Development professionals often want to stay close to the main beneficiaries of their work — a preference that holds true even as they climb up the ranks. But among many executives, there’s an awareness that effective development work happens at both the local and institutional levels.
The 2014 Development Influencers Survey, which polled senior development executives earlier this year, found that the highest proportion of respondents, 47 percent, said their best development work happens at the national, regional or global level. Roughly the same amount, 44 percent, said it happens at the individual or village level.
Respondents from nongovernmental organizations and social enterprises tended to believe their best work is done among individuals or communities.