Categories for Common aid problems
“The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing... View Article
“What is altruism without effort?” As a researcher at USAID CIDI, I have spent a great deal of my time... View Article
“Just because you didn’t receive a tax write off, recognition from a local organization, or a thank you card doesn’t... View Article
Are you prepared to help others in the most effective and efficient way possible? When disasters strike, many people’s first impulse is to collect food or clothing; it is not unusual for community and local groups to collect thousands of pounds of material – typically used clothing, canned food and bottled water – realizing only afterward that they do not know whether it’s actually needed, how they will transport it or who will distribute it.
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.
Would you want your child operated on by a doctor whose work was never evaluated, even when it appeared that the way the surgery was commonly done may contribute to avoidable illness or death?
What’s the worst present you ever received? A crazy colored sweater from your aunt Martha, questionable cookies from a neighbor,... View Article
“You wouldn’t want to receive something you didn’t ask for or need at Christmas, let alone during a humanitarian crisis.”... View Article
Smart Compassion has recently been an important issue at the “Ocean State” of Rhode Island. At the University of Rhode... View Article
“Hit the ground running” As a Crisis Corps Volunteer (part of the US Peace Corps) I was sent back to... View Article
Donations can be misused and ill-spent despite the best intentions of donors Deciding whether or not to donate and which... View Article
Last week John W. Yettaw, an American, swam across a lake and into the compound of the Burmese Democracy leader... View Article
A report just released by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies titled Tsunami – Global... View Article