A reminder for Valentine’s Day
Admitting failure is not enough. What’s the next step?
4 new ways to think about foreign aid’s role in fighting corruption around the world.
Do donor policies and practices force their so-called “partners” to be unethical?
Marc Maxmeister introduces his newly-published book, “Ebola: Local voices, hard facts.”
“In his breakdown, he not only owned up to embezzlement, but also to having let down his own family, his community, his people, and the generations to come.” A guest post from Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director of IDEX.
Effective funding and capacity development initiatives, such as the one featured in this video from Results for Development Institute, are needed to increase the demand for human rights and development at local and international levels.
It still shocks me a little when a colleague will look at me and ask, “Now, what do you mean by ‘downward accountability’?”, as if I’ve uttered an oxymoron.
“Let go and let God.” It’s a mantra of the self-help group, Alcoholics Anonymous. After attending three conferences related to international aid in the last week, I’m wondering if it’s time for us to adopt the same approach.
“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 Andebo Pax Pascal in South Sudan.
“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?
Only one of the Washington D.C. aid industry events I attended yesterday got us closer to fixing the problems that continue to plague and perplex us.
When we reduce accountability to abstract concepts or empty exercises that are, if we are honest, ultimately about reporting funding expenditures to donors, we miss the point.
These buzzwords are everywhere these days, but what do they really mean? Kimberly Lemme, Sr. Manager, Program Finance & Compliance at Water for People, shares how her organization re-defines and approaches these concepts.