Which technologies are most sought after in global development? And how are they used for development work? Find out in this video explainer.

Technology is rapidly transforming the world in which we live and work in. For global development, it’s thought technology will be the biggest contributor — and achiever —  in most efforts over the next decade. But technology is also expected to be the sector that will experience the biggest changes in required skills.

So which technologies will be most sought after? And how are they used for development work?

Next Generation of Development Professionals

Devex, in partnership with USAID and DAI, has produced a report to determine the perceptions, trends, opportunities, visions, and solutions around the future of the industry. Offering practical insights for recruiters and talent alike.

According to Devex’s recent Next Generation Professional report, produced in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development and DAI, geographical information systems — or GIS — and big data are the technologies most in demand for the next generation of global development professionals to know and utilize.

In the video above, find out how these technologies work and the potential they offer for global development.

To read the full report and find out what the future for development workers looks like, click here.

About the authors

  • Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters formerly covered career and hiring trends, tips, and insights. Lottie has a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.
  • Naomi Mihara

    Naomi Mihara is a Video Journalist for Devex, based in Barcelona. She has a background in journalism and international development, having previously worked as an assistant correspondent for Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper and as a communications officer for the International Organization for Migration in Southeast Asia. She holds a master's degree in multimedia journalism from Bournemouth University.
  • Dee Wisne

    Dee Wisne is a former video production intern at Devex. She has a background in nonprofit work and feminist activism, having founded a women’s empowerment club called Wink Me in 2014. She will graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in May 2019 with a bachelor's degree in film studies.