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Blog submissions

So you’re interested in submitting something about international development for WhyDev’s blog. Cool. We’d love to see it.

Here are some things to keep in mind when submitting a post. Read them carefully!  We get irritated upon receiving blog submissions that are 3000-words, focused on voluntourism, and with images embedded in the document. We will be less likely to publish your piece if it doesn’t meet our guidelines. We are also more likely to publish your piece if it is provocative, humourous, or makes us look at a topic in a new way.

Here’s more info on writing a good blog post, in infographic form.


Generally, submissions should be between 700-1000 words, submitted in .doc or .docx format.

Wherever possible, link to references within the post itself rather than providing footnotes or a list of references at the end.

Include a brief bio and any relevant images. Attach the images as separate files rather than embedding them in the document.

Content and style

Successful WhyDev blog posts explore a well-known issue from a different angle or bring a little-known issue of development to light. They are written in an engaging, interesting, and often humourous way (read: this is not academic writing).

Take a look at previous posts to get an idea of what we’re looking for, and to see what we’ve already covered. As an example, we’ve published a lot on voluntourism, so if you’re going to submit something on the topic, make sure it examines it in a new way.

Please avoid using aid sector jargon and offensive, malicious, or foul language. Unless it’s so downright funny that it’s unavoidable.

It is fine to write from your organisation’s point of view, but your piece should not be a hard sell for your organisation’s work. This is a good example of a post written about an organisation’s work without trying to sell it.

What you can expect from us

We’ll get back to you within a week or so, letting you know if we are interested in publishing it and if any revisions are required. We reserve the right to edit your submission for grammar, length, and content, but will send you the final version before publishing, if we make any major edits.

It is hard to say when we will publish your post. It could be a week, it could be a month or more. But we will let you know when we have published it.

Send your submissions, ideas and questions 

The author retains the rights to articles posted on WhyDev, and are welcome to re-post them on personal blogs and websites (including a link to the original post on WhyDev). We respectfully ask that you do not submit posts published here to other websites.

If you’ve published a post elsewhere that you think might be appropriate for WhyDev, feel free to send us the link. However, we only cross-post selected pieces, and prefer to receive submissions of original content. If you run a website and are interested in cross-posting content from WhyDev, please contact us at