Is business class ever justified for development officials?

Champagne poured into a glass. Devex has learned that major aid agencies, including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, are in the process of imposing or tightening restrictions on business class travel for their staff. Photo by: Matt @ PEK / CC BY-SA

A senior executive at one of the Asian Development Bank’s overseas missions, John has become a seasoned traveler over the course of his long career at the bank.

John (who asked not to use his real name) flies on official business for the bank once a week. In line with ADB policy, John says that he usually makes a left turn when boarding.

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    Lorenzo Piccio

    Lorenzo is a contributing analyst for Devex. Previously Devex's senior analyst for development finance in Manila, he is currently an MA candidate in international economics and international development at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Lorenzo holds a bachelor's degree in government and social studies from Wesleyan University.