World’s hottest aid worker
Every year, there are lists of gifts to buy for aid workers (or, things not to buy them). But, the “World’s hottest aid worker” ornament seems like the most obvious choice. In fact, we’d suggest pairing this gift with one of our 52 pick-up lines for aid workers to impress that special someone.
(If you’re more interested in work than in love, check out these tips on rebooting your career over the holidays.)
The year at WhyDev
In our fourth year, we’ve seen a number of changes, including the recruitment of two new team members – Rachel and Jennifer. They’ve been instrumental in taking our communications, social media and blog to the next level (level 90). We also created Composed, a team of regular contributors, and re-designed our weekly newsletter, Last Week Today. Since 2010, we’ve received over 1 million pageviews, directly benefiting thousands of global citizens who are committed to getting development right.
We’ve recently been entrusted with the ownership and management of AidSource: The Humanitarian Social Network. We are recruiting a manager to run the community, and have grand plans for the network going into 2015. We’ve also established a number of partnerships with key organisations in the sector. This includes an ongoing content-sharing partnership with ONE, and new partnerships with OIC: The Cambodia Project and Monash University. This year, we’ve held events in Melbourne in collaboration with The Development Circle, RMIT, Catalyst Co-Lab and OIC, with a total of over 300 participants. Last, we’ve started a podcast, MissionCreep.
The year on the blog
The WhyDev team’s favourite posts from 2014
If a piece of equipment breaks in a hospital and there’s no one to fix it, does it make a sound?
The ethics of photographing locals
The voluntourism assault: Stop making this about your righteousness
Why poverty porn is like shoulder pads and leg warmers
Dear supporter: We’re sorry, the project you supported failed…
The year in globaldev
Is aid satire helping?
All the arguments for bad aid
“Asia” is a Western construct.
A major World Bank fail
The spectacle of Band Aid
Do NGOs actually help?
The danger of Hunger Games
And just like that, 2014’s a wrap. Happy Holidays from the WhyDev team, and we’ll see you again on 9 January, 2015!
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Featured image is a “World’s hottest aid worker” Christmas tree ornament. Photo from Amazon.