| This section of my web site is to
provide resources for colleagues working in humanitarian /
aid / development efforts, as well as to anyone studying such.
In other words, development: human development,
community development, institutional development, environmental
development, country development, etc. (in contrast to its
meaning in the USA, where the word development is
related to fund raising or software or real estate). When I say
development here on my web site, I mean development in
terms to capacity-building as a part of humanitarian or aid
efforts, as well as economic development of areas experiencing
high-unemployment, poverty, even conflict.
(Originally, this part of my web site was a blog about my
experience with Open University in pursuit of my MSc in
Development Management, and a way to link to OU
resources I might need to access when I wasn't at my own
computer. But over time, I expanded it to cover all
of my work and continuing
studies regarding development)
My resources for colleagues working in
humanitarian / aid / development efforts, as well as to
anyone studying such:
- How folklore, rumors, urban
myths and organized misinformation campaigns interfere
with development and aid/relief efforts, and
government initiatives, and how to prevent and
address such. This was almost my Master's Degree thesis in
2005. I decided the data I had gathered initially was too
helpful not to publish, despite not using it for my
degree, so I put it up on my web site. Since then, I've
continued to research this topic and update this resource.
Now, with fake news sites set up specifically to mislead
people, as well as crowdsourced efforts by professional
online provocateurs and automated troll bots pumping out
thousands of comments, countering misinformation efforts
has to be a priority for aid and development
organizations, as well as government agencies.
for UN & UNDP in Ukraine to use Twitter, Facebook,
Blogs and Other Social Media to Promote Reconciliation,
Social Inclusion, & Peace-Building in Ukraine
(PDF). This is a draft document I submitted to UNDP
Ukraine just before I left Kyiv in October 2014, having
completed my term there as a "Surge" Communications
Advisor. This draft document offers considerations and
recommendations for social media messaging that promotes
reconciliation, social inclusion, and peace-building in
Ukraine. It provides ideas for messaging related to
promoting tolerance, respect and reconciliation in the
country, and messaging to counter bigotry, prejudice,
inequality, misperceptions and misconceptions about a
particular group of people or different people among
Ukrainians as a whole.
- Highlights and resources from the research for my final
paper for my Master's Degree, regarding the
non-artistic elements necessary for success in "Theater
as a Tool for Development" initiatives.
for staying in contact with remote staff in developing
countries / conflict zones
Many factors stand in the way of trying to stay in contact
with field staff at projects in rural or conflicted areas
in developing countries. I review all of the various
challenges faced by people in a main office in getting
data from field staff working in humanitarian /
development / aid initiatives, and how to address those
- Women's Access
to Public Internet Access, a resource I
developed through research & experience to support the
development of women-only Internet centers/technology
centers/etc., or women-only hours at such public Internet
access points, in developing and transitional countries.
Women Everywhere - Essential to Development Success,
a list of research and articles (none written by me) that
confirm that empowering women is essential to
development success and highlight the very
particular challenges to women's access to education,
health care, safety and economic prosperity. Additional
& reputation in the developing world - In
some countries, a womanís reputation regarding her virtue
is every bit as important as food and health care, in
terms of prosperity, let alone survival. This blog offers
details that should serve as a caution to humanitarian and
development workers wanting NGOs and government agencies
to engage more on social media; you need to provide
guidance for the women who would be expected to manage
online activities on how to stay safe and protect their
to take photos in a culturally-sensitive manner,
particularly with regard to respect for local customs
regarding women, and to meet various needs, e.g. to
show female participation. This resource was
developed in 2007, for Afghan staff working out of an
Afghanistan government agency, and is adaptable for
various cultural settings.
- A presentation
for Afghan women on public speaking. This
resource was developed in 2007, for Afghan female staff
working out of an Afghanistan government agency, and is
adaptable for various cultural settings.
workers need to help local staff avoid scams.
If you are working in aid, development or humanitarian
affairs on site in a developing country, I hope you will
consider doing a lunchtime workshop for your
locally-recruited colleagues about online scams. Just 30 Ė
45 minutes would be so helpful. Talk about visa scams,
inheritance scams and phishing. Even if locally-recruited
staff are particularly savvy about knowing when something
is a fraud, their family and friends may not be, and you
would be helping them to help their family and friends
avoid being taken advantage of.
- A comprehensive
list of questions to answer in preparation for
reporting to donors, the media & general public.
I developed this with a colleague in Afghanistan, to
help the local staff at the government ministry where we
worked know what information donors and UN agencies
regularly asked for, and what we anticipated they might
start asking for; what subjects the media regularly
asked about or reported on, and what we anticipated they
might start asking about or reporting on; and what
information could be used for evaluation purposes later.
It was part of our many efforts to
build public sector staff communications
capacities in countries where I've
Fund-Raising for Small NGOs in the Developing World,
a guide I developed a decade ago and regularly update
until October 2015. Requesting NGOs have been based
primarily in Africa, Asia and parts of Eastern Europe.
a Nonprofit or Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
The laws and procedures for starting a nonprofit
organization, an NGO, a charity or a foundation vary from
country to country. The laws and procedures are never
exactly the same. This page offers the general advice that
is applicable to any country, but you will still have to
go through country-specific requirements, which are NOT
detailed on this page but there is advice on where to find
Organizations in Other Countries: A resource
that can help you evaluate volunteer-placement
organizations that charge you for your placement as a
volunteer, as well as for people interested in partnering
or supporting an organization abroad but wanting to know
it's a credible organization, that it's not some sort of
scam, or an 'organization' of just one person.
International Volunteers: More and more local
organizations in developing countries are turning to local
expertise, rather than international volunteers, to
support their efforts. However, the need for international
volunteers remains, and will for many, many years to come.
This resource provides tips for local organization in a
developing countries interested in gaining to
- United Nations Tech4Good
/ ICT4D Initiatives, a list of the various
United Nations initiatives that have been launched since
2000 to promote the use of computers, feature phones,
smart phones and various networked devices in development
and humanitarian activities, to promote digital literacy
and equitable access to the "information society," and to
bridge the digital divide. My goal in creating this page
is to help researchers, as well as to remind current UN
initiatives that much work regarding ICT4D has been done
by various UN employees, consultants and volunteers for
more than 15 years (and perhaps longer?).
- The positive effects of sustainable
development and alternative tourism and ways
to cultivate efforts that support tourism as a part of
sustainable development efforts. This is something that
has been of interest to me for several years, and
something I continually research on my own.
- Motorcycles and
development/aid/relief & volunteer efforts.
I'm a motorcycle rider. I'm a development worker. It's not
something you can combine in the PeaceCorps, but it is
something many people helping others in developing
countries do combine, and this resource reviews
how it's done.
Organizations Involved in Overseas Development / Aid /
Relief & Volunteer Efforts Or Educating People Re:
Other Countries/Global Affairs. Some are nonprofits,
some are university programs, and some are for-profit
companies / businesses. Some are focused exclusively on
aid and development, some are focused only partially on
Society Capacity Building: Why?
My favorite kind of professional work is building the
capacities of civil society organizations, especially
in transitional and developing countries, to
communicate, to change minds and to engage a variety
of people and communities, through communications,
dialogue and volunteering. But the term civil
society isn't used in USA as commonly as it is
elsewhere, and many donít understand exactly what I
mean when I talk about my favorite type of work. This
resource explores exactly what is meant by the phrase
civil society capacity building.