Is The Aid Sector Tèt Anba?

Is The Aid Sector Tèt Anba?

Is The Aid Sector Tèt Anba? 06/2023 | Marie-Rose Romain Murphy In Haitian Creole, tèt anba means upside down or absurd. We say “bagay saa yo tèt anba” – things are upside down – when we want to describe a chaotic situation or just the state of the world gone wrong. ...
Shifting the Power with Power Footprints

Shifting the Power with Power Footprints

Shifting the Power with Power Footprints 11/2022 | Patrick Meier In 2015, WeRobotics set out to reduce the power asymmetries that exist in the social good sector by measurably expanding the space for locally-led practice. Naturally, we hardly did this on our own!...
On Statues, Robots and Shifting-the-Power

On Statues, Robots and Shifting-the-Power

On Statues, Robots and Shifting-the-Power 10/2022 | Patrick Meier When we hear the word “statue”, our mind conjures up a confident figure of a likely-important human of epochs past. This figure stands resolutely on top of a firm and heavy pedestal. But my absolute...
Donors can do better

Donors can do better

Donors can do better 9/2021 | Linda Mwesigwa If donors are very honest with themselves, they will acknowledge that their desire for credit may be greater than that for impact. Otherwise, they would not be competing with their implementing partners for publicity. They...
Sharing the keys to the localization house

Sharing the keys to the localization house

Sharing the keys to the localization house 04/2021 | Oheneba Boateng and Claudia Meier EU Commissioner Janez Lenarčič’s recent musings that “the biggest barrier to localization is the capacity of local actors” attracted a good dose of well-deserved criticism. But one...
If you want to support, vacate the space

If you want to support, vacate the space

If you want to support, vacate the space 03/2021 | Sudhanshu S. Singh After having worked for over three decades, mainly with international NGOs (INGOs) within India and elsewhere, and feeling disillusioned with the international aid architecture, I decided to return...
Partnerships in humanitarian action

Partnerships in humanitarian action

Partnerships in humanitarian action 11/2020 | Lizz Harrison Equality in partnerships There are ‘partnerships’ all over the world between international, national and local organisations working together towards a mutual goal.  That mutual goal is meeting the immediate...
Can we put the rhetoric into action?

Can we put the rhetoric into action?

Can we put the rhetoric into action? 9/2020 | Alex Carle As a mother, a New Zealander, a woman, a white person, a person who has lived on every continent but often as a privileged minority, I am excited that others are ably expressing a frustration and unease I have...
Liberation starts at home

Liberation starts at home

Liberation starts at home 7/2020 | Cecilia Milesi Northern and Southern actors need to work towards a radical renewal of the international cooperation business   In the midst of a unifying global humanitarian and political crisis, as it is with the Covid-19...
Who is Local?

Who is Local?

Who is Local? 5/2020 | Paul George Tracing the origins and changing meanings of the word in the lexicon of humanitarian aid through my experience     My first paid job was doing research on the post-conflict recovery strategies of communities in India’s...
Do No Harm: Meta-Trends

Do No Harm: Meta-Trends

Do No Harm: Meta-Trends November 29, 2017 | Dilshan Annaraj and Maya Assaf-Horstmeier Share this article World Vision Shares Internal Learning Process on their Conflict Sensitivity Programming   In this blog post, World Vision’s Associate Director for...
Corruption : résister à tout prix ?

Corruption : résister à tout prix ?

Corruption : résister à tout prix ? November 29, 2017 | Gabin Bady Kabuya, Florence Liégeois Share this article Resisting corruption is not easy, not even when supported by a collective effort. The Kuleta Haki Network, now numbering more than 100 individuals, has made...
Pity the Man Who Stands Alone

Pity the Man Who Stands Alone

Pity the Man Who Stands Alone October 11, 2017 | Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church Share this article In this post Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church shares findings on how: (1) Acts of jealousy and revenge fuel the manipulation of the criminal justice system in the Central African...
When Discussing Political Corruption

When Discussing Political Corruption

When Discussing Political Corruption July 25, 2017 | Kelsey Goodman Share this article In this post, Kelsey Goodman draws out key lessons from a survey of research on political corruption. Researchers and policymakers would be well-served to “get specific” when...