Just a bit of Friday fun, making ten old proverbs relevant to the 21st century aid system…
- Always make sure you have a problem for every solution.
- An eye for an eye and soon we will all be in gainful employment.
- Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single logframe.
- Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and run the risk of overfishing, contravening fishing policy and reducing biodiversity of the world’s rivers and oceans. (thanks due to Hippo)
- Remember, there is no human situation so miserable that it cannot be made worse by the delivery of large quantitites of unwanted goods.
- You don’t have to be faster than the lion, you only have to be faster than the other organisations in your priority areas.
- Would an infinite number of NGOs with an infinite number of laptops eventually deliver a coordinated humanitarian response?
- It’s easier to get paid for one’s principles than to live up to them.
- If at first you don’t succeed, simply revise your indicators.
- Imagination is more important than results.