On Being Authentic…

I read a blogpost yesterday titled ‘Five Tips to make Yourself Unpopular’. The point of view presented was that if you were to be ‘authentic’ or true to yourself it might make you unpopular among those whom you interact with. The post went on to outline the choices that you would have to make for…

‘Beneficiaries’? Actually, not….!

People who receive lifesaving and development assistance are categorised as ‘beneficiaries’. Is this correct? Not true.   The humanitarian and development sector uses the term ‘beneficiary’ or ‘beneficiaries’ to categorise people who receive aid and assistance following a disaster or those who live in marginal circumstances of poverty and deprivation. This aid and assistance is…

International Non-Profits…The Surge for Relevance

How do international non-profit organisations continue to stay relevant and viable so  they can fulfil their humanitarian and development mandates? There is increasing competition among international non-profits as well as the private sector for diminishing amounts of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA). The organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries are channeling ODA through more…

Why I am taking ‘posting’ on LinkedIn Seriously

I  published three posts on LinkedIn during three consecutive weeks as a commitment that I had made to myself. I was extremely surprised by and gratified at the number of LinkedIn members who had viewed or read these posts. This might seem a bit puzzling to you but I was ‘gobsmacked’, for want of a…

Suceed at Managing your Circumstances

This article is the result of a  post I read in ‘The Writer’s Cooperative’ on Medium titled ‘What Disney’s Inside Out tells us about locus of control’ by Erica Rothman. There are times when we feel we are the victims of circumstance and are helpless, unable to determine how we  extricate ourselves from these situations….

SEA Junction

“We had no time for ourselves, for our needs…. not even for coffee. We would put granules of instant coffee into our mouths and wash it down with water so that we could go on working. If the captain or any of the supervisors felt that we were not working hard enough we were whipped…