Small Wonders

Can We Trust NGOs?

YOU might not have heard of this unusual form of measurement, but the Edelman Trust Barometer has been tracking trust since 2001. The responses for this annual survey are collected from 28 countries, which are then used to evaluate the public’s level of trust in governments, businesses, NGOs, and the media. This year’s results were…

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Giving Back On #GivingTuesdayIndia

By MICAH BRANAMAN SHARMA —- GROWING up in the US, the day after Thanksgiving is commonly known as Black Friday, the kick off of Christmas shopping as part of the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Over the years, however, Black Friday has become more and more insane with reports of deaths as people stampede stores or intimidate…

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Acting On Empathy

THERE is a pervasive theory from people outside the development sector that those who work in nonprofits, charities, or field agencies are “do-gooders”, motivated by empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of others – rather than the drivers that influence those working in other sectors. Do Gooders Or Doing Good? Anecdotally, this…

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The Other Side Of Chance The Rapper

AMERICAN musician, songwriter, and producer Chancellor Johnathan Bennett, better known as Chance The Rapper, has not only made a name for himself in the music industry as a hip hop and rap artist, but is a growing name in the philanthropy world. At just 24, in addition to being at the top of his profession with…

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Media Misses The Development Sector

THE 24-hour news cycle is our reality and newspapers now reflect that. When you open your paper or browser online you are bombarded with the most sensationalist news, amongst the advertisements, sponsored links, sports, op-eds, and other miscellaneous banality. A quick look at four of India’s top English news sites (Times of India, Hindustan Times,…

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The Quiet Altruism Of George Michael

BRITISH singer songwriter, George Michael, who first made headlines as one-half of the teen duo Wham!, was one of the best-selling musical artists of all time and, apparently, a generous philanthropist. After his death late last year, many stories of George Michael’s charitable giving began to make headlines. A true altruist, he was intensely private…

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Bleeding Heart Or Change Addict?

By RHEEA MUKHERJEE —- At 33, I have been able to rebrand myself, for all practical purposes, as a writer. I guess I always liked the written word, but with a history of moderate dyslexia, I never thought it was something I’d do full time. It started out very differently. I was what friends called a…

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