Views on the World

31 March 2016
The 2016 Global Forum on Development
OECD Headquarters, Paris, France
Photo: OECD/Andrew Wheeler

Sustainable Development Goals – Think Globally, Act Locally

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On March 30th and 31st I had the extraordinary opportunity and honor to represent the voice of locally-focused philanthropy on two panels at the Global Forum of Development at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. As representatives gathered from member nation-states and multi-lateral institutions, I took stock of the momentous nature of the occasion. We are at a critical point in global development as we build the platforms and collaborations that will hopefully fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals and [...]

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Evaluation Can Lead to Community Self-Sustainability

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If you’re interested in evaluation, check out AEA 365 from the American Evaluation Association. We recommend reading the Tip A Day by & for Evaluators. The lessons learned, resources and advice are a quick and helpful resource to stir up your thinking on evaluation. One of our favorite Tips came from Jindra Cekan, an evaluator with more than 25 years of experience in international development fieldwork. In her blog  “Furthering Community Self-Sustainability of Our Projects,” she suggests that our current evaluation norms are just not enough. We all [...]

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The Global Giving Storytelling Project

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Evaluating impact is something we’re always interested in learning more about. When we heard about the Global Giving Storytelling Project, we were pretty excited about it because it includes talking directly with communities to find out what people say about the impact of community projects on their lives. We asked Marc Maxson to tell us more about the project and why it matters. The Global Giving Storytelling Project By Marc Maxson For the past few years, GlobalGiving has been working with organizations in [...]

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Expanding the Ethics of Care In Philanthropy

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As an undergraduate studying philosophy, my absolute least favorite class was Introduction to Ethics — a requirement, of course, to earn my degree. I am a bit ashamed to admit that I spent most of the class eye-rolling my way through all of the reading and discussions. Moral philosophy was never my thing. So it has since struck me as a little funny that in the eight years that followed there has been one chapter, from one book, from that one [...]

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Mandela’s Vision and Everyday Heroes

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How do we accept a world without Nelson Mandela? There are few other human beings who embody the “love of humanity” to the extent Mandela did. He was the ultimate philanthropist. Even though we all knew his incredible life was coming to a close, accepting a world without this wonderful man is hard. We are left with memories of a courageous life we followed and admired from afar. We saw a man walk out of prison defining reconciliation and forgiveness. We [...]

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