(Or, introducing myself as the newest member of IDEX’s team!)
“…part of me wanted to say to Abel, the hell with the cultural traditions, and to hell with the government! These kids need an education…But that part of me shut up (mostly).” A guest post by Scott Fifer of GO Campaign
“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.
Nobody believed that writing a book together could happen, but forty community leaders produced 27 stories about their work in development and empowerment in just 4 hours. Independent consultant Lucia Nass shares her story from Myanmar.
Scaling up–it ain’t easy. An explanation of the issues at hand.
Oral reporting is a way to decrease the reporting burden on local, grassroots organizations, while enabling grantees to “paint a fuller picture” of their work, accomplishments and challenges than the written word can often offer.
I received a report, exactly as it appears in this post, from a Zimbabwean organization. Only one question—if you were the grantmaker, would you fund them again?
My personal list of raw ideas that helps me contrast what I consider to be “old school development” and the long overdue emergence of alternatives to “business as usual” in foreign assistance.