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May 20th, 2012 - 3:00 am § in Good Practice, Guest Bloggers

Write a book in 4 hours with 20 grassroots organizations?—How!?!

Nobody believed that writing a book together could happen, but forty community leaders produced 27 stories about their work in development and empowerment in just 4 hours. Independent consultant Lucia Nass shares her story from Myanmar.[...]

May 13th, 2012 - 7:00 am § in Good Practice, Guest Bloggers

How to Make People Glad That You Are There: Some Motherly Advice

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I’m sharing a chapter from Ruth Stark’s book, How to Work in Someone Else’s Country, which she wrote for her daughter, Taryn, also an aid professional. [...]

April 8th, 2012 - 10:05 am § in Guest Bloggers, Reflection & Rumination

“With the available resources we had…”

James Oonyu, the Founder and Director of Liregu Christian Grace Ministries, a faith-based community development organization based in Lira, Uganda, explains the capacity challenges his organization faces, as well as the very real challenges he faces in working with aid funders.[...]

April 1st, 2012 - 8:38 am § in Guest Bloggers, Reflection & Rumination

Whom do I actually serve?

“He further opines that even if the community has other ideas to suggest about the building project, these would have no room since, in essence, the beggar has no choice. Patrick reminds John that they are not employees of the local community, but rather are working for the NGO.” Guest post by A[...]

February 7th, 2012 - 4:01 pm § in Guest Bloggers

Don’t change the message. Change the messenger.

Weh Yeoh of whydev.org argues that everything that we do in development is about selling a message. But how do we convince people when a message goes against the grain of what they already believe?[...]

January 23rd, 2012 - 7:00 am § in Guest Bloggers

Has aid lost its humanity?

“Development work had become more about systems and structures than the actual lived realities of people,” argues Mette Müller, founder of Best Self Experience. Can important concepts like 'empathy', 'understanding' and 'compassion' enter the way we deliver aid?[...]