Marla Smith-Nilson

0 Guest Op-Ed: Water projects everywhere, but little accountability

Having worked in the nonprofit field for over 20 years, I know that in order to raise funds there is a temptation to over-simplify problems and solutions. In today’s information-saturated world we have less than two seconds to make an impression on a potential donor who visits our website. That leaves little room for telling the whole story, which takes longer than two seconds and doesn’t always help us raise funds.

0 On Water Day, a chat with Marla

Welcome to the inaugural Humanosphere podcast, featuring a look at recent news highlights in global health, aid and development as well as a guest interview. This week we briefly review the Gates Foundation’s push for a better condom, questions about the legitimacy of TOMS Shoes’ sales pitch and the Obama Administration’s latest attempt to convince people it has a global health policy agenda. The podcast is produced by Ansel Herz.

1 Two very different views on charity:water

Scott Harrison You’ve probably heard of charity:water, one of the more successful philanthropic organizations out there working to help bring clean and safe water to poor communities around the world. The reason you’ve probably heard about charity:water is because the media, in general, are enamored with the founder — his…

3 World Water Day: Activist frustrated with fleeting fixes

Today is World Water Day and there’s a big meeting in South Africa as hundreds, or maybe thousands, of organizations are putting out their messages aimed at pretty much saying one thing: We’re heading for a crisis — or more accurately a bigger crisis that will affect many more of…