Having worked in international development and humanitarian assistance for the better part of my life, it’s easy for me to understand why people feel discouraged. From an outside perspective it may appear that very little has been accomplished by our community: after all, our newspapers and Twitter feeds are filled with stories of extreme poverty, human rights violations, environmental disasters, and international conflicts that seem never-ending. It’s true that there will always be a need for civil society organizations and grassroots initiatives to combat the injustices that exist in our world—but this is no reason to think that nothing is changing. In fact, we have plenty to celebrate.
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