How to come to the aid of aid workers?

We are constantly reminded how being an aid worker can be a perilous profession. Recently more attention has also been given to the mental well-being of aid workers as well as their work-life balance. A majority of aid workers experience mental health issues for a number of reasons ranging from …

From humanitarian response to sustainable development?

Response to humanitarian disasters is a field that is being revolutionised by communication and information technologies. From hundreds of digital volunteers creating a crisis map during the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, to responses during the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Meier (2015) has analysed how ICTs have …

A development worker’s personal approach to Facebook

Many development professionals share and reflect upon their experiences of development work through blogs and other social media. One of them is Anna Claesson, a Swedish employee at an international development organisation. Anna is posted in a middle income emerging market country and uses Facebook to reflect and engage with friends …