The Dignity Project

I lead The Dignity Project: an ongoing campaign for more respectful development. Visit dignityproject.net.

Development is frequently disrespectful. We all want to do better. But right now we don’t have the tools to make sure we deliver on promises of dignity. The Dignity Project creates open access, ready-translated tools to help people measure: is their program respectful?

There is public support for more respectful development. In my recent Mturk experiment, people upped their promised donations by 60%, when offered the chance to give to a charity that simply addressed its beneficiaries by name (p=0.02). ODI’s Humanitarian Policy Group, Integrity Action, Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace, and the UN Secretary General have all put dignity to the fore in development.

How you can help

There’s a lot further to go. If you care about this topic too:
  • Use: review the draft measures I’ve already suggested, and give feedback. Above all, try them out in upcoming projects.
  • Talk: Mention The Dignity Project to your colleagues, or on Twitter. If you’re interested in knowing more, please reply to this email – don’t worry, this will be the only mass contact.
  • Fund: I mean to dedicate a few years to this, and develop the idea properly through a PhD. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting this work, please let me know.

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