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 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?
As I was sitting in a year-end retreat, I started jotting down this list of things that the development aid world could use more of in 2013. I offer it as some food for thought for the year ahead.
When I first picked up and started reading The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change almost four years ago, it was one of those strike-you-through-the-heart moments. Finally someone was talking about my role in aid.
Why has Busan always made me think about George Harrison?
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.
To be a thought leader, you must do great work; communicate clearly, concisely and powerfully; and build a solid network of people ready and willing to hear what you have to say.
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.
As we wait for Hurricane Sandy, not knowing exactly what’s coming, vulnerability has been on my mind—namely my own. What does this mean in our aid, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship worlds?
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.
…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.”
Help shape the “How Matters Hub” concept, a way for people to include and initiate dialogue on important, though often overlooked, issues in international aid.