Tag Archives: Community development

Lessons from literature: What “Strength in What Remains” can teach us about development

What lessons can foreign aid take from post-genocide Burundi? Marianne Jago-Bassingthwaighte reviews Tracy Kidder's Pulitzer Prize-winning "What Strength Remains" to find lessons about effective aid amidst the compelling personal story of a genocide survivor. ...
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Lessons learnt from an internship in India

Late last year, Weh Yeoh travelled to Delhi, India, to work with groups of refugees from Burma, Afghanistan and Somalia. It was arranged as part of an internship with his Masters program. Needless to say, the experience was overwhelming and many lessons were learnt. In this piece, Weh details, in...
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Ambassador’s Reception

Do international ambassadors add any value to advocacy and development practice? Or are their stars out-shining the issues? Stu reflects on the recent visit of Monique Coleman, star of High School Musical and UN Youth Ambassdor, to a Football United project in Granville, Sydney. In this post, he examines...
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Politics, the arts, and nature

Guest contributor Janet Newbury considers how to retain hope in the midst of despairing political realities. Drawing from artistic endeavours and encounters with nature, she reconceptualises political engagement in order to extend beyond the current state of affairs towards more constructive possibilities....
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Waging war on development

In this feature, Brendan Rigby suggests that a systemic weakness of the international community is a lack of co-ordination in approaches to development. Current approaches are modelled after traditional military campaigns, which are outdated and ineffective. New approaches to development need to be modeled on approaches which are inclusive of,...
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A gendered look a disaster response and recovery: post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia

Ross Wortham is graduate of the Masters of Social Development program at UNSW and Steering Committee member. In this essay, Ross takes a pluralist feminist approach to examining the post-disaster relief and reconstruction efforts in Aceh, Indonesia. His critical reflection reveals that these efforts did not sufficiently include or focus...
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