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Aaron Ausland

Blog Entries by Aaron Ausland

Aid Blogging: A Cautionary Tale in Charts

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 2:39 PM

A lot of people think pretty deep thoughts about the nexus of humanitarian aid and social media. I'm not one of them. Nevertheless, I started blogging and tweeting about international development and humanitarian aid a couple of years ago. Here's what I've learned so far.


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Too Old to Volunteer Abroad? Think Again!

(6) Comments | Posted June 10, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Baby boomers are still asking 'What can I do for my country (and my world)?' and the answer is, probably a lot more than they could when they were 20.

Peace Corps and Bonnie Lee Black have something in common: age. Peace Corps celebrated its 51st anniversary in...

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Generation X: The Heroes of American Volunteerism?

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 6:54 PM

Earlier today, I was wondering what mattered most in terms of rates of volunteerism in America: having spare time or spare money. I would have thought that time was the critical factor. Turns out I was wrong. A look at the data shows an inverse relationship between unemployment rates and...

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Volunteerism and Unemployment: The Surprising Inverse Relationship

(10) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 4:01 PM

USA Today reported today that the number of volunteers in America dropped by 600,000 from last year, bringing the national volunteering rate down by a half a percentage point, to 26.3%. The data was from Volunteering In America, a government website that tracks and reports on...

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How Microfinance Lost its Soul

(12) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 7:19 AM

Microfinance has lost its soul. Six fundamental shifts in the practice of microfinance have left it operating more like a for-profit bank and less like an innovative pro-poor movement.

I don't have much against banks; they mostly do good things for people who can access their services. But, if you...

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Poverty Tourism Taxonomy 2.0

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 7:36 PM


The ongoing debate on poverty tourism got a paroxysm of blogger attention following the recent op-ed in The New York Times by Kennedy Odede, whose personal experience gave him harsh words for what he called Slumdog Tourism. A good assemblage of recent...

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