Posts categorized under NGOs

09 March 2012 ~ 2 Comments

#KONY2012 – The good, the bad, and the media

My goodness… I have never gotten more emails, Facebook messages, and general questions about a social sector issue than this week with #KONY2012. “What do I think?”, you ask? In case you have really not heard anything about this, which if you are reading this blog I find shocking, then just google #STOPKONY or #KONY2012, [...]

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01 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

(Pari Project Guest Post) From grassroots NGO to lawmaker

This is a guest post by Allie Hoffman of The Pari Project about the impact one NGO has had, and lessons that can be drawn . — In 2008, acid attacks in Cambodia arrived at a tipping point, with daily news coverage, new cases, and gory photos dominating the public discourse. What caused the increase? [...]

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20 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

(Pari Project Guest Post) Pick the Right People, then Build Them Up

This is a guest post by Allie Hoffman of The Pari Project. —- In the private sector, picking the right people to work for your business is not only an approach, it is a sacred strategy. Extensive resources go into personality tests, interview questionnaires, highly paid consultants and entire HR departments to deal with attracting, [...]

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12 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

(Pari Project Guest Post) Can you be both ‘unsustainable’ and great?

This is a guest post by Allie Hoffman of The Pari Project. She asked to share a reflection she had written about one of Pari’s clients, Epic Arts. —- I’m lucky that one of my favorite clients also happens to be one of my favorite people. Our friend Hannah started volunteering at a small disability [...]

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24 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

What is this “sustainability” you speak of?

Jargon. NGO’s are full of it. Yesterday our EMC had a meeting in CD with the VCD. This is actually a true statement. We don’t just acronym-ize everything, we also use regular words which once had a commonly defined meaning and use them in so many varieties of ways that in the end you might [...]

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30 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Guest Post: Is “Sustainability” Sustainable?

Layheng Ting is PEPY‘s new Director. Here is a piece she recently wrote for the PEPY newsletter which I thought I would re-post here.  Thanks Layheng, and welcome to the team! —- Sustainability has been a buzz word in development work for a long time, but how to actually make a project sustainable still remains [...]

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16 February 2011 ~ 5 Comments

The Would-Be-Donor and Budding-Do-Gooder’s Code of Conduct

Yesterday I posted a piece which has gotten a lot of attention that is questioning our human tendency to focus on the hero story rather than the impact of development work. My complaints are not so useful if I don’t consider giving alternative options … so here we go. Here are some of my take-aways [...]

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