How retirees can continue contributing to development work

Alexis Bonnell of USAID talks to Devex about ways that retirees can continue to contribute to the global development sector.  

While there is often a perceived age bias in global development hiring, Alexis Bonnell, division chief of applied innovation and acceleration with USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, is optimistic that there are still many opportunities for retired development professionals in the sector.

There have been a lot of interesting things happening recently in “harnessing the power, influence, and experience of retirees into development,” said Bonnell, during a recent Devex webinar looking at the future of the global development professionals. This can include serving on boards or participating as a judge in development innovation challenges.

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    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.