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Hi all,

Welcome back to another Friday link review!

Development news: Things are getting better-but poverty is complex; UK Aid in a post-Brexit world; Kenya's start-up scene so white! More money for Kibera; Uganda's 'Ghetto President' is a lesson for digital activism; responding to Kerala's floods; development research & epistemic justice; #MeToo & transitional justice; police militarization.

Our digital lives: 'The Winners take all'-philanthrocapitalism revisited; political trolling made in the Philippines.

Publications: Sweden's official feminist foreign policy handbook; humanitarian emergencies & adolescents.

Enjoy!

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Should I transition from aid work to academia? Some don’ts & don’ts
The basic question is whether it is worth exploring PhD options as a mid-career, midlife aid worker with an intention to transition from the development industry into academia. tl:dr: Don’t do it!

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Should I transition from aid work to academia? Some don’ts & don’ts

In what seems like a digital lifetime ago I asked: Should I consider a PhD in International Development Studies? in 2011.

My central points are still valid and the post is one of my most successful in terms of readership and comments. The main audience for this post were a young(er) undergraduates or professionals who contemplate doing a PhD in international development as career advancement.
Fast forward to a 2017 piece in the Guardian about aid worker midlife crisis, discussions in forums such as 50 Shades of Aid or direct talks with aid workers and it seems that an update or extension of my original post could be a good idea to kick off the start of a new academic year.

The basic question is whether it is worth exploring PhD options as a mid-career, midlife aid worker with an intention to transition from the development industry into academia. tl:dr: Don’t do it!

Your aid work(er) experiences are pretty much meaningless for a PhD project
In my original post I wrote about ‘boring pro…

Links & Contents I Liked 289

Hi all,

Summer is over, the new semester around the corner - and your favorite weekly link review is back on the Internet!
I am not even trying to catch up; I sprinkled in a few articles and reports that I have come across in the past few weeks, but other than that we are reading fresh stuff!

Development news: The RCT debate continues; Oxfam might inherit 41 million pounds! The US military-industrial complex in Niger; Canada has its first poverty reduction strategy! Blockchain won't fix Kenya(n elections); the UN is looking at internship programs: Lithuanian celebrities in Ethiopia; what would inclusive photography really look like? EveryDay Mumbai changing perceptions; many NGO workers don't speak local language; RIP Samir Amin; how to write an aidworker autobiography; 'Dear White consultant'-a poem from Tonga.

Our digital lives: The 'facebook & right-wing violence in Germany' research revisited; unethical female journalists in the movies; Yoga & white wo…