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.

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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.