Re-thinking Development Work in Singapore

Some thoughts after a decade of a deep friendship with Singapore:

After having volunteered and consulted with a few non profits and social enterprises in Singapore, I understand that the intent is heart warming but the expansion into the ‘greater diasporic hinterland’ is rife with errors, with too little time spent in the communities. Not all decisions can be taken at co-working sharing spaces, try to come down and build teams. Advocacy, Capacity Building and Branding is Singapore’s strength. Long term overseas work, is rather slow and painful. The social return on investment for CSR dollars from or example Dxx Foundation/Financial Community as a whole, is a driver but effective community interventions take years. I would love to speak to globally minded Singaporeans to co-write a thought piece for taking Singaporean expertise beyond the traditional.

Yours Truly

Singapore-phile


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