Tag Archives: ngo

Why competing over funding is killing development (and how we might improve)

Development, which should theoretically be full of people who value empathy and sharing, is a hyper-competitive sector. This attitude of competition is no more prevalent than in the sphere of fundraising. How do we make fundraising more collaborative, while still allowing everyone to achieve their targets? In this post, Weh...
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Are you psychologically equipped for working in aid and development?

Alessandra Pigni has collected stories, reflections and suggestions from humanitarian professionals on the topic of self-care. With this, she has put together a white paper series of practical recommendations to better prepare humanitarian professionals for field missions. Read more about this ground-breaking series in her second post for whydev.org....
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The limits of planning

Planning ahead in development is important, but over-planning can sometimes take away from a need to be flexible and resourceful. We are honoured to have this post from Sarah Grant, the founder of Color Me In!, an NGO that supports entrepreneurs and environmental preservation in Zambia through micro-loans and planting...
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Don’t write off the slacktivist.

Slacktivism, the act of performing easy, feel-good measures in support of a social cause, has been much aligned in the development industry. But new research shows that maybe slactivists aren't that slack after all. If so, how can NGO's best harness the energy of such people? In this post, Weh...
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Reflection and action

The stereotype of the under-resourced, run-off-their-feet NGO worker exists for a reason. It's easy to get carried away with all of this, but in the end, how effective does this make us? In a cross post with Mindfulness for NGOs, Alessandra Pigni highlights the importance of reflection as action, and...
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