Careers in 2020: Devex's top advice on diversity and inclusion in the workplace

In a year when diversity and inclusion hit the headlines, these were some of our top career-related reads. Photo by: Maranda Vandergriff on Unsplash

BARCELONA — This year, the Black Lives Matter movement revived discussions around the racism that still exists within development policies and practices.

Opinion: Why the Black Lives Matter movement should have us rethinking humanitarian aid

It is time to move from seeing humanitarian aid and resettlement as an act of generosity from rich countries to the mutually beneficial investment that it is, writes Wale Osofisan from IRC.

Many organizations issued statements in solidarity with BLM, but experts tell Devex that for the most part, practices have been slow to change. This includes hiring practices that continue to make it difficult for professionals from minority backgrounds to break into the sector and, once there, to get into the rooms where decisions are made.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.