Posts Tagged ‘community development’

July 14th, 2016 - 10:00 am § in Guest Bloggers

Are NGOs missing the impact forest?

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.[...]

May 21st, 2014 - 3:00 pm § in Good Practice, Guest Bloggers

Knowing when (and why) to stop and listen

“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."[...]

March 3rd, 2014 - 10:17 am § in Guest Bloggers

Exploring the tension between theory and practice in community development

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.[...]

June 18th, 2013 - 8:26 am § in Good Practice

Spotting community ownership: A reminder

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?[...]

May 20th, 2013 - 9:03 am § in Good Practice

Don Popo and where to find “it”

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."[...]

May 14th, 2013 - 4:30 pm § in Uncategorized

We want development…but at what cost?

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[...]

February 3rd, 2013 - 3:00 pm § in Guest Bloggers

Game on: It’s time to stop looking at development issues as a matter of emergency

"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. Dla[...]