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Why the 'conventional wisdom' is wrong and development NGOs are too quick to scale up projects.

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Stop Trying to Save the World: Big ideas are destroying international development.  Michael Hobbes takes a detailed and supported look at why national governments and development NGOs are too quick to scale up programs while shunning continual program evaluation measures. Out of this Hobbes also looks at why minimal overhead spending shouldn't be the primary criteria for donors.   

Funny look at some of the common social situations NGO practitioners find themselves in.

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25 Situations Only Nonprofit People Can Understand: You’re dedicated, filled with optimism, and you want to make the world a better place. So you get a job at a nonprofit, where your talents will be appreciated and you’ll be paid handsomely to improve our world, right? Here are 25 reasons working at a nonprofit is a little different.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/leahneaderthal/25-situations-only-nonprofit-people-can-understand-dfyq#.vpB93RRnG

The UN launches its biggest ever humanitarian appeal; 5 factors tell us why

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This month, the United Nations launched its humanitarian appeal for 2015, just like it always does around this time of the year. Except this time, it is the biggest appeal in the history of the organisation, calling for $16.4 billion to assist 57.5 million people in 22 countries over the coming 12 months. Humanitarian appeals increase annually, click here for observation into why and what this means for future development efforts.

 

How “vanguard” countries might lead an unexpected transformation in setting Sustainable Development Goals next year.

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"Who might change the rules of global development?" Oxfam America speculates about the changing role of vanguard countries in setting long term Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the shifting nature of which countries can be considered potential vanguards. 

Red Cross uses misleading overhead ratios in reports

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Scholars at the Transnational NGO Initiative have been among the many voices that have called in the last 5-10 years for ‘busting the overhead myth’ that claims that nonprofits should primarily be assessed on what their program-overhead cost ratios are. Overhead ratios tell us nothing about the effectiveness of the nonprofit or about the cost effectiveness of outcomes it produces. However, transparency about the true overhead costs of a nonprofit continues to be important of course and this articles showcases how the American Red Cross recently has received critical media coverage about its apparent attempt to significantly understate its true overhead ratios.

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