Marla Smith-Nilson

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.

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.