The Youth Bulge in Papua New Guinea – Challenges and Opportunities General 

The Youth Bulge in Papua New Guinea – Challenges and Opportunities

The biggest development challenge facing Papua New Guinea over the next 10-20 years is the demographic youth bulge. 54% of the population of 8 million people are under the age of 25, and that proportion is increasing. Policymakers and program managers lack understanding – of the significance of the youth bulge for the future of PNG, and the appropriate policy...
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Write Clearly. Proofreed Karefuly.

(excerpted, in part, from my recently-released book, The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur) Plain speaking is not a social sector rule. It’s not even a cultural norm. As change agents, we are engulfed in gobbledygook and the poison pills of jargon, acronyms and buzzwords—a fusillade of shopworn words and vocabulary traps. Never in the history of humankind have so many words created...
SDGs: Leaving No One Behind? Alternatives in development General Sustainable Development Why We Dev 

SDGs: Leaving No One Behind?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set out a bold new agenda: leave no one behind. Much has been written about how donor priorities and development practice needs to significantly shift to meet the ambitious goals. In a recent article, Alec Thornton and I inquired into the extent to which development studies research, and the community of researchers contributing to...
It’s time to close the humanitarian gender gap Advocacy Ethics in development Gender Humanitarian Relief & Post-Conflict 

It’s time to close the humanitarian gender gap

     On this day, a month ago we celebrated World Humanitarian Day. It’s seen as a time to pay tribute to those who risk their lives in humanitarian crises and to galvanise support for communities affected by disaster and conflict.      This has never been more important – 18 million people face starvation in the East African food...