Plan International USA Selected as a Devex Top 40 Innovator

Apr 18, 2011, 08:45 ET from Plan International USA

The Most Innovative International Development Organizations Named

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Plan International USA 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

Medecins Sans Frontieres

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


Amnesty International


Human Rights Watch

International Federation for Human Rights

Transparency International

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 fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW)

Open Society Institute

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria



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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About Plan International USA

Plan International USA is part of a global organization that works side-by-side with communities in 48 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children.  Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by the community for generations to come and range from clean water and healthcare programs to education projects and child protection initiatives. Plan's vision is to enable a future in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect all people's rights and dignity.

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