ODI, and most think tanks with a similar business model, cannot get a complete outsider for this or any other of its income generating posts. For ODI, like for most fee earning international development think tanks and consultancies in the UK, the bottom line is an unfortunately unavoidable reality. The organisation needs people who are already in or connected to the industry and therefore cannot afford to hire too many (if any) people from developing countries; who, while may be perfectly competent, are just not always connected to the right networks nor have the fee history necessary to cover the ovearheads that a London based organisation demands.

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  1. To some extend, given ODI’s focus on DFID (and a few other global players), knowledge of the international development scene is of more operational important than knowledge of the politics of specific national and regional policy processes.

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