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Aaron Ausland
Aaron Ausland is a development practitioner with over a dozen years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating development projects in over two dozen countries. He's the founding editor of The Global Citizen, a print and online journal for young adults engaging the World through service. He also serves on the Board of Directors at The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, which is working to encourage a new generation of leaders to develop a lifelong ethic of service, civic engagement, and global understanding. His diverse work history includes launching a microfinance program in Bolivia, consulting a multinational mining corporation on their CSR strategy, evaluating a multi-million dollar emergency aid response to the Indian Ocean tsunami, co-creating an econometric model to help combat corruption in Peru, and leading a multinational team of operations auditors. He is currently the Associate Director of Independent Research and Evaluation at a large global relief and development organization. He has a B.A in International Political Economy and a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard Kennedy School. He is an active public speaker on themes related to global citizenship, community-based development principles, and development theology. He is writing his first book "Staying For Tea: A Principled Path to International Community Development."

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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