Tag Archives: NGOs

Burnout and its causes

Though it can be confused with stress or PTSD, burnout has different causes and remedies. Alessandra Pigni explains why burnout affects many aid workers and how it is caused by a particular way of working and a particular organisational culture. ...
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Log-frames and performance management frameworks: An extractive industry?

Log-frames and performance management frameworks can be unpopular as they often fails to reflect the nature of development work or the shifting environment in which many projects operate. Emanuel Souvairan explains how such frameworks can serve not only the purposes of donors and NGOs, but also communities and community-based organisations....
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Lessons from literature: What “Strength in What Remains” can teach us about development

What lessons can foreign aid take from post-genocide Burundi? Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte reviews Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer Prize-winning "What Strength Remains" to find lessons about effective aid amidst the compelling personal story of a genocide survivor. ...
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Send them to the field!

Most development workers spend their time in city centres packed with other expats. Alison Rabe makes the case that this perpetuates concentration of power in city centres, that it deprives development workers of the experiences they wanted, and that it is just less efficient. Her solution? Send them to the...
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Seven ways to stop per diem abuse in aid work

Going to a workshop? Traveling out of town for work? While it's nice to be able to count on that per diem, NGO and government staff often view them as a way to supplement their salaries, particularly in low-income countries. Piroska Bisits Bullen outlines seven ways to cut down on...
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Professionalising aid work: the missing links

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. ...
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