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 #50

Here’s your (slightly cynical) Saturday Morning Reading… 1. Making International Development Research and Assistance Work | Ken Opalo – An Africanist Perspective I had this thought just the other day – if governments had to actively say yes to any donor project, rather than not say no, national priorities would stand a better chance of being funded… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #50

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 #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 #41

Time for #41. Here’s your Saturday morning reading, in which we learn how we can challenge the power of the few, make realistic promises, have nuanced stories that put the poor as the protagonists, make grand ethical theories about the shamefulness of barriers to migration and then get screwed over by Katie Hopkins. 1. How can… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #41

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 #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