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The Third Principle of Community-Based International Development


Instead of mapping problems through needs to external solutions, you help the community identify its values and then map these through local resources to develop a vision and action plan. This is the third post of a 6-part series republishing the original Staying for Tea article from The Global Citizen journal (2005). You can link to the other posts in […]

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Poverty Tourism: A Debate in Need of Typological Nuance


Each year hundreds, if not thousands of short-term volunteers go to all corners of the earth to dig trenches, paint churches, construct latrines, … Each year dozens, if not scores of bloggers aim derision, destain, and disgust at them.

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The Second Principle of Community-Based International Development


The world is littered with community development projects gone wrong. More often than not the source of failure was an overemphasis on output and underemphasis on process.

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The First Principle of Community-Based International Development


Over tea we built trust and became vulnerable together. Slowly, I was given access to insider knowledge of the community and the complex social rules and history that governed it.

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