Melanne Verveer to youth: There's no one way to make an impact in global development

Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar sits down with Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University.

Melanne Verveer is extremely optimistic about the next generation.

“What I hear more and more is there is no one way to do it, the executive director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University told Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar of young people wishing to do good.

Young people are realizing they don’t all have to work for a development agency or get involved with an NGO to engage in global development. Business majors are looking at impact investing, for example, and grad students in development are taking a closer look at corporations focused on sustainability.

“I see both a great deep desire to be part of making a difference. I also see something that I think is exciting, which is the young people looking at new ways to do that,” Verveer said.

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    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.