“Maybe it is a little about identity, but that’s ok.” A guest post by Vanessa Deering
Loyalty doesn’t have to mean avoiding the hard questions.
“There are better approaches that can be employed to make sure that our development approach is participatory and strategic. But if we continue to force on communities ideologies born out of top-down approaches, we are not going to see the impact and change we desire.” A guest post by Clement N. Dlamini of the Institute of Development Management in Swaziland.
Highlighting This American Life’s Episode 444: Gossip (Originally aired 8/26/11), which covers research relevant to HIV prevention in Malawi.
Guest post by an aid worker in South Sudan: “Participation is a development anthem whose lyrics are not patriotically respected by the professionals of development. Even though the concept has been popularized…most projects still manipulate beneficiaries to accept outsiders’ wishes.”
This American Life 408: Island Time (Originally aired 5/21/10) brilliantly covers the “byzantine system of aid agencies, NGOs, and government bureaucracy” administering the $9 billion(!) of pledged Haitian relief.