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What to look for when evaluating an aid agencySeptember 13, 2015 2:53 pm 6 Comments To ensure that your money is doing the good you intended you have to look past aid agency advertising, name recognition, and "happy stories", and instead look for evidence that the aid agency is following best practices and constantly improving their organization.
Aid agency advertising imagesFebruary 25, 2015 9:03 pm Comments Off on Aid agency advertising images You see a commercial on TV or receive an advertisement in the mail with the picture of someone in need. You reach for your checkbook to donate. But before you stamp the envelope or click the "donate now" button, imagine that instead of it being someone else far away, it is an image of you, your child, or you family. Now ask yourself these four simple questions...
Four reasons to NOT donate baby formula overseasFebruary 18, 2015 1:33 pm 8 Comments Dependency, malnutrition, illness and death can be unintended consequences of donating baby formula overseas. NICEF, WHO and WFP call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in certain emergencies, but caution against unnecessary and potentially harmful donations of breast-milk substitutes.
Guideline #4 for volunteering overseasFebruary 11, 2015 6:00 am 1 Comment
Manage your expectations: Although volunteering overseas can be a life-changing experience, it’s also one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. Many people have an unrealistic expectation that their experience will be as glamorous as it seems in the Kashi commercials.
Disaster TourismFebruary 4, 2015 2:44 pm 5 Comments
As director of D-TRAC I was often asked to orient heads of aid agencies and donors on the tsunami recovery... View Article