Aid or Trade: Why You Should Read These Top Development BlogsOn September 14, 2019 by Ann Brown
THIS MONTH THE U.K. ANNOUNCED IT WOULD END AID TO INDIA, saying it would focus instead on trade It brought up the ever-present question.
What good does development do, and how will it work moving forward?
If you’re like me, you want to hear what development does, and doesn’t, do. Here’s where you find insight:
NYU Development Research Institute: This is where you’ll find William Easterly, development expert and the founder of the myth-busting, watchdog blog Aid Watch. Although Aid Watch is no longer updated, you can still get a scholarly view of international aid through the Institute’s blog.
Blood and Milk Alanna Shaikh is a 10 year veteran of international aid. Her voice is clear, concise and always enlightening. She’s an insider. Which is brings us to our next blog:
AidSource: Billed as the “Humanitarian Social Network,” AidSource was founded by Shaikh, “J.” from Stuff Expat Workers Like, and Shotgun Shack (which, while we’re here, is definitely another blog to bookmark). If you are interested in development as a career (or as an “industry”), the community here is open, fun, and very knowledgeable.
Wait…What? Linda Raftree’s blog explores her experience and interests in community development and participatory media. Her day job’s with Plan International, and she’s also a tech manager. She wrote recently on the intersection between ICTs and child migration.
Good Intentions Are Not Enough How do you know if your aid donation is doing good? If you’ve ever given to a charity, or even thought about it, Saundra Schimmelpfennig’s nonprofit blog is a must-read.
From Poverty to Power Written and edited by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, this blog features guest bloggers, mostly those who work for Oxfam, giving you a look at the challenges behind the people-behind a large aid organization, with good insight, such as what it means to be in India’s new middle class.
Owen Abroad Owen Barder is the Europe Director for the Center for Global Development. Read this blog if you like to know things like transport costs for US food aid programs can be as high as 97 percent of the total cost of aid.
ReliefWeb A one-stop site for news, crisis and emergency updates, and policy and funding analysis.
Where do you do your aid and development reading? Whose writing on development do you never miss?