Blogging and curating content as strategies to decolonize development studies

Sussex University recently organized a Decolonising Development Studies event.
I submitted a short input for discussion, but unfortunately was unable to attend the event in person.
Below is a slightly revised version of my input on how development blogging and curating innovative development-related digital content has played a small, yet important role in decolonizing my approach to teaching and communicating development studies.

Blogging and curating content as strategies to diversify discussions and communicate development differently

I started my development blog Aidnography in 2011 and it has since become an integral part of my teaching, research and broader engagement to communicate development issues.

The practice of regular blogging and curating content has become an opportunity to shift foci from traditional locations of where and how development is communicated – and who is in charge and part of the story.
While I am aware that as a white European man I have to be particularly…

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Hi all,

Not much to report-the first part of the semester is done and lost of assignments are ready for reading and grading...

Development news: Humanitarian Evidence Week; Red Cross fraud in West Africa; why development finance institutions use tax havens; failed infrastructure projects in Ghana; local aid workers in Kenya; Oxfam & the aid industry's sexual harassment problem; how to fix Afghanistan? Inside Eritrea; Thousand Currents; Bright Magazine; development economics research; using social media for development research.

Our digital lives: The social cost of digital disruption in Nigeria; sexist travel Instagram.

Publications: Local aid workers in the Philippines.

Academia: Developing countries & predatory publishing; tech adoption in the classroom; open access fosters engagement.


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Hi all,

Greetings from Tbilisi where an excellent ComDev teaching seminar is coming to its end!

It is also Friday-so there area links, readings, tweet & more to explore!

Development news: The political economy of violence in Mogadishu; aid spending according to Norway & China; technology & citizens' voices; local capacity in Puerto Rico; 'Africa Rising' based on faulty logic of growth? New challenges for GBV in Nepal; Ghana & the open-source encyclopedia of Africa; Lagos displaces citizens for art biennial; the Liberation of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde

Publications: Anthropology & the UN system; What is data justice? Journalism safety; Knowledge & trust in an overheated world.

Academia: Scholarly blogging & use of social media; decolonizing teaching; the blind spots of (journal) rankings.


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Hi all,

Another full round-up of great readings this week!

Development news: The WHO-Mugabe communication #fail; How cash helps in Puerto Rico; the UN's ceremonial beehives; data risks & registering Rohingya; people keep sending too much stuff to Houston; emergency sexwork; women's cooperatives; micro insurance for migrants in Thailand; UN-reform; Jamaica's anti-queer violence & its colonial roots; working with UN bloggers, NIKE likes robots; Mozambique's forgotten East German history; 'purpose has become an empty slogan'.

Our digital lives: Working with Guardian's audience engagement; will Google/Alphabet take over Toronto? Big data from the South.

Publications: Communicating vaccines; state fragility; social media in Brazil; tech & migrants.

Academia: Reflections on Open Access Week.


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