Our review of the week, featuring a better way to remember James Foley and a gender perspective on ebola, plus a new definition of paid internships – and a hitchhiking robot.
Why are we still giving SWEDOW as aid? How can you look smart in development? How much do aid workers actually use sex as a coping mechanism? Brendan Rigby, Weh Yeoh and Carly Stephan tackle these and other global development issues in the second episode of Mission Creep.
Some aid projects inevitably fail, but NGOs usually don’t want to risk embarrassment by admitting it, especially not to people who donated to the project. Ravinder Casley Gera gives us an example of how NGOs could communicate failures to their supporters, without losing their trust.
An exclusive peek into Bieber and Malala’s FaceTime conversation, the Ice Bucket Challenge, Uganda celebrates with a gay pride rally, and more.
After a successful evening of karaoke in Melbourne, the WhyDev team reflected on the songs that define aid work and aid workers. Brendan Rigby needs your help to compile the Top 5 Aid Worker Tunes of all time.
There’s no doubt that Australian Volunteers for International Development is effective at helping Australians start careers in aid. But does it actually promote development in the countries it serves? Laurence Phillips looks at a recent evaluation of the program.
Today we’re launching Last Week Today – a weekly post that has the best stories, news, events and jobs in global development all in one place. So grab a coffee, sit back, and enjoy the week’s best in global development.
The UN is feeding refugees a starvation diet: 850 calories a day. Francisco Toro responded by launching a new advocacy campaign that’s sure to tone your empathy muscles – at your own risk.
Many organisations neglect what could be a key component of their communications strategy: video. Rachel Kurzyp explains how NGOs can benefit by borrowing a few tricks from (who else?) the celebrities of YouTube.
Is your legacy what you achieve in your work life, or how you impact those around you? Weh Yeoh reflects on the lessons his grandfather taught him about leaving a mark on the world.
With no simple instructions on how to manage the complexities of the aid world, most development professionals rely heavily on support and insights from one another. Katherine Gilbert and Rebecca Spratt are creating a more structured space for aid workers in Melbourne to reflect on their experiences and learn from each other.
All development workers spend lots of time in meetings. Gary Owen’s advice will help you make the most of them. Here are 10 tricks to make yourself look smart AND show everyone how much you care.
When Allison joined the WhyDev team in January 2012, the blog was a mess. We want to thank her for over 2 years of incredible hard work in bringing WhyDev to where it is today.
Travelling the world for work sounds glamourous, but the reality rarely meets the expectations – except when it does. Jennifer Brookland reflects on a life on the road.
“When the cows become thin the Masai become thin.” Bianca Anderson tells the story of Judith, a Masai woman in rural Tanzania, and the challenges she overcomes just to get a simple cup of tea to the table.
Mid-way through 2014, WhyDev has already published 60 posts this year. Allison, Weh and Brendan give their picks for the best of the lot. What topics would you like to see on WhyDev for the rest of the year?
After years of being urged to write a memoir about the more than 20 years he’s spent as an aid worker, blogger and indie author J. has published “Letters Left Unsent.” He shares an exclusive excerpt with WhyDev.