The Khmer Rouge tried to dismantle Cambodia's families during the 1970s. Allison Smith explains how, despite the country's economic growth, poverty is doing the same thing today.
Somaly Mam, a prominent Cambodian anti-sex trafficking activist, was recently revealed to have lied about her story and her charity's activities. The scandal evokes Greg Mortenson and raises the question: how can we be better at telling the truth from the lies?
Allison Smith takes a look at NGO marketing of the past 75 years to understand where it's been and where it's going, and to explain what poverty porn has in common with really bad fashion trends from the 80s.
"Awareness" is a great buzzword that doesn't belong in any serious marketing campaign. Allison Smith weighs in on the recent #nomakeupselfie campaign to raise awareness and funds for cancer.
After reading George Orwell's "Burmese Days," Allison Smith was struck by the parallels between life in 1920s Burma and life as an aid worker today. Here are eight relevant lessons from the novel, covering everything from dating to racism to mental health.