Feeling so good!

I woke up one day needing some happiness from the Universe. Then I got some encouraging messages from like minded practitioners in the development space. Happy images of my colleagues, present and former coworkers, and every day people working together in the most challenging environments in the world. These were private messages with private images, … Continue reading Feeling so good!

The Absence of Colour in Leadersip

When you examine the history of the "Bretton Woods" institutions, one learns about the informal agreement between the United States and the European countries. Regarding their leadership: "Traditionally, the president of the World Bank has been nominated by the US, while the head of its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund has been picked by … Continue reading The Absence of Colour in Leadersip

The Darkest Hours… Literally

"As I sat in my office, unable to identify the people around me, I couldn’t tell what was going on or recognize the emotions etched on their faces." Was that concern? Horror? Sadness? Was it pity maybe? One of the ladies asked me a question, was that worry clouding her expression? My name, address or … Continue reading The Darkest Hours… Literally

Daily Misogyny – “Colonial Behaviour” in International Development Organizations

Today for our 'Monthly Media Spotlight' we review the misogyny women in development face in the workplace daily. Our team thought we would discuss this uncharacteristically revealing headline about a prominent organization in the development space: "Racism, sexism and bullying reported at Oxfam." - BBC.com The article opens with this heart-wrenching sentence summarizing the reports … Continue reading Daily Misogyny – “Colonial Behaviour” in International Development Organizations

Dear Millennials: “face time” is not to be confused with FaceTime

The reality was, I needed this job. I accumulated US$100,000 worth of student's loan and personal debt for a Masters Degree to get a chance at this job. I moved to Washington, DC, and left the warmth and sunshine of the Caribbean for this job. The World Bank branded itself as a respectful workplace that … Continue reading Dear Millennials: “face time” is not to be confused with FaceTime

I paid $100,000 for an Interview, now I have PTSD

"Heavy are the feet of those who plod in uncharted territory but are guided by a falsified dream. " I prayed for this job, I surrendered my home for this job. I left my family behind to pursue a Masters Degree for this job. I told my child that it was for a noble cause. … Continue reading I paid $100,000 for an Interview, now I have PTSD