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Plan International selected as a Devex Top 40 Innovator

April 18, 2011

Plan International was selected as a Devex Top 40 Development Innovator based on a poll of thousands of Devex members, who collectively comprise one of the largest networks of global aid and international development professionals.

“Plan develops solutions community by community to ensure long- term sustainability, “ said Dr. Tessie San Martin, President of Plan International USA. “With the international development field growing, this acknowledgement is especially rewarding. Plan is honored to be recognized for our expertise in developing innovative sustainable, community-based solutions in developing countries around the world.”

Devex announced the Top 40 Development Innovators on April 18 on Facebook at Many of the top 40 innovators also participated in a Q&A on innovation, designed to spur a broader dialogue in the development community (see Facebook for links to specific Q&As).

“Solving the big global challenges we face – from climate change to poverty – will require innovation,” Devex President Raj Kumar said. “We are proud to honor these 40 organizations that are leveraging innovative techniques and approaches to solve complex problems.”

The Devex Top 40 Development Innovators include four types of international development organizations: donor agencies & foundations, development consulting companies, implementing NGOs, and advocacy organizations. The selection is based on a survey Devex emailed to more than 100,000 aid workers and international development professionals.

All honorees will be recognized at a reception at the House of Sweden in Washington, DC on April 21st with Chris Thomas, Chief Strategist at Intel and Sonal Shah, White House Director of Social Innovation as featured speakers.


The Devex Top 40 Development Innovators (alphabetical)


Implementing NGOs
Conservation International
Médecins Sans Frontières
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Habitat for Humanity International
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Management Sciences for Health
Norwegian Refugee Council
Oxfam International
Partners in Health
Plan International
Save the Children
World Wildlife Fund

Donor Agencies & Foundations
Aga Khan Development Network
Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
William J. Clinton Foundation
U.K. Department for International Development (DfID)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)
Open Society Institute
TheGlobal Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
International Federation for Human Rights
Transparency International

Abt Associates
Booz Allen Hamilton
DHV Group
ECORYS Research & Consulting
GFA Consulting Group
GOPA Consultants
Sweco Group

Find out more about what makes each of the organizations an innovator, please visit


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