JadedAid Sale: Save BIG Black Friday through Cyber Monday!

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Looking for that perfect holiday gift for your boss, your friend, or… yourself?

A gift of JadedAid is preferred by 9 out of 10 development workers to crappy knickknacks you picked up in a African market on your last trip… Yes, even those hand-carved salad tongs.

These great deals are available for a limited time only. Shop from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and save.

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Original JadedAid Deck $19 Now $17

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Peace Corps Expansion Pack $10 Now $8.50

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The Original + Peace Corps Combo Deal $25 Now $24

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Sneak Peak: JadedAid’s First Expansion Pack

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Earlier this year we announced JadedAid would be releasing an expansion pack for the holidays. Since then, we’ve been hard at work compiling a Peace Corps Expansion Pack that will be fun for everyone whether or not you served!

You sent hundreds of suggestions and we’ve paired the selection down to 56 cards that will make you howl!

The first deck is hot off the presses and they look great! You can PRE-ORDER now!

Here’s a special sneak peak at some of the cards you can expect…

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Like what you see? Get yours now! The first decks will be shipped out after Thanksgiving.

At $10 they are the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) or development worker… or YOU! Post to your wall and let your mom know you’d prefer JadedAid in your stocking over socks, dental floss and a box of mints per usual.

Don’t miss out as this is a limited run! PRE-ORDER the expansion pack or original deck/expansion combo for savings today!

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New JadedAid Rules: The Trump Card

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At JadedAid we spend a lot of time pointing out the ridiculous things happening in other countries. After Tuesday, we realized that, in fact, America is now the biggest joke in the world, overtaking Berluscone and Brexit (you’re welcome, Italy and Great Britain).

We know this is a hard time for many JadedAid supporters – especially those struggling to understand and explain what’s going on while living abroad. So, we’ve created a new set of rules you can use with your JadedAid deck that just might bring laughter back into your life…

The Trump Card

  • Assign one player to be Trump and decide the winner of every round.
  • Use the blank cards in your JadedAid deck to make up your own questions or statements involving President-Elect Donald Trump and pose it to the group.
  • All players (including Trump) play the white card he/she thinks pairs best and gleefully exclaims, “I’m playing the White Card!”
  • Trump picks the card he (or she) likes best and points to unsuccessful players and says, “You’re Fired!”
  • Those fired spend the rest of the time scanning jobs boards for private sector opportunities that require expertise serving communities that have no money and very little market potential. …seriously. Look for jobs! Do you think USAID is going to have funding after the next two years?

Need some examples? Check out these killer plays!

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When you get tired of Trump, you can play other JadedAid variations such as The Donor Echo Chamber or Wired Nepotism and remember the good old days!

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SlumRun 2016: The Poster Child of Bleeding Heart Humanitarianism

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We all want to to good. We all strive to be humanitarians and help our down-trodden fellow humankind in between sips of our South Africa’s finest Merlot. There’s great honor in that. However, we often fail in the “how”.

The Poster Child of Bleeding Heart Humanitarianism

Take for example the above poster for a fundraising run through one of Kampala’s less affluent suburb of Kireka, with a white person running from black hands on a blood red background. Regardless of the good intentions of the organizers, Slum Run 2016 is the branding #FAIL poster child of bleeding heart humanitarianism.

And if you think the graphic is bad, here is how they describe the run on their website:

This year, we have updated the route and it now includes spectacular views across the Acholi Quarter slum area and will be a joy to run, as you experience what it is like to live in a slum, while you compete for the unique Peter Ola Slum Run Trophy.

This type of fund-raising activity isn’t new. In fact there’s a Soweto Marathon in South Africa every year, yet its branding and messaging are in contrast to the Slum Run messaging about Kireka.

Messaging Matters

Over the last several years, much of the development sector has been having a conversation on how to do development better. But doing it better often also involves talking about it better. The run – in and of itself – isn’t necessarily the problem. It is how we talk about and represent the people we are trying to help.

The less fortunate we try to help in our work deserve the same dignity we demand for ourselves. That dignity extends beyond using a photogenic child with flies and a distended belly as our money shot for our fund-raising campaign. It includes how we talk and describe the place people call home. From the outside, one might view it as a less-wealthy part of town, but to the many residents there, it is their proud community. For many, the only option they have.

For example, I’ve previously worked in Kireka, where Slum Run 2016 will take place, with a group of women refugees who live in this community. It is not the wealthiest part of town, but I never once referred to it as a slum, nor was the project I worked on, Women of Kireka, called Women of the Slum, nor did I organize Slum Village Tours to “see how it is like to live in a slum.”

We Can Do Better

We created JadedAid to foster conversations on how we can do development better. While we are all playing, let’s take a beat after laughing at outrageous card combinations and realize that the seemingly implausible phrases the cards create, are real development worker experiences.

While #SlumRun isn’t in the current deck, there’s a reason for the “This hashtag will save the world” card. It represents the types of harmful marketing initiatives we see in our industry, and mocks slacktivism that some of us try to count as impact. Calling out this foolishness is the first step of identifying the problem and not repeating the same mistakes.

What bad bleeding heart humanitarianism have you seen? Tell us. Tell your peers. We can do better.

Don’t forget to pre-order the Peace Corps Expansion pack – shipping in December 2016.

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How to produce an African Middle Class? Sitting Fees!

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Have you every wondered what African entrepreneurship really looks like? How poverty stricken slum dwellers can achieve middle class status quickly, with minimal skills and almost no resources? An NPR article I read recently tells us exactly how.

Let’s get rich with sitting fees!

In Kenya’s sprawling Kibera slum, residents are demanding sitting fees to attend the latest poverty eradicating experiments from the newest crop of NGOs. I love the entrepreneurship of newly-minted “professional attendees” – bored locals who’ve figured out how to make a living off of per diems and sitting fees at “capacity building” meetings:

Accurate statistics are hard to come by in Kibera, but by one estimate, roughly four in five groups pays sitting allowances. There are enough groups having enough meetings, and handing out enough cash, that some locals make something of a living going from meeting to meeting. They’ve become known as “professional attendees.”

“I know the professional attendees,” Okoth said. “I celebrate their ingenuity of taking advantage of people who have come to take advantage of them.”

T.I.A. brothers! Go and get paid!

When you live in a slum and the White Savior Complex has calculated your earnings potential at $1.25 per day, you could achieve middle-income status by attending a few meetings per day:

  • Take your neighbor’s photogenic child with flies and a distended belly to maximize the potential of a poverty porn bonus.
  • Show that while you’re poor, you’re also innovative by demanding payment via MPESA.
  • Raise your hand at each meeting and ask the same practiced deep question about the resource curse.
  • Please the donor at any cost by sitting back, nodding politely as they try to fish for an answer.
  • Remember to stick your civilized pinky out while you have a fourth cup of tea! You’re not paying.

I nod to myself. This is genius. Pay us to do nothing. I could imagine a whole village of women dancing and clapping for an arriving fleet of Land Cruisers coming to introduce yet another goddamn cookstove. Why sweat over that stove cooking ugali when you can just eat out from your professional attendee fees?

Let’s scale this innovative innovation!

I am wondering how many NGO’s with an unpronounceable acronym it takes to implement the latest USAID strategy? How many village meetings it would take to achieve each programs logframe? What would happen if all participants demanded to be paid to attend skills-building workshops at the closest workshop venue outside the capitol that qualifies for per diems?

I need to tell all the villagers how to get rich!

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