New Research seeking to improve imagery in NGO campaigns Community Development Ethics in development General Media Multimedia NGOs Social media Youth 

New Research seeking to improve imagery in NGO campaigns

Critics have often accused NGOs of using pity in their fundraising campaigns. Negative images used in campaigns to evoke empathy and guilt have been labelled as poverty porn, others accuse positive campaigns of stereotyping, oversimplification of stories or failing to highlight structural causes. Sometimes it seems as though NGOs can’t do right for want of trying. With NGOs under constant...
Community Economic Development Projects: Sustainability through M&E and Communication Alternatives in development Community Development Foreign Aid General Trade 

Community Economic Development Projects: Sustainability through M&E and Communication

Introduction Though the discipline of community economic development (CED) is, undoubtedly, interdisciplinary in nature, it does encompass key characteristics. For instance, CED fundamentally refers to a community oriented process that provides enhanced local social conditions and economic opportunities. The combination of social and economic development within a community is meant to bring about a higher sense of well-being which, more...
The Youth Bulge in Papua New Guinea: Challenges and Opportunities General NGOs Youth 

The Youth Bulge in Papua New Guinea: Challenges and Opportunities

The biggest development challenge facing Papua New Guinea over the next 10-20 years is the demographic youth bulge. 54% of the population of 8 million people are under the age of 25, and that proportion is increasing. Policymakers and program managers lack understanding – of the significance of the youth bulge for the future of PNG, and the appropriate policy...
It’s Time to Close the Humanitarian Gender Gap Advocacy Ethics in development Gender Humanitarian Relief & Post-Conflict 

It’s Time to Close the Humanitarian Gender Gap

     On this day, a month ago we celebrated World Humanitarian Day. It’s seen as a time to pay tribute to those who risk their lives in humanitarian crises and to galvanise support for communities affected by disaster and conflict.      This has never been more important – 18 million people face starvation in the East African food...
SDGs: Leaving No One Behind? Alternatives in development General Sustainable Development Why We Dev 

SDGs: Leaving No One Behind?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set out a bold new agenda: leave no one behind. Much has been written about how donor priorities and development practice needs to significantly shift to meet the ambitious goals. In a recent article, Alec Thornton and I inquired into the extent to which development studies research, and the community of researchers contributing to...