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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.
Today on MissionCreep, we’re talking about the trouble with founders and the messy politics of NGOs. Plus, what’s happening to people affected by climate change?
Join the conversation! Weigh in on what organisations can do to avoid “founderitis” and how NGOs can be more accountable to the people they serve. And if you have legal expertise, let us know how things look for people affected by climate change.
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.
Not wearing pants is frowned upon in most places, but cartoon characters are usually excused. Not so in Poland. A Polish council has just banned Winnie the Pooh from being the mascot of a local playground. Why? Pooh’s a hermaphrodite, and his (its?) “dubious sexuality” and “inappropriate dress” are unsuitable for children. Obviously.
If you’ve got Winnie the Pooh in your #SWEDOW, made sure you send it elsewhere…
The week in global news
Following an attack on a foreign NGO’s compound in Kabul, a South African pastor, his two teenaged children and an Afghan employee were killed.
For the second time in two weeks, a white policeman who killed an unarmed black man in the U.S. will not be charged.
In better news, online donations made on #GivingTuesday totaled over $26,000,000.
It’s that time of the year. A time for giving. A time for family. And, maybe a time to break-up with that special someone you met while in the field. You probably used one of our 52 pick-up lines to win their heart. Now, you can use one of these break-up lines and just be friends.
I have to go. The children need me.
Sorry, baby. This is just emergency sex.
It’s not you. It’s Ebola.
The results of your impact evaluation were just not robust enough.
Right. Naturally. Of Course. We totally picked him too.
We don’t understand why people are so outraged at Save the Children’s decision to choose an accused war criminal to receive the award. He totally deserved it for his “leadership on international development.” And while this may signify that we can no longer rely on political activism from large and professional charities, we don’t believe any mistake was made, because if a mistake had been made, surely STC would have said, right?
Americans are protesting across the country due to a grand jury’s decision not to prosecute white police officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson.
Police cleared large protest sites in Hong Kong on Wednesday, but protestors returned and violent clashes continue.
And 40,000 Masai people will be evicted from their homeland in Tanzania, because the Dubai royal family bought the land to hunt big game.
Committed to giving you last week’s globaldev news today
Career advice from WhyDev
There’s new research out on how to network over e-mail! Begin with a disingenuous question about the other person’s personal life. Then, seal the deal by ending with a vague reference to one of their hobbies.
So, three steps to e-networking in development: “How’s your infidelity? I’m looking for a job and hope you’ll hire me. Enjoy the next Hash!” UNDP, here we come.
Want to get involved? Apply to be our Community Manager, or the Fundraising Director for our friends at OIC: The Cambodia Project. And don’t forget to join AidSource – one member who signs up in the next week will receive a WhyDev postcard!
The founders of AidSource: The Humanitarian Network were ready to pass the torch, and they passed it to us! We’re very excited to be taking over the management of the site – stay tuned for additional updates.
First, a note from the founders of AidSource (J., Alanna Shaikh & ShotgunShack):
The founders and owners of AidSource: The Humanitarian Social Networkwould like to announce that, effective immediately, AidSourcewill owned, maintained and moderated by our friends and aid blogosphere colleagues at WhyDev.
Some of you will wonder why. The answer is that over the past year, each of us have made significant changes in various aspects of our lives and jobs, and at this point, we simply lack the collective and individual bandwidth to give AidSource the time it needs and deserves. We will remain “normal” members of AidSource, and we expect to continue to interact there from time to time. We’re very pleased to have found such capable hands to take over what we still believe is a great resource for anyone in or interested in the humanitarian aid and development industry.
We wish to express our sincere thanks to everyone (too many to name individually) who helped bring AidSourceinto being, as well as all those who cared enough to join and participate as members. Lastly, we wish the very best to our friends at WhyDev as they take on the task of managing The Humanitarian Social Network.
With great power, comes great responsibility.
It is with tremendous pleasure and trepidation that we take on the job of managing AidSource: The Humanitarian Social Network. As we move towards a post-2015 brave new world, fostering a community of practice in global development remains critical. We need to continue to break down institutional and organisational barriers to form true partnerships and change how development works. This is at the heart of WhyDev’s mission.
We believe AidSource is a lynchpin of this community. With 1,700+ members from around the world, it brings together aid workers, NGO staff, nationals, ex-pats, academics, journalists, students and donors. AidSource is the space for you to network with industry colleagues, share your knowledge, reflect critically and have a little fun.
Want to get more involved? We’re recruiting a volunteer Community Manager to help manage and run AidSource. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain experience in community engagement, social media, communications or partnerships. If this sounds like you, please review the position description, and send your resume and a cover letter describing your vision for the AidSource community (max. 600 words) to info[AT]whydev[DOT]org by 4 December.
We’ll be making some exciting updates to AidSource in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Featured image is Cape Coast, Ghana. Photo by Brendan Rigby.