Meet the next generation development professional

By Kate Warren 15 December 2015

What will the next generation of development professional look like?

New sources of funding, new actors and new technologies are quickly changing the way we do development. They’re also changing the kinds of development professionals that will be in demand to work in this complex ecosystem.

In a survey Devex conducted in partnership with the U.S. Global Development Lab at the United States Agency for International Development and Population Services International, 83 percent of respondents believe that in 10 years, the technology, skills and approaches used by development professionals will be significantly different than they are today.

Alexis Bonnell, division chief for applied innovation and acceleration at the U.S. Global Development Lab and Marshall Stowell, vice president for external relations and communications at PSI, helped us unpack the findings in a webinar to discuss what they mean for development professionals and the kinds of skills they will need to develop to be successful in the future.

As income levels rise and private sector plays an increasing role in reaching the bottom of the pyramid, a marketing mindset — one that thinks of beneficiaries instead as consumers — will be critical, both Bonnell and Stowell stressed.

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Kate Warren@DevexCareers

Kate Warren is the senior director and editor of careers and recruiting content at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with international NGOs, consulting firms and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.


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