This time, Weh wants to know why there are so many egotistical arseholes working in development (it’s not law, after all!). Plus, Carly responds to a bureaucrat who doubts the effectiveness of aid, and Brendan asks about aid workers’ reading lists.
Join the conversation! Let us know how you deal with the arseholes you encounter, and send us your book recommendations. Leave a comment here or on Facebook, e-mail us at info[AT]whydev.org, and use the hashtag #MissionCreepDev on Twitter. We’ll respond online or on the next episode of the podcast.
You can also listen to the podcast here or download it on iTunes (and a transcript is coming soon).
Book recommendations from the podcast: Thinking Fast and Slow, Made to Stick, Rohinton Mistry, The Power of Now, A New Earth, Daring Greatly, The Big Leap, Emergency Sex, Zen under Fire, You Are Not So Smart, Development as Freedom, The Bottom Billion and War, Guns & Votes.
Even with the advent of online dating services and Tinder, love in the field can be a battlefield. Isolation, gender imbalances and reruns have aid workers forlorn and looking for love. In all the wrong places. Dr. WhyDev is on hand to get you back on that horse with 52 pick-up lines that are sure to win the heart of any cynical aid worker.
Are you an orphanage? Because I want to give you kids.
You must be tired, because you’ve been running around the field all day.
Let me be your logframe of love.
The UN must be missing an M&E Officer, because you’ve been monitoring me all night.
Hey baby, I’m going to make you MDG #9 and give you 100%-access to my love.
This first date has been pretty successful so far. Now let’s bring it to scale.
Your presence here is having a significant effect on me.
Do you have foreign aid? Because I just fell into a poverty trap.
I thought robust started with an ‘r’. Why does mine start with ‘u’?
Do you live in a corn field? Because I’m stalking you.
My love for you is like diarrhea – I just can’t hold it in.
Are you a refugee? Because you must have fled from heaven.
Do you believe in love at first sight, or would you like me to conduct an RCT with treatment and control groups?
Hey, girl. I’m Mr. Human Right. Someone said you were looking for me?
Can I borrow a micro-kiss? I promise I’ll give it right back with a lot of interest.
I’m a disaster and need UN assistance right now. I need U. Now.
Do you have any Cambodian/Kenyan/Haitian in you? Would you like some?
Let me into your bed, and I’ll be your Haiyan all night long.
This ain’t no participatory process baby, you’re coming home with me right now.
I hope you’re not a monk ‘cos I’d love to go Tibet with you.
I don’t need no Viagra to build my capacity. I’ve got you.
You don’t need to worry about my sustainability. I can go all night.
What’s your favourite position when you’re out in the field? Reverse Consultant or Missionary? How about Emancipatory Style?
Are you taking malaria prophylaxis? ‘Cos you’ve been Doxycycline through my mind all night long.
Your body is a wonderland that I’m gonna need security clearance to evaluate.
Damn, girl. If being sexy was a crime, you’d be taken to the ICC.
Do you work for the World Food Programme? Because you got me starving for your attention.
I Ecua-dor you!
Do you have a staph infection, or are you just blushing since I walked in the room?
Are you Australian? Because you meet all of my koala-fications.
After one night with me, you’ll be going all Dambisa on me, screaming Moyo, Moyo, Moyo.
Hey baby, are you from the Red Cross? Because I’ve got some sexual health humanitarian needs.
Don’t worry, baby. The safe word is “Kony.”
Hey baby, come take a shower with me, so we can do some participatory M&E on our WASH practices.
There’s some serious flooding going on in the north of Thailand. I suggest we take shelter at my place and Bangkok.
Oh come on, don’t knock me back. That’s hardly following inclusive best practices.
I’d like to buy you some donuts, so we can see some real bottom-up development, if you know what I mean.
Let’s go back to my place so you can investigate my low hanging fruit (deliberately ambiguous if spoken by a man or woman).
Hey baby, you’re hitting all the right indicators. It’s time to take this to the field.
I’m not looking to put a ring on it, baby. I’m all about the low overhead.
You look like just the person to help me scale up what I’ve got going on down below.
I think about you at least 50 times per diem.
I couldn’t help but notice you at the shelter cluster meeting. Why don’t you take refuge at my place tonight?
From the bottom up and the top down, you got development in all the right places.
I hear there’s grant money out there for family planning. Let’s do a joint scoping mission.
We’d better call the disaster response team, because I think I just felt the earth shake beneath me.
Hey baby, I like my women like I like my anthropology. Thick and cultural.
You’re so hot, I’m declaring you a crisis zone!
Just like Bono, I want to push you closer and closer to The Edge.
I’d be great in a hostage situation. There’s a lot I can do with my hands tied behind my back.
We gotta stop with the whole Easterly-Sachs thing, and get more like Rigby-Yeoh.
UNAIDS, UNOCHA, UNHCR. There’s something missing from all of this. UN me.
We acknowledge that there was a discussion on AidSource in 2012 that managed about 10 pick-up lines. We are building on this participatory framework developed by our colleagues, and adding 52 more for testing, benchmarking and evaluating in the field.
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Remember how sad you were when Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George, because it meant no more play-by-plays on the royal uterus? Good news! Prince William’s wife is pregnant again; an event that has already led to several breaking news stories, like these:
Age gap between the two royal babies will almost be the same as gap between Kate and Pippa
Expect the world’s most famous fetus to dominate the media until Kate’s due date in April 2015. And then, more of this.
The week in news
Since Pakistani authorities breached a strategic dyke in Punjab, over 700,000 villagers have been displaced by flooding. Meanwhile, Russia and Ukraine reached a ceasefire, and Russian troops have mostly withdrawn.
TMZ released a new video showing professional football player Ray Rice punching his wife, which prompted the NFL to suspend him indefinitely. The news has triggered new discussion about abusive relationships, and sparked two viral hashtags: #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft.
In case your iPhone 5 can’t do enough, you want to wear your apps on your wrist, or you don’t like PayPal, Apple just unveiled several new products.
The third episode of the WhyDev podcast is out, featuring fresh and frank voices in global development. In this installment, Brendan Rigby, Carly Stephan and Laurie Phillips rehash the #IceBucketChallenge, create something called “Grope Aid” and ask about a little-known aid organisation. Join the conversation in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter using the hasthag #MissionCreepDev.
Communications in development means telling other people’s stories, but being accurate, fair and respectful in storytelling isn’t easy. Daniel Lombari talked to a variety of comms professionals about how they reach the sweet spot between complexity and simplicity.
Our co-founder, Weh Yeoh, has been making waves in Cambodia, working with some of the most vulnerable people. There are many areas that need attention across the world, but disability often seems to fall far behind. Weh is doing his best to bring basic health services to people with disabilities.
Please check out his 40-second video, explaining why this is important, and help him win this award.
You can vote for him by visiting his page and clicking the Like and/or Tweet button. The person with the most likes and tweets by 19th September will win the competition.
This week, we’re talking about how the #IceBucketChallenge could be applied to global development, plus a boob-squeezing fundraiser in Japan (boobs4dev?) and a surprisingly unknown aid group working in Syria. And Brendan achieves his goal of saying “balls,” “Sachs” and “Easterly” in the same sentence.
Use the hashtag #MissionCreepDev to respond to the podcast and ask your questions. You can also email us info[AT]why.org or post your questions on our Facebook page.
Be sure to send in your suggestions for a viral global development challenge (and your ideas for Grope Aid!), and let us know if you’ve heard anything about the White Helmets.
You can also listen to the podcast here or download it on iTunes (and a transcript will be out soon).
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Pregnant women get special treatment, and it turns out some animals are no different. Pregnant pandas evidently have it really good – so good it’s worth pretending? This clever panda thought so.
For the two months Ai Hin’s caretakers thought she was pregnant, the panda has been living in a special aid-conditioned suite and getting extra bamboo. Seems worth it.
The week in news
Tragically, ISIS followed through with their threat to murder a second American journalist in retaliation for continued U.S. intervention in Iraq. The terrorist group released a video of one of their members beheading Steven Sotloff, who was later found to hold dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. In the video, ISIS issued another threat, to execute a British hostage if U.S. forces don’t pull out of Iraq.
Aid workers know that lots of development projects fail, yet they stay in this line of work. Jonathan Favini asks how aid professionals decide to continue in an industry they doubt, and whether they deserve the inevitable praise that comes from friends, family members and even barbers.
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Many people go to grad school after a stint overseas with AVID, Peace Corps or VSO. Others find a job in their country of service. Some move back into their parents’ basement. This one is doing something a little different.
“What made you want to be part of The Bachelor Australia?: I’ve been living on a remote island (Vanuatu) for 14 months, volunteering in a developing world country, and it really put my personal life on hold. I thought it was time to do something for me”.
Newsweek caused a major stir this week, with its story on ebola and bushmeat and cover photo of a chimpanzee. Critics have accused the magazine of fear-mongering, racism, factual inaccuracy and stereotyping Africa.
Millenials are always being stereotyped as lazy and self-centered. But plenty of young people are passionate and engaged, and care about global issues. If this sounds like you, and you’re in Melbourne, join us at Expanse on Saturday.
We didn’t like the list of 30 humanitarians that came out last week. Does being a head of state or having a lot of money really make someone a humanitarian? Our Director Brendan Rigby compiled a WhyDev-approved list of humanitarians, people who exemplify compassion, service and humility.
Put in your earbuds for that next humanitarian assistance flight, plug in the iPod speakers for the aid worker house party this weekend, or crank up the volume in your first-world apartment and re-live your “field” days. Our playlist of the Top Aid Worker Tunes is here!
Expanse: The one-day conference to empower young humanitarians | Melbourne, 30 August (Register with the promotion code WD896 for a $5 discount! This ticket also gets you into the Unleashed Festival on Sunday!)
If you thought you saw a robot on the side of the highway during your last road trip, you might not be crazy. HitchBOT, a child-sized solar-powered robot built by Canadian researchers, just hitchhiked 6,000 kilometres, to explore the relationship between people and technology. Past research has examined whether humans can trust robots, but HitchBOT was created to address the question, “Can robots trust humans?” (Apparently the answer is yes: the robot made it all the way across Canada by getting free rides, and arrived unharmed in British Columbia this week.) Not strange enough? HitchBOT also usessocialmedia.
What’s next, robot aid workers? Well, hey, we’re supposed to be working ourselves out of a job, right?
The week in news
Perhaps the most alarming story this week is the ISIS beheading of American journalist James Foley, which the group recorded and posted on YouTube. News outlets have come under fire for publishing pictures taken immediately before the execution, with critics saying the dissemination of the photos only exploits his death. Read Foley’s obituary and some highlights from his career instead.
Meanwhile, Romeo Dallaire argues Iraq is experiencing the same warning sounds of genocide that he witnessed in Rwanda in the early 1990s. Thailand’s junta leader was just appointed the country’s Prime Minister, and Liberian police fired live rounds and tear gas into crowds of protestors trying to break an ebola quarantine.
NGOs make mistakes. Aid projects fail. Money gets wasted. Not surprisingly, most organisations don’t want to talk about it, but Ravinder Casley Gera has an example for how they can communicate failed projects without looking bad.
We’re back with the second episode of the WhyDev podcast, Mission Creep – bringing you fresh and frank voices in global development. This week, Brendan Rigby, Weh Yeoh and Carly Stephan are talking SWEDOW, looking smart and sex as a coping strategy. Give it a listen, and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MissionCreepDev.
Featuring Carly’s encounter with supply-driven development and #SWEDOW in Fiji and the overuse of “capacity-building,” “gender-mainstreaming,” and all our favourite development jargon. Plus aid workers’ constant fighting over whose turn it is to watch porn (and other coping mechanisms).
Hop on Twitter to respond to the podcast or shoot us your questions using the hashtag #MissionCreepDev, and don’t forget to send us the best examples of SWEDOW you’ve seen – and your bet for the next big development buzzword.
You can also listen to the podcast here or download it from iTunes (and a transcript is coming soon).
In case you missed the news last week, WhyDev just launched a new feature – designed to make sure your busy life doesn’t stop you from getting the top news and development stories. Last Week Today brings you the week’s best links, all in one place, every Friday. So sit back, relax, and get all caught up. Continue reading →