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May 24th, 2016 - 11:42 am § in Good Practice, Reflection & Rumination

Does aid need a 12-step program?

Step 1: We admit we were powerless over a project-based mentality--that when we considered the changing world, our frameworks and tools as they had come to define us have become obsolete.[...]

February 20th, 2013 - 8:15 am § in Reflection & Rumination

Subjective, squishy, touchy, feely, and fundamental: Partnership matters

"People will disappoint you from time to time. You will also let people down. And as in our personal relationships, we have to re-commit every day to making them work. Relationships within international development are no different." From my interview with partnershipmatters.org. [...]

June 5th, 2011 - 4:36 pm § in Guest Bloggers

The Marginalization of CBOs by Development Actors: A Perspective from Zimbabwe

“NGOs tend to view CBOs in two ways: with suspicion and mistrust on the one hand, and as instruments for community organising and project implementation on the other.” Excerpt from a paper by Samuel Maruta, Southern Institute of Peace-building and Development, Zimbabwe.[...]

April 17th, 2011 - 6:18 pm § in Reflection & Rumination

Got ‘Em: An Evaluation Story

The evaluation report was scathing, but I felt honest. And given the sharing of the preliminary results, it should have hardly come as a surprise…But it did.[...]

July 25th, 2010 - 6:00 pm § in Good Practice, Guest Bloggers

Seeing the future in sovereign local organizations – Part I

Sovereignty is both a quality to be developed and a right to be respected and defended. It is a particularly powerful concept when applied to organisation, suggesting authentic qualities, describing a home-grown resilience, an inside-out identity, the idea of an organisation being the expression of [...]

July 15th, 2010 - 6:03 am § in Good Practice

What is our true job?

Who will revolutionize the development industry? It’s those with a professional, but more importantly, a personal resolve to nurture alternative models of “development” that genuinely build on the dignity, knowledge, skills, culture, and abilities of local people.[...]

July 5th, 2010 - 6:15 pm § in Good Practice

How to build strong relationships with grassroots organizations, Part 2 of 3

Under-resourced and under-recognized local organizations face immense challenges on the ground. Yet we as outsiders most often choose to express frustration or impatience if an organization does not appear to be responding to our expectations. [...]