NGOs widely ignore the internet community largely responsible for shaping online trends and vitality. Rowan Emslie describes how UNICEF answered questions about its response to Typhoon Haiyan on Reddit and suggests more charities should use Reddit to get attention for their work.
It’s #GivingTuesday! Scott Weathers issues a call to consider where you shouldn’t give, and makes the case for giving money directly to the poor.
For International Day of People with Disability, Weh Yeoh describes our bias to support causes that we can easily understand, rather than causes that deserve the most support, and suggests that an emphasis on facts and figures can help change this.
This year’s theme for the 4th ACFID DevelopmentFutures conference, ‘alternative pathways to end poverty’, brought together an eclectic mix of academic, practitioner, student, activist and bureaucrat. Brendan Rigby attended and harangued four other attendees for this post to present their key takeaways.
As development practitioners, we know that to be effective in supporting change, we need to understand the specific cultural, social, political and geographical context in which we are working. How does the place we are in, the community we belong to, shape our development practice?
Log-frames and performance management frameworks can be unpopular as they often fails to reflect the nature of development work or the shifting environment in which many projects operate. Emanuel Souvairan explains how such frameworks can serve not only the purposes of donors and NGOs, but also communities and community-based organisations.
After reading George Orwell’s “Burmese Days,” Allison Smith was struck by the parallels between life in 1920s Burma and life as an aid worker today. Here are eight relevant lessons from the novel, covering everything from dating to racism to mental health.
WhyDev’s Brendan Rigby looks at what is the first of many consequences of AusAID’s integration into DFAT: staff cuts. A friend of WhyDev, who was to begin in the graduate program next year, had their position terminated earlier this week. It was also learnt that the entire intake of graduates for next year was terminated.
In her memoir “Chasing Chaos,” Jessica Alexander describes a decade of working in humanitarian aid in countries such as Rwanda, Sudan, and Sierra Leone. Brendan Rigby reviews the book and sees parallels between Alexander’s story and the stress and mental health problems that plague aid workers more broadly.
What lessons can foreign aid take from post-genocide Burundi? Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte reviews Tracy Kidder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “What Strength Remains” to find lessons about effective aid amidst the compelling personal story of a genocide survivor.
In her time involved in the aid sector in Asia, Alex Grey realized that many aid workers were turning their noses up at helping colleagues with English tasks. While many international aid workers are hired for their technical skills, Alex argues that language training is being dismissed too readily.
Drawing on his experience in Nepal and the Philippines, Filippo Minozzi considers the relationships between religion and poverty, faith and fatalism, and wealth and happiness, concluding that religion makes people happier but countries less rich.
“Corporations rule the world,” the old saying goes. But perhaps, not anymore, as investors and customers channel their money according to their beliefs and moral principles. One avenue for this is impact investment, which according to Liza Moiseeva can build a bridge between profit-seeking investors and the work that development organisations do.
We spend a lot of time and energy lamenting what isn’t on the agenda when it comes to poverty and development. But Weh Yeoh asks the more important question: who sets the agenda? How do those who are not in positions of power make their priorities known?
With information coming at us at increasing speed and frequency, how can we tune in to the sometimes subtle signs of our own well-being? In her final instalment on self-care, Marianne Elliot describes how to listen what your body is telling you and how to build resilience for times of stress.