Today's nutrition work calls for business, tech skills

By Molly Anders 29 September 2015

Field experts from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection monitor programs and provide support to district hospitals to improve care for severely undernourished children in Niger. Nutrition experts are calling for more business and tech skills to translate global health solutions into national budgets. Photo by: ECHO / CC BY-NC-ND

For those headed down career paths related to nutrition and global health, experts and industry professionals aren’t just calling for medical degrees or experience in the clinical field.

What’s needed, officials from UNICEF, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and political scientists told Devex, is business and tech expertise — namely MBA-holders and nutrition technologists.

The call for business-savvy aid workers isn’t unique to global health. Cross-sector development naturally requires stronger finance and private sector know-how, particularly when it comes to risk assessment and accounting, Devex’s Kelli Rogers wrote a few months ago. But for nutrition and the challenges related to global hunger, business and economic expertise offers not only leverage in the food manufacturing industries — nutrition’s bread and butter — but into government budgets as well.

Greg Garrett, executive director of GAIN told Devex global health isn’t lacking in solutions to malnourishment and micronutrition. What the field needs, he said, is people “who can make business sense out of these solutions so industry and government can translate them into budgets.”

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Molly is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in London, she covers U.K. foreign aid and trends in international development. She draws on her experience covering aid legislation and the USAID implementer community in Washington, D.C., as well as her time as a Fulbright Fellow and development practitioner in the Middle East to develop stories with insider analysis.


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