Committed to giving you last week’s globaldev news today
Pregnant women get special treatment, and it turns out some animals are no different. Pregnant pandas evidently have it really good – so good it’s worth pretending? This clever panda thought so.
For the two months Ai Hin’s caretakers thought she was pregnant, the panda has been living in a special aid-conditioned suite and getting extra bamboo. Seems worth it.
The week in news
Tragically, ISIS followed through with their threat to murder a second American journalist in retaliation for continued U.S. intervention in Iraq. The terrorist group released a video of one of their members beheading Steven Sotloff, who was later found to hold dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. In the video, ISIS issued another threat, to execute a British hostage if U.S. forces don’t pull out of Iraq.
Nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and several other celebrities got leaked from their iPhones. Commentary on the photos quickly turned to outrage about the gender dimension of the scandal and sparked a new hashtag and then critiques of that hashtag, all within a few days. (Bottom line: if you look at the pictures, you’re part of the problem.)
Meanwhile, France’s former First Lady has published a tell-all book about her ex, President Francois Hollande. Her claims that he despises the poor probably won’t do much for his ratings.
The week on the blog
In the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge ripped Cambodian families apart. Today, Allison Smith says poverty is having similar effects, by forcing families to make difficult choices.
Aid workers know that lots of development projects fail, yet they stay in this line of work. Jonathan Favini asks how aid professionals decide to continue in an industry they doubt, and whether they deserve the inevitable praise that comes from friends, family members and even barbers.
The week in globaldev
What do voluntourism and global development have in common? | Devex
One Mauritanian man is fighting slavery in his country. | New Yorker
Corruption costs developing countries $1 trillion every year. | ONE Campaign
We might need a new term for “development.” | Poverty Matters
Is charity narcissism a good thing? | BBC
A change in global values? Maybe not. | Monkey Cage
The story of one environmental activist in rural China | Policy Innovations
Why Bill Gates wouldn’t be able to get a job with a British NGO | Guardian
Complexity? Nah, just a Tuesday. (Session 2): A conversation series for development workers | Melbourne, 9 September