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Make a Big Difference this Christmas

Something as simple as a donation of vegetable seeds to someone in need can make a huge impact in their lives. The vegetables they grow feed their family, and create a way to make extra money as well by offering them something to sell in the marketplace. A $20 donation to the Christian Children's Fund of Canada will provide vegetable seeds for one family.…


Added by Tammy Corbett on November 29, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Volunteer recruitment for AidSource

We’re recruiting a volunteer to help manage and run AidSource. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain experience in community engagement, social media, communications or partnerships. If this sounds like you, please review the position description, and send your resume and a cover letter describing your vision for the AidSource community (max. 600 words) to info[AT]whydev[DOT]org by 4 December 2014.…


Added by AidSource on November 24, 2014 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Send a Girl to School for a Year for $100

Did you know that it just takes a donation of $100 to send a girl to school for an entire year? What could be more valuable to a young girl than to have the opportunity to receive an education?

Here in North America what can you buy for $100? Think of how far $100 goes; you could buy a pair of designer jeans, maybe attend a concert, or spend it in about 5 minutes at a…


Added by Tammy Corbett on November 21, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Public Service Announcement: AidSource under new management, effective immediately

The founders and owners of AidSource: The Humanitarian Social Network would like to announce that, effective immediately, AidSource will be owned, maintained and moderated by our friends and aid blogosphere colleagues at

Some of you will wonder why. The answer is that over the past year each of us have made significant changes in…

Added by AidSource on November 12, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Project IMPACT is Making a Difference in Ethiopia

Did you know that 59 of every 1,000 children born in Ethiopia do not survive, and besides that 675 of every 100,000 mothers will die during childbirth? Project IMPACT (Improving Maternal and Child Health: Partnership and Action for Community Transformation) is making a difference. Funded by donors and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada its strengthening primary health care by building birthing facilities, equipping them with the tools and training they need to…


Added by Tammy Corbett on November 10, 2014 at 7:42am — No Comments

Needs assessment for delivery of essential medicines

Dear Colleagues,


PATH is conducting a needs assessment to identify drugs in WHO Lists of Essential Medicines that may currently have challenges to correct delivery. Our goal is to further explore:


What essential medicines have barriers to correct delivery?

What health needs could be addressed by changes to existing drug formats?


This is a call for responses from anyone with thoughts on how to improve the mode of delivery,…


Added by Sarah McGray on November 7, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

IV Conferencia de la ReLAC: Marzo 2015, Lima (Perú) – #EvalYear

Originally published at Al Borde del Caos , with a translate button ;-)

Con el inspirado e inspirador tema El Futuro de la Evaluación en América Latina y el Caribe: Desarrollo, Equidad y Cultura  se desarrollará entre el 11 y 13 de Marzo del año próximo (el…


Added by Pablo Rodriguez-Bilella on October 27, 2014 at 5:50am — No Comments

A new venture for girls: Can a development practitioner change the world through business?

I went out with a new friend back in April, for sushi. Just sushi. And it ended up costing me thousands of dollars.

As Melissa Ovard described how they had formed a company to provide products to make girls’ adolescent transitions easier, I was hooked. Her enthusiasm spilled all over our unagi and seawead salad, and I knew I had to be a part of Girl Lux.…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Sportscaster James Duthie Teams Up With CCFC

Sportscaster James Duthie, host of Hockey on TSN has teamed up with the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada to tackle the issues of poverty in developing countries.…


Added by Tammy Corbett on September 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Make Your Own Difference in Whatever Way You Can

When you see an advertisement about children in poverty in impoverished countries around the world how can you not want to reach out? I have had the opportunity to sponsor a young boy in India for years and my children had the chance to see how one person can make a difference.…


Added by Tammy Corbett on September 24, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

11 totally useless approaches to communicating about global development

A new generation of development and communications professionals is attempting to embrace nuance without turning the public off.


But just in case you want to remain “old school” in your communications strategies and keep them grounded in a charitable…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 15, 2014 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Do we need more risk-taking in communications?

According to many “horizon scanning” reports for international civil society over the past few years, there are major disruptions ahead in the aid sector. Many predict that if large international organizations are not prepared to adapt, they will not survive.

What is…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 10, 2014 at 7:31am — No Comments

Story of a lady bike rider and women development: Organizers should go to the roots

Every morning one lady bike rider passes me when my bus gets stuck in the jam on the way to my office. She goes ahead to her destination by driving her Scooty easily and naturally on the wide and narrow spaces on the road as like as a man. Every day when I see her I give her a salute and admire her courage because it is Bangladesh, a moderate Islamic country by the constitution, where a big part of the people do not support from their mind to let the women go out from home for working…


Added by Suman Chowdhury Mony on September 1, 2014 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Non Profits: What can't you get done in your work-week?

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Good Afternoon,

I am updating our non profit training program—Version 2.0 is set to launch in September—and…

Added by Tim Magee on August 28, 2014 at 11:44am — No Comments

Trying To Be Nice

Trying To Be Nice

I had a weird moment recently. I tried to have a conversation with a normal person. A normal person who has chosen to live a normal life. Half way through the conversation, I realised we had nothing in common. Not that I’m not interested in her life. It’s not that I don’t find her an interesting person. Except, yes, maybe it is. Which makes me feel a little bit bad.

And then I remember that what I care about is Ebola in West Africa and food insecurity in South…


Added by Claire Hawk on August 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — 8 Comments

4 ways to survive (and enjoy!) your next leave

A guest blog by Marco Yuri Jiménez on

As I am writing this, I am riding a train crossing the Alps between Austria and Italy. I have been in three countries in about ten hours. I have been in six different countries in the past three weeks and in ten other countries on four continents in the…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 19, 2014 at 7:11am — No Comments

Want to make the world a better place? Drop your first world problems

This week there has been a lot in the media about suicide, depression and mental illness with Robin William’s passing. I have lived a wide range on this spectrum and so I read a wide range on these topics as well. And today I saw something that has stopped me in my tracks. A comment was made on a public thread and it struck me deeply. The gist of it is this:

‘Depression and suicide don’t happen in third world countries. Depression is a…


Added by Jodi on August 15, 2014 at 9:54am — No Comments

2014 World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Campaign, Order Now!

2014 WORD AIDS DAY RED RIBBON BADGES ORDER NOW FROM UGANDA. To order DROP US AN EMAIL AT or visit to Donate to our Red Ribbon Campaign Kindly visit To order, kindly drop us an email at…


Added by Africa Youth Ministries on August 14, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Can more efficient use of social media change the aid sector?

I have been admiring Aidsource for a while since I joined however I've been disappointed by the evident low level of activity. I'm currently studying for a Masters Degree at WEDC; A water and development focused department at Loughborouth university and have decided as part of my Master's thesis to see if I could investigate the viability of a similar social networking website as AidSource which could be used as a central hub for aidworkers looking to network, find information or running…


Added by Carl Josef-Ian Nuñez Rendora on July 28, 2014 at 8:43am — No Comments

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.

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



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