Category Archives: Media

How Western media would cover Baltimore if it happened elsewhere

Excellent piece from Karen Attiah in the Washington Post, for those who didn’t see it this week. Good in so many directions at once – for instance: The United Kingdom expressed concern over the troubling turn of events in America in the … Continue reading

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NGOs: do they really help?

The main section of this month’s New Internationalist opens up the existential issue of whether NGOs (and in particular international development NGOs) are now doing more harm than good around the world. The theme is an increasingly common one in blogs, … Continue reading

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Celebs and journos: any good for development?

Does INGO use of celebrities have any positive impact in the real world, or is it really just a sneaky way for charities to attract corporate sponsors to their brand? Dan Brockington’s research into INGO use of celebrities for advocacy purposes has now been made available via open access … Continue reading

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More stereotypes

Here’s an interesting blog about why every novel on Africa has the same cover image.  Its not about development, per se, but what interested me most is that it shows that the development sector is just one perpetrator of myths … Continue reading

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Cultural critiques of Development

More and more I’m finding clever critiques of development and development NGOs emerging from cultural circles, both from the north and south that I wanted to share with the Progressive Development Forum. There is this one from Kenya, a “mockumentary” … Continue reading

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Changing development discourse

Health Poverty Action we have been trying to take a more progressive approach to how we communicate. Continue reading

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Business no longer interested in NGOs

The Guardian’s coverage of the latest study of business attitudes to sustainable development is interesting for homing in on the diminishing significance of NGOs in corporate eyes. The report itself, a joint venture between Accenture and the UN’s Global Compact, is … Continue reading

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