The Wolf at the Door

The past decade in international development is forcing re-think of the assumptions that have held the sector together for 60 years. The questions are large and unsettling and weigh heavily.

Is it time for Western activists to demand that Africans have more direct involvement in setting their own development path? To come to grips with some of the results of state-sponsored aid?

Are mining company partnerships with iNGOs pragmatic and obvious or opportunistic and naïve with calamitous consequences for the developing countries involved?

Is aligning itself too closely with governments putting international aid staff at risk and potentially causing great harm to people in war-ravaged, crisis-ridden countries?

Is any of data used to evaluate aid programs in Africa even remotely adequate for consideration of the best interest of the people involved?

The questions go unanswered. The impetus for change remains illusive. Because there’s an even bigger pre-occupation in the iNGO sector that dwarfs all other discussion, one that top-level leadership is increasingly distracted by. It’s a discussion about what threatens the sector’s very survival.

The Wolf at the Door is the latest installment of the Global Cap in Hand Facebook Event and I am inviting you to join the event.

Participate in the live stream.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

12—1 pm

Click here to join.

Jo-Anne Ryan, VP Philanthropy, TD Wealth and Executive Director, Private Giving Foundation

Brock Warner, Senior Fundraising, War Child Canada.

Moderator Jo-Anne Ryan, VP Philanthropy, TD Wealth and Executive Director, Private Giving Foundation and I, will host guests, Jess Tomlin, CEO, The Match International Women’s Fund and Brock Warner, Senior Fundraising, War Child Canada.

Do you have a question? Post it on the Facebook page and we will work it into the show.

The live event will also be available on YouTube.

Jess Tomlin, CEO, The Match International Women’s Fund

No matter where you live and work in the world, the live Global Cap in Hand Facebook Series will give you a chance to discuss serious issues facing charities across the globe.
Cap in Hand, the book, is causing a buzz among charity leaders and is being called “brave, searching and necessary” and “an important investigation.”

John English, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School Of Global Affairs called Cap in Hand, “An eloquent plea to establish a Canadian charitable sector that is ‘modern, problem-solving and dynamic’ rather than the moribund, status quo-oriented, and tax-break-driven model that disappoints and disillusions all of us.”

Go to for the ways in which you can buy the book.  and please join us on Wednesday, July 12th. We’ll be giving away two copies of the book—for free!  And we’re giving a shout out to our sponsor, IntegralOrg.

(Photo: Jeff Holt, War Child Canada)


Gail Picco is one of Canada’s foremost experts on the increasingly complex dynamics in the charitable sector. She has been a strategist in the nonprofit sector for 25 years, is the author of What the Enemy Thinks, a recent novel set in the nonprofit sector, and recently published, Cap in Hand: How Charities Are Failing the People of Canada and the World published in January 2017. She is Principal with The Osborne Group in Toronto and serves as Chair of the Board of the Regent Park Film Festival

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