Rajan Kapoor, a technical manager at MSI

What does it take to work in development? How has the field changed in recent years? Rajan Kapoor, a technical manager at MSI, shared valuable insight and tips with students at this week’s Leaders in Development Seminar. He discussed international development as an industry, describing the various players and key partners involved. He also identified subject-matter expertise, experience abroad, and the ability to speak multiple languages as necessary prerequisites to working in development. Drawing on his own experiences, he stated that conducting effective programs and measuring results in difficult environments, such as war zones, continues to be a challenge. Bigger issues such as climate change have to be incorporated into programming. We have to ask ourselves, as new technology becomes available: Are we using those tools effectively?

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