PEACETALKS #27: International Aid Accountability

Aid Accountability is a complex and layered process. In the event of a natural or political disaster, aid donors pour millions of dollars to provide relief to those affected by these events. With various stakeholders involved - government, non-governmental organizations, aid recipients - needs get diluted by conflicting interests. While aid is a matter of life or death to many, effective and accountable aid can quickly recover many more lives and communities.

This PeaceTalk will detail what aid acountability is, who are the stakeholders, and how we can deliver more effective aid....

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PeaceGeeks & Appnovation Announce Partnership

PeaceGeeks is very excited to announce a new partnership with Vancouver technology company Appnovation, who is helping PeaceGeeks with our new website (to launch in September) and on the development of a new theme for the Amani platform. To find out more about Appnovation and this partnership, visit

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Tips for Staying Safe Online - By Tiago Palma

In the current age of technology and globalization, those who dedicate their lives to promote human rights, international development, and social justice have increasingly become more dependent on digital communications, social media, and the overall world wide web to perform their tasks efficiently. While the “open-nature” of the internet has allowed for the free-flow of information to help everyone with their work, it has also left many vulnerable to malicious intrusions from hackers from all over the world. And given the outburst of hacks seen in recent years, most rethink...

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The Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) started as an organ for coordinating the activities of women organizations and groups in Liberia in 1998, in between the two civil wars that ravaged the country from 1989 - 2003. They now serve as an umbrella organization for over 105 local women’s rights organizations. The vision of WONGOSOL is to achieve a just and fair Liberian society where women and men equally participate in and benefit from decision-making processes at all levels. They work to build the capacity of women’s organizations and other stakeholders to improve their...

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Reflection 20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - by Alan Martin

When I left journalism school in Montreal there were two promises I made myself: a) I would never cover town council meetings; b) stick a microphone in the face of a grieving family member and ask “What are you feeling?” and “How’s about a picture for the front page?” Both, I felt, were below me.

The first promise fell by the way side within three months of graduating when I found myself covering the rural satellite towns of Sudbury, at the time a struggling mining centre in Northern Ontario. For $3 a column inch I did that. It was my baptism to the darkside of the business.

The other earnest pledge took longer to catch up to me. Almost six years later I went to Rwanda to write a magazine piece about the pursuit of justice in a post-genocide era. Within a day of being there I had asked more people about the intimacies of their grief to last a lifetime. For if one is to write about genocide how can the privacies of both the deceased...