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Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Do Principles Matter? in the group Humanitarian Practice
"Well, it was my post (and what a post it was!) but of course I have something add, because that's how I roll. I think that humanitarian principles matter, but that the discussion around those principles is stuck in the twentieth century, and…"
Feb 24, 2013
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Humanitarian Practice

Discussions, notes and resources about the actual practice of humanitarian aid and development: How do we do what we do? How do we make it better?See More
Feb 24, 2013
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"It's definitely going to be a huge challenge, and that's what worries me the most. We're just not very good at challenges at the system level, because all our planning tools are linear."
Apr 10, 2012
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"Deep breaths J, deep breaths.... Trayle - just to clarify, I am not claiming that hiring a qualified engineer guarantees a good sanitation project. I am merely pointing out that nobody in their right minds should hire somebody with no qualifications…"
Apr 10, 2012
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"We do agree, and I'll write a reply later on. Right now it occurs to me that "a crappy proposal from a crappy donor that outlines a crappy project working for a crappy NGO in a crappy place" is a very accurate description of some…"
Apr 10, 2012
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"If we don't get involved in shaping the development of professionalisation measures, then it will be reduced to a bureaucratic process, because it's the bureaucracies (specifically national governments, international organisations and…"
Apr 5, 2012
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"The argument ad incompententio doesn't persuade me very much - while there may be incompetent doctors out there, I really wouldn't want to have been born before the medical sector professionalised. (That's not quite true - I…"
Apr 4, 2012
Michael Keizer left a comment for Paul Currion
"Wait... what? You weren't a member? <Walks off, shaking head> "
Mar 27, 2012
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"If I was designing a system, then field experience would be central to achieving higher levels of professional qualification, although not for entry-level positions. On the other hand, academic qualifications in generalist subject areas would…"
Mar 26, 2012
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"The answer to the question of who will take the lead is already becoming clearer. SPHERE, HAP and People in Aid have already started the process of creating a potentially viable standard by pooling their efforts via the Joint Standards…"
Mar 26, 2012
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"Certification is absolutely a management tool, but I disagree that the qualities that we want to manage are non-objective. What we should be aiming for is a) basic minimum levels of competence that b) relate closely to the designated and actual…"
Mar 26, 2012
Paul Currion replied to J.'s discussion Certification for Aid Workers - a peek at the future. in the group Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector
"Apologies for including CaLP under livelihoods. To be fair, the table was built on the back of an envelope using half a biro. For me the question is not so much whether you need a certificate that shows you were in a training, but how you balance…"
Mar 26, 2012
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Professionalizing the Humanitarian Sector

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Mar 26, 2012
Paul Currion is now a member of AidSource
Mar 26, 2012

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At 12:40pm on March 27, 2012, Michael Keizer said…

Wait... what? You weren't a member? <Walks off, shaking head>

 
 
 

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