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Getting mentoring right: Colab m Career Advice Coaching Education Recruitment 

Getting mentoring right: Colab m

Colab m: mentoring for tomorrow’s development practitioners Calling all development and humanitarian practitioners: apply to be a Colab m mentor! Colab m is an online mentoring program designed by WhyDev and Dr. Samanthi Gunawardana, from the Faculty of Arts at Monash University.  This program is designed as part of a collaborative research project with Monash University that examines employability skills in development...
Does Diversification enhance Resilience? Agriculture Alternatives in development Environment Sustainable Development 

Does Diversification enhance Resilience?

Diversification can increase biodiversity, mitigate risk, broaden the nutritional portfolio of what is grown, and allow farmers to engage with new market opportunities. Diversification is, therefore, one of the key strategies for building resilience for smallholder farmers. There have been some cautionary voices, however the dominant narrative is that diversification is good and should be widely promoted. For example, at the 2017...
Conflict to Connection: Displaced Women, Gender-Based Violence, and Human Rights in Ukraine Advocacy Gender Human Rights NGOs Psychology & Development Women in Development 

Conflict to Connection: Displaced Women, Gender-Based Violence, and Human Rights in Ukraine

Today, Human Rights Day, rounds out the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Though there are a myriad of complex human needs we might focus on today. One thing is certain: Human Rights are under attack, and women and girls bear a major brunt of it. Displaced women and girls are part of the 65-plus million displaced persons...
The Pantomime of Colonialist Philanthropy General 

The Pantomime of Colonialist Philanthropy

I’ve been working for a small, grassroots NGO in a notoriously underdeveloped urban area of Jordan for about a year now. It wasn’t really something planned. I don’t have an education in development, and I’ve only worked for one refugee charity in the past. That was direct response mentoring for a Ukrainian teenager, to introduce him to Norwich, the British...
What’s Wrong With “Slum Tourism”? Ethical Tourism Ethics in development General Poverty Sustainable Development Travel 

What’s Wrong With “Slum Tourism”?

Even in wealthy areas, poverty is hard to miss in Rio. On the outskirts of the city, shanty houses have sprung up in the middle of the highway. Plastic bags, old clothes, sheets and anything else that can be salvaged are tied to pillars that line the median strip. Houses are grouped close together, maybe to denote family groups, maybe...