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Article: The Guardian Long Read on The White Helmets

This article – about the tragic death of James Le Mesurier, co-founder of The Mayday Rescue (also known as The White Helmets) – is both an inspiring story of a life of service and a dispiriting account of cynical politics at its worst.

It’s also a good example of the administrative challenges of work in NGOs in contexts where most relationships – including purchasing – are informal. In the case of May Day, the pressure of rapid growth caused the wheels to come off their financial systems at the same time as donors were demanding higher standards of accountability.

Your infrastructure will count most just when you won’t have the capacity to build it.


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