In a recent piece for the Guardian Professionals Network, Brendan Rigby called for a shift in the aid conversation in Australia. and argued that too much effort is being spent to meet the 0.5% of Gross National Income target for Australia’s aid budget. Albion Harrison-Naish discusses these issues with Brendan in an AidWorks extended interview.
Nate Shea is a masters student at the University of Melbourne, writing a thesis on the role of NGOs as mediators in intrastate conflicts. Albion and Nate discuss a recent suggestion calling for AusAID to involve itself more heavily in regional peaceful conflict resolution.
Can the practice known as evergreen agriculture deliver both increased food and nutritional security to millions across Africa, and also have the potential to re-green the continent? Tony Barlett, of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, thinks so.
Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID) President Dr. Meredith Burgmann talks with Albion Harrison-Naish about the $320 million Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative, the situation for women in the Pacific and what we might hope to see achieved by this initiative.
Sydney-based AID/WATCH celebrates their 20th anniversary this year. Albion Harrison-Naish caught up with their Campaigner, Liz Barrett to discuss the highs and lows of the last 20 years as well as what still needs to be done.
Jennifer Lentfer, friend of WhyDev and development professional based in Washington D.C, runs HowMatters. AidWorks’ editor-at-large, Cate Coorey, caught up with Jennifer to discuss what makes effective aid and some of the common misconceptions about aid work.
This year, 2012, is the UN International Year of the Cooperatives. It is aimed at increasing awareness of alternative business models that are often highly successful. AidWorks speaks with CUFA’s Executive Officer, Peter Mason, about how poor people can still save and benefit from financial literacy and services.
In this extended and exclusive interview with WhyDev’s Brendan Rigby, he and Albion discuss working for UNICEF Ghana, participation in education and the growth of the development blogosphere. In particular, Brendan reflects on his experience with UNICEF Ghana supporting a complementary basic education program targeting out of school children, explaining how it is successful and highlighting the challenges that lie ahead.
In Aidworks’s 2nd podcast to be featured on WhyDev, host Albion Harrison-Naish has an exclusive interview that is only being featured on our site. ActionAid Australia’s Archie Law speaks about the limitations of growth led development, and the need for theory in development to be based on the daily experiences of those which aid is targeting.
This is the first Aidworks podcasts to be featured on WhyDev and what a start! The inimitable Albion Harrison-Naish has a great guest for you, in an exclusive interview that is only being featured on our site. First up, we have Stephen Robertson of Opportunity International Australia, talking about the growth of social entrepreneurism. Which direction is the “4th sector” headed? Find out by tuning into the podcast.
On June 6, the good folks at AidWorks had Allison on the show to talk about some of the problems associated with donating to disaster relief efforts, and what NGOs can do to address the problems. Do non-profits need to do better at clearly communicating with donors, particularly in the context of disaster relief?