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Dec 21, 2009

The Neocolonialists?

Recently I was listening to Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between, the story of his walk across Afghanistan. Near the end of the book Stewart turns his attention to the aid agencies, public and private, that had come rushing into Afghanistan. His observations are worthwhile reading for anyone interested in making international aid more effective, so I’m excerpting them here.

Dec 11, 2009

Mint Gets It Dead Wrong on Picking a Charity

Mint gives terrible financial advice, getting it dead wrong on how to pick a charity this year.

Dec 04, 2009

The Best Way to Pick A Charity This Year

None of the efforts to evaluate charities’ effectiveness are perfect and none of them provide a quick answer—but givers also have to understand that if they want their dollars to do the most good, they are going to have to devote some time to investigating and learning. You can make a quick donation or an effective donation. If your emphasis is on quick, you’re likely to get a commensurate return on the dollars you’ve invested.

Dec 01, 2009

The Worst (and Best) Way to Pick A Charity This Year

Picking a charity based on the lowest overhead ratio is like buying the cheapest car that money can buy. You might spend less in the short run but it’s inevitably going to let you down.The question donors should be asking is, “How much of your budget are you spending on making sure your programs are effective?“