If you could write a letter that would help thousands of other aid workers, what would you say?
On one of the social good industry’s most killer assumptions: That in the developing world, nothing exists, i.e. that there’s a blank slate upon which our interventions can be built.
What would happen if aid were approached like a business deal?
I just came from Haiti just last week. Here’s my reflections on Nora Schenkel’s piece in the New York Times, “I Came to Haiti to Do Good…”
A self-described aid agnostic shares his thoughts on CDA Collaborative Learning Project’s new book, “Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid.”
If you’re in Washington D.C. this Wednesday, August 22nd, please join me for a “How Matters Hub” at 6:00pm EST. And if you’re not in D.C., you can listen to my recent radio interview on the Australian radio program, AidWorks.
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.
“Be smart about what RCTs cannot tell us. Allow space for the unseen, complex and long-term consequences of aid investments to be discovered through accompanying and complementary research methods.”
A compilation of recent posts and a tweet debate related to randomized control trials and aid effectiveness.
“We all want to see deeper thinking behind the doing. Where I think we differ is on some fundamental beliefs about what prevents this and what ails the aid industry overall.” A review of More Than Good Intentions: How a new economics is helping to solve global poverty
Advice for people embarking on an aid career or any international do-gooder endeavor.