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12 to watch in 2012!

I know, I know. I’m supposedly on a self-declared shut-down, but I couldn’t resist sharing my top 12 people, trends, sites, and organizations to watch in 2012!! … Read More»

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The Year Ends. The Pendulum Swings.

It’s been a great year at how-matters.org! … Read More»

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Letting the Snark Flow

Does snark among aid bloggers go too far? Do aid workers just need and deserve to let off steam? … Read More»

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Can allies help Palestinians to reform aid? How?

Dalia Association, Palestine’s first and only community foundation, recently launched an advocacy campaign to address the issues facing grassroots civil s … Read More»

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The Value of Feasting

When Carol arrived to the village in rural Indonesia to begin her anthropological dissertation research, she was shocked at the frequency of “feasts” that took place in the village. … Read More»

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Do community-based organizations have an image problem?

I give lots of thought to what makes community-based organizations and women's groups the lowest common denominator in development aid. … Read More»

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Sorry but it’s not YOUR project

(Whispering.) “Psst, excuse me, but actually it’s not ‘your’ program. And if you think that it is, we may have a problem on our hands.” … Read More»

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Small is Beautiful…Grants, That Is (Part 2)

Thanks to probing, concrete questions from Ma … Read More»

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Changing the system…from the ground up

"‘The system’ whereby foreign donors give handouts, and not sustainable initiatives that are drawn from the needs of the communities, is a problem.” ~R.M., Zimbabwe … Read More»

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