Aliyah Esmail is a freelance journalist and communications professional with a fascination for the economic and political realities facing nongovernmental organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carlton University in journalism and film studies and is now working on a postgraduate certificate from the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute in Global Health. She has worked for the government of Canada as well as a number of international organizations.
The debate is once again heating up about a practice that, depending on the viewpoint, is considered either mutually beneficial or exploitative: young graduates working for free to get their careers started in global development. Devex spoke to several interns, administrators and human resources professionals in Geneva — a key European development hub — to find out why interns continue to flock to the city.
As the Global Fund begins work on its new five-year strategy, there remains some confusion about the processes under the new funding model and concern over eligibility criteria. Devex spoke to some of the Global Fund's implementing partners to get the inside track.