Saturday Morning Reading #39

Here’s your Saturday morning reading in which we learn from religion, work with politicians, save the world with businesses, ask big questions about big data, not the absence of migration in the SDGs and defend the proposed development goals. What the climate movement must learn from religion | George Marshall | Comment is free | The Guardian… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #39

Saturday Morning Reading #38

Here’s your Saturday morning reading featuring development consultants, learning from the bad guys and from mistakes, distortions in humanitarian assistance and doing things right before you try to do them quickly. 1. Development Consultants: Over-paid, Over-rated, and Over-used | AID LEAP “Funders also often allow organisations to count consultants as a programme cost, while full… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #38

Saturday Morning Reading #37

Here’s your Saturday morning reading featuring sustainable development goals, volunteering, South Sudan, thinking about development as a process not a project, and farming in Uganda… 1. Sustainable Development Goals a) The 169 commandments | The Economist “Developing countries seem to think that the more goals there are, the more aid money they will receive. They… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #37

Saturday Morning Reading #36

Here’s your Saturday morning reading (actually posted in London for a change!) featuring TOMS shoes, reviews of a new aid novel, breastfeeding, development finance, gap yah and the UK as a development cluster… 1. The Impact of TOMS Shoes | Bruce Wydick – Across Two Worlds According to this study, TOMS shoes do little damage… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #36

Saturday Morning Reading #35

Here’s your Saturday morning reading, featuring a bit of everything – volunteering attacked and defended, reflective answers from J., a handbook for revolutionaries (NOT by Russell Brand), girls’ empowerment and mobiles, mental health and how China’s rise is making it harder for others.   1. a) Voluntary Service: the best method for creating new aid… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #35

Saturday Morning Reading #34

Here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. The poor within our ranks | Michael Keller – WhyDev Having more aid workers from disadvantaged backgrounds could help reduce alienation ( through understanding what it’s like to come into contact with economic classes above your own), inject a healthy skepticism of external expertise, and increase understanding of beneficiary… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #34

Saturday Morning Reading #33

Here’s your bumper edition of Saturday morning reading… 1. Why you shouldn’t post photos of kids to Facebook | Brendan Rigby and Weh Yeoh – WhyDev I think a lot of us (including myself) can learn from this one. “Posting children’s photos is not only irresponsible and disrespectful, it’s also potentially dangerous. […]  So, next time you’re about… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #33

Saturday Morning Reading #32

Here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. If annoying, talking down to or ‘othering’ people is a terrible way to influence them, why do we keep doing it? (research edition) | Duncan Green – From Poverty to Power “Alienating your audience to this degree is a pretty terrible way to influence anyone […] I found it… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #32

Saturday Morning Reading #31

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. CV mistakes: how to lose a job in development before you press send | Rachel Banning-Lover – Global Development Professionals Network Mostly obvious advice (e.g.Don’t cut and paste cover letters to different organisations) – but sometimes we need to hear obvious advice! “The worst cover letter I ever received was… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #31

Saturday Morning Reading #30

There has been a series of excellent articles this week and my internet would even let me see anything from yesterday or Thursday. Without further ado, here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. The complexity of being an aid worker in a brave new post-2015 world | Brendan Rigby – Oxfam America The Politics of Poverty… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #30