Ross Harding

Ross Harding

Ross is a non-profit project management professional based in Brampton, Canada.

Fighting Corruption in India with the Development Pact

  India is positioned to become a geopolitical leader in the coming years. As the most populous democracy in the world, its elections are the grandest experiments in participatory government, with the 2014 election easily ranking as the biggest election in human history. However, these feats of governmental organization are often overshadowed by problems of governance. Corruption is one of the …

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The Phone Oximeter: An innovation for maternal health in design and process

    One of the most pressing needs that many communities in the developing world have is maternal care. If children born in these communities face challenges while still in the womb, their capacities to go forth and be a force for change is made all the more difficult. Adding to that, expectant mothers should be worrying about making things …

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Giving Voice to the World’s Urban Poor: SDI + UPFI

  According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s population now live in urban environments. This is a major shift in the history of humanity. Before this, most people identified with their rural community in a scale that allowed a greater voice for individuals in asserting their rights. In the age of the megacities, the din of …

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David Constantine and Motivation (Part Two)

This is part two of a two-part feature on David Constantine and his work with Motivation, an organization developing solutions for the mobility-impaired. Click here for part one. Constantine and Motivation recently won The Guardian‘s International Development Achievement Award for 2013.   Last week we looked into the general history behind David Constantine and Motivation, an organization that works to …

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David Constantine and Motivation (Part One)

This is part one of a two-part feature on David Constantine and his work with Motivation, an organization developing solutions for the mobility-impaired. Constantine and Motivation recently won The Guardian‘s International Development Achievement Award for 2013.   When David Constantine broke his neck in 1982, he suddenly found himself paralyzed from the shoulders down. He was an energetic, active young …

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Conditional Cash Transfers: The Ups and Downs

As a companion piece to the post that covered GiveDirectly’s method of giving unconditional funds to beneficiaries, here is an example from a World Bank study on when it might be appropriate to engage in conditional cash transfers (CCT). The issue here is female school attendance. It is generally a very good thing to see more girls in school for …

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Giving Beneficiaries Money, No Strings Attached

A lot of NGOs are predicated on the notion that they know best. They come into the communities they’re trying to help with the best of intentions, but they have very specific ways in which they deliver that help. For those that give money, they might be willing to support the construction of a health clinic if they’re a health-focused …

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