No more antibiotics

via Guardian Why we’re running out of effective antibiotics – in between 10 and 20 years time, all bacteria may be antibiotic resistant. That means that dangerous infections like Tuberculosis grow a lot more dangerous, and minor ailments like strep throat or an ear infection become killers. Alanna Shaikh explains what this...

“At least we fed the hippos”

via TED “What you do [to provide better aid is] you shut up. You never arrive in a community with any ideas.” An often funny TED talk from Ernesto SirolliĀ on listening to communities in development, which also emphasises the importance of consulting entrepreneurs. My friend Nicholas (a programme manager on water and...

Mother and child on community work detail to assist with construction of a new kindergarten

Embedding dignity in development

‘A Day Without Dignity‘ was established to provide a counterbalance to the popular image of people in the developing world as hopeless, helpless, and in need of ‘saving’ by affluent Westerners. The latest of these images to be shared around the world are of Ugandans, apparently powerless against the warlord Joseph Kony,...


Vanilla Ice’s development advice

Maybe it’s because it’s a four-day weekend here, maybe I’ve been inspired by Britney Spears’ Guide To Semiconductor Physics (look it up), I don’t know, but I just discovered that Vanilla Ice, intentionally or not, offers one of the most essential pearls of international development wisdom I’ve seen yet: Stop; collaborate and...

Satellite broadband in the Cambodian countryside

Small voices

Duncan Green speculates in From Poverty To Power on why NGOs struggle with blogging. Why does anyone struggle with blogging? You feel like you’re going to be graded. You don’t necessarily want to share your thoughts with everyone. You started a draft post and deleted it a million times. Nothing much happened...

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Perpetual ocean

Looking uncannily like Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night‘, a visualisation of ocean surface currents around the world between June 2005 and December 2007. A bit lovely. Best watched big, in HD. via B3ta.

A stock photo to do with blogging. Sorry.

Blogging development – advice from people who do it

The international development community is active, passionate, switched on to new technology, and generally pretty cool with newbies. So if you’re interested in development and you have something to say, you might consider blogging. There’s a lot of advice on the internet, particularly about blogging. If you removed all of the blog...