Where possible moving from food aid to cash aid makes sense – it transfers decision making to the poor and enables them to decide on what they feel are their economic priorities. After all, there is no reason to believe that the poor cannot make rational economic decisions.
Why are so many development programmes based on the Trickle Down Effect? Should we not be a bit direct?
The question of rise of Chinese presence in Africa has been a subject of debate for many years now. My thoughts on the same.
Capacity building is something that all development workers do at some point or other. Does it work? Why or why not? My musings at
As the world gets increasingly urbanised, we are going to see development challenges. The poor in urban areas will outnumber the poor in rural areas. Are NGOs who work primarily in rural areas, gearing up to address the issues? What are the implications?
My thoughts …
Fragile States present immense challenges to development and humanitarian programming. Effectiveness and long term impact of INGOs is sorely tested in these contexts. Is is perhaps time to look at alternative strategies? Not try development programming in humanitarian contexts? Better deploy meagre resources elsewhere? Presenting the conundrum of programming in fragile states….. read on…
As it is poised to be the newest nation in the world, South Sudan is on the cusp of destiny. Whether she grabs the opportunity to pull her people out of poverty, deprivation and conflict or fails in the effort depends on the support she gets from the international community. Only time will tell what happens.
How does a social development worker address the question”is what I am doing worth it?”