Continuing our series ‘Voices of Afghanistan’s Youth’, Massúod Hemmat shares three stories of aid ineffectiveness in Afghanistan. We often bemoan aid ineffectiveness, but Massoud has witnessed duplication, lack of coordination and the primacy of political priorities first-hand.
In order to escape the bubble of developmentcentrism, Brendan argues that we must stop reading development blogs and read more widely. A good reading list should not look like the Guardian’s Global Development ‘Key first-year reads’, but more like an entrancing Amazon Wish List.
Have you ever heard an NGO try and encourage donations by saying that they have low overheads? Many do it, yet we have known for a while that low overheads are in no way a reflection of good work. In this post, Caroline Fiennes debunks the myth, showing that higher overheads generally correlate with more effective organisations.
Using buzzwords in development is like removing unruly nasal hairs. We do it begrudgingly, but deep down, we hate the fact that it is necessary. In this post, Weh Yeoh takes a participatory approach in requesting stakeholder input for the most jargonistic phrases you have come across in development and to improve some simple quotes by recreating them using development-speak.
Are you a fox or a hedgehog? A George Clooney or Sonic? Are development workers better off being one or the other? Rowan Emslie unpacks what it means to be both, and suggests that one is better than the other in the aid and development sector.
At the intersection of the financial and social sectors, it is estimated impact investing will be worth $9 billion this year. These investments, which aim to generate social and environmental returns alongside financial returns, are clearly here to stay. Liza Moiseeva explains what you need to know about impact investing.
This year, Live Below the Line (6-10 May) in Australia aims to raise $2.5 million to support development work in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia. Kevin Hawkins, of The Oaktree Foundation, reflects on his experience living below and the complexities of changing how people think about poverty.
Two recent surveys shined the spotlight on the current state of professionalism in the aid and development world. Brendan discusses the findings and more broadly the current state of professional development for aid workers. The same issues plaguing development efforts also affect professional development.
WhyDev needs your vote to win the People’s Choice Award for the Best Australian Blog 2013 Competition.
The recent media frenzy over Madonna’s activities in Malawi shows how closely we scrutinize celebrities’ philanthropy and advocacy. But why? And with our attention focussed on Madonna, Bono, and George Clooney, are we paying enough attention to NGOs themselves? Jennifer Foth explores the intersection of celebrity, philanthropy, and development.
We all know TOMS shoes, which make us look good and feel good, as each pair purchased means a pair is given to a child in need. But there may be reason to pause before buying your next pair. John Favini presents three arguments against TOMS.
In the development sector, funding is hard to come by, making the cost of reinventing the wheel or repeating the mistakes of others particularly high. To counter this, Eleanor Paton and Alice Jowett introduce the Practical Initiatives Network (PIN), established to facilitate development organisations learning from each other.
When did you do something that required you to be tough, resourceful, hungry and committed? Brendan Rigby describes how tapping into our inner Beast can make us better humanitarian workers.
CEOs shouldn’t just have a great smile, good business sense and a keen nose for fundraising; they need to be masters of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Emanuel Souvairan of DevEd describes how M&E relates to NGO communications, donor relationships, and even organisational culture.
There is often a substantial disparity in lifestyles of expats and those from a country. Yet expats still make use of local services, often at a local price. Mike Miesen discusses the ethics of negotiating a ‘local’ price and why he’s come to terms with paying just a little bit more in Uganda.