Raleigh city skyline. An unexpected development hotspot, North Carolina is actually home to a number of high-profile global development organizations and consulting firms. Photo by: Leo Suarez / CC BY-NC

North Carolina may not be the first place that comes to mind when we think of international development, but the state —  particularly the Research Triangle, or the area covering the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill —  actually does have a bustling global development scene. Aside from holding the headquarters of some leading global NGOs such as RTI International, FHI 360, Ipas, and IntraHealth International, North Carolina also plays host to Switchpoint, IntraHealth’s annual conference that focuses on humanitarian innovation and technology and brings together grassroots NGOs and large foundations.

“This conference should not be missed if anyone's interested in global health, particularly in Africa, or in social entrepreneurship,” Caroline Poole, senior program coordinator at Duke University’s Center for International Development told Devex.

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