The green shoots of a new aid industry

A view of Kigali, Rwanda. Photo by: Alex Niragira / CC BY-ND

WASHINGTON — Working at the World Bank’s office in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2011, Sachin Gathani did something uncommon. He quit.

The research firm this East African and his co-founder Dimitri Stoelinga, a Greek-Dutchman who grew up in West Africa, left to start is known as Laterite and is currently headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Kigali, Rwanda. It’s an example of two trends bubbling up in the global development business today: localization and a focus on results.

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    Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.