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

Saturday Morning Reading #29

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Working in development: what you really need to know | Anna Marry – Global Development Professionals Network “Aspiring development workers like Mary believe that they need prior experience to get into development. It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation; you need experience in order to gain experience. Mary believes… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #29

Saturday Morning Reading #28

Guess who’s back… back again. Happy New Year to all. After a hiatus due to being very busy with work, here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. This Year Today: What Kim & Kanye mean for development | Brendan Rigby – WhyDev On soils, youths, the Millennium Falcon, the Fugees, My Own Social Enterprise, beyond aid, business time… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #28

Saturday Morning Reading #27

Here’s your (extra reflective) Saturday morning reading… 1) Cognitive dissonance: An unspoken qualification? | WhyDev – Jonathan Favini “Certainly the intent of development is noble. At face value, the notion of alleviating human suffering, of improving living conditions or elongating lives, is unarguably good. That said, the disturbing truth is that academic and professional evaluations… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #27

Saturday Morning Reading #26

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. The Post-2015 Development Goals Need to Address Migration—And It Looks Like They Just Might | Center For Global Development “Migration is by far the most profitable investment available to many of the world’s poor, and the money that migrants send to developing countries dwarfs all foreign aid.” Current drafts… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #26