Impact truth lies in messy micro-nuances that determine whether target populations “vote” for interventions with their feet or wallets, argues guest blogger Michael Buckler of VillageX.
If you work in the global development, philanthropy, aid, social enterprise, nonprofit, etc. space, this question can lead to perplexing, frustrating, unwelcome, or liberating reflections. With all of our good intentions and questionable objectivity about ourselves, this is admittedly a tough question to answer. If you say you do “walk the talk,” you’re asking for scrutiny. If you say you don’t, you’re implicitly saying change (gasp!) is needed. My team at IDEX – International Development Exchange has been working with a new consultant recently who asked us, “How does IDEX ‘walk the talk’?” How would your team answer this question? It’s a …
3 places where my voice in #globaldev discussions have appeared lately
“‘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.”
“Little did Rumbidzai know that her poem would become a piece of art that would serve to illuminate the journey the partner organizations were about to begin.” From “Narratives of Hope ‘It Starts Within Us’: Documenting Development Through Stories of Change”, published by Weaver Press.
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“Half the stories of community change are not about NGOs at all, but individuals. It’s time NGOs realized they’re not the center of the community, and figured out how to work with the individuals who are.” ~from my interview with Marc Maxson of GlobalGiving’s Storytelling Project
Sharing excerpts of twelve papers on international development and aid effectiveness from my reading pile.