What will it take to dismantle the power structures that perpetuate inequality and bigotry in aid, philanthropy, social enterprise, and impact investing? (Plus, a sampling of resources/conversations on solidarity.)
The questions I’m asking myself as 2015 comes to a close.
What is the transformation that occurs when people discover the strength of their voice and have space, or the opportunity to use that voice, and engage with those in power?
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.
How many times had I been him? Just wanting to get through to the next stage to achieve those ever-elusive results? Demonstrating my own ignorance and intolerance? Wreaking havoc and unleashing anger as a result?
Are we overlooking the capacity of local NGOs? My guest post on The Broker Online argues that rather than being the lowest common denominator of international assistance, local indigenous organizations should be regarded as the fundamental unit of effective development aid.
“Be smart about what RCTs cannot tell us. Allow space for the unseen, complex and long-term consequences of aid investments to be discovered through accompanying and complementary research methods.”
A compilation of recent posts and a tweet debate related to randomized control trials and aid effectiveness.
“We all want to see deeper thinking behind the doing. Where I think we differ is on some fundamental beliefs about what prevents this and what ails the aid industry overall.” A review of More Than Good Intentions: How a new economics is helping to solve global poverty
“He pushed me out into the aisle, where I stood, shoeless, feeling ashamed, and fighting hard not to cry.” Sharing a poignant personal story from the pages of The Sun Magazine on the experience of being at the receiving end of help.
Are we overlooking the capacity of local NGOs? Rather than being the lowest common denominator of international assistance, indigenous organizations should be regarded as the fundamental unit of effective development aid.
Is fundraising using ‘pitiful’ images justified if charitable organizations use the money effectively? Duncan McNicholl, founder of the “Perspectives of Poverty” project, responds on how-matters.org.
“‘The system’ whereby foreign donors give handouts, and not sustainable initiatives that are drawn from the needs of the communities, is a problem.” ~R.F.M. community activist, Zimbabwe
Jennifer Lentfer of how-matters.org is interviewed by Megan Schiebe on blogtalkradio’s Global Humanitarian Discussions.