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NGO Workers and accountability to “beneficiaries”

If you work (or have worked) for a development NGO/INGO, and have thoughts or opinions on the delicate subject of accountability, I would really appreciate you taking a look at this survey. This forms part of my final dissertation research which focuses specifically on the practical realities for those working in for NGOs when it comes to accountability. Please follow the link for more details.

http://goo.gl/A57oYo

Added by Peter McMillan on July 20, 2014 at 8:33am — No Comments

Are you a change maker? Then this if for you.

The Humanity Collective Manifesto is for change makers everywhere! If it resonates, download it in a variety of formats- for free! Enjoy. 

Added by Jodi on June 18, 2014 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Fun, Free Challenge for Change Makers Everywhere! Join the Quest.

For all the details come one over http://wp.me/p4r3X6-3H

Quest- Week 2

Added by Jodi on June 11, 2014 at 7:04am — No Comments

A Road Map for a Weary Heart Journeying Through Darkness

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Last week my hometown experienced a terrifying ordeal that left the city under siege and ended with 3 police officers dead, 2 wounded, and a community forever changed.  Friends and family continue to live through waves of disbelief, shock, terror, anger, and deep…

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Added by Jodi on June 11, 2014 at 6:48am — No Comments

Will donor and recipient states buy into the SCHR's Certification Review Project? Have your say.

In October 2012, nine of the largest independent agencies[1] in the humanitarian sector, under an alliance known as the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR), initiated a two-year project, the purpose of which is ‘to explore the feasibility and relevance of certification for humanitarian organisations, in order to demonstrate compliance with humanitarian principles and quality and accountability standards’.

The project is entitled the Certification Review…

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Added by Joseph Matthew Debono on May 29, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

Receiving: Radical Truth, Generosity & What Giving's Got To Do With It

I am good at giving. I am comfortable at giving and it brings me tremendous joy to give. Giving is easy, and delightful. I give freely and often. Giving makes me feel purposeful.

Receiving? Not so much.

Sound familiar?

 
If you want to know why it matters, and how to stop robbing yourself of your humanity continue to read here…
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Added by Jodi on May 7, 2014 at 8:17pm — 1 Comment

This is a story that will restore your faith in foreign aid, but it may also break your heart.

What do you do when you find a huge need, for over 600,000 people, of which tens of thousands of them are dying every year, that no one else is focussing on? What if a country was losing $400 million a year because of it? What would you do if you had both a plan and an incredibly cost effective grassroots organisation to address this problem?

Unless we stumble across a miracle in 2 months, the answer is, we will walk away from it all. This is a story that will restore your faith in…

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Added by Weh Yeoh on April 29, 2014 at 3:07am — No Comments

Q&A Podcast : Am I in a slump or is it burn out? What Can I do About It?

In this podcast, I will show you 3 tools to know if it's a slump or burn out and provide 4 techniques for what to do about it.

https://soundcloud.com/the-humanity-collective/q-a-is-it-a-slump-or-burn-what

Added by Jodi on April 24, 2014 at 7:49am — No Comments

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 …

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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…

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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…

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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.



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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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. 

See more at: http://www.whydev.org/how-only-small-ngos-can-address-unmet-needs/#sthash.onZFUq1k.dpuf

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 WhyDev.org 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…

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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…

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

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