A guest post by Steven Zyck of ODI about how to make locally-led humanitarian responses a reality.
How has US foreign assistance funding changed over the last sixty years?
My recent article on farmers’ feedback on Feed the Future in Haiti, appearing in Oxfam America’s latest CloseUp Magazine.
Pa gen anyen pou nou, san nou. Nothing for us, without us.
“Let go and let God.” It’s a mantra of the self-help group, Alcoholics Anonymous. After attending three conferences related to international aid in the last week, I’m wondering if it’s time for us to adopt the same approach.
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.
How-matters.org’s top 12 people, trends, sites, and organizations to watch in 2012!
Nora Lester Murad of the Dalia Association, Palestine’s first and only community foundation, shares their progress in a current advocacy campaign to reform international aid in Palestine and poses questions to how-matters.org readers.
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.
Highlighting This American Life’s Episode 444: Gossip (Originally aired 8/26/11), which covers research relevant to HIV prevention in Malawi.
“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
Sharing excerpts of twelve papers on international development and aid effectiveness from my reading pile.
“‘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
A continuing list of 5 more ideas for changes in international development policy and practice. “Development policy needs to be kept real.”