Peacemaking is more than an idea, it is a place. But, where is this place? Peacemaking efforts around the world fail every day. Negotiators meet in conference rooms, set agendas and discuss the issues that keep parties and countries warring against each other. …Continue
BALE, ETHIOPIA–In the dappled shade of his eucalyptus plantation, Munir Adem recollects. “Before, the forest belonged to the government. There was an enemy relationship between the natural forest and the community”.
Over the last two decades, deforestation in the Bale region of southern Ethiopia reached alarming levels of 8% per annum. “It all comes back to poverty”,…Continue
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In rural Ethiopia, a river three football fields wide can prevent a child from getting to the closest medical clinic. The problem: no bridges to bypass bodies of water.
A basic footbridge could solve the dilemma, yet countless communities in the developing world lack this simple structure.
Bridges to Prosperity aims to resolve this issue. The Denver-based nonprofit builds footbridges…Continue
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...what good is a blog?
Three people I know and admire are getting the recognition they deserve this week and I want to take a moment to celebrate their achievements on how-matters.org.
1) Mulugeta Gebru, founder of Jerusalem Children and Community Development…Continue
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Brianna Plaza at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction reached out to let me know they entered GOOD Maker’s TEDxUChicago Speaker Challenge to present their “Learning Our Way Out” project in Ethiopia.…Continue
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Four leaders from African organizations sat down to give us their frank feedback about site visits from funders a few years ago. I recently ran across my notes from the discussion, and because they offered such good reminders, I am sharing them here. Organization founders from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, and Lesotho offer the following important, though too-often-unheard insights from a local group’s perspective.
(Pssst, pay attention, donors and aid workers. This is what your…Continue
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Bertrand Pecquerie, CEO
Global Editors Network
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing as a proud member of The Global Editors Network(GEN), a
blogger, journalist, and scholar to bring to your attention the
continued and ever mounting persecution of journalists by the
Government of Ethiopia(GoE) in different manners. The GOE has
recently intensified the arrest and systematic harassment of
journalists and pundits publishing critical…
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Would you adopt a village in Ethiopia?
Below, see excerpts from an email conversation between myself and a new blogger about how language matters within aid relationships.
L: I just started blogging a few weeks ago because I am working on a project with ORG X on adopting a small village in Ethiopia. J: I would humbly urge you to reconsider the phrase that you are "adopting" a village in Ethiopia. This sets up the people you are trying to serve as child-like…Continue
Richard Moore describes himself as “just a guy who wanted to help.”
This is somehow funny coming from a man whom the Dalai Lama refers to as “my hero.”
Well known to the residents of Derry, Ireland, where we met last month, Richard Moore was shot at the age of 10 by a British solider on his way home from school. Taking a rubber bullet on the bridge of his nose, Richard lost…Continue
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What motivated me to write this piece is the recent measures taken by the Addis Ababa City Administration against real estate developers to expropriate their lease holdings. One thing that strikes me as odd is that actions took on the form of a campaign at best and a crusade at worst, pursued with the enthusiasm of a zealot. As a word of caveat, I don’t gainsay the government’s desire to combat against…Continue
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"‘The system’ whereby foreign donors give handouts, and not sustainable initiatives that are drawn from the needs of the communities, is a problem.” ~R.F.M., ZimbabweThis post is a continuation of the small series I started in August entitled “Changing the System,” which pulls together quotations from about 150 of my former colleagues, friends, and acquaintances around the world who… Continue
10 October 2010
“… if I grant forgiveness on condition that the other confess… then my forgiveness begins to let itself be contaminated by an economy, a calculation that corrupts it.”
Looking at the blogosphere and papers, the re-release of Judge Birtukan Mideksa, leader of the Unity for…Continue
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