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What does it take to be a gender expert in development?

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By Lisa Cornish

Gender experts are increasingly sought after in order to better target programs and distribute aid most effectively. Devex sat down with one of Australia’s leading gender specialists to discuss what it takes to be a gender expert in development today.


A critical skill for global development professionals: Storytelling

The story — from a fast pitch to a media kit to other investments ranging from social media outreach to film production — can make all the difference in goals such as raising funds, attracting investment, mobilizing supporters and bringing new partners on board.


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Knowledge isn’t always enough to change behavior, according to scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Devex caught up with the experts on the invisible forces behind behavior and understanding the settings to better reach key populations.


The reluctant nonprofit founder

A chance volunteer experience eventually led Julia Lalla-Maharajh to found her own nonprofit to combat female genital cutting. She shares her journey from corporate advocacy expert to Orchid Project founder with Devex.


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The African Development Bank, the French Development Agency and the World Bank are just a few of the institutions with offices in Rabat. Here is the global development professionals' guide to navigating Morocco's capital.


Opinion: Is it right to expect a career in development?

For an expat to expect a lifelong development career is an illusion, argues Thomas Dichter, an international development consultant and contractor with 45 years of experience. The developing world has changed dramatically since the development aid field took off in the late 1950s, and the message is simple: We are not as needed as we once were.


Opinion: The development sector is in crisis, and that's a good thing

The criticism of the development and aid sector isn’t as constructive as it could be. And although almost everyone has an opinion about this, barely anyone agrees how to actually fix it. There are an abundance of viewpoints, but the crucially lacking ingredient is a cool-headed deference to the facts, explains Chris Meyer zu Natrup, director and head of advisory at MzN International.


How to apply the 'lean startup' methodology to your work

While the lean startup has its roots in Silicon Valley entrepreneurship, it is finding its way into efforts to address global poverty. Devex attended Lean Startup Week to round up ways you can use these tools.


Opinion: Want to work on global development issues in Asia? Start by studying there

Want to work on global development issues in Asia? Consider pursuing your graduate education in the region you hope to work. Khong Yuen Foong of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore talks about his move from Oxford to Singapore and the unique perspective programs like his give students.


Degrees that plant the seed for a career in agriculture

How do you break into agriculture work in development? Chuck Chopak, vice president of technical services at DAI and Anne Mbaabu, head of markets and harvest management for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, share their own experiences.


4 ways to promote diversity in your organization

Grappling with how to increase diversity on your teams? Here are some of the key ways organizations can think about advancing diversity and inclusion within their workforce.


From idea to scale: The missing pieces in health innovation adoption

Only a handful of health innovations go beyond pilot phase to scale. Why, and what are a few pieces of advice to remember when innovating for health? Devex spoke with several health experts and developers to find out.


WHO says no to sugary drinks at headquarters

WHO for years has recommended adults and children reduce their daily sugar intake to approximately 12 teaspoons a day. Now, as part of its “Walk the Talk” initiative, the U.N. health body has banned all sugary beverages from its headquarters.


6 career questions for a 'third country national'

Anthony Ngosi grew up in Malawi but has worked in nine African countries during his nearly 20-year development career. Along the way, he's learned a few things about working as a “third country national” in international development. Devex caught up with him in Meru, Kenya, to ask his advice for other Africans interested in working elsewhere on the continent — or the world.


6 lessons on social franchising for health

Social franchising has given small private health care providers opportunities to grow, while at the same time broadening people’s access and options for health care services. Those looking to dive into this market-based approach could consider a few lessons from an organization that's done it for years.


What is microtasking?

The term “microtasking” is often associated with crowdsourcing, which involves both the use of technology and a large number of people. But there’s a difference. Here's an introduction and a few tips on how the technique might be useful for your organization.


How mobile dating apps can help fight HIV

Health experts have raised concerns about mobile dating apps such as Grindr and Tinder, linking them to rising HIV cases. But public health workers and HIV advocates have found a way to use the online dating tools to their advantage.


How to convince your boss to invest in training and development

For development professionals seeking training, a supervisor or head of human resources likely wants to know how that investment will add value to the organization as well. An aid worker, a nonprofit CEO and a chief of human resources share their advice when it comes to pitching and granting staff training.


What does it mean to create a 'culture of resilience'?

Now more than ever, there is a need for creative and comprehensive staff care among relief and development organizations. Lynne Cripe, director of resilience services at the KonTerra Group, explains five steps to take to prevent harm and sustain well-being.


The woman behind two development 'justice' Twitter campaigns

Gry Tina Tinde's advocacy has taken her everywhere: Facebook, Periscope, Scribbd, Audioboom and Soundcloud. But she likes Twitter best. Devex caught up with the social media savvy human rights advocate to learn more about two of her "justice" Twitter handles.