Top global development employers in Brussels

A view of Brussels, Belgium. Photo by: Romain Ballez / CC BY-NC-ND

While modest in size and population in comparison to its neighbors, Brussels remains a hub for European and international relations. Among the many regional, national and international institutions based in Belgium’s capital, the city is home to the European Union, European Commission and the NATO headquarters.

With hundreds of embassies, thousands of international diplomats, and hundreds of thousands of jobs linked to global institutions, Brussels is also home to a diverse, multilingual and multicultural population. French, Dutch and German are the official languages of Belgium, and English is used on a daily basis in Brussels, along with more than 100 other languages.

About the author

  • 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.