Roots of Health – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

Roots of Health – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

“On the first 3 days of Christmas FieldWorks gave to ye…” Roots of Health Who are they? Locally known as Ugat ng Kalusugan – their mission is to provide women with much needed access to maternal and reproductive health services across the island of Palawan. They work with women and youth to ensure they have […]

Still at it… A short update

Still at it… A short update

OLA people in search of a better world! Apologies for the long radio silence.  I hit a bit of a writer’s block and Fede has been busy reminding himself what it was like to have a normal ‘job’, with a stint of forced emotional self-discovery along the way.  But…we have returned as verbose and pedantic […]

Silver bullet? Sorry, there is none.

Silver bullet? Sorry, there is none.

I recently read two things that irritated me. This article in the Washington Post about the role of philanthropy and this blog piece on Watsi (this second one i urge you to read).  Watsi is start-up that aims to “provide healthcare for every person in the world”.  It’s basically individual crowdfunding, at a push Kiva […]

A “good” NGO – bridging the trust deficit

A “good” NGO – bridging the trust deficit

A recent question on Facebook made me realise it was time to share more thoughts on one of the key elements of FieldWorks.  When Fede and I started this journey we felt, and continue to believe, that the system is unbalanced. It overlooks organisations who collaborate effectively with their end users in favour of those […]

Business or Charity?

Business or Charity?

So one of the three troubled, quizzical look, queries we get, along with “What do you do?” and “…but how do you make money?” is “…so you’re not a charity?”   Correct.   At this moment in time, we’re not a charity. I know that might come as a shock to some of you.  You […]

More of the same old, same old?

More of the same old, same old?

Ever since we started thinking about FW i’ve noticed that there are more and more people like us trying to do the same or similar things. Helping people find good non-profits. Every time I come across one my heart sinks just a little. I know, why should i be sad? If i’m truly mission-driven, then […]

“Our Survey said…!”

“Our Survey said…!”

Want to know the results of our survey? Click on the image below to see our Infographic Thank you to every one who took our survey. We had just under 200 responses which resulted in some interesting insights. Over 80% of you said that “if this information existed today you would trust a local organisation enough […]

Would Turkeys Ever Vote for Christmas?

Would Turkeys Ever Vote for Christmas?

There was a great article published by Louise Redvers on IRIN at the end of march. If you are interested in understanding what is preventing more locally-led financed interventions from happening, it is well worth the read. On Saturday Federico and I also attended a “hack” day hosted by Development United looking to address the […]