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NGegO and the Waste We Cause by Fueling Aid "Hero-preneurs"

Daniela Papi | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

We can't just read a book and then adamantly defend the author's words as truth without having ever even stepped foot in the place they are speaking about or having much understanding of the context for their work.

Hippocratic Philanthropy? Lessons From International Health Funding

Steve Heilig | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Steve Heilig

Philanthropy can cause harm in myriad ways. We need to get it right. For those considering support for or work with international development and health projects, here are a few ideas on how to assure that money and effort leads to real impact in a way that "does no harm"

Resilience in the Face of Disaster

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Kazuhiko Takemoto

The October eruption was the start of a series of increasingly violent eruptions that took place over the following three weeks. In the end, more than 350 people were killed and hundreds more injured

A Recipe for Community

Linda Buzzell | Posted 06.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

The bottom line? Any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind, soul and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving.

My Miserable Week in North Korea as a VIP Guest

Richard Walden | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Richard Walden

After more than 30 years of humanitarian aid operations in some of the world's most dangerous and/or autocratically-run places, I felt that it was at least worth a try to see what access an international NGO could have to people in need.

Exporting Repression

Freedom House | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Authoritarian regimes around the world are exporting their worst practices and working together to re...

Amnesty International Offices Searched

AP | Posted 05.24.2013 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors and tax police searched the Moscow headquarters of Amnesty International and several other rights groups Monday, c...

Floating Health Care: Runa Khan has a Simple Solution to Bangladeshi Development

Pro Journo | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

When Runa Khan first began work, most partners told her that the idea of floating hospitals was too innovative, if not outlandish.

Two Cheers for Government

John Feffer | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's not easy to find people in East-Central Europe who will put in a good word for government. Danilo Vukovic currently works for an NGO in Serbia, but he has also worked in government. He has a more charitable view of the Serbian government than many of his colleagues.

A Tale of Two NGOs: In Haiti, Disaster Aid or Aid Disaster?

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Beverly Bell

Anthropologist Mark Schuller's new book Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs examines why abundant foreign aid dollars and agencies have not improved the socio-economic status or security of Haiti's people.

Three Trends That Will Shape the Nonprofits of 2043

William Brindley | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
William Brindley

Has the role of implementer and beneficiary shifted, or even flipped? I think by considering the following three trends, we can begin to forecast of how future humanitarian work will change in the next 30 years.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Reexamining How We Donate to Non-Profits

Daniela Papi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

Jaded. Skeptical. A hypocrite. A hater. You get called all sorts of things when you say critical things about the international aid sector. People say...

Looking Forward: A New Paradigm -- A Renewed Commitment, a Common Vision for a Civil Society World

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick

This new Civil Society world will help restore trust in business and confidence in government. It will also let NGOs move from continuous campaigns towards common redelivery of civil commitments. We all have a stake. Now we must hold it.

Community Organizing in Bulgaria

John Feffer | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
John Feffer

In the early days, NGOs enjoyed a rather high reputation in part because of the legacy of "anti-politics" from the earlier period. Today, however, NGOs don't meet with such universal acclaim.

Strengthening the Middle Class in Emerging Democracies

Fron Nahzi | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Fron Nahzi

The international aid community responds to familiar challenges, as they have for the past 20 years, with the same programs combining trainings and grants. One reason these programs have not yielded the intended results is that they have overlooked the importance of education.

Looking Forward: A New Paradigm -- A Renewed Commitment, a Common Vision for a Civil Society World

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick

This new Civil Society world will help restore trust in business and confidence in government. It will also let NGOs move from continuous campaigns towards common redelivery of civil commitments. We all have a stake. Now we must hold it.

Smaller, Younger NGOs to Davos: "We Have a Few Tips Too"

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

NGO accountability is far from a dull subject, and the sector can learn about accountability from smaller, younger NGOs. Soliciting feedback from clients and maintaining openness, which doesn't necessarily have to be a function of size, are musts.

Billions to Haiti, Little to Haitians

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Bill Quigley

Despite billions in aid that were supposed to go to the Haitian people, hundreds of thousands are still homeless, living in shanty tent camps as the effects from the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, remain.

Remember, Remember the 29th of December

Freedom House | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Freedom House

The success or failure of Egypt's transition will have a significant effect on the rest of the Arab world, and the country's current economic, social, and political challenges are all but overwhelming.

The Life Out Loud: Sharing the Love

MeiMei Fox | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Sharemeister is running an experiment to see if they can get people to give passively to non-profits within the context of "competitive giving events." By downloading Sharemeister's browser application for Firefox, people can generate donations in the form of "Shares."

American Democracy Looks Pretty Good... From Cambodia

Sarah Kenyon Lischer | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Sarah Kenyon Lischer

The country enjoys a bounty of natural resources and a popular culture which combines initiative, warmth, and hard work. So why do forty percent of Cambodians live on less than $1.25 per day? And why are the streets clogged with refuse?

How F*ckyoumotherf*cker Taught Me Influence Trumps Authority

Jonathan Hursh | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Hursh

One of the most basic skills an entrepreneur needs to master right out of the gate is the ability to persuade others.

Nokero Solar Light Bulbs Are Illuminating a Brighter Tomorrow

Anne Goddard | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

For the world's poorest people, light is as much a currency as arable land and clean water, and often just as difficult to come by. But there is a new light at the end of the tunnel.

Georgian CSOs at the Crossroads

Fron Nahzi | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Fron Nahzi

On October 1st, following a hotly contested election campaign, Georgia witnessed a peaceful transition of power for the first time in its history.

Can Non-State Service Delivery Undermine Governments?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Whether it is in the U.S. presidential election campaign or as a result of the debt crisis in Europe, people on both sides of the Atlantic are debating the role of the state. Do we need more government or less of it?