For development leaders, the field still calls

A humanitarian worker gives physiotherapy to a survivor of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Most development executives still prefer working in the field, as being there helps ground their perspectives on development work. Photo by: Paul Hahn Juli / CC BY-NC-ND

This article is part of The Future of Global Development, a series for Devex Executive Members that explores what development leaders think of the industry’s top issues.

Despite having risen to the top of their organizations, the majority of development executives told Devex they prefer working in the field to working in an office. This is according to the results of the 2014 Development Influencers Survey, which found that 80 percent of senior executives said they would rather work in the field.

Eighty percent of senior executives prefer the field to the office.

It’s not surprising that many executives still harbor a passion for fieldwork, given the historic importance of field experience for development professionals looking to improve their understanding of development issues and build relationships with local stakeholders. Executives Devex spoke to noted the importance of fieldwork in grounding their perspectives and weighed in on how they think it will change in the future.

READ: Out of the office: Why fieldwork is crucial for recruiters

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    Claire Peracchio

    Claire Peracchio works on Devex's digital strategy and is based in Washington, D.C. Claire joins us from Atlantic Media, where she contributed to the marketing team within the company's in-house digital consultancy, as well as its business development and corporate strategy divisions. A recent graduate of Brown University, Claire also brings experience from her tenure as editor-in-chief and president of the Brown Daily Herald.