Gen Y has been stereotyped as lazy, self-centered and irresponsible. But many millenials care deeply about global issues and believe they can make a difference in the world. They're descending on Melbourne for the Expanse conference this Saturday - if you're around, consider signing up for the conference, and be sure to come by the WhyDev table while you're there.
With no simple instructions on how to manage the complexities of the aid world, most development professionals rely heavily on support and insights from one another. Katherine Gilbert and Rebecca Spratt are creating a more structured space for aid workers in Melbourne to reflect on their experiences and learn from each other.
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?
UNICEF has dedicated the 2012 edition of its flagship report, The State of the World’s Children, to the situation of children growing up in urban settings. Nikola Balvin, a Research Officer in the Division of Communication at UNICEF New York, reflects on what this topic means to her and to Australian aid and advocacy efforts.