What it takes to promote, attain meaningful internal staff diversity in global development

How does an organization promote and ensure diveristy? Photo by: Simon Fraser University / CC-BY

The international development and international affairs policy community has long struggled with the issue of recruiting and retaining diverse staff, not to mention a diverse leadership core. It lies at the heart of the development discussion — one of sustainability, inclusion and capacity building, all of which organizations support in the projects they fund, but don’t always implement as effectively into the capacity development of their own internal staff members.

But diversity — which goes far beyond gender and race to include considerations such as socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability and ensuring tribal or ethnic inclusions — has larger business, policy and program effectiveness implications.

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  • Nina segal

    Nina Segal Kennedy

    Nina Segal occasionally blogs on career matters for both job seekers and HR employees for Devex. She works as an international career consultant with a broad range of nonprofit and international organizations, including UNICEF, UNFPA, the U.N. Secretariat, IFAD, FAO, Realizing Rights and the Ford Foundation, as well as individuals in the NGO community. Nina has a particular interest in building networks and improving access to career opportunities for underrepresented groups.