Is international development becoming more dangerous?

    Devex reporter Michael Igoe interviews Jan Auman, president of Tetra Tech International Development Services.

    In recent years, several of the world’s top donors have signed on to a similar agenda: eradicating extreme poverty once and for all.

    As economies around the world have grown, pockets of extreme poverty continue to exist and some are even growing in fragile, conflict-affected states, where governments struggle to maintain legitimacy, disasters strike with greater impact, and security conditions can change rapidly.

    The extreme poverty eradication agenda — and the buy-in it has generated — suggests official foreign assistance dollars will increasingly focus on these risk-prone areas. International development professionals often must share in the risks that beneficiaries of their projects experience on a daily basis, or can even be targeted for their association with foreign governments.

    All of that begs the question: Given the renewed focus on extreme poverty, is international development getting more dangerous?

    We asked Jan Auman, president of Tetra Tech International Development Services, whose firm has successfully implemented programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and many other global hotspots.

    This is the third and last excerpt from our conversation with Auman.

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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.

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