Posts worth reading: From finding photos and building apps to aid efficiency and communication

While I was on leave, many interesting posts and articles piled up in my inbox and on my social media profiles. Here are the ones I found most interesting:

Flickr hosts over 6 billion images, many of them being licensed under Creative Commons Licenses. Compfight is a search engine that helps you find those images. However, the main attraction of Compfight is not the website itself, but the WordPress plug-in.

Once installed, you can search for CC licensed images directly from within a new post you are writing and Compfight will insert the selected image including the license and photo credit. The only thing I don’t like about the plug-in is that it hotlinks the image, rather than uploading it to the media library.

(h/t Manage WP) 

While some people might clearly have a different definition of “cheap” than the author, these services can still help you develop an app for your non-profit for less money, than when hiring a dedicated programmer. Considering that “mobile” is becoming more and more important, these services might be helpful, particularly if your organization is working with volunteers who need to capture date or wants to share location based information. 

Great study, but why does it have to be 206 pages long?

“Over the past 40 years, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has developed a reputation as an emergency medical humanitarian organization willing to go almost anywhere to deliver care to people in need. Yet when questioned about MSF, people in countries where it works had different perceptions. One thought MSF was from Saudi Arabia and financed by Muslim charities. Another thought it was a China-based corporation. And yet another believed MSF requires everyone who enters their medical facilities to be armed (quite the opposite, in fact).”

“infoasaid has developed a set of diagnostic tools aimed to support: community and audience profiling, information needs and access assessments, communication strategy development and feasibility assessments related to different channels of communication.”

Amanda Traub from Wronging Rights has published an e-book for those who want to know more about Kony and the LRA, follwong the Kony 2012 campaign.

“This book is both a collection of that criticism [of the campaign], and a constructive response to it. The authors each wrote a short essay offering information that they felt was missing from the video, or explaining how they thought the campaign could be improved.”

The book is sold at a suggested retail price of 2.99 USD, but you can also download it for free. I have already bought it since I have been following her blog for many years, but  have unfortunately not gotten around to reading the book yet.

The LA times is talking about why administrative costs are a bad way to judge the effectiveness of an aid organization. While the points that are raised are hardly new for anyone working in this industry, it is nice to read this in a mainstream newspaper.