“What does the word ‘development’ mean to you?” I was asked at the beginning of my first International Development lecture. My response was “I think the word development means the creation of freedom; the freedom to water, education, health, opportunity, the freedom to sexuality and to be equally valued in society etc.” However by the […]Read more "Does anyone actually know what development means?"
No-one can predict the future but as my first term studying International Development draws to a close we have been asked to do just that. Did we reduce climate change? Do we still have NGOs? What happened to ISIS and the refugee crisis? Are people still ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’? Who knows?! Here is my […]Read more "It’s 2045: Did we survive?"
It is a topic which seems to evoke a lot of anger, opinion and debate, yet my opinion of the representation and misrepresentation of the poor is conflicted between the money it raises and the stereotype it perpetuates. The morality of what is often referred to as ‘poverty porn’, the shocking images fed to us […]Read more "Representing ‘development’: Portrayal or Betrayal?"
“Innovative and grassroots driven organisations with the desire and capacity to pursue participatory and people centred forms of development and to fill gaps left by the failure of states across the developing world in meeting the needs of their poorest citizens” (Banks and Hulme 2012, p.2) Over the last 40 years the influence and impact […]Read more "NGOs: Helping or Hindering Development? Do we still need NGOs?"