Posts Tagged ‘community participation’

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. [...]

August 19th, 2012 - 4:30 am § in Guest Bloggers, Reflection & Rumination

Same aid language, different dialects?

Are Drew, a U.S.-based international relief and development consultant, and Nasira, a Pakistan-based development worker and community-based organization founder, speaking different aid dialects? (Excerpt from a LinkedIn discussion)[...]

August 3rd, 2012 - 7:12 am § in Good Practice, Reflection & Rumination

Want to make aid better? Let us play!

Give every aid worker (local and international, cleaner to country director) a social change investment fund of US$1,000, over which they have total personal discretion. [...]