Posts categorized under Lessons Learned

21 August 2009 ~ 2 Comments

NGOs, show me your failures!

Another post inspired from the Tales from the Hood blog, this one about honesty and NGO propaganda. A comment from Mo-ha-med (below) is something I really agree with: I’m particularly curious about a remark of yours about how the PR dept needs to communicate things in a certain way and that we shouldn’t “believe our […]

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20 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments


One of the few blogs I check on a semi-regular basis is Tales from the Hood which recently had a post about dependency.  I added these thoughts: This reminds me a bit of the World Food Program.  Last year, during the food crisis, rather than cut back on what food was delivered, stop programs which […]

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18 August 2009 ~ 3 Comments

Tourism Development Ethics 101

At university, I took a class called “Medical Ethics”, and it was one of my favorites.  Rather than telling us what he thought was right or wrong, the professor would have us read real medical case studies and then discuss and debate the ethical decisions which had been made in each case.  I would love […]

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29 May 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Lessons Learned: Common “Metrics for Success” are not successful metrics at all

Building on the last “Lesson Learned” I wrote about with regards to partnering to make changes, this article is about is another lesson we are continuing to learn: how can we rate the success of the partnerships and programs we implement? One of the dangerous myths about NGOs is that their success can be rated […]

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21 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Lessons Learned: “Competitors” should be partners

I wrote a team journal post on the PEPY site about PEPY partnering with Room to Read and some of our reasons for deciding to do so…. check it out!

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29 December 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Lessons Learned

This is an article I wrote for this month’s PEPY Newsletter: Internally at PEPY, we are constantly debating and discussing our impact, our model, and ways to improve our work. The energy put into these dynamic discussions often makes our office seem more like a heated courtroom than the home of an NGO/Responsible Tourism Operator. […]

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