“Psst, excuse me, but if an international assistance project is a job or a hobby for you, it can’t actually be ‘yours.’ And if you think that it is, we may have a problem on our hands.”
Sharing an excerpt from the introduction of the book, Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
What is so “risky” about placing relatively small amounts of money in the hands of people addressing challenges in their own communities?
There is a growing number of small NGOs and foundations specializing in offering direct funding to grassroots leaders. And 20+ of them have come together to write a book!
“You’ll see that we have few resources but, what we do have, we use as best as we can.” Sharing a booklet produced by Cassa Banana Community Health Committee in Zimbabwe.
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.
Donors stuck in the old ways of moving money around don’t offer useful capital to new and innovative organizations that don’t fit the mold. Here’s four things a new kind of aid donor does better.
“The problem with all these outsiders is that you come in with your money and you don’t warm it up.”
What does racial justice have to do with the international “do-gooder” industry?
“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 Social Impact Media Awards 2014 is an international documentary and video competition that champions the stories of grassroots change-makers.
My conversation with Saaed Wame, founder and director of NACC in Malawi, on valuing community contributions, the challenges of child protection, and how numbers cannot portray the true value of his organization’s work. Support them on GlobalGiving!
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?