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  1. Michael Wulfsohn
    Michael Wulfsohn August 30, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the post. Of course the UN is limited in what it can do, but what you’ve highlighted is something more – a lack of integrity.

    In my view, the UN faces deeper problems than bureaucracy and HR policies. It is fundamentally undemocratic at the highest level. This lack of accountability leads to the kinds of failings you identify, but more importantly it also means that the UN lacks legitimacy, reflecting the 1945 world power balance rather than the values of the global population. I hope it can be reformed, or replaced with something better, in time to provide the quality of global governance that humanity sorely needs.

  2. Richard B
    Richard B August 29, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Self serving bureaucracy is right. It’s a common joke in the development world that the UN pays bloated salaries with absolutely ZERO accountability. That is IF you are well connected enough to get one of the plumb jobs.

    JAMAL H MUNSHI August 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    the UN has evolved into a self-serving bureaucracy
    It needs to be fixed

  4. Ashlee Betteridge
    Ashlee Betteridge August 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Great blog – I have had female friends and associates who have been particularly screwed around by the UN human resources policies. Many of them are not in line with the values embodied by SDG5. From what I’ve seen from their experiences, the rules seem to be – don’t get pregnant at a non-family duty station. Don’t get pregnant if you are a locally-engaged staff member on 1-year contracts, even if you’ve been in your job long-term. Don’t get pregnant while doing a UN Volunteer assignment that has been extended multiple times. And don’t expect the UN to be flexible with the start date of a new job because you have just given birth.

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