Reflections on Kate Germano’s Fight like a girl

I have to admit that I have some sort of weird and totally irrational fascination for the United States Marine Corps. Be it out of historical interest, passion for Vietnam war movies, the allure of the Blue Dress, I read with interest anything around and about the Corps. So when I read this article by …

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IRIN on PSEA and standards

On IRIN, an interesting article on the role of standars and certification schemes in the aftermath of Oxfam scandal and the #MeToo movement. I wrote about it in a couple of entries a few weeks ago: On sexual abuse in humanitarian contexts. What can the sector learn from forest management? Going back to humanitarian standards. …

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Angus Deaton’s The Great Escape – Part II

This is the second of two posts on The great escape, a book on development for the general public written a few years ago by Angus Deaton. In the first post I gave a general overview of the work. Here I will give an overview of an interesting debate that took place in the months …

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Angus Deaton’s The Great Escape. Part I

Angus Deaton is the Nobel Prize winner for Economics in 2015 (or better, the winner of the Swedish National Bank's Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2015). He has devoted most of his career studying consumption and poverty, focusing in the last few years on poverty in the United States. Although …

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Talking about turnover – Part II: solutions

In my previous post I introduced the issue of turnover in humanitarian organizations, trying to explain, based on the available literature, why it presents challenges and what are the possible reasons that lead employees to leave organizations. In this post I will deal with some of the solutions that have been suggested and/or implemented to …

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