“Maybe it is a little about identity, but that’s ok.” A guest post by Vanessa Deering
Loyalty doesn’t have to mean avoiding the hard questions.
“We…expect our pound of flesh. But rather than give aid workers the tools to do the job that is needed, we treat them with suspicion that they are incapable or weak when they need help.” A guest post by Weh Yeoh.
Guest blogger Koissaba B.R. Ole writes that while researchers grapple with theories and frameworks to explain the causes of communities’ challenges, development practitioners are right at the midst of them.
“Maybe the aid world’s obsession with ‘happy stories’ is precisely what drives us away from learning what we must before we can succeed.” A guest post by Marc Maxson on the GlobalGiving’s Storytelling Project’s new online tools.
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.
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.
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.
The Social Impact Media Awards 2014 is an international documentary and video competition that champions the stories of grassroots change-makers.
My conversation with Saaed Wame, founder and director of NACC in Malawi, on valuing community contributions, the challenges of child protection, and how numbers cannot portray the true value of his organization’s work. Support them on GlobalGiving!
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.
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.
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?
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?