People often use the argument that supporting people with disabilities has a low return on investment. Meghan Hussey argues the cost of ignoring over one billion people in the world is even greater.
Amanda Mitchell discusses learning services as alternatives to voluntourism placements. A series of videos have been designed to overcome misconceptions and educate on how volunteers can put their good intentions to good use.
A survey of aid workers by Elon University has been live for about one week. Interesting patterns are beginning to emerge out of the responses in regard to termination, burnout and why people leave the aid sector. J. gives us a brief look inside the survey.
There was the British version of ‘The Office’, then the U.S adapted and now we have a Kenyan version. Hussein, write and producer of the new TV series, The Samaritans, explains the idea and motivation for this satirical look at the NGO world in Kenya.
Paul Farmer recently called for more foreign aid to be delivered through local public systems. Nora Lester Murad disagrees, and sees an underlying ideology that overlooks the causes of inequity and vulnerability. She offers an alternative.
Not for the faint of heart, the Development Olympics draw on only the best development practitioners to compete for global change, social justice and sustainable development, both as a team and individually, one community or region at a time. Anna Vogt reports from the Games.
Between 38% and 70% of all medical devices in developing countries lies inoperable, in equipment graveyards. Mike Miesen says these devices are evidence of a system failing to do what it set out to do, and describes how medical equipment can be adapted for low-resource contexts.
Despite all our technological advancements, we are finding it more difficult to tackle issues such as poverty, deadly diseases, and corruption. Ondrej Suchanek argues that seriously addressing these issues requires going back to philosophical and spiritual values.
Reddit. To outsiders, it is hard to pin down exactly what Reddit is. Some know it as the ‘Front page of the Internet’, others as the primordial ooze for memes. Brendan has been lurking around Reddit and recently dove right in and created the first subreddit for global development. He wants you to participate in this first experiment in using it.
Drawing on his experience in Cambodia, Weh Yeoh shows how voluntourists’ well-intentioned efforts to dig wells or assemble wheelchairs can be much less helpful than following the lead of Cambodians themselves.
Income inequality has been drastically increasing across the globe, and recently made it onto the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Albion Harrison-Naish spoke with Oxfam Australia’s Kelly Dent to discuss Oxfam’s recent report on income inequality.
Marianne Elliott used to struggle to finish an entire yoga class. Now she believes yoga is one of the most powerful tools for aid workers to maintain their well-being. She tells her story of becoming a yoga covert and shares her online yoga program developed specifically for aid workers.
In this extended version of a panel discussion aired on AidWorks on January 22, Albion Harrison-Naish speaks with ActionAid Australia’s Archie Law, CARE Australia’s Dr. Julia Newton-Howes, and Act for Peace’s Alistair Gee on the various cuts, diversions and delays suffered by Australia’s aid program in 2013.
How do we make sense of the world around us? How do we decide which development initiatives are worthwhile? Weh Yeoh points to the psychological research to show that we’re less rational than we think, and that we need to keep our message centered around human beings.
The Telegraph reporter Jake Wallis Simons wrote a profile piece on Elizabeth McGovern (aka Lady Cora of Downton Abbey). It is perhaps the single greatest piece of journalism about celebrity, humanitarianism and Africa you will ever read.