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April 20th, 2012 - 6:00 am § in Poetry Pause

Friday’s Poetic Pause: Evaluation Led by Poetry?

"Little did Rumbidzai know that her poem would become a piece of art that would serve to illuminate the journey the partner organizations were about to begin." From "Narratives of Hope 'It Starts Within Us': Documenting Development Through Stories of Change", published by Weaver Press.[...]

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.[...]

September 27th, 2011 - 6:16 am § in Uncategorized

PBS Documentary on Aid Shines a Light (and wins an Emmy!)

Good Fortune is an Emmy-winning PBS documentary that is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.[...]

March 17th, 2011 - 6:25 am § in Good Practice, Guest Bloggers

The wisdom of dlalanathi: Reflections on organizational growth

South African child-focused NGO, dlalanathi, reflects on the critical elements of their organization’s success and offers advice to other organizations in the midst of growth or change.[...]

July 22nd, 2010 - 11:17 pm § in Guest Bloggers, Reflection & Rumination

PBS Documentary Shines a Light

Good Fortune is a documentary airing currently on PBS. It is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit.[...]

July 21st, 2010 - 2:40 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

The Real Experts

When a privileged few frame the conversation about fighting AIDS or reducing poverty, remedies from above are imposed on the excluded. Yet it’s those on the ground who have the most important knowledge, ideas, and resources to deal with the immense and complex problems of this century.[...]

July 15th, 2010 - 6:03 am § in Good Practice

What is our true job?

Who will revolutionize the development industry? It’s those with a professional, but more importantly, a personal resolve to nurture alternative models of “development” that genuinely build on the dignity, knowledge, skills, culture, and abilities of local people.[...]

June 21st, 2010 - 4:42 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Welcome to How Matters!

Though “the system” of foreign assistance and international aid is made up of well-intentioned people, it most often falls far short of changing people’s lives. As we enter the 21st century, we have a unique and blessed opportunity to explore the alternatives to business as usual.[...]