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Online Counseling for Humanitarians

The Global Wellness Center was developed to enable humanitarian, development/aid workers and volunteers to access supportive, empowerment-based counseling from any corner of the globe. Utilizing video conferencing, email and telephone, the Global Wellness Center makes it possible to have weekly counseling sessions with a licensed mental health professional from anywhere in the world. For more information and a FREE consultation check out the website at …


Added by Global Wellness Center on April 17, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Scaling Up Humanity & How To Strengthen Yours

Scaling Up Humanity & How To Strengthen Yours

With billions of dollars spent every year on official development assistance and poverty reduction, why isn’t the current model of development assistance having a bigger impact? There are lots of reasons and theories but based on my experience, I believe…


Added by Jodi on April 17, 2014 at 5:31am — No Comments

The Art of Saying No & Scripts to Get It Done (aka Changing the World One No At A Time)

Reality check- what we say yes and no to shapes our lives.

Most of us don’t say no often enough and we end up taking on way too much. We allow scope creep because we don’t say no. We get frustrated and cranky because we don’t say no. We burn out because we don’t say no. Saying no can feel awkward, and downright terrifying. For most of us, it seems…


Added by Jodi on April 11, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

6th May (online): Better Participatory Video Practice: Launch, InsightShare and Open University

InsightShare and Open University are excited to share with you that thus far almost 300 people from 30 different countries have signed up to join us on our 8-month long journey via virtual field sites around the world to explore and share better practices in participatory video. If you haven't already signed-up, we hope you might be interested to join us too.

You are…


Added by Soledad Muñiz on April 10, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

How much does the US government spend on foreign aid? (And 4 other things you might not know)

Few would disagree that the aim of US foreign assistance to developing countries must be to help people help themselves. But did you know…?

1)   Foreign assistance is a bargain.

For the last few years, the US devoted just 0.7 percent of the federal budget to poverty-focused foreign assistance. In FY2014, the US government spent $23.4 billion…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 2, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Impact Investing: Big investment, little financial benefits, more social impact... “What, Why & How?”

Impact Investing is a growing developmental tool. It can play a good role in the development of any country especially in developing countries. For example, the Impact Investor can invest their money for food production, preservation and food processing. In our world, there are many countries where sometimes food…


Added by Suman Chowdhury Mony on February 17, 2014 at 8:48pm — No Comments

International Call: #Evaluation Stories Project

I am delighted to introduce you to the Evaluation Stories Project. We are an EvalPartners Innovation Challenge Awardrecipient. The purpose of the Evaluation Stories Project is to solicit and publish a collection of stories, told from the perspective of evaluation users, describing how evaluation can be a force for social…


Added by Pablo Rodriguez-Bilella on January 29, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Why personal stories trump numbers in global development

I've always been fascinated with the intersection between psychology and development. After all, we deal with human beings on a daily basis, whether they are people in poverty, those pulling the strings, or public and donor perception.

I've recently been reading Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow, which is so chock full of interesting information, at times it feels like your head is about to explode. One tidbit of information I learnt centres around our desire to make sense of…


Added by Weh Yeoh on January 28, 2014 at 4:14am — No Comments

5 Apps for Humanitarian Aid Workers

Last week, I wrote a post on 10 Nonprofit Productivity Apps to Try in 2014, and it prompted a great discussion with a colleague regarding which apps could actually help humanitarians working in the field.

In recent years, we’ve seen many exciting and innovative mobile apps hit the digital marketplace – apps that…


Added by Caroline Avakian on January 16, 2014 at 5:51pm — No Comments

How only small NGOs can address unmet needs

Whether it is Daniel-san in Karate Kid, the Jamaican Bobsled team or Mel Gibson in a kilt, people love to support the underdog. Here’s a feel good story with a simple lesson – in international development, we should often do much of the same. 

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Added by Weh Yeoh on January 16, 2014 at 5:11pm — No Comments

The Myth of "The Field"

Many thanks to our friends over at for publishing the original version of this post, a few hours ago: Read the original!

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The myth of “the field”

A few months ago I wrote a little rant about “the field.” Continuing that…


Added by AidSource on January 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

How would you teach "international development" to public relations/communications students?

2014 begins a new endeavor - my first foray into teaching. Beginning this week, I'll be leading International Development Communications at Georgetown University's Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications program. The class is associated with the Center for Social Impact…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 6, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

44 gifts no aid worker wants to receive this holiday season

It’s tough finding the perfect gift for the aid worker on your list. They tend to eschew possessions, and it can be difficult even pinning down their location to give them said gift. While we at WhyDev can confidently say that we have no idea what you should get your aid worker friend, lover, partner, colleague, or sparring partner,  here are some things we are confident they will not want.…


Added by Weh Yeoh on January 1, 2014 at 2:26am — No Comments

What Aid Workers Want

I love our friends over at The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network. Seriously, I do. But their December 6 piece about “what to give the aid worker in your life” this Christmas felt rather like an early draft of the screenplay…


Added by AidSource on December 14, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How to value over 1 billion people

To date, $69.8 million has been raised for Boston marathon victims, 14 of which required lower limb amputations. Yet, in the US alone, approximately 65,000 diabetic patients require lower limb amputations yearly. Resources for the latter group are scarce. Why?

On International Day of People with Disability, I call for more analysis of the greatest need, and not just focussing on causes that we understand easily. This way, we can hopefully work towards a better future for over…


Added by Weh Yeoh on December 3, 2013 at 3:09am — No Comments

The Philippines is not Haiti

A month in, more or less, and we’re now to the point in the Typhoon Haiyan response when the initial surges of various kinds are over. Fundraising has slowed. Major donors like OFDA and the EC have mostly spent what they have to spend. The initial relief effort—certainly the majority of what anyone could honestly describe as “life-saving”—is basically over, and cluster meeting rhetoric has shifted to “early recovery.”

Per what has become the norm following large, high-visibility…


Added by AidSource on November 30, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

“Create” nothing: A new social good mantra

Aid workers and development practitioners, how many times have you seen a paragraph like this in a proposal?

“Community Mobilization: To ensure communities are… community management committees (CMCs) will be formed. Based on accepted cultural practice, CMCs will be chosen by the community members themselves with strong encouragement on establishing a gender-balanced CMC. The CMC will represent the community and be responsible for ensuring effective community…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 25, 2013 at 6:47am — No Comments

Wanted: Films that illustrate how aid works


The Social Impact Media Awards, organized by DEEDA Productions, have announced their 2nd annual call for submissions for their juried 2014 awards. Filmmakers and do-gooders, show us your video-based products that portray people grappling with the realities of aid programs on the ground!

SIMA is looking for…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 21, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Who’s thinking about social change?

We are! Are you?

I’m in Johannesburg this week for the Barefoot Guide 4! Twenty-eight participants from 16 countries are here in a collaborative "Writeshop" to lay the foundations for the next Barefoot Guide. We’re writing a book (or is it?) entitled, “The Real Work of Social Change.”…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 20, 2013 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Not happy

One of the things that frustrates me most about working in the humanitarian/development space is lack of definition. Not just in words - although the jargon-happy NGO sector definitely has trouble agreeing on what things mean - but in who we are and what we do. It's risky to define yourself as an organisation because then you may lose funding when donor interests shift to the next fad. It's risky because individuals might not like what you actually do. Of course, quite a lot of organisations…


Added by Claire Hawk on November 13, 2013 at 11:32pm — 5 Comments



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