A shelter in Ho Chi Minh City that provides refuge for victims of sexual abuse.
We’ve looked at ill-defined terminology before. The non-profit sector not only loves its jargon (MEAL policy, anyone?) but what about those popular — and hazy — words that sound like they really nail something on the head, but upon closer inspection collapse under the weight of their lofty ambitions. ‘Building capacity’ or ‘sustainability’ or ‘delivering impact’ (ack!) are all suspect terms and rightfully so. They’re overused and defined so broadly as to become meaningless. I’ll offer up ‘empowerment’ to demonstrate what I mean.
Ho Chi Minh City's expat community has always been good for raising funds in the name of a cause. From orphanages through to development foundations, the likes of Loreto Vietnam and Saigon Children's Charity (SCC), many organisations and NGOs have benefited from its help.
The Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) for the southern provinces of Vietnam for 2015-16 is now open for applications.
School On the Boat is a Hanoi-based NGO committed to contributing to the well-being and academic success of disadvantaged children.
I recently wrote — with some glee — about rogue NGOs. Now we’ll look at some good NGOs and reasons to be optimistic about development.
Heavens, looks like those who should know better are up to it again. By that I mean the continuing fallout from charities that aren’t quite walking their talk.
In the rabble and noise created by nonprofits vying for donors’ limited attention and ever-shrinking funding pools, an enterprising NGO needs a plan — a brilliant plan!
Thanks initially to the work from Vietnam Vespa Adventures — and of course the Top Gear special with Clarkson et al parading old motorbikes the length and breadth of Vietnam — scooter tours are all the rage in Vietnam. And now a new, fuel-free, drive-it-yourself tour is running out of Hoi An — a tour by electric scooter.
The discussion has moved onto the forthcoming entry of McDonald’s into Vietnam and — with the red wine and late summer evening air — it’s gotten heated. An article by the BBC is mentioned. Henry Nguyen, the man bringing in the fast food giant, is discussed, worries about obesity are tossed about in the West Lake breeze and the idea that Vietnam will soon no longer be one of the last bastions of the non-McDonald’s world is lamented by one person and described as inevitable by another.