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Making development work for humanitarian response–and vice versa

By Marc DuBois

How many times have we seen this: a complex emergency with a decade or two of heavy humanitarian intervention (maybe some development organisations and peacekeeping forces as well), scores or even hundreds of millions of dollars spent by aid agencies, legions of expats trafficked through–and yet close to zero planned impact on local economic development or resilience? Sound like Eastern DRC? Haiti? South Sudan? Continue reading Making development work for humanitarian response–and vice versa

We need to stop telling people they’re doing development wrong

How many times have you read a blog post or attended an event, and thought, “They’re doing it wrong”?  Or seen yet another “volunteer overseas” ad and wanted to scream, “I’m so over voluntourism”? Has a friend told you they want to start an NGO, and you thought to yourself, “People should leave the world’s problems to the professionals”? Continue reading We need to stop telling people they’re doing development wrong