“If you don’t mind, can you sit in the back? He can stay.”

"There's a seedy way in which racism affects your mental health. Racism in the workplace doesn't look like it did decades ago. It's not separate bathrooms and water coolers or openly used racial slurs. It's subtle, quiet and deceptively polite. Racism is even more dangerous when the experiences of people of color are denied, ignored … Continue reading “If you don’t mind, can you sit in the back? He can stay.”

R.I.P: 157 People of 35 Nationalities lost in Plane Crash

A global tragedy. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 passengers which crashed on March 10, 2019 near Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers and crew, included: 32 people from Kenya, 18 from Canada, 9 each from Ethiopia and Britain, 8 each of Italy, China and the United States, 7 from France, 6 from Egypt, 5 from Germany, … Continue reading R.I.P: 157 People of 35 Nationalities lost in Plane Crash

US Supreme Court ruling: World Bank Group Is Not Above The Law

BREAKING NEWS!!!!! The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, loses immunities claim in the US Supreme Court, opening the door for more challenges. I smell revolution in the air...END IMMUNITIES! Read the case for yourself, here's the Supreme Court decision: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/17-1011_mkhn.pdf So much admiration, and many thanks to the plaintiffs and … Continue reading US Supreme Court ruling: World Bank Group Is Not Above The Law

Daily Misogyny – Black History Month “I’m not a racist, I work on saving your lives”

Today for our ‘Monthly Media Spotlight’ we take a glance at the intersectionality of race and gender inherent in global racism. As the month of February comes to a close, we consider the celebration of "Black History" in the United States, Canada and many countries in the Caribbean. This month usually sparks a debate as … Continue reading Daily Misogyny – Black History Month “I’m not a racist, I work on saving your lives”

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