By Tim Laurence
A Londoner leaves a tube station. He sees a homeless man and feels a pang of guilt. He gives him a £5 note and offers some kind words. “It’s cold tonight, get yourself a warm meal.” He walks away feeling content; though he is wealthy and busy, he feels he’s also a good person, as he’s made a difference that night.
Continue reading Is the 0.7% foreign aid target just “guilty giving”?
By Matthew Morris
Every time there’s a humanitarian emergency, World Vision Australia (WVA) fields phone calls from dozens of people wanting to contribute their goods as relief. In almost every instance, we have to decline the offer–because cash is more agile and useful in emergencies, because the items most needed are pre-positioned in strategic locations and because it’s almost always more cost effective to procure goods in-country or at least in-region.
Continue reading When something is not better than nothing: Improving in-kind donations