Does the International Development Community Have the Right Workforce for the Future

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Published on 13 Jun 2018, 14:54
For several decades, the United States has used a variety of soft power agencies, including the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to deploy people – both in Washington and overseas – to confront global developmental challenges. Since the end of the Cold War, the developmental landscape has changed significantly. The needs and demands of emerging economies and developing countries look very different from thirty years ago, and they will be different in the future.

Developing countries in the future will either be on their way to becoming upper middle-income economies, or they will struggle with conflict, and fragility. The developing world will also have to confront new kinds of health and economic challenges. All these will impact the relationships these countries will have with the United States and other donor countries and will change the kinds of assistance they will need.

Are the soft power agencies in the United States and elsewhere prepared with the right workforce for this future? How can aid agencies place the right people for the future?

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