2 Responses to “Why you shouldn’t work at an NGO”


  1. 1 David(P) January 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    fantastic. I’m working on an article on why students, in 90% of situations, should not start businesses. I was worried that I was being a hater, and that I shouldn’t focus on negativity, but calling the world out on it’s bullshit is fun. Good job.

  2. 2 Tony Yet May 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Hi there, that’s nice observations of the NGO field.

    But I would suggest that one can take a more humanistic way when she comes to these issues. Say, selling a farmer “new technology” – why not helping the farmer rediscover their lost knowledge/technology? What about leveraging local knowledge to empower local people? There is the Honeybee network in India started 20 years ago, which focuses on identifying knowledge and invention from ingenious people. Thousands upon thousands of farmers got to discover that they are good inventors/innovators with the help of this network.

    It’s your unique perspective and deep insight into the problems which help solve them, not just simple giving/charity.


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