Deflating the SOCCKET ball.

It’s a soccer ball. It’s an electrical generator. It’s innovation and social entrepreneurship out to save the world. It’s everything that’s wrong with international development today.         ...

The Myth of the Plan

My wife doesn’t like science fiction or fantasy movies – she finds the effort of suspending her disbelief too much to enjoy herself. I’m a little bit like this when ...

Profits & Perverse Incentives: The New Face of Microfinance

Microfinance has lost its first love and lost its way. A focus on investor incentives over borrower incentives led to 6 shifts in in the practice of microfinance that changed ...


Youth at the Crossroads: A Generation with Untapped Potential

For the first ever UN World Youth Skills Day we look at ...

The Trouble With Impact Investors’ Brains

Creating a clear value proposition for impact investors may be less about ...

The Culturally-Sensitive Butt:

I've got a rule when I travel - I eat or drink ...

Poverty Tourism Taxonomy 2.0

"Poverty tourism" may not mean what you think it all.

A Moderate Elitist

Aid Elitism isn't helpful. We need both competence and humility to do ...

The First Principle of Community-Based International Development

Over tea we built trust and became vulnerable together. Slowly, I was ...

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Youth at the Crossroads: A Generation with Untapped Potential

For the first ever UN World Youth Skills Day we look at the state of the world’s youth. The largest youth generation ever is having a harder time finding work than ever before. The youth unemployment crisis is one of the most significant development challenges we face today. We look at causes, data, and solutions.

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The Global Citizen Single Origin Coffee Club

A new partnership between Zoka Coffee and the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship delivers the best single-origin direct trade coffees from around the world to your home, while helping equip young volunteers with leadership skills equal to the challenges of our times.

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Water Everlasting? A Film Screening & Panel Discussion Invitation

For decades, aid groups have traveled to Haiti to donate wells, tanks, and water purification machines. But these efforts often fail because of poor management and maintenance. Today, nearly 70 percent of Haitians still lack access to clean water. This story is different. It’s about Haitians and foreigners working together to design a lasting solution, […]

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A Brief Address on Global Citizenship

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Getting the Best, Brightest, AND Poorest to School

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Follow the Frog

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Social Impact Bonds Webinar this week

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