Listening matters: poor people are not mere beneficiaries

Clinical psychologist Adrien Cascarino writes on how empowerment requires a high dose of self-confidence, which is undermined when individuals are regarded as mere beneficiariesAdrien Cascarino C. is sitting in her house, anemic, tired-looking, and emaciated. Her 3 malnourished children, a 3-year-old son and two-year-old twin daughters, are sleeping, with rashes...

Communitarian Empowerment in Practice

Dr Henry Tam, Director of Question the Powerful, describes an exemplary way to enable communities to cultivate mutual respect and cooperate

The path from social causes to innovation

Nabeel Siddiqui, CEO at ModulusTech, writes on the realization that housing needs to be re-invented; A thought that led him to a low-cost, modular house that you could easily transport anywhere and set up within a day

From street-smart to street-educated

For some children, streets are their learning environment; Arnoud Raskin presents Mobile School and the power of its pioneering outreach strategy based on empowerment, as opposed to merely assistance.

How can humanitarian aid become more effective?

Reinier Van Hoffen writes from the Netherlands on the constructive interplay between tacit knowledge and science in relation to aid effectiveness.

How to think more by being less authentic

Tony Koutsoumbos, says that the best way to see someone else’s point of view might be taking a break from our own authenticity.

From footprints to handprints

We all know of the importance of a company’s footprint in relation to the environment, A handprint is equally important, writes Frantz Dhers

The Orphan Myth: The Global Movement to End Institutionalisation

In his article for OLBIOS, Martin Punaks writes on the powerful ‘orphan myth’ and the challenges of fighting institutionalization and orphan trafficking, The solution lies in moving children to family and family-like structures, argues Punaks.

Change and the world changes with you

In her article for OLBIOS, Caroline Heider, an international development expert, writes on what really matters and how growth can be too much of a good thing. Aligning Incentives to Count What Matters

Can a bank be based on Christian values? 

Tommy PIemonte presents at OLBIOS the exceptional work of BKC

We are faced with a climate emergency. Can art help?

The artist Kito Mbiango contributed to OLBIOS this interview by Jill Van den Brule, In it, Mbiango points to the crucial role of art in communicating risks, but also motivating people to act.

Bottom-Up Development in Armenia

In her article to OLBIOS, Megan Garland writes about her experience with the Dilijan Community Center, a project by the people and for the people

Remember: keep the human in human services.

Australia: Horatio O’Shea writes on how reflection can help shape wellbeing in the workplace.

New Zealand’s mental health crisis: what society can do to prevent it

Oliver Carrington explains why a thriving mental health charity sector could make a real difference in New Zealand.

How can you solve the « wicked problem » of forced migration?

Jordan : Nicholas Lyall writes at OLBIOS about innovation and the « Wicked Problems Initiative »

The gesture in the bus that went viral

Uros Delic, OLBIOS Correspondent in Serbia, and the Divac Foundation interviewed the young man from the bus

Connect, motivate, retain : how to reinvent volunteerism

San Francisco : USA : Anitha Beberg tells OLBIOS about SEVA EXCHANGE

Hakawati and the Syrian Experience

From the UK, Juan delGado presents the wonderful initiative Qisetna

Who forgot the victims?

From Senegal, Nadia Ahidjo-Iya reports on (in)justice and women rights.

Churchill’s black dog

Switzerland: Read this excellent report of Maria Halphen, Founder of Meeting for Minds, on her work on mental illness.

How could we build true inclusion?

An article by Alex Storer, Executive Director of Diversity Pride (London)

Striving for an accessible workplace

A paper from Tanja Radovic, OLBIOS Correspondent in Serbia, on employment, identity and self-worth

How Hoxby challenged the 9-5, and created the « workstyle » revolution

UK : Alex Hirst and Lizzie Penny, Co-Founders and Joint CEOs of The Hoxby Collective, present their social enterprise at OLBIOS.

Giving young people a voice

Adam Musinde Athumani, OLBIOS Correspondent in Kenya, presents an impressive report on the country’s youth.