Fast forward to July 2019 and a local British Women's Institute Facebook page with about 500 page likes is posting a picture of two innocent-looking parcels that has been shared very widely. The vast majority of the 500+ comments under the post are positive and I am sure that both charities will receive quite a few parcels in the next few days.
It seems almost futile and pointing out bad examples of charity and development is not always the best way to communicate, but I anonymize the post as much as possible to avoid simply shaming a particular Women's Institute chapter. 'Rapey men here are the same as rapey men there' Let…
Oxfam's bombshell announcement this week to lay of 1450 staff is only the latest concrete development around bigger questions around the future of (I)NGOs & civil society which are reflected in quite a few postings this week. And from the Ukraine to Papua New Guinea (with stop-overs in Kenya, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, US + UK) there is plenty of food for thought from around the globe as well! Enjoy!
My quotes of the week In the scramble to piece together the scope and scale of the clearance
operations against the Rohingya, the numerous groups who came to Cox’s
Bazar neither coordinated in any meaningful sense, nor benefitted from
each other’s knowledge. Unsurprisingly, this has led to significant
duplication on one hand, and large gaps in the narrative of what
happened in northern Rakhine state on the other. (Capturing a Crisis: What lessons can we learn from the “overdocumentation” of the Rohingya crisis?) To achieve their stated goals of abolishing poverty, curbing …
After the Economist’s piece on the (non-)value of doing a PhD and some comments later (e.g. Prometheus doesn't read the Economist (I like the slightly cynical dichotomy between ‘civilians’ and the ‘academic insiders) or the '100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School' (they are only halfway through so check it out regularly in the future...) I had an interesting conversation with a prospective PhD student a few days ago.
This was not the first time that I had been approached about doing a PhD and I always try to be as frank as possible, even playing the ‘devil’s advocate’ when it comes to the complicated ‘should I or shouldn’t I?’ decision-making process. At the end of our conversation I sat down and tried to summarize a few important and generic points from the point of view of doing a PhD in Development Studies and in the UK.
I understand that every case is different and involves a range of motives, options and rationales, but there a few important questions and topics t…
Wow...this has turned into one of the longest #globaldev reviews in a while-so I hope you have some extra time to explore great food for thought from India, Liberia, Ethiopia, Nepal, New Zealand, Hawaii, Afghanistan, Lesotho, Burundi, Iraq, Sudan & Tonga! Enjoy! My quotes of the weekElders
are the collective wealth of our community. They are also majority
women, and majority impoverished. Women of older generations were
systematically denied the opportunity to build a nest egg because they
were forced into low-paid work, homemaking and dependency on their
husbands. Older women cannot take care of themselves even if they
wanted to. In a decade, one-third of Hawaii will be elderly people.
There is no plan to care for them, other than to dump the work on their
daughters. We need an eldercare infrastructure to care for every senior,
not just the wealthy. (This state says it has a ‘feminist economic recovery plan.’ Here’s what that looks like).
In the scope of the contemporary planetary crisis this post probably qualifies as less urgent and a little bit rant-y, but today I’d like to talk about reports, as in: Digital publications, usually pdf documents, that many large #globaldev organizations publish as a staple product for communication, engagement and reminding people that they still exist...
tl;dr I read a lot of stuff on the Internet. I also skim-read a lot. I open a lot of pdf files, too. Please re-consider your organizational practice to have a report starting between page 10 to 15. Tell me as early as possible why I should engage with your report, why I should invest precious time to read it, perhaps even share it in my weekly #globaldev link review… I have mentioned it more than once in my curated #globaldev links that most organizational landing pages/repositories/libraries particularly of international organizations have room for improvement. I don’t really want to shame a particular organization, but many look simi…