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Hi all,

There has been a lot of terrible news since last week's review and luckily things have been a bit quieter in #globaldev-but there is lots of great food for reading this week-especially a new set of interesting reports and open access books that deserve more attention!

Development news from South Sudan, Solomon Islands, Guinea & the USA; plus: working for UNHCR; ICT4D & the Fourth Industrial Revolution; philanthropy & sex work(ers).

Our digital lives: Content moderation; Momo challenge hoax; Gwyneth Paltrow's uber-privilege.

Publications: Targeting Effectiveness; measuring empowerment the right way; participatory video to combat corruption; views from affected people in Afghanistan; new books on negotiating gender equity & the politics of education.

Academia: The inequality of LSE's new inequality chair; diversifying reading lists; Gender Gap Tracker in Canada.


Development news
LL3: Living Level-3 South Sudan
The 48-page graphic novel offers a snapsho…

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Hi all,

Happy International Women's Day!

My piece on white saviour communication & media rituals has gained some nice traction this week, but there were also other interesting updates from around the #globaldev world!

Development news: WWF's wildlife guard problems; following up on the WFP-Palantir affair; an update on suing World Bank/IFC; the commodified digital gig economy; ICT4D & inequalities; racism in the aid industry; how to write about UN & multilateral politics; campaigns against voluntourism; using expat privilege in Malawi; death of a war photographer; Somali's 1970s disco era.

Our digital lives: Political hyperleaders & predictive algorithms.

Academia: The unseen labour of racialized faculty; taking student evaluations less seriously; shedding books & precarity in #highered.


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White saviour communication rituals in 10 easy steps
The David Lammy/White Saviour versus Stacey Dooley/Comic Relief debate is an excellent oppor…

White saviour communication rituals in 10 easy steps

The David Lammy/White Saviour versus Stacey Dooley/Comic Relief debate is an excellent opportunity to look at some of the core elements of ritual communication behind many debates in international development-especially when charities and celebrities are involved!

At the time of writing the debate has already followed the first seven or eight steps and I’m pretty sure that it will go full circle between now and Red Nose Day 2020…

1. Don’t learn from past debates
It is worth remembering that this is not some obscure debate a few development bloggers have pointed out. In late 2017, Comic Relief got called out for their video of sending Ed Sheeran to Liberia.

A quick reminder from a December 2017 Guardian piece:

The Sheeran-fronted Comic Relief video, during which the singer offers to pay hotel costs for street children in Liberia, verged on “poverty tourism”, according to the jury.
(...)“Ed Sheeran has good intentions,” she said. “But the problem is the video is focused on Ed Sheera…

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Hi all,

Welcome back to another week of #globaldev, well, craziness & serious stuff about our favorite industry!

Development news: Comic Relief pulls another White Savior stunt; something rotten with WFP food supplies; Germany sells arms to Yemen; under-reported crises; can we sue the World Bank now? Burberry pretends to learn from mistakes; what happens to left-over aid supplies? Cash transfer programms meet ground realities; women in African armies; White Savior-the movie (spoof); Sweden's first gender professor at the Defence University; Jason Hickel wants to get rid of UK aid; on hearts & hearts; a new source for female experts

Our digital lives: A world designed for men (almost) breaks the Internet...

Publications: Literature review on ICT4D & jobs in Africa; how many publications do you need for a tenure track job?

Academia: UC system cancels Elsevier subscriptions; should academics fly less (again...).


Development news

Stacey Dooley trolled for 'White Sav…