One of those moments

1 Nov

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This post is now part of J.’s book, Letters Left Unsent, available on Amazon (click the image below to visit the Amazon purchase page).


11 Responses to “One of those moments”

  1. Bravo Delta 1 November, 2011 at 2:56 am #

    Nice to hear this Tales. However, you simply reiterate the dark underbelly with your unusual moment. Yes, aid works. But not enough – and this is the gist of my experience.
    Aid works beautifully, wonderfully, nicely sometimes. But not enough to justify the stunningly low return on investment, the deceptions about overheads, and the cronyism of the “industry.”

    Like you I am conflicted. Aid works, and who can put a price on saving brown babies?
    None of us. But we can continually push to ensure that aid works more than it does now.

    Thanks for assisting with the “industry’s” conscience.

    • J. 7 November, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      “Thanks for assisting with the “industry’s” conscience.”

      That’s a tall order, indeed. And perhaps one of the best compliments ever received.🙂

  2. Zehra 1 November, 2011 at 3:15 am #


    brown babies are the best.

    yes, that is my profound comment to your heartfelt post.

    brown babies….

    the best….

    i’m partial to them since chances are the one i have will be brown…like me. at least partially.

    i wonder why angie and brad dont have a brown baby yet…brown like me baby.

    and it’s super cool u saw good things. there is a reason why we do what we do.

  3. Stephanie 1 November, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    Thanks for the post.

    I wonder if you’d consider writing a post on the specific qualitative dimensions that you noticed, perhaps both in terms of process (in getting to ‘this moment’) as well as what you noticed when you went to visit. Numbers are good, of course, and what you’ll need to report on, but it’s sometimes the squishier, intuitive stuff that makes all the difference in getting those numbers, or bringing those numbers to life.

  4. m. 1 November, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    Hello J,

    can you say a bit more about the program you’re imlementing and that works? I know you want to kee your anonimity but it would be very interesting to know a bit more concretely how it does work, what has been done right exactly and if this is emergency or not. the physical and political context, etc. thanks!

  5. Karen Hampson 1 November, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    great! nice to read. What you need to put in bold and repeat three times is what made this work:
    “Local staff took the time needed to do this properly from the beginning; they followed good process; they listened to partners and beneficiaries; they didn’t bite off more than they could chew, programmatically speaking. They didn’t try waste the time of the poor with some goofy, irrelevant technology developed in a lab or garage by someone who’d never been to this place. No, this project made the difference that it did because it was planned and implemented the old-fashioned way.”

    I like old-fashioned. And despite being British I am trying to add the word “dumbassery” to my workaday language when assessing projects.

  6. angelica 1 November, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    hey J. would love to hear more about the lessons learned too. (maybe through more private channels). nice to see a happy post from you🙂

  7. Jane 1 November, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    You definitely got my attention J. Do you think you will be able to write more about what has made the project successful. I know you can’t get too specific about the project itself. But I am sure lots of other people would be interested. Congrats to everyone involved. Nice to hear a feel good story from someone whose opinions I trust.

  8. Anonymous 1 November, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I am with m. and angelica. It would be great to hear (if possible) some more details about how this success was achieved. I think everybody’s happy to see such a happy post from you, it means that something must have really worked!

  9. (incidence0) 2 November, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    Having just written a piece on “some goofy, irrelevant technology developed in a lab or garage by someone who’d never been to this place” you can’t believe how mentally comforting reading this was…. I though I was the one insane …

    Thx you so much!


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