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An aid worker's poetic journey

It’s going to be a surreal moment. … Read More»

End Violence in the Congo: Call for a US Special Envoy

The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be embroiled in the deadliest conflict since World War II, violence that has been notoriously brutal on the nation’s women. 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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Take Action to Protect Funding for International Assistance Programs

Late Friday night, Congress was finally able to reach a deal regarding this year's budget. … Read More»

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To the World Bank/IMF: Don’t Just Develop Capacity – Unleash It

The World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings start this week. … Read More»

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Trying to Quit

An analogy occurred to me recently: … Read More»

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Nothing to Offer

The storm that has devastated Japan is hardly past. … Read More»

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Did I fund Organization X?

Posting this report from Organization X in Zimbabwe and asking my readers, “Would YOU fund this organization?” was … Read More»

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Would YOU fund this organization?

A few years ago, when I was working with a foundation that gives grants to organizations working with children and families affected by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, I received a report from a Zimbab … Read More»

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Confessions of a Recovering Neocolonialist

Harare, 2002. The word came. Cash is in the banks. The three colleagues I was standing near at the time and I quickly jumped in the car to get downtown to Standard Chartered as soon as possible. … Read More»

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