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I find curated and annotated collections a useful way to share and save links, Tweets or videos on topics that produce a lot of food for thought and discussion on #globaldev issues.
There have been quite intensive discussions these past few days after The Times broke the initial story on Oxfam's handling of the Haiti affair.
I can't possibly claim that my curated overview is even anywhere near complete, but I have tried to compile quite a few news media articles and a first round of commentary from my networks. The Tweets are even more selective, but not random, and meant to illustrate different arguments that have shown up in my networks.
Debates are also taking place in many interesting semi-public spaces, including Facebook groups or E-Mail lists, however, I will only focus on publicly available material.
Because of their long history of divisive, inaccurate and unethical journalism media brands such as t…
Initially I wanted to include these reflections in my annual blogging review post. In the end I decided against it partly because I felt a bit like a grumpy old man shaking his fist at the outgoing year. But development blogging is definitely in a crisis and as it is a format I care deeply enough about to write academic articles on I will share some reflections on the nature of this crisis.
Chris Blattman announced in September 2017 that he would not blog anymore: few people read blogs anymore. Including me. I no longer feel the pressure to write often, because the person who comes directly to the page daily or weekly in search of something new is a dwindling breed. Most people reach blogs by twitter and facebook. This has taken the pressure off of me and, what can I say, I respond to incentives. In December Nick Kristof said good-by to his blog hosted by the New York Times: I was apparently the first blogger for The New York Times, most recently using this “on the ground” space for my…
When a friend drew my attention to Conan O’Brien’s trip to Haiti following the infamous ‘sh&€hole’ debate which named the island among other countries, I did not see myself writing about the program as an excellent example of how a celebrity gets broadcasting from a distant, foreign place right. Unlike most celebrity ambassadors for large global organizations or celebrities with their own organization and mission to ‘eradicate poverty’, Conan’s independence and authenticity are his biggest assets as he strolls around Port-Au-Prince and talks to Haitians. His self-depreciating brand of humor clearly helps him in connecting with people and he is not afraid to sport the worst French accent I have heard in a long time or fool around with kids in a primary school. His secret to me is that he does not seem to do it for the photo-op or the instagrammable moment when the celebrity kicks the football across the dusty pitch, but he is immersing himself as much as possible within the constra…
Just another busy week at ComDev with feedback on MA thesis proposals, lectures & a workshop with students on their experiences with communication for development-but, there's always time for some LINKS ;)!
Development news: The EU's messy migration deals with Sudan; World Bank goes Wall Street; how poor are Americans? How code put people in jail in Turkey; the 'begpacker' phenomenon; polarized Rwanda research; how philanthropy is losing the battle against inequality; new education research; decolonizing the conference; messaging people about poverty; facebook as the new Intranet; ComDev in Nepal; photos & comics from Africa.
Our digital lives: Mindfulness at work? Foreign journalism in the age of T&?%p; the privilege of quitting your Google job.
Publications: Learning and technology in deprived contexts.
This is really a great link review if I may say so myself! :) Quite a dialectical discussion on positive & negative examples of communicating development, opportunities & challenges of engaging with humanitarian journalism, teaching development differently, gender & privilege and deconstruction colonialism through interviews, books, movies or anthropology!