An oral history of conflicts, crises, and the aid business2018-08-08T09:02:42+00:00

rethink fragility:

An oral history of conflicts, crises, and the aid business.

This is an interview series about how things really work.

Each episode is an extended conversation with a practitioner doing interesting, practical work, over the long term. We talk career trajectories, successes and failures, and lessons learned along the way.

Guests include aid workers, researchers, peacekeepers, clinicians, and more to come. The goal is to capture 100 wholly original perspectives over the course of 2018-20.

Your host is Ian D. Quick, an independent consultant and writer who has worked on stabilisation & post-conflict recovery for the last fifteen years.

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007: Teame Mebrahtu

“Who are we refugees? People with multiple identities, who are actually better prepared to become citizens of the global system.”

006: Alex Martins

“Why all economists? And why all from the global North? It’s 2018, and I just think that that’s not acceptable anymore. It’s about balance.”

005: Mario Gonzales

“We can’t distance ourselves from pain and trauma. We are immersed in them, because the basic principle of creating trust is that you will genuinely connect.”

004: Farai Maguwu

“I’m still the very same person as when I started, very radical and very strongly opinionated about human rights. It’s only that now I’m more informed.”

003: Dan Fahey

“I needed to understand the supply chain. So I went down a mine, traded for a bit of gold, put it in my sock like smugglers do, and went to find a buyer.”

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