How to effectively 'go local': Lessons from World Vision

    Development institutions around the world are talking about “going local.” World Vision’s programs in East Africa have embodied local partnerships for decades.

    This week Devex is hosting our first-ever partnerships forum and career fair in Nairobi, Kenya, and we’re very pleased that World Vision is one of our sponsors.

    We spoke with Charles Owubah, regional vice president for World Vision International – East Africa, to learn about the challenges and opportunities presented by the growing global trend toward host country ownership of development programs.

    Owubah shared the lessons he has learned in administering programs in East Africa, about what works and what doesn’t in building local partnerships and about how organizations like World Vision have had to adapt as “going local” becomes a more prominent feature of development innovation.

    Watch the above recording of our hangout with Dr. Owubah to learn more.

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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.