Posts Tagged ‘community ownership’

November 13th, 2012 - 10:31 pm § in #IntlDevComms, Guest Bloggers

How do you tell a compelling story about people in need that doesn’t simplify or stereotype?

The Social Impact Media Awards 2013 is an international documentary and video competition for independent filmmakers and those engaged in aid to champion the stories of grassroots change-makers that too often remain overlooked. [...]

November 8th, 2012 - 6:11 am § in Reflection & Rumination

How are international aid projects like U.S. presidential elections?

You tell the voters/donors what they want to hear. You’re happy (though thoroughly exhausted) when the campaign is over/proposal is submitted, but the hard work is yet to come.[...]

October 22nd, 2012 - 10:55 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Don’t you talk about my…that way…

A colleague told me recently, “Working for an NGO, it’s like family. I can bad-mouth my mother, but you can’t.” A discussion of Tori Hogan’s new book, Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey Into the Realities of International Aid. [...]

October 15th, 2012 - 1:06 am § in Reflection & Rumination

The Ego and International Aid

…And that’s why it’s vital to have a trusted network of peers who can say to you frankly, “Hey, shut it. There may be another viewpoint you are not seeing.” [...]

September 3rd, 2012 - 7:11 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Development Work: A Labor of Love…and Paradox

Navigating the development sector’s inherent complexities is exactly the kind of work that does not lend itself to this dualistic thinking—A review of Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers: The Challenges and Futures of Aidland, edited by Anne-Meike Fechter and Heather Hindman. [...]

August 28th, 2012 - 6:00 am § in Good Practice, Guest Bloggers

Finding Room for Error

"Having learned from previous failures, we'd developed tools to alleviate these problems, but they didn't work this time." A guest post by Mary Fifield, founder and former executive director of Amazon Partnerships Foundation. [...]