When someone as eloquent as Robert Chambers chides you on your use of language, it is smart to listen. Last week the grand old man of ‘people first’ development challenged participants at the annual meeting of ALNAP to find a word that better describes the focus of their work than beneficiaries;
David Miliband is on to something important when he calls for a reassessment of the goals and working methods of the humanitarian system (The Guardian).
When Britain’s Secretary of International Development Justine Greening visited the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan last September she tweeted that she was looking at how British aid is helping the 80,000 refugees there.
Keystone spends most of its time helping organizations understand what people think of them: gathering perceptual data and using it to improve performance.
The omnibus appropriations bill approved by the US Senate on January 16 – and expected to be signed into law this week by President Barack Obama – is likely to fast forward years of effort to make aid more responsive to people affected by humanitarian crises.