ethics of aid

ethics of aid

January 21, 2010

David Brooks' prescription for, and Binyavanga Wainaina's criticism of, foreign aid leaves a question unanswered.

January 20, 2010

A passage from Letters to a Young Poet cited by Novogratz.

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January 12, 2010

An innovator in social investing talks about three educators who influenced her most.

February 28, 2009

A provocative post about the nature of development.

December 09, 2008

I’ve been fascinated by the responses that have come in to our program with Binyavanga Wainaina. They’ve come in part from other Africans and from current and former NGOs, missionaries, and Peace Corps volunteers. This felt like a huge and daunting, yet pressing, subject to open up. And that’s clearly what we’ve done — not started a conversation but opened it a little wider; the questions and concerns he articulated are present in many closest to this work.

I’m especially intrigued, as well, by one e-mail we received from New Orleans, drawing parallels between aid to post-Katrina New Orleans and aid to Africa. It is a stunning reflection on how, even domestically, the dramatic gesture is deceptively satisfying. Most of all I’m pleased that so many found Binyavanga Wainaina’s insights emboldening, as I did. His hard truth-telling — even his satire — is the opposite of a call to cynicism. It is a call to attentiveness to the deeper truth of ourselves and the other.

November 21, 2008

A random tweet lifts the spirits while researching the ethics of global aid.