I am starting a podcast series in partnership with the Stanford Social Innovation Review (http://www.ssireview.org/) with support from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The focus of the series is to think beyond conventional international development work... for inspiration so that challenges can be better addressed by looking beyond the limitations of our particular development sector. Through this Podcast Series Project, we will, for instance, look at how social movements are formed and...moreless
Transparency in philanthropy and aid matters immensely.
Aid effectiveness can be radically enhanced by being more open about results – good and... bad – through the creative use of data and non-promotional storytelling. Organizations can improve and innovate if they value data and use it to change the way they operate and implement, as I have argued elsewhere.
And I believe that the more open the data the better the response will be as long as the data is understandable, outcome...moreless
Hi Ned-I want to agree with you on this, and I doubt that anyone really enjoys seeing/reading meaningless data, but I need maybe an example or two of... where we find "the puke" today...although I'm not trying to start any e-fights with other well-meaning orgs (or AM I?).
I recall back in college, listening to presentations by Phd students who basically had to talk for 90 minutes about their failed dissertation models/theories. I remember feeling just awful for them having to do this,...moreless
its pretty ironic - i have found from my experience that governments prefers seeing data puke. for some reason there is a distinct belief that the... more data you mention/share the more reliable that report must be...well again i have found that people dont remember the stats and that report is shelved somewhere never to be used again. @Jesse: we have tried to share our failure and here is an example http://www.admittingfailure.com/failure/muthi-nhlema/ - we were imspired by engineers without... moreless
I am so glad this theme is being discussed, such an important topic. To avoid the pit-falls of "data puke", it is worth reflecting on how... impact is measured and communicated.
Two organizations who have been quite successful in this regard are:
Against Malaria Foundation
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
Both are recommended charities by GiveWell and Give What We Can, who have spent a considerable time examining... moreless
Meet Jennifer James! Our first Blogger Out to Change The World. Jennifer is an extraordinary example of one individual out to change the world. Last... year, Jennifer founded Mom Bloggers For Social Good, a site dedicated to highlighting compelling stories of social good through a talented network of passionate Mom bloggers across 17 countries. Simply put, Jennifer’s job is about working with other amazing mothers to spread good vibes, highlight true impact and show that you CAN change the...moreless
The Bolivian Municipality of Arani is driving to reach full coverage, and like their neighboring municipalities implementing "Cobertura Total Para... Siempre" ( Everyone Forever ), they are not simply installing water services in a village and assuming everyone has access to that water system. Arani is not counting water systems, they are focused on water services to all families. Arani is focused on whether all permanent residents of the municipality are accessing piped, treated water. This...moreless
this is very good in two ways
1. This is most micro level planning ( identifying the specific family not having access) and target, is most... effective way to use budget.
2. will increase show a way tot eh government on how to indicate and recognized the families having problem and make it visible to everyone which can push every stakeholder to think about them them.moreless
This is real, original and also comminucating a lot. It also engages the households in sensiting each other about the need for safe drinking water.... I'm sure every household ensures that they have the system running by doing all they can to let the municipality work on all those pipes not working. Really focusing on EFmoreless
Tackness Kamwaza3 months ago It engages the households in sensitising each other about the need for safe drinking water. (There was a typographical error)
I presented "#Socent Punk: A Personal Journey Explaining Life and Social Entrepreneurism through the Lens of Punk Rock" for the second time, with... modifications, at the University of Colorado's Business School last night. The professors and students were supportive, warm and engaged which makes me smile. The point of the presentation is to bring life, some personality and hint of aggression and mix all that with fearless energy to radically change things to the general discussions on social...moreless
Rulindo is a district of 285,000 people in Rwanda. Water For People is supporting the government's efforts to ensure that Everyone has access to water... and sanitation services that will last Forever. To succeed, we needed to know where things stand now. So the Rulindo District Government, Rwandan National Government and Water For People just completed the first full district mapping exercise that clarifies the baseline to judge the Rulindo Everyone Forever Challenge. The results are...moreless
Marceline Nyambala3 months ago Good feedback. Would be keen to learn the hinderances to adequate supply of water. More residents need a gain an interest in acquiring the technical skills to repair water systems as means of income
Ephrone Mwenitete3 months ago This is an ernormous task, but when achieved, will make the 30-4-18 story sound unbelievable in future.
Muthi3 months ago wow! shifting people from free water to paying tariffs for their water will be the hardest part and the centre of our sustainability strategy with EF.... lets do this!
i might be the 1st person to say i "dislike" something on Tap- but i just feel that there is nothing to like about these Rwanda stats. the... obvious story these stats are telling is one of disease and i dont like that! lets change this!moreless
wow , great findings . I like your idea to call "customer" not beneficiaries. but here you have used the term beneficiaries . we need to... make then customer and advocate for this witht eh Rwanda government then only the miths of Water is free and thier right will be combained with responsibilities. in India this is very similar especially in West Bengal where the recent state government wants to say that water and many other things are the right of citizens. however, many placeses like...moreless
I love fieldwork. Always have. And I tend to write about what I see, try to tell stories in different ways, and every so often make a point.... I’ll even occasionally (almost completely)
disrobe and tell the Naked Truth.
So, would a blogger like to join me in working to change the world?
Here’s the idea.
When I visit our work in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, I follow a similar pattern. I meet with staff, government officials, and partners. I ask them to show me things they...moreless
Published originally on Circle of Blue It’s not about access, it’s about whether water flows. A Malawian girl waits by jerry cans in... Nkolokoti-Kachere. Back in 2009, the mess caused by failed water supply had reached its pinnacle in Blantyre low-income area, known as Nkolokoti-Kachere. The more than 25, 000 residents of this urban Malawi slum owed more than $US 11,000 in unpaid water fees, and so water had stopped flowing. Adding to the problem of unpaid bills was the poor...moreless
To reach Everyone | Forever, we need to tap into the eradication techniques leveraged in successes such as Polio and Smallpox. They judged success on... elimination of the disease in an area, NOT on how many people were simply immunized. Check out my new paper written for the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership Meeting coming up next week: http://ow.ly/f5QKcmoreless
Great question Travis - we are building the financial, human and institutional resources to do this work. We do not have it all lined up - never... really do - but felt we need to put the vision out there, show progress where we are and draw others in. That is starting to happen I am glad to say :)