One of my favorite podcasts, The Moth, features New Voices Fellows from the Aspen Institute.
Guest blogger Barongo ba Kafuuzi Ateenyi argues that aid’s failures should not be blamed on the initiators of the projects—the foreigners—but the very home country systems that compromise its people.
A colleague told me recently, “Working for an NGO, it’s like family. I can bad-mouth my mother, but you can’t.” A discussion of Tori Hogan’s new book, Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey Into the Realities of International Aid.
An estimated 25,000 participants from more than 185 countries will assemble in Washington D.C. next week for the XIX International AIDS Conference. How many of them have cared for a dying neighbor or comforted a grieving child?
My storify-ed livetweets from panel discussion on foreign policy & humanitarian aid efforts in Uganda & the Congo in response to the international media attention garnered by Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 campaign. With Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo, Milton Allimadi of Black Star News, and Nicole C. Lee of TransAfrica Forum.
James Oonyu, the Founder and Director of Liregu Christian Grace Ministries, a faith-based community development organization based in Lira, Uganda, explains the capacity challenges his organization faces, as well as the very real challenges he faces in working with aid funders.
“He further opines that even if the community has other ideas to suggest about the building project, these would have no room since, in essence, the beggar has no choice. Patrick reminds John that they are not employees of the local community, but rather are working for the NGO.” Guest post by Andebo Pax Pascal in South Sudan.
@InnovateAfrica & I host a live chat to reflect more the issues that came up from our posts on #StopKony.
On Invisible Children’s latest Kony2012 campaign: What does “the founder’s inability to just ‘stay’ with Jacob in that dark, low moment” [when he talks about how much he misses his slain brother] say about the organization’s approach?
On World Pneumonia Day, I ask what has become of The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves a year later. Why has yet another “silver bullet” failed to make a difference for those in the developing world?
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.
Sharing a list of fundraising resources for community-based organizations in the developing world.
Sharing excerpts of twelve papers on international development and aid effectiveness from my reading pile.
“If your general impression [is that most grassroots organizations are incapacitated], then you’ve been driving a white SUV through a village to get the ‘authentic’ feel of some project.” ~Marc Maxson of GlobalGiving’s Storytelling Project