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September 1st, 2011 - 4:58 pm § in Good Practice, Reflection & Rumination

Another Must Listen

Highlighting This American Life’s Episode 444: Gossip (Originally aired 8/26/11), which covers research relevant to HIV prevention in Malawi.[...]

July 21st, 2010 - 2:40 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

The Real Experts

When a privileged few frame the conversation about fighting AIDS or reducing poverty, remedies from above are imposed on the excluded. Yet it’s those on the ground who have the most important knowledge, ideas, and resources to deal with the immense and complex problems of this century.[...]

July 15th, 2010 - 6:03 am § in Good Practice

What is our true job?

Who will revolutionize the development industry? It’s those with a professional, but more importantly, a personal resolve to nurture alternative models of “development” that genuinely build on the dignity, knowledge, skills, culture, and abilities of local people.[...]

July 10th, 2010 - 4:12 pm § in Good Practice

Isn’t it time for a morale boost?

One largely overlooked cause of low levels of staff and volunteer motivation is the internal dynamics of organizations. Development organizations can be more effective if their members pay attention to what can go wrong inside a group and take steps to keep people engaged and committed.[...]

July 9th, 2010 - 4:11 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

The Conundrum of Counting Beneficiaries

The bottom line question for many people working internationally is seemingly simple—How many people were reached? This question often becomes a huge drain on financial and human resources, especially for under-resourced local organizations.[...]

July 5th, 2010 - 6:16 pm § in Good Practice

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations, Part 3 of 3

Work on the ground can often be difficult, slow, and heartbreaking, however rewarding. Sometimes the most important thing we can do is to show “care for the caregivers” (both physically and emotionally) to reduce stress and prevent burnout. [...]

July 5th, 2010 - 6:15 pm § in Good Practice

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations, Part 2 of 3

Under-resourced and under-recognized local organizations face immense challenges on the ground. Yet we as outsiders most often choose to express frustration or impatience if an organization does not appear to be responding to our expectations. [...]

July 5th, 2010 - 6:13 pm § in Good Practice

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations, Part 1 of 3

As resourced outsiders, when we meet with suffering people, we create high expectations, in them and in ourselves. Or we feel completely helpless in not being able to offer enough and in so doing may even reinforce feelings of hopelessness.[...]

July 4th, 2010 - 6:21 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Why Organizations Matter

The fact that people, under the direst of circumstances, are able to pull themselves together and organize themselves is a celebration of the fact that the impulse to develop and organize is inborn.[...]

June 28th, 2010 - 6:02 pm § in Guest Bloggers, Reflection & Rumination

A Question Resonates

Answers to: “If you personally could do one thing to change "the system" of foreign aid and development assistance, what would you do?” The number and diversity of responses has been overwhelming...and it keeps coming.[...]