In partnership with USAID, Devex commits to develop, launch, and maintain a dedicated website to support an Online Community for a diverse set of stakeholders in the international development space. Devex and USAID will share their respective strengths, experiences, and appropriate resources (including human and in-kind) in order to achieve their mutual goal of nurturing a sustainable Online Community that brings new resources, ideas, technologies, and partners to bear on development challenges.
Specifically, Devex will:
- Develop the technology platform for the Online Community, utilizing Devex's profiling application program interface to enable efficient cross marketing and provide current Devex members easy access to the Online Community
- Host and monitor technical performance and maintenance of the Online Community
- Provide staffing support (one part-time Devex Product Manager and periodic part-time contributions from other staff) for the Online Community
- Convene and participate on the Strategic Advisory Council, working with USAID and Strategic Development Partners to provide guidance on the strategic direction and editorial agenda of the Online Community.
Devex will launch the website in February 2012.
Prior to website launch:
Devex will focus on better understanding the precise needs of public-private alliance professionals and developing the content and functionality of the website. Devex will build, host, and provide most of the content for the website. As a partner, USAID will participate on the Strategic Advisory Council, working with Devex and Strategic Development Partners to provide guidance on the strategic direction and editorial agenda of the Online Community, in addition to contributing to website content. USAID will also conduct a baseline survey and interviews prior to the launch of the Online Community, which will be followed by annual performance reviews.
After website launch:
Devex will host, monitor, and maintain the Online Community, in addition to convening and participating on the Strategic Advisory Council. USAID and its partners will also host and facilitate periodic online and offline events that will further the conversation and build the Online Community. Annually, USAID will measure performance indicators through Web statistics and periodic stakeholder interviews and surveys.
Corporations, donor agencies, and NGOs are coming together more than ever before to form public-private alliances to drive transformative social change by aligning the interests and resources of different partners. Despite this emerging trend, there are few information resources for professionals hoping to build these types of alliances. In addition to other challenges, it is difficult for stakeholders to learn about previous or ongoing alliances, lessons from those partnerships, and potential partners with relevant experience. According to survey responses from professionals in this area, there is great demand for aggregated data on alliances as well as advice, training, and best practices (USAID). As the leading provider of business information and recruiting services for the international development community, Devex is well positioned to help solve this problem by extending its existing online community of aid workers and development professionals to include practitioners in this important and growing area.