I love doing taxes. This season, I will have spent every Thursday evening (when I am not travelling for IPA workshops and meetings) volunteering as a preparer at a tax assistance site in Washington DC. What does this have to do with IPA? Well, as I was taking the certification course it struck me how similar it was to surveyor training. We sit down with respondents and conduct interviews. Based on their answers, we can skip some sections of a two page survey and fill out additional forms in other sections.
"The question that I can't help but wonder, is that really the best that we can do?... Even if it was just a rag, even if it was sold for 50 cents as a rag, the cost-benefit analysis probably means its better off selling it as a rag and taking the money and buying something else like bednets and deworming pills and sending that to Africa."
The Super Bowl stirred up an old controversy in the international aid community. What happens to all those preprinted “Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 Super Bowl Champion” t-shirts? Apparently, each year the NFL gives them to the international relief and development organization World Vision, who then ships them to Africa.
Imagine you are a bicycle rickshaw driver in Delhi who's migrated from your small hometown in Bihar to the Indian capital metropolis of close to 15 million. You earn on average about $5 a day peddling your clients around the city, out of which you spend $1.5 to pay rent on your bicycle, and another $1.50 on food, alcohol and other daily needs. Whatever remains of your meager income you send home to your mother and ailing father.
and move into the 21st Century, more and more of the surveys we implement are being done on electronic gadgets or netbooks. These offer numerous benefits in terms of the quality of and speed with which data is obtained, but it certainly does not necessarily make a Project Associate's life that much easier.