Abt Associates Wins World’s Top 40 Innovators Award

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Abt Associates was recognized tonight as one of the world’s top 40 development innovators at an awards ceremony hosted by Devex, the largest provider of business intelligence and recruitment services to the international development community. The award recognizes leading development organizations that have been the most innovative in meeting the global challenges of underdevelopment and poverty. The Devex Top 40 Innovators, among whom are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and William J. Clinton Foundation, were identified in a poll conducted by Devex of thousands of global aid and international development professionals.

Abt Associates was recognized last night as one of the world’s top 40 development innovators at an awards ceremony hosted by Devex, the largest provider of business intelligence and recruitment services to the international development community. The award recognizes leading development organizations that have been the most innovative in meeting the global challenges of underdevelopment and poverty.

The Devex Top 40 Innovators, among whom are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William J. Clinton Foundation, International Rescue Committee, and Amnesty International, were identified in a poll conducted by Devex of thousands of global aid and international development professionals.

The awardees were honored at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. Jay L. Knott, executive vice president for Global Business, accepted the award on behalf of Abt Associates.

“We are tremendously honored to receive this award and be considered by many of our peers to be an innovator in international development,” said Knott. “Worldwide, we take on tough challenges in improving the lives of people, and we apply both evidence-based techniques and creativity in achieving positive results for our beneficiaries.”

Following the awards ceremony and reception, Knott participated in the Innovators' Forum with other award recipients and leaders in international development. Devex officials described the forum as an “intimate dialogue about innovation and hope.”

Featured speakers at the event included Chris Thomas, chief strategist at Intel, and Sonal Shah, White House director of Social Innovation.

A list of the Devex Top 40 Innovators can be found at http://www.devex.com or on http://www.facebook.com/devex.

About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates was ranked as one of the top 25 global research firms in 2010. The employee-owned company has multiple offices in the U. S. and program offices in nearly 40 countries.

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