Do we “walk the talk”?

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 …

Friday’s Poetic Pause: Evaluation Led by Poetry?

“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.