After reading and reviewing quite a few memoirs of aid work(ers), Radio Okapi Kindu adds some interesting new nuances to the genre and managed to entertain me right from the beginning through Bakody’s gentle and unhurried style which allows her story to unfold and ‘breathe’ with a lot of nuances, details and space for her protagonists. Stories from and about journalists-not expat aid work in ‘Africa’ Unlike some aid worker memoirs, Jennifer Bakody manages right from the start to frame her story around the team of Congolese journalists, thereby avoiding the stereotypical pitfalls of a young Western woman going to ‘find herself’ in a remote place in the deepest and darkest and most dangerous part of Africa tha…
Before I'm heading to Pretoria for a week to participate in the kick-off workshop of the new Swedish-South African University Network, I'm sharing my regular Friday link review. There may not be a new one next week due to travel-so don't read everything at once ;)!
This week's theme is definitely 'humanitarianism'-from disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico to new forms of aid and anthropological reflections as well as research ethical challenges surrounding the concept of 'doing good'...
But there are also insights into global education challenges, preventing conflicts, artificial intelligence and how students should challenge the neoliberal academy!
New from aidnography Love, Africa (book review) At the end of the day, Gettleman’s memoir is not an exceptional piece of writing or insight and maybe other reviewers had expected more, because he is not ‘just’ a regular humanitarian aid worker or traveling journalist. He delivers an entertaining memo…
At the end of August I started curating interesting resources that linked hurricane Harvey to broader questions of international development and humanitarian issues (Reading #Harvey through a #globaldev lens). My idea was to highlight how debates and issues the aid industry has been discussing for many years and crises are framed in the context of the so-called developed world when a disaster hits the United States of America. What I did not know then, unfortunately, was that Harvey would not be the only humanitarian disaster to affect the region-Maria followed very shortly after.
This time another American territory is affected among other islands many of which still have links to European countries through various statuses as overseas territories. So new questions are emerging in the aftermath of a natural disaster of how 'them' and 'us' are linked, how humanitarian challenges are not just an issue of the 'North' helping the 'South' and how questions of…
Development news: Louise 'In Congo's Shadow' Linton is back! Bill Easterly admits that he was wrong! A special section on a 'Reading The Congo'; quitting Peace Corps; how to get into the conservation industry? Reality TV & humanitarians; global health & men - and so much more!
Our digital lives: Uruguayan Barbie; do advocacy documentaries work? The UK Home Office 'disrupted' NGO data; how men are shaping our contemporary cities.
Finally, we must provide better duty-of-care to all staff on the frontlines, particularly national staff. International aid agencies are increasingly providing aid remotely in highly insecure environments. This means they are delivering relief through local partners and transferring the risk to them. Local and national partner organizations face an inadequate level of security and support from their international partners. We must pro…
If you happen to be in Tallinn, Estonia early next week, I'd love to catch up at and around the DigitalisingDevelopment event which I will be attending!
In other news:
Development news: Can robots take over garment-making? South Africa's development vision beyond growth; Kenya's election observer industry; the fake Brazilian surfing war photographer; India's Aadhaar biometric program; how to change the hierarchy of suffering? Fashion from Ghana; a level playing field for African tech innovation; geeze Louise (Linton)! ODA modernization.
Our digital lives: Are nonprofit news sites preaching to the choir? Platform capitalism & the young; panel anxiety & diversity.
Publications: Social media & violence reporting; cash transfers plus.
Academia: IRB nightmares; de-/re-valuing work in China.