Navigating the a[i]d industrial complex

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Linda Raftree
I’m currently working part-time with Plan International USA and serving as a special advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office. I convene Technology Salons in New York City and am a co-founder of Kurante, a start-up consulting firm. Linda's posts are from her blog called "Wait...What?"

It’s disturbing how many creative, smart, capable, ethical people I talk with lately are feeling really de-motivated and sometimes plain disgusted with our field and our profession. At least a few times a month, people contact me wanting to chat through a crisis of purpose, worried that they are losing their souls if they keep working in the belly of the aid/ development/ humanitarian beast. They wonder if it’s possible to keep doing the part of the work that they still believe in from the margins rather than from the center. As the kind of work that we do turns more and more into big business, they wonder what can be done to maintain a level of integrity that they can live with. I often ask myself the same thing.

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Navigating the a[i]d industrial complex