Amy Costello is a former Africa correspondent for PRI’s The World. She now hosts Tiny Spark, a podcast that investigates the business of doing good. Tiny Spark takes a critical look at seemingly good ideas and asks tough questions of well-intentioned people and programs, whether medical volunteers in post-quake Haiti or the social entrepreneur behind TOMS Shoes. Amy has worked as an NPR producer and adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, her alma mater. Her FRONTLINE/World television investigation “Sudan: The Quick and the Terrible” was nominated for an Emmy Award.
It’s their version of #MeToo — unfortunately, sexual harassment and abuse are all too common in the humanitarian aid sector.
Shannon Mouillesseaux was violently assaulted a decade ago in Sri Lanka while working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Of course, the attack itself was deeply traumatic, but Mouillesseaux says the way she was treated by UNHCR in the aftermath was even more damaging.
COMMENTARY: Reporter Amy Costello writes that speaking plainly about sexual abuse and harassment in the humanitarian aid sector is long overdue.
Checkbooks are out today, as potential donors try to maximize their charitable contributions.
Many people open their wallets to give to charities at this time of year, but it can be overwhelming to figure out where exactly to give. How do you make sure your cash is going to the right place? Ask reporter Amy Costello right now on The World's Facebook page.
When infectious disease expert Dr. Gary Slutkin returned to the US after years of working abroad on HIV, cholera and TB, he was struck by how much the spread of gun violence here reminded him of the spread of disease.
Health & Medicine
In many developing countries, thousands of volunteers serve as community health workers. But who is looking after their interests? Amy Costello reports from the West African nation of Senegal.
Nelson Mandela fought the forces of apartheid for years, and was thrown in jail for his efforts. On Thursday, he died peacefully in his home.
It's hard to see the devastation in the Philippines without wanting to do something to help. Reporter Amy Costello covers the business of doing good and has this advice for helping.
Development & Education
When people find out that I reported from Africa for many years and am now producing a series called Tracking Charity, they frequently ask me this: "Which charities do you think are doing really good work on the ground overseas?"