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Thoughts from my visits to Small Enterprise Foundation (South Africa) and VillageReach (Mozambique), part II

Continued from Part I, these are my thoughts from my recent visit to two of our top charities in Africa. Diverting skilled labor looks like a real concern. The COO of SEF stressed that one of SEF’s biggest challenges is human resources (i.e., continually finding good people to staff it). I can easily see how… Read More

Thoughts from my visits to Small Enterprise Foundation (South Africa) and VillageReach (Mozambique), part I

I previously posted “raw data” (pictures, audio, notes) from my recent visit to two of our top charities in Africa. The next few posts will give my thoughts from the trip. First, a note on representativeness. I was only in Africa for two weeks; I was a complete outsider; I certainly don’t think that anything… Read More

Nothing wrong with selfish giving – just don’t call it philanthropy

Tactical Philanthropy has an interesting discussion of “non-optimized giving”: New Philanthropy Capital CEO Martin Brookes “confesses” to “wasting charitable funds” on a cause he doesn’t believe is the best, and Sean responds that “Under your logic, we should all feel guilty about all of our giving that does not go to the single best charity… Read More

Pictures/audio/notes from my visits to Small Enterprise Foundation (South Africa) and VillageReach (Mozambique)

Between 2/10 and 2/23, I visited two of our recommended charities: The Small Enterprise Foundation (our top-rated microfinance organization and one of two winners of our recent Economic Empowerment Grant – note that our review is not yet available but has been drafted and will be published shortly) and VillageReach (our current top-rated charity overall)…. Read More

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