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.
Want to find a job in development? Connect with like-minded professionals? Get updates on Ryan Gosling? Gemma McNeil-Walsh explains how you can use Twitter to do all this and more.
Somaly Mam, a prominent Cambodian anti-sex trafficking activist, was recently revealed to have lied about her story and her charity’s activities. The scandal evokes Greg Mortenson and raises the question: how can we be better at telling the truth from the lies?
While agricultural investment is desperately needed in poor countries, if done irresponsibly it can lead to land grabs and the loss of livelihoods. Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu describes negotiations at the Committee on World Food Security to protect small-scale farmers and engage civil society organisations in the debate.
What is one thing aspiring humanitarian workers need to know? Are bras the magic bullet for development? (Probably not.) Brendan Rigby, Weh Yeoh and Carly Stephan tackle these and other global development issues in our new podcast Mission Creep.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently revealed Australia’s new foreign aid policy. Carly Stephan dissects the policy announcement, and is relieved to see the aid program’s aims still include alleviating poverty.
A recent post on AJE gave some very reasonable advice to those graduating in the northern hemisphere about working in the humanitarian sector. We’d like to give some unreasonable advice. We present the third post in our 52 posts series about working in global development.
Buying local is all the craze in foodie circles. Morgan Ashenfelter explains how aid organisations procuring locally can also benefit developing and post-conflict economies, small and medium enterprises in these economies, and aid organisations themselves.
With the opening kick-off of the FIFA World Cup 2014 less than 12 hours away in Brazil, 32 teams are ready to compete for a prize that only eight nations have won. Brendan Rigby looks at how the countries stack up against that other ranking and prize – human development.
Phearom’s organisation is facing a funding crisis, so they are only able to pay her $200 a month. Recently, she was offered another job that would see her salary double. She turned it down. Why would she do this? Weh Yeoh explains.
Non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cancer are now the leading global cause of death and disability in developing countries, but the funding doesn’t match this reality. Sam Byfield examines why the money doesn’t match the need.