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.
By making the argument that local leaders have something we (organizations) need from them (information), we don’t yet overcome the centrality and the hierarchy with which aid organizations portray themselves in the global development equation.
Are aid workers fighting while propagating the very organizations in which they serve? It’s as if the perpetuation of the institutions themselves slowly, silently becomes what consumes people, rather than the needs and priorities of those they are ultimately meant to serve.
Live tweet transcript from Oxfam’s “The Road to Busan: Ensuring Citizens Drive Their Own Development” session at the World Bank/IMF spring meetings…and a Beatle sings about development?
Meg of Planning the Day: “Life here means having grace for myself and my colleagues when we choose not to fight every battle…It isn’t that I care less, it’s just that I’m in this for the long haul now.”
Though “the system” of foreign assistance and international aid is made up of well-intentioned people, it most often falls far short of changing people’s lives. As we enter the 21st century, we have a unique and blessed opportunity to explore the alternatives to business as usual.