Ian Thorpe
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Lee Crawfurd and Ian Thorpe are now friends
Mar 25, 2013
Ian Thorpe replied to Brendan Rigby's discussion Communicating effectively about foreign aid: who does it? in the group WhyDev
"Brendan This is a great question. But the answer depends a bit on what you mean by "effective communication".  Do you mean communicating about aid in an honest yet compelling way that educates people to have a better, more nuanced…"
Feb 14, 2013
Ian Thorpe and Mythili Sampathkumar are now friends
Nov 14, 2012
Soledad Muñiz replied to Ian Thorpe's discussion Can NGOs address the structural causes of poverty in the group Making Aid Marketing Better
"And here you have another great point on the need for social movements to hold accountable global leaders, UN, World Bank, etc, etc, etc. "
Jul 26, 2012
Soledad Muñiz replied to Ian Thorpe's discussion Can NGOs address the structural causes of poverty in the group Making Aid Marketing Better
"Here you have a good answer to why NGOs can't address structural causes of poverty. Structural causes of poverty go far beyond the role of the aid sector and its capacity to address it: "
Jul 26, 2012
Soledad Muñiz liked Ian Thorpe's discussion Can NGOs address the structural causes of poverty
Jul 26, 2012
M. replied to Ian Thorpe's discussion Can NGOs address the structural causes of poverty in the group Making Aid Marketing Better
"I agree with J. Moreover, for me to say the problem lies in marketing is at best, an illusion. At worst, an incomplete thus irrelevant analysis. Or maybe I just have a wider perspective. dont' know. I think NGO's can't tackle the…"
Jul 26, 2012
J. replied to Ian Thorpe's discussion Can NGOs address the structural causes of poverty in the group Making Aid Marketing Better
"I agree that NGOs cannot really address structural causes of poverty, and I agree that *part* of the reason has to do with the manner in which we have traditionally educated the public about what we do / appealed for funding. (Sorry Owen and Martin,…"
Jul 20, 2012
Ian Thorpe added a discussion to the group Making Aid Marketing Better
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Can NGOs address the structural causes of poverty

Interesting blog from Owen Barder "Can NGOs address the structural causes of poverty" about a new report by Martin Kirk which contends that NGOs can't tackle the real causes of poverty because dealing with these real reasons would go against their ability to appeal to the public for funding and support. I.e. they can't communicate and market whart really needs to change.…See More
Jul 20, 2012
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Field focused

Interested to hear what real field workers think of my latest blog post on being HQ focused when you work in HQ.(link to original post on KM on a dollar a day)It’s a ritual for people working in aid organizations “in the field” to complain about headquarters. And often with some…See More
Jul 16, 2012
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WhyDev

Our visionOur mission is to provide a collaborative and participatory platform for individuals passionate about development, aid, and other global issues.Our vision is to enable you to lend your voice and energy to development issues and to continue your education and learning around development.We aim to do that by:Promoting open and critical discussion on issues related to developmentEngaging a wide range of people to contribute to developmentFacilitating networking amongst like-minded…See More
Jul 12, 2012
Ian Thorpe replied to Soledad Muñiz's discussion SDGs after MDGs? Whose goals? in the group Collective Wisdom
"Actually ther eis some real debate going on about the post-2015 agenda and a number of plans (that I can't tell you about yet) on trying to find ways to involve both development experts and the general public in crowd sourcing ideas for the…"
Jun 19, 2012
Ian Thorpe and Aaron Ausland are now friends
Jun 19, 2012
Ian Thorpe replied to Rowan Emslie's discussion Academia and Development - A Seperation of Powers in the group Students & Educators
"Actually there are already a number of initiatives which do this - see this from IDS who co-sponsor something called the knowledge brokers forum http://www.ids.ac.uk/go/news/knowledge-brokering-putting-to-use-what-we-know ODI and IDRC have similar…"
Jun 15, 2012
Ian Thorpe replied to Rowan Emslie's discussion Academia and Development - A Seperation of Powers in the group Students & Educators
"Alanna - great idea. But if it's a think tank would it research how to put research into practice or would it actually put it into practice ;-) p.s. when I quit my day job I'd love to work there."
Jun 12, 2012
Ian Thorpe replied to J.'s discussion What is the appropriate role of the for-profit sector in the aid world? in the group Accountability & Transparency
"I think its important to consider the role of the "for profit" sector in aid, but also their role in development. The for profit world has a potentially huge impact on development - probably much more than aid, since a well functioning…"
Jun 4, 2012

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Ian
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What I do
Aid/NGO worker based in HQ or a Regional Office
About me
Knowledge manager, international development worker, suburban dad.
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Field focused

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:32am 0 Comments

Interested to hear what real field workers think of my latest blog post on being HQ focused when you work in HQ.

(link to original post on KM on a dollar a day)

It’s a ritual for people working in aid organizations “in the field” to complain about…

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Send socks???????

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 8:33am 1 Comment

Are Amnesty serious?

http://sendsocks.org/

#swedow seems alive and well

HT Tom

Working with one hand tied behind your back

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 5:25pm 0 Comments

Originally posted on "KM on a dollar a day" http://kmonadollaraday.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/working-with-one-hand-tied-behind-your-back/

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it…

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At 6:46am on March 5, 2012, Nicholas James Ledner said…

i have 1 friend. great! although i dont think i'll stay on this network...undecided

At 1:03am on January 11, 2012, Zehra Rizvi said…

Hey hey, what's up?  Good to have you here!  Like your page colours... xx

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