According to the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, local
workers and expatriate workers should be on similar pay scales. However,
expatriate aid workers worldwide are paid more than local colleagues.
Project ADDUP (Are Development Discrepancies Undermining Performance)
tested the impact of this discrepancy on local workers' motivation in
the health, education and business sectors of six countries: Malawi,
Uganda, India, China, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
The project, which is led by Massey University and Trinity College
Dublin, found that dual salaries perpetuate dominance and injustice, and
undermine pride. They lead to poverty not capacity-building in
Economic and Social Research Council, Swindon, UK, 3 pp.
Impact Case Study: Discrepancies in aid and development workers’ salaries