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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Healing solidarity: re-imagining international development

NGOs and other aid agencies need to lead in the practice of re-distributing wealth and power—not just the theory.

Foreign aid is a waste of money—unless it’s used for transformation

Simplistic stories of saving children trap aid agencies inside a self-defeating logic

Horizontalising international NGOs: can it be done?

Alternative structures are available—if we have the courage to adopt them.

What’s it all about, Oxfam?

We should seize this opportunity to re-examine the future of foreign aid.

What’s to be done with Oxfam, part 2?

Is it gratuitous to link the scandal engulfing Oxfam with the need to transform NGOs and foreign aid?

The inconvenient truth about foreign aid

For recipients aid has been a very mixed blessing, but for donors it’s been a bonanza. 

What’s to be done with Oxfam?

Too small to influence economics, too bureaucratic to be social movements, banned from politics and removed from the societies they’re trying to change, where do NGOs go next? Part 2 here on the Haiti scandal.

Does value for money help or hinder the search for social transformation?

Governments’ obsession with cost-effectiveness is supposed to increase the impact of public spending. In reality it’s used to justify decisions in times of austerity, while pumping scarce resources into an industry of consultants.

I am sorry for you, you mean well: trust and history in the making of a better world

Why do foreign aid and advice so often fail? A transformative social vision means nothing without humility.

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