Should donors pay locally hired staff less to avoid government 'brain drain'?

Donor agencies are considering options to harmonize pay scales between locally hired staff and public officials in Afghanistan in an effort to stem “brain drain” away from government posts — but some international stakeholders worry the measure would introduce new risks to development contracting.

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  • Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.