Saturday Morning Reading #55

It seems like everyone’s thinking about change – if only a certain prominent development blogger had a book coming out on that subject. (I’m currently reading it – review coming soon). I hope you enjoy the articles as much as I did and get inspired. Without further ado, here is your Saturday Morning Reading… 1.… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #55

Saturday Morning Reading #54

Hello from Victoria Falls! Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Why Germany is probably doing more for Syria than the UK | Lee Crawfurd – Roving Bandit Lee Crawfurd runs the numbers on accepting refugees versus aid spending… “The UK is spending somewhere between £200 million and £400 million on Syria this year. For comparison,… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #54

Saturday Morning Reading #53

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Refugee influx a major opportunity for Germany, leading economist says | Kate Connolly – The Guardian “The opportunity is for refugees to not only fill the gap, but as we know every person who finds a job and pays taxes makes a contribution to economic productivity and output. We… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #53

Saturday Morning Reading #48

Here’s your Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Why Technology Hasn’t Delivered More Democracy | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2. Violence against development | 59 minutes of development 3. What future for Development Advocacy? Three Paradoxes and Seven Directions | Paul O’Brien – From Poverty to Power 4. If I ran the innovation zoo | Linda Raftree – Wait… What? 5.a) How NOT to respond to bad press:… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #48

Saturday Morning Reading #45

Here’s your Saturday morning reading on aidworker well-being, the Hippocratic Oath and technology leapfrogging in India…   1. Why We Dev with Alessandra Pigni: Staff care, burnout & more | WhyDev   Alessandra, an experienced humanitarian worker, clinical psychologist, and academic researcher studying aid workers’ mental health and well-being, answers your questions. She discusses how to shift an organisation’s culture to think about wellness,… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #45

Saturday Morning Reading #44

Here’s your (Satur)Sunday morning reading on the Gates Foundation and the SDGs, complexity and development and how to shift the debate on taking care of ourselves as aid workers… 1. Bill, Melinda, and the SDGs | Alex Evans – Global Dashboard The SDGs were reportedly repeatedly ridiculed at a recent Gates Foundation meeting. Alex Evans suggests that this could… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #44

Saturday Morning Reading #43

Here’s your Saturday morning reading (because you need to read something that isn’t about the election). This week’s edition features the future of (beyond) aid, the data revolution, an attack on advocacy, shock tactics in NGO messaging, how to make it easier to give effectively and some answers to why the number of poor people… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #43

Saturday Morning Reading #40

Here’s your Saturday morning reading featuring development reformers, change on a biblical scale, sexual harassment in Bangladesh, engaging with Nigel Farage, a cartoon on plunder in South Sudan, empowering people to advocate for themselves and resettling Syrian refugees… The mistakes made by most development reformers | Chris Blattman This, along with the interview with Dani… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #40

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 #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