By Matthew Morris
Every time there’s a humanitarian emergency, World Vision Australia (WVA) fields phone calls from dozens of people wanting to contribute their goods as relief. In almost every instance, we have to decline the offer–because cash is more agile and useful in emergencies, because the items most needed are pre-positioned in strategic locations and because it’s almost always more cost effective to procure goods in-country or at least in-region.
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Facebook has an estimated 1.35 billion active monthly users. Put another way, 19.5% of the world’s population uses Facebook. At no other time in recorded history have this many people, or this percentage of the global population, engaged in any such literacy practice, with the possible exception of SMS text messaging. Continue reading What do Facebook reviews tell us (if anything) about NGOs?