & Career Forum in Manila, Philippines. Photo by: Devex

Much of the buzz at last week’s World Bank spring meetings was about President Jim Kim’s ambitious reform plans — including new ways to engage partners around the world in efforts to alleviate extreme poverty and advance inclusive growth.

This week’s first high-level meeting of the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation again puts collaboration at the center of the debate.

There’s much talk about the need for new partnerships to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals ahead of their expiration next year. Partnerships with the private sector, with innovators of all stripes and with organizations located in the developing world.

Indeed, more and more decisions in international development — whether they relate to funding, staffing or policy — are being made locally now. So to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace, aid groups need to “go local.”

We saw this trend clearly last October at our first International Development Partnerships Forum & Career Fair in Nairobi, Kenya, where hundreds of development professionals from international donors and aid organizations networked with peers from East Africa. To us, the event made clear: There’s a huge appetite within the international community to come together to exchange notes and strike up partnerships that deliver sustainable solutions to local development challenges.

That’s why we’re taking our successful event series to Asia-Pacific next: On June 10-11, the first Devex Partnerships & Career Forum will take place in Manila, Philippines.

Asia is home to some of the biggest and fastest growing aid flows — think Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam. And in the Philippines in particular, big challenges (like last year’s devastating typhoon Haiyan) and big opportunities (like the fragile peace agreement for Mindanao province) are converging to create a substantial need for development organizations to work in the region.

Simply put, in the Philippines and across Asia, more decision-making and hiring is taking place on the ground than ever before.

Our two-day Partnerships & Career Forum will convene delegates from donors, international aid agencies and Asian development organizations and touch on issues specific to development in the Philippines, as well as those facing the entire aid community including governance, climate change, urban infrastructure, disaster relief and resilience, and the localization of aid. Exhibitors will also have the opportunity to meet with locally based talent on the second day of the forum to establish new connections for hiring in the region.

If you’re a job seeker, a recruiter, a fundraiser or business development specialist with business in Asia-Pacific, join us in Manila this June!

Find out more about the first Devex Partnerships & Career Forum in Manila and how you may participate.

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    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.