Posts Tagged ‘international aid’

February 19th, 2014 - 7:43 am § in Uncategorized

“The Samaritans”: Why are some laughing? Some offended?

Al Jazeera's The Stream discusses the real-life inspiration for a new Kenyan TV comedy mocking aid workers and examines NGO culture around the world. [...]

February 17th, 2014 - 9:36 am § in Guest Bloggers

Aid, Africa, corruption, and colonialism…revisited

Guest blogger Barongo ba Kafuuzi Ateenyi argues that aid's failures should not be blamed on the initiators of the projects—the foreigners—but the very home country systems that compromise its people.[...]

February 2nd, 2014 - 9:23 am § in Uncategorized


You won’t find yogurt or a grizzly bear here. When we talk about #HowMatters, it’s about how well-intentioned people often fall short of changing the lives of the people they want to help.[...]

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 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. [...]