Saturday Morning Reading #47

Here’s your very belated (again) Saturday morning reading… 1. Things to remember as you volunteer or conduct research in a developing country this summer | Ken Opalo – An Africanist Perspective The summer volunteering season is here (judging by the number of people arriving in Zanzibar at least!) Ken’s top advice: Be respectful, work with the grain,… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #47

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 #23

Here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. Devsplaining | Wait… What? This happens far too much. “Devsplaining – when a development worker, academic, or someone who generally has more power within the ‘development industry’ speaks condescendingly to someone with less power. The devsplainer assumes that he/she knows more and has more right to an opinion because… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #23

Mega Sunday Morning Reading

This is a bumper late edition of Saturday Morning Reading because I was lucky enough to be away the last couple of weekends in Rwanda and Uganda. Normal service will resume next week (then be cut off again when parents come to town the next week!) 1. Working In Aid Without Volunteering | Development Intern… Continue reading Mega Sunday Morning Reading

Saturday Morning Reading #19

I’ve had a lot of busy weekends recently getting up to all sorts. However, last week while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro I promised myself I’d get going again. So, without further ado, here’s your Saturday morning reading… 1. Volunteering: The paradox at the beginning of an aid career | Development Intern – Jennifer Ambrose “You can’t get… Continue reading Saturday Morning Reading #19

Breaking into international development

I wrote this a few months ago for Development in Action’s blog (original here). It mainly reflects things I have found helpful thus far in my career and is essentially advice I give to friends looking to break into the sector. ***** Trying to break into a career in international development? Don’t wait for a… Continue reading Breaking into international development