Impact truth lies in messy micro-nuances that determine whether target populations “vote” for interventions with their feet or wallets, argues guest blogger Michael Buckler of VillageX.
“The presenting problem and the real (or underlying) problem are different.” Joe Shaffner on Peter Block’s book, “Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used.”
Guest blogger Koissaba B.R. Ole writes that while researchers grapple with theories and frameworks to explain the causes of communities’ challenges, development practitioners are right at the midst of them.
The processes of decision-making within local relationships and power dynamics are often the make-or-break factor in development projects. Are the people served invested in the outcomes of your program(s)? And most importantly, how can you know?
The swirl of thoughts can de-motivate and confound us, especially after we’ve been working for a few years, and change still seems elusive and organizational life at times ridiculous.
“So why should we continue?” she asked me.
“Because of people like Don Popo.”
A trailer from the film “We Want Development (but at what cost?)”, about the development of a port in Lamu, Kenya. (c) Thirsty Fish 2012
Is helplessness the way into the heart of the “savior”?
“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.
Three people I know and admire are getting the recognition they deserve this week: Mulugeta Gebru, Tori Hogan, and Sasha Fischer. Make sure you know what these people are accomplishing!
An estimated 25,000 participants from more than 185 countries will assemble in Washington D.C. next week for the XIX International AIDS Conference. How many of them have cared for a dying neighbor or comforted a grieving child?
More people should hear about the effectiveness and sustainability of community-led development. Helping IIRR get to the TEDx conference in Chicago in 2013 to share this “idea worth spreading.”
“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.
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.
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.