Thomas Dichter's career in international development spans 50 years. He has worked in over 60 developing countries on four continents, as a Peace Corps volunteer, a Peace Corps country director in Yemen, vice president of TechnoServe, program officer of the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, a researcher on development issues for a think tank, and a staff member of a for-profit USAID contractor. Since 1994 he has been an independent consultant, including for UNDP, IFAD, USAID and the Asian Development Bank.
For an expat to expect a lifelong development career is an illusion, argues Thomas Dichter, an international development consultant and contractor with 45 years of experience. The developing world has changed dramatically since the development aid field took off in the late 1950s, and the message is simple: We are not as needed as we once were.
Development doesn't have an end point. But is there a point when the global north no longer has a role to play? Thomas Dichter, an international development consultant and contractor with 45 years of experience, responds to FHI 360 CEO Patrick Fine's idea that "we shouldn't be working ourselves out of a job."