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 […]

What does Impact mean?

What does Impact mean?

Imagine a company who is giving away a new product free of charge at a train station or in the street. No one asked you what you wanted, in fact you don’t even know if you’ll like it or need it. But everyone is crowding around to get theirs. So you wade in, triumphantly grabbing […]

The Issue with “Overheads”

The Issue with “Overheads”

“On average over the last 5 years, for every pound donated to [xxx], 73p went towards our work with children around the world, just 1p went on governance and the remaining 26p went on raising another pound.” “For every £1 we receive, we spend: 88p on activities to benefit children, 11p on further fundraising initiatives […]

DFID is NOT the victim

DFID is NOT the victim

While I am the first to have a good old dig at inefficiencies and overspending within the aid sector, I find “aid actor bashing” (and I use the words “aid actor” broadly in this context) and the sector’s mental block with “profit” particularly irritating when not balanced.  This was the article that prompted this blog […]