There’s a lot of talk (and even more tweeting, and even more Facebooking…) about the need to change the aid system, the aid industry. This idea that the aid system needs to change is generally accepted as a given by most people in or watching the system. There’s even a super clever hashtag: #ReShapeAid. See? Yes, everyone seems to agree that the aid system must change.

What’s less clear is, in what ways must the aid system change? How do we accomplish that? And at a more basic level, what constitutes meaningful change within the aid system?

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Which of the following best describes you?

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* 1. Which of the following best describes you?

Which of the following best reflects your personal view about the need for change in and to the aid system as we know it?

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* 2. Which of the following best reflects your personal view about the need for change in and to the aid system as we know it?

How effective or how great of a positive impact do you think each each of the following would have individually on the aid system. (1 = minimal impact; superficial changes; business as usual would continue… 5 = major impact; fundamental changes; the new norm would bear very little resemblance to the old norm…)

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* 3. How effective or how great of a positive impact do you think each each of the following would have individually on the aid system. (1 = minimal impact; superficial changes; business as usual would continue… 5 = major impact; fundamental changes; the new norm would bear very little resemblance to the old norm…)

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Sweeping replacement of INGO and UN system executive and senior management with their approximate demographic opposite (that is, if the CEO is an old, white male from the Global North, replace him with a young, brown female, from the Global South, etc.).
All governing boards of all INGOs and UN agencies include actual beneficiaries as full voting members.
INGOs and UN agencies no longer able to “poach” qualified local staff.
Impose a cap on the percentage of ODA that can be programmed through INGOs.
Impose a minimum threshold for local NGO participation in interagency responses.
Regulate/limit the number or percentage of expatriate (foreign, foreign passport-holding) staff in senior decision-making roles at the local level.
Move INGO headquarters or administrative hubs to the Global South.
Discuss your answer to Question 3 (optional)

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* 4. Discuss your answer to Question 3 (optional)

Please rank: In your opinion, which of the following have the greatest immediate potential to disrupt “business as usual” and stimulate positive change at the level of the individual aid NGO or agency (improves impact, increases efficiency, reduces waste, etc.)?

(1 = "won't make much difference, overall..."; 5 = "would have deep and far-reaching consequences for how that agency conducts its business in future...")

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* 5. Please rank: In your opinion, which of the following have the greatest immediate potential to disrupt “business as usual” and stimulate positive change at the level of the individual aid NGO or agency (improves impact, increases efficiency, reduces waste, etc.)?

(1 = "won't make much difference, overall..."; 5 = "would have deep and far-reaching consequences for how that agency conducts its business in future...")

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Humanitarian UAVs (drones)
More money
Cash transfers/cash based programming
More transparency
Better staff care
More and more meaningful Northern/Southern NGO partnerships.
Better knowledge management
More accountability
More/better innovation
Please rank: Which of the following negative dynamics has the greatest immediate potential to disrupt “business as usual” and stimulate positive change at the level of the individual aid NGO or agency (improves impact, increases efficiency, reduces waste, etc.)?

(1 = "won't make much difference, overall..."; 5 = "would have deep and far-reaching consequences for how that agency conducts its business in future...")

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* 6. Please rank: Which of the following negative dynamics has the greatest immediate potential to disrupt “business as usual” and stimulate positive change at the level of the individual aid NGO or agency (improves impact, increases efficiency, reduces waste, etc.)?

(1 = "won't make much difference, overall..."; 5 = "would have deep and far-reaching consequences for how that agency conducts its business in future...")

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Negative mass media coverage of the aid industry.
Negative mass media coverage of a specific organization.
Being publicly barred from receiving grants by a large institutional donor.
Receiving a poor score by a charity rating website, such as Charity Navigator.
A rapid and dramatic loss of revenue for unspecified reasons.
A high profile lawsuit against the organization by an employee.
A high profile lawsuit against the organization by a beneficiary.
Discuss your responses to Questions 5 and/or 6 (optional)

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* 7. Discuss your responses to Questions 5 and/or 6 (optional)

Optional: Say you became convinced that a specific INGO or UN Agency was totally bad and had to forced from the aid industry. Without resorting to illegal activity such as fraud, extortion, etc.), what kind of things do you think could be done to cause the closure of an INGO or UN Agency?

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* 8. Optional: Say you became convinced that a specific INGO or UN Agency was totally bad and had to forced from the aid industry. Without resorting to illegal activity such as fraud, extortion, etc.), what kind of things do you think could be done to cause the closure of an INGO or UN Agency?

Say you became convinced that a specific influential *individual* within an INGO or UN Agency was totally bad and had to forced from her or his position. Without resorting to illegal activity such as fraud, extortion, etc.), what kind of things do you think could be done to cause the removal of a particular influential or senior person within an organization?

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* 9. Say you became convinced that a specific influential *individual* within an INGO or UN Agency was totally bad and had to forced from her or his position. Without resorting to illegal activity such as fraud, extortion, etc.), what kind of things do you think could be done to cause the removal of a particular influential or senior person within an organization?

Optional: Make additional comments or ask additional questions.

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* 10. Optional: Make additional comments or ask additional questions.

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