– In this installment of our accountability and sensitivity series, Sabina Carlson Robillard urges colleagues in the humanitarian and development world to know who they are in the context they work in, and use that knowledge wisely. She draws on her time working in Haiti and Guinea, and the moment she realized she was a “divider” in the N’zerekore Ebola response context – Continue reading
– In this post Sabina shares her personal experience supporting the response to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea. She explains that listening and community engagement gave responders a better fighting chance – by locating contaminated areas before the disease spread, and by increasing community willingness to collaborate with epidemic protocols. She points out helpful listening methods, and argues that her experience shows it is possible – and that responders must – take the time to listen even in the heat of the response. – Continue reading
Sharing the Voices from CDA’s Humanitarian Effectiveness Project
With zero days, hours, and minutes left until the launch of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, many in the sector anxiously await to see if the conversations will really cull commitments that can redirect a languorous humanitarian system. Public departures from these critical conversations by sector leaders, such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have left the community to ruminate about the achievability Continue reading
An Introduction to Adaptive Anti-Corruption Programming
CDA and Besa are initiating a learning-focused blog series to foster a space for conversation between actors working in the field of anti-corruption in fragile states. The goal is to explore systems-inspired strategies and tactics for changing corruption dynamics, and better means to analyse these dynamics in order to design innovative and effective programs. Our contributions will be inspired by, but not limited to, the Central Africa Accountable Service Delivery Initiative (CAASDI) and a sister project housed at The Fletcher School and funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York looking at Uganda.
As we continue to examine our own thinking, we gladly welcome reflections and questions. Your feedback will be part of the greater learning for this program. Continue reading
Hello, my name is Chaw Mueral Kyaw. I work for CDA as Office Manager in Myanmar since July 2015. Earlier, I worked with the International Management Group which was funded by the EU for the peace and MDG projects. It is my great pleasure to be a member of CDA. As a Myanmar citizen, I really appreciate CDA works for our country. Continue reading
Yesterday 80% of Myanmar voted for national election. It was the biggest voting I experienced so far and this is my second time electing my government. My name is John Jeffry Seng and I work for CDA as a Program Manager in Myanmar. I have been on board with CDA’s Myanmar team for three months. Before, I worked with a Myanmar NGO in the conflict transformation and community development field.
While the world scrambled to pick up the pieces left by the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th, 2010, I spent most of my time listening. I was not a doctor, not a logistician, not a GIS specialist – but I was an American who spoke Haitian Creole. Working for both small and large post-earthquake operations, I had a drive to support better communication pathways between Haitians affected by the earthquake and the people who came to assist them.