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August 22nd, 2013 - 2:20 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Moving day: An aid analogy

What does it feel like to be a citizen on the receiving end of international aid? An analogy to try to help international do-gooders understand.[...]

August 1st, 2013 - 8:41 am § in Reflection & Rumination

From one Cornhusker to another: Peter Buffett, philanthropy, and how we can frame the dialogue

When I left my small town in Nebraska to be an aid worker, I found this: the common good still exists elsewhere in the world. This idea can help shift the cognitive frameworks with which we talk about international assistance.[...]

July 31st, 2013 - 9:37 am § in Good Practice, Guest Bloggers

Don’t change the message. Change the messenger.

Weh Yeoh of whydev.org argues that everything that we do in development is about selling a message. But how do we convince people when a message goes against the grain of what they already believe?[...]

June 18th, 2013 - 8:26 am § in Good Practice

Spotting community ownership: A reminder

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?[...]

June 5th, 2013 - 8:11 am § in Reflection & Rumination

Palestinian civil society leaders: Reinforce us, don’t replace us.

Grassroots civil society activists from Palestine discuss their experiences with international aid in this Special Mention Award Winner of the Social Impact Media Awards. [...]

June 4th, 2013 - 8:00 am § in Reflection & Rumination

The Carpenters and the Rude Man

How many times had I been him? Just wanting to get through to the next stage to achieve those ever-elusive results? Demonstrating my own ignorance and intolerance? Wreaking havoc and unleashing anger as a result?[...]

June 1st, 2013 - 7:28 am § in Reflection & Rumination

Gates and Moyo: Assume the best first

What would happen if aid were approached like a business deal?[...]

May 28th, 2013 - 7:00 am § in Reflection & Rumination

Preserving the “I don’t know” within big data

"'I don’t know' is found in imprecise information, in unseen or undetectable outcomes. It’s found in our trust in people, in their innate capacities and energy."[...]

May 27th, 2013 - 11:09 am § in Uncategorized

Listening to “beneficiaries” and the more measurement bandwagon

There’s a lot of value in big data, and it may be tempting to place local leaders’ expertise within the big-data paradigm. However, we need to be cognizant about the origins of our obsession with results. [...]