How to arrange interviews across time zones and hectic schedules

A row of clocks on a wall. Photo by: Martino Sabia / CC BY-NC-ND

In their work to strengthen country systems, aid groups increasingly look to recruit locals. Local experts not only often provide the best solutions that work on the ground, but hiring them is generally more cost-effective than engaging expatriates.

Recruiting locals come with many challenges, though. Differences in language, culture, employment laws and access to technology can greatly affect recruitment in the field.

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    Eliza Villarino

    Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.