Even before the onset of a global pandemic, societies were grappling with rapid, disorienting change. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its public health emergency and economic and social crises, has reshaped how development priorities and operations work. These extraordinary times have brought into focus that human development challenges are not unique to poor countries, and that the current conditions are going to amplify and accelerate the need for transformational relationships to address the global challenges confronting the international community.
In this episode of A Deeper Look podcast, I talk with Mark Meassick, Mission Director of USAID Kenya and East Africa, about the factors that are changing the way we think about development priorities and carry out human development programs. We discuss the importance of moving toward a development framework that emphasizes knowledge sharing and taking a more systems-based approach to shift from transactional to transformational relationships.