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#BringBackOurGirls and hashtag activism by PDC’s Natalia Saeed

Blog by Natalia Saeed, Chair – Perth Development Circle

On 15 April 2014 more than 200 high school girls were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria by the terrorist organization Boko Haram. Aged 15 to 18 and Christians and Muslims alike, knew the dangers of pursuing education, given that various schools in the area had recently closed in March due to fear of terrorist attacks. Continue reading

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stop reading blogs

To better understand development, stop reading development blogs – In order to escape the bubble of developmentcentrism, Brendan argues that we must stop reading development blogs and read more widely. A good reading list should not look like the Guardian’s Global Development ‘Key first-year reads’, but more like an entrancing Amazon Wish List.

reinventing the wheel

Stop reinventing the wheel, you tool! – How big should a per diem be so that it covers costs without bribing participants? What’s the best way to write a focus group guide? How can you write survey questions that people will answer honestly? A new initiative is your one-stop-shop to help you in your day-to-day work in development.

Armchair expert

The key to reducing poverty is… fewer armchair experts – It seems everyone knows the best way to reduce poverty and make development better. Why are there so many armchair experts on development and how can those of us in the sector advance conversations with those outside of it? Weh Yeoh gives his expert opinion.

Top WhyDev Picks for May

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So, you’re thinking of studying an MA in Development Studies? Think again. Explore the space in-between motivation and jobs: education.
Good charities spend more on administration than bad charities. Read the first analysis which shows (doesn’t just argue) that high-performing charities spend more on administration costs than weaker ones do.
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