Project FAIR: Fairness in Aid Remuneration


Within the international aid sector most organisations remunerate their national and international employees on different scales. The differences between local and international pay and benefits within this so-called “dual salary” system can be large, reflecting challenges of attracting skilled international workers to difficult contexts, whilst remunerating national employees appropriately within their local economy.

Project FAIR builds upon a strong body of research into the psychological impact of these disparate salaries in the sector, in particular their impact on some employees’ motivation, performance, and retention. The project aimed to collaboratively explore practical alternatives to the dual salary system and enable the INGO sector to maximise its contributions to decent work, sustainable livelihood and poverty eradication.

Project Fair was an ESRC-funded international collaboration between the CHS Alliance, Birches Group, the University of Edinburgh and Massey University.

The report is bundled together with case-studies from participating organisations:

  • Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)
  • Concern Worldwide
  • Mines Advisory Group (MAG)
  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Save the Children International
  • WaterAid UK

Webinar and FAQ

On 17 Jan 2018, the CHS Alliance co-hosted its second webinar to share the results of Project FAIR.