The rise of remote working in global development

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GLASGOW, Scotland — The events of the last few weeks have brought new challenges for many global development employers, as offices all over the world rapidly emptied and meetings went virtual.

“Our recruiting pool naturally has more diverse applicants than if we were tied to recruiting from only one geographical location.”

— Emily McLaughlin, director of human resources, Nuru International

But before the current lockdown, the possibilities for remote working in development were already on the rise — from young, tech-savvy organizations that had always intended to operate remotely to big, established employers trying to take advantage of telecommuting’s benefits.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.