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1 Update: Shoes vs. Dignity Day

I noted earlier that today there would be a battle between a high-profile charitable organization, TOMS Shoes, which (sort of) donates shoes to poor people around the world and a gang of cranky development experts, aid workers and others who think TOMS’ shoe donation scheme is worse than ineffective. Today…

6 Call for a Day Without Shoes & Without Dignity

Next week, on April 5, is a day when the humanitarian cobblers at TOMS Shoes call upon folks around the country to participate in a Day Without Shoes. Here’s what TOMS Shoes’ founder Blake Mycoskie’s says in the Huffington Post: I think sometimes we forget what we have, and occasionally…

2 Update: Does Japan need/want international relief assistance now?

Odd as it may seem, that’s a big question right now within the aid and development community. By a simple measure of the number of news stories and organizational appeals out there, clearly the answer is: Yes, people should donate to disaster relief in Japan. Perhaps the most blunt argument…