This year had a lot of news-making moments. They’re in the eye of the beholder.
Mine include conversations with nongovernmental organization leaders about the future of their industry and with government staffers about the chores of their work. The excitement of seeing a young generation of global leaders beginning to make their mark on development.
Polio becomes a global public health emergency, Melinda Gates shines a spotlight on family planning. The push for an AIDS-free generation gains force; on the heels of the Horn of Africa crisis comes the Sahel crisis, elevating “resilience” to buzzword of the year.
Sustainability is all the rage in Rio, as a panel of world leaders begins consulting on a post-2015 agenda for global development at the behest of U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.
This post-MDG framework will almost certainly incorporate the engagement with civil society and the private sector, through cross-sector and public-private partnerships like Devex Impact, which is meant to facilitate PPPs at the intersection of business and development.
Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.