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Dear Chris,

I've really enjoyed reading in development: field notes on development from Western Kenya. Congratulations. And this post particularly hit home for me.

In working with international development agencies over the years, I found myself continually experiencing the limitations of donor-controlled, project-based funding and the need for community-driven development initiatives that were genuinely responsive to local needs. Much of the feedback from colleagues over the years echoes the same.

That's why I'm launching http://www.how-matters.org.

My blog explores the skills and knowledge needed by all international “do-gooders” to truly raise the level of human dignity within international assistance and to put real resources behind local means of overcoming obstacles. From my perspective, it's not about what we do, but HOW we do it.

Postings will include good practices, reflection & rumination, guest bloggers, links and resources, and will (hopefully) inspire dialogue among a fuller, more inclusive community of those involved with foreign aid and international assistance around the world.

I would appreciate if you would include "How Matters" in your list of related blogs. I've already done this for your blog.

How-matters.org is an expression of my professional, but more importantly, a personal resolve to nurture alternative models of international development that genuinely build on the dignity, knowledge, skills, culture, and abilities of local people.

The journey begins…and thanks for your support.

Thank you for sharing this information. The information was very helpful and saved a lot of my time.

It can bring strangers closer to each other, turn estrangement into reconciliation, give hope to the disappointed and replace vexation with joy.

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