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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 Trouble With Impact Investors’ Brains


Creating a clear value proposition for impact investors may be less about finding the right mix of financial and social returns than it is about choosing which of the two you’re really going to be about.                                       […]

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The Culturally-Sensitive Butt:


I’ve got a rule when I travel – I eat or drink whatever is given to me by the communities I visit. I know that sometimes this will make me sick, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay.

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Poverty Tourism Taxonomy 2.0


“Poverty tourism” may not mean what you think it means…at all.

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A Moderate Elitist


Aid Elitism isn’t helpful. We need both competence and humility to do no harm while inviting and coaching new entrants to the field.

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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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The Future of Voluntourism


One has to wonder where this leaves vulnerable communities. When making a profit drives business decisions over traditional service values like “do no harm” or community agency, one has to be a bit pessimistic about that the impact of the volunteer service.

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