After a short Easter break, your favorite #globaldev link review is back!
What I realized when going through 2-week's worth of content was how quickly a nice review shaped up that features powerful and empowering stories by and about women. There are stories about women shaping the Canadian foreign service, Helen Clark's challenges as senior UN diplomat, how journalism contributed to social change on FGM issues in Liberia, but also on how menstrual pads and consumerism won't 'fix' debates on periods. There is also new research on women's care work and a post on the commodification of self-care.
The other theme for this week is how 'the digital' interacts with development and humanitarianism: From the challenges of employing digital volunteer humanitarians and multiple digital identities to questions of how social media contribute to crises, biometrics in the humanitarian sector and big data for resilience!
I caught up with the creators of The MissionMarie-Marguerite Sabongui and Benedict Moran via Zoom in Istanbul to
learn more about their UN sitcom project. We discussed how to communicate
development and international politics issues differently in an age of
new TV platforms, satirical commentary as edutainment and what could be
the beginning of a global movement of creative talent taking on the absurdities of the aid
There is a
lot of crazy, absurd stuff happening in the UN
Aidnography: I am always intrigued about new and
different forms of how development issues are communicated-so naturally
your UN sitcom caught my attention. What triggered your project?
Marie: Ben and I broadly work in the field of international
development. I studied international development and environmental
issues and Ben and I were both working at the UN in New York. I was a
climate advisor for small islands at the UN and Ben the producer for
Al-Jazeera’s UN coverage. We kept crossing in the…
Development news: The complexities of sex work in South Sudan; Nepal's infrastructure & pollution challenges; Are the SDGs simply 'BS'? What is the future of urbanization? Foreign aid impact-it's complicated! Comic relief wants fewer white saviors; Clooney & Prendergast still want to save Africa; DDD from a local perspective; young Swedish woman goes to Kibera, hugs child: "One of the happiest moment in your life was probably when you met me and my friends"; Red Cross & dashcams; death of a journalist in Sudan; impact of news reporting on UK aid sector; gender equality in the charity sector. Our digital lives: Disrupting news media funding.
Some of the highlights from this week's review: ICC prosecutes gender-based violence; how we are getting China in Africa wrong; OLPC in Madagascar; the blockchain refugee camp in Jordan; the value of communicating 'human experience' & in Japan an AI is running for a mayoral position!
Development news ICC prosecutes Islamist militant on groundbreaking gender-based charges The former extremist fighter is accused of a long list of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture, extrajudicial punishments and participation in a policy of forced marriage, which the court argues “led to repeated rapes and sexual enslavement of women and girls”. Jason Burke for The Guardian on latest developments in how the ICC includes gender-based violence in its charges for war crimes.