Big Challenges, Crazy Ideas

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in community development, evaluation, foundations, global health, international development, nonprofit, philanthropy, research, social policy, Uncategorized |

The Charities Review Council couldn’t have brought in a more appropriate presenter than Michael Faye to speak at its recent conference on Disruptive Philanthropy.  Michael is one of the founders of GiveDirectly, a private international development organization that gives cash to the poor in Kenya and Uganda via cell phone technology, no strings attached.  As Michael observed, giving cash to poor people-what a crazy idea! This is in contrast to...

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Global Citizenship in Action

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in global health, health disparities, international development, public health, Uncategorized |

A few days ago I returned to my alma mater (a 10 minute drive) for a presentation by Christy Hanson, incoming dean of Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship, part of reunion weekend festivities.  Dr. Hanson’s presentation was on the topic of global public health (“a means to sustainable and equity enhancing global development”!).  While Dr. Hanson’s creds  are extremely impressive, just as impressive, she appears to be a down toearth and...

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