National staff: 8 ways to support the 90-plus percent

By Kelli Rogers 14 June 2016

Liberian Red Cross staff distribute food supplies to Monrovia's West Point neighborhood. Photo by: Liberian Red Cross

International organizations rely on national staff, and an increasing number of INGOs are focusing on growing partnerships with local groups. Still more resources are flowing directly to national nongovernmental organizations.

But better support for national staff isn’t keeping up with a rapidly changing industry.

People are key to the success or failure of humanitarian response, “yet we often manage and reward staff as if we didn’t know this reality,” David Loquercio, head of policy, advocacy and learning at CHS Alliance, which supports the humanitarian sector in applying standards and good practices, told Devex.

Most international aid agencies already employ more than 90 percent of national staff in countries where they operate when they don’t exclusively work through national partners. Overall, it’s likely that more than 95 percent of aid workers work in their own country, Loquercio added.

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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