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Hi all,

Another much-needed link review as interesting reads kept piling up in my Inbox...Development news looks at impact of policy briefs, the cost of post-2015 data collection, an extended section on media, journalism & the aid industry and interesting case studies on digital campaigning from South Africa, Chad, Libya & Indonesia; Digital Lives focuses on algorithms-and what they mean for non-profit communication and online community engagement; finally,Academia features a vignette from the bad old days of 1970s anthropology, David Graeber's new book, an uneasy (?) relationship between defense money and open aid data & reflections on Northern-dominated global IR debates.

Enjoy!

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5 reasons why everyone should work for a large organization at some point in their international development careers
Look beyond bureaucratic stereotypes when engaging with large development organizations; these organizations can offer a lot of insights into the development sy…

5 reasons why everyone should work for a large organization at some point in their international development careers

This is a re-post from our ComDev portal. I think it makes a nice addition to the Student advice section of the blog.

As theautumn term was coming to an end, I had a discussion with a student about development work, career paths and the changing organizational landscape of the global aid industry. But it was actually on my bike ride home that I started to think more about my encounters with one particular, and often criticized, type of them: Large, traditional, bureaucratic organizations.
I am talking UN system and international organizations, well-known INGOs or traditional bilateral donor agencies and national ministries. I have encountered them for almost twenty years. As early as a pre-university internship, throughout my research and professional work in the past 10-14 years and, even though it is not a development organization per se, through my academic employment at a Swedish university with more than 1,600 staff members.

In the current climate of ‘Do-It-Yourself aid’, (social…

Links & Contents I Liked 137

Hi all,

As I was complaining on facebook about all-male panels I have to admit that my virtual panel of development commentators is also highly imbalanced this week :(.
Nonetheless, there are some great pieces on the complexities of aid charities, the limitations of M&E as a learning tool, a concise debunk of voluntourism myths, an interesting case study on the limits of mainstream reporting when it comes to aid worker casualties and reflections on 'Europeople' that ring true for any expat worth their R&R!
Our digital lives looks at NFL 'brand building' 'sham' to tackle domestic violence, reflections on the quantified self, and a reminder that venture capitalists threaten the established contract between states, citizens and 'the market'.
Is there a good way for academic field trips? Why should you read more widely outside your academic bubble? Plus an author interview-cum-book review on Western health discourses in Nepal, round off the Academia pa…

The visible lessons of Invisible Children- #globaldev critique in the viral age (in response to Paul Currion)

I largely disagree with Paul Currion’s post The invisible lesson of Invisible Children at IRIN News-even though I like their new approach to add more critical commentary to their very informative site.

In some ways, ‘Invisible Children held a mirror up to the aid industry’ he writes, but the industry’s response has been more critical, nuanced and broader in both quality and quantity than Paul wants to give an aid industry seemingly looking for the next viral fundraising phenomenon credit to.

My response focuses on three areas: First, the moment Kony 2012 went viral, there was an almost equally viral wave of critical responses-mainly driven by online social media; second, Invisible Children/Kony 2012 have been driven by a North American philanthropic and cultural industry that certainly deserves more critical attention and, third, humanitarian organizations and their communication for development efforts are more than just intermediaries between global Northern donors and Southern rec…

Links & Contents I Liked 136

Hi all,

No long introductions this week...a packed link review, featuringDevelopment News on 'grit' and survival in humanitarian aid work; the data 'revolution' goes buzzword mainstream; how to be 'less shiny' in ICT4D; reflections on the Rusty Radiator Award; Norway sends teenage fashion bloggers to Cambodian sweatshops; the pitfalls of 'trickle-down community engagement'; thoughts on the future of development; is 'development' a toxic term? A long-read by a female, pregnant war photographer & a couple of interesting new UN reports.
Our digital lives wasted networking; digital nomads; trolling and community journalism & why teachers are not 'makers'; 
Academia features an open access book on debates around 'openness' in academia.

Enjoy!

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A journey to the dark heart of nameless unspeakable evil (book review)
I don’t usually review bad books, but reading 'A journey to the dark heart of nameless unspeakable…