If you do Twitter right (full disclosure: I also follow Only in Russia and The Dodo) it can be an awesome space for global development debates. There are a lot of smart people in my regular feed that share interesting, important empirical insights into development research e.g. Dina Pomeranz, Alice Evans, Maya Forstater, David Evans, or Justin Sandefur. Hey, I'm doing a podcast, discussing fascinating research from 2017 on global development, inequality, & social change
Suggestions welcome! — Alice Evans (@_alice_evans) November 18, 2017 Making sense of the #Paradisepapers: are we drawing the right conclusions from this 'scandal'? https://t.co/5yjQOPO6V7 — Maya Forstater (@MForstater) November 17, 2017 7 new papers on governance, bureaucracy, social capital, and economic development https://t.co/DTY3FbM00Opic.twitter.com/HA96OUnnO7 — David Evans (@tukopamoja) November 22, 2017 1/ I've been avoiding Liberia education drama for a bit, but there were a few new pieces aroun…
It has been a loooong week-as you probably guessed by the delayed publication of this week's review.
However, as always there is plenty of food for thought on everything from war crimes to labeling a 'hut', from sexual violence to empowering stories featuring women from Kenya and Bolivia, from misguided stereotypes about India to revolutionary global ecosocialism, from laptop humanitarians to civil society claqueurs, from Bono to Louise Linton!
New from aidnography Blogging and curating content as strategies to decolonize development studies In our crowded digital lives this means that curation and facilitation will become more important skills for those working in academia because there is already an abundance of diverse material from many sources. Strengthening connections and discussions, often with the aid of technological tools, thereby creating a global understanding of ‘development’ from social movements to debating inequalities and power/powerlessness wil…
Development news: #AidToo; Ed Sheeran, War Child & well-deserved radiator awards; against charity; visualizing life in the camps in Bangladesh; humanitarian data breaches as policy challenges; Women Peacemaker Program closes; the political economy of crisis responses then & now; decolonizing development studies; how can film support development work? Twiplomacy 2017; Balkans & transitional justice beyond The Hague; relationships matter for charities; warm & cuddly SDGs; wrapping up a micro-finance project.
Our digital lives: Did 'atmosphere models' show up at your tech Christmas party?
Publications: Looking at the visual stories of 'buy one, get one for free' campaigns.
Sussex University recently organized a Decolonising Development Studies event. I submitted a short input for discussion, but unfortunately was unable to attend the event in person. Below is a slightly revised version of my input on how development blogging and curating innovative development-related digital content has played a small, yet important role in decolonizing my approach to teaching and communicating development studies. Blogging and curating content as strategies to diversify discussions and communicate development differently I started my development blog Aidnography in 2011 and it has since become an integral part of my teaching, research and broader engagement to communicate development issues.
The practice of regular blogging and curating content has become an opportunity to shift foci from traditional locations of where and how development is communicated – and who is in charge and part of the story. While I am aware that as a white European man I have to be particularly…
Development news: Humanitarian crises in 2018; an excellent long-read about the protracted crisis in and around Chad; NGOs blocked from WTO summit; humanitarian data breach; WFP & the blockchain hype; the use of untested 'innovation' vs. humanitarian law & principles; Uganda's lucrative orphanage complex; visualizing #globaldev from Barbie Savior to female war photographer; from banker to peacekeeper; the language of sexual exploitation; fiction from Nigeria; transformational change leadership; journalism from Sri Lanka & 30 things to think about.
Our digital lives: China's bike graveyard; facebook enters mentoring, learning & education; the image(s) of Mark Zuckerberg.
Academia: Banning laptops & other things from the classroom; don't fall for fake conferences!
New from aidnography Achieved my popular media engagement quota for this week thanks to @schmarsten's inclusion of my #allmalepanel tweet…