Day after day of media and political focus on Oxfam, extending to other humanitarian organisations and even to DFID and the Charity Commission, has upset me, not only because of the historic misdeeds of a few Oxfam staff, but because of the many falsehoods, simplifications, ignorance and hypocrisy that has characterised some of the coverage.… Continue reading In Support of Oxfam (#ISupportOxfam)
I always try to remain positive and optimistic, and to look for signs of encouragement. But I am moved to re-ignite my blog (sorry for the hiatus!) by the current rash of crises, both natural, and made or exacerbated by the errors and folly of human beings. And we seem to face very real and… Continue reading A world beset by crises needs compassionate leadership
What has gone wrong with today’s capitalism? It seems that every day we hear about a new outrage. Should we be surprised – perhaps not, but after many years of working with some of the best companies through charitable partnerships, I had allowed myself to become optimistic about the prospects for a new kind of… Continue reading Whatever happened to responsible capitalism?
With the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President and the UK Supreme Court decision on Brexit, the crisis in our National Health Service seems to have fallen to the back of the news agenda, at least temporarily. Yet, there is a close connection between these issues. In the post Brexit world, we are about… Continue reading Saving the NHS from Trump, Trade Deals & Brexit
Famine is a word with enormous power. It conjures intense and emotional images and brings to mind momentous events from history. Depending on our age, we will recall the tragedies of Biafra, Bangladesh, Cambodia or Ethiopia, or perhaps China or India. People in the humanitarian field are very sensitive to the use of the “f”… Continue reading The ‘F’ word
You can generally feel the culture of an organisation as soon as you walk through the door. Are you made to feel welcome, greeted with a smile? Is there a quiet buzz of excitement and creativity, or a deathly silence, among the people around the office? Do people seem relaxed and happy or stressed and… Continue reading Culture & Leadership
I was pleased to be asked recently to address the Economist’s Society at University College London. My subject was “Humanitarian Economics” and this blog post is based on that talk. This was not an attempt to deal with the economic aspects of humanitarian aid, but rather a broader effort to imagine a new approach to… Continue reading Humanitarian Economics