“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.
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!
“‘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.”
What if the key building blocks of “story” were better understood, experienced, and then related to our day-to-day work in international aid?
Some thoughts on and from inProgress’ new manual, “Integrated Monitoring: A Practical Manual for Organisations That Want to Achieve Results.”
Leaders from four African organizations sat down to give their “real”, though too-often-unheard insights on site visits from the perspective of the ones being visited.
The predictable, linear, rational progression of activities is what can make a sound logframe clear and elegant. But this is also what can render it useless in the context of providing relief and fighting poverty and injustice.
Only one of the Washington D.C. aid industry events I attended yesterday got us closer to fixing the problems that continue to plague and perplex us.
When we reduce accountability to abstract concepts or empty exercises that are, if we are honest, ultimately about reporting funding expenditures to donors, we miss the point.
These buzzwords are everywhere these days, but what do they really mean? Kimberly Lemme, Sr. Manager, Program Finance & Compliance at Water for People, shares how her organization re-defines and approaches these concepts.
Sharing my conversation with Saaed Wame, founder and director of local organization 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.
Ruiari Nolan of Peace Direct offers the following guest post, sharing their experience of trying to determine what is important in relationships with grassroots organisations, and how they’re trying to measure performance in this area.
How-matters.org’s 111th post! Celebrating some results of the past year and sharing next steps!
Oral reporting is a way to decrease the reporting burden on local, grassroots organizations, while enabling grantees to “paint a fuller picture” of their work, accomplishments and challenges than the written word can often offer.