I got involved with NGOs accidentally in a third world country in Asia and became a part of the industry ever since. While my starting was as, so called “local staff”(i.e. you are poorly paid in comparison to your expatriate colleague and do all the donkey jobs), I quickly joined the expatriate clubs and moved to Africa. Later on, I came to head office in UK to become one of the bad guys (from country/field offices point of view) and indeed got familiar with the new word “charity”. My next destination was board roles as trustees and eventually became a consultant. Currently, I am helping orgnisations to overcome their financial management crisis. This journey has provided me an opportunity to experience from an wider perspective.
By the way, we are now increasingly called “Third Sector” and I shall be using this mix of terms NGO, charity, Third Sector in my blog.
I am using this blog to recall my experiences, observations and events took place in various times while working in the sector. The objective is to be a critical friend of the vast Third Sector and will focus on financial management.
I look forward to hearing your comments and views in coming days.
Golam Morshed, London, UK
NB: The events or incidents described in the blog not necessrily reflects the day when it was written but a recolletion of my memory.