BARCELONA — Women in the global development sector face many of the same challenges those in the private sector do, according to Kimberly King, CEO of HumanTec and the One Island Institute. But upskilling can help ensure that all voices and perspectives are at every table.
That means not only considering the skills of use to the development community but asking what the most important skills being universally appreciated are, King said. She cited “superpowers” such as creativity, emotional intelligence, awareness, integrity, collaboration, and communication, rather than professional skills that have a “half-life” of five years — the time it takes for a professional skill to become half as valuable.
To kick off our six-part audio series DevProWomen2030, Devex talks to Helen Clark, former head of UNDP, on how the sector is changing and the implications for women in development.
“When I think about the work of development, I think about this work and when I think about the edge and the contribution women have maybe an extra capacity for, I think these skills of the future are exactly in the sweet spot women have to bring, and must bring, in order to change their future and change the world,” King said.
Through its six-part audio series DevProWomen2030, Devex is speaking to prominent female leaders, practitioners, and recruiters in the sector to find out how changes across the development landscape are impacting women and what advice they have for those entering this space or looking to climb the ladder.
In the fourth episode, Devex spoke to King about what she says are the “superpowers” women need to nurture to thrive in the global development sector of tomorrow. Listen here.
Devex, with financial support from our partner 2U, is exploring the skills and education development sector professionals will need for the future. Visit the Focus on: DevPros 2030 page for more.