If you only read one thing this week…

The Changing Landscape of Local Development by Anna
August 30, 2011, 3:48 pm
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If you read one thing this week, make it this story entitled “Beyond Beneficiaries.”

It discusses the growing number of civil-society organizations (CSOs) that have organized them selves to develop their own communities. The author, Lisa Schirch, believes that while large NGOs and government organizations praise the idea of local leadership, they often complain of the lack of it.


“The landscape of ‘locally-led development’ is more varied and rich than many in the international development community acknowledge,” writes author Lisa Schirch. “[It] needs a more robust understanding of local civic society.”


The entire article is available to read in the July Issue of Monday Developments Magazine. The entire issue can be downloaded here and the article begins on page eight.



World Humanitarian Day by Anna
August 24, 2011, 2:03 pm
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This week, Read one thing pays tribute to the Humanitarian Aid worker. Last Friday, August 19th was World Humanitarian Day. The day was created in dedication to aid workers all around the world, and also is meant to raise issues concerning the humanitarian community. For example, security has become a growing problem. Attacks on humanitarian posts have tripled in the past decade.


U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised all aid workers in a message to mark the occasion: “Their efforts save lives in conflict and natural disaster. They also draw the world closer together by reminding us that we are one family, sharing the same dreams for a peaceful planet, where all people can live in safety, and with dignity.”


Read the entire story of the day here.  Also, check out the blog post by Mercy Corps’ Senior Writer Roger Burks. He writes about what it means to be a humanitarian aid worker.

Some successes – and we can do even better by Anna
August 17, 2011, 10:08 am
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Charles Kenny’s new book Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding — and How We Can Improve the World Even More. Kenny, a contributing editor to FP, claims that even though the global landscape often seems torn with violence and instability, human progress has been largely successful over the last half-century.

Experts in various fields, including global development, business and journalism, discuss different areas of concern brought up by the book. Jeni Klugman, the director and lead author of the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report, says that while people are becoming healthier, they are not necessarily becoming freer.

Bradford Plumer, an associate editor of the New Republic, asks how people’s lives could be improving when the planet they live on is getting worse?

Read the entire discussion at this link.

Women and Development by Anna
August 10, 2011, 11:03 am
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This week, check out two interesting articles concerning gender issues in development from Alertnet. The first is story out of the Horn of Africa. It states that the “lack of women in policymaking is worsening the impact of the Horn of Africa drought.” Henia Dakkak, a Somalia researcher for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), believes that women could boost crop production in harsh climates because of their specific knowledge of the land.
The entire story is available at this link.

The second story is an op-ed by Ross Mountain, director general of DARA, an organization that focuses on improving the quality and effectiveness of aid. His piece focuses on Haiti and gender issues surrounding its rebuilding. He states that women living in disaster areas suffer the most, and key issues have not been addressed since last year’s earthquake. Mountain believes that part of the explanation may be because the humanitarian system is too male-dominated.
His entire column can be read at this link.