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Jan Egeland, head at NRC and former chief of OCHA, speaks with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar. Via YouTube.

Jan Egeland, secretary-general at the Norwegian Refugee Council and former chief of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, spoke with Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar on Monday in a wide-ranging interview about the evolving global COVID-19 pandemic.

In the interview, Egeland shares his perspectives on humanitarian funding for the COVID-19 response, the impact on aid workers, how international NGOs such as NRC are coping, and the potential long-term implications of this pandemic for global health, development, and humanitarian work.

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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.