Karl Hofmann: It's a mistake to think there's a formula to localization

    The growing emphasis of development effectiveness has pushed aid groups to “go local.” But like other processes, there’s no simple recipe to it.

    “There’s a temptation to think there’s an easy shortcut to getting better at local ownership of development solutions,” Karl Hoffman, president and CEO of Population Services International, told Devex on the sidelines of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative in New York. “I think the reality is that it’s a long, hard and difficult road and we all make mistakes on that path, but there’s a strong consensus that we should all be on that same path now.”

    Also in our interview, Hoffman highlighted the different roles each actor in the global development sector plays to promote local ownership. Watch the above video to know more.

    Stay tuned to Devex as we bring updates from our first-ever career fair and partnerships forum in the developing world — happening this week in Nairobi — where industry leaders will discuss trends, challenges and best practices on going local.

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    • Eliza Villarino

      Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.

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