Development photography – mission impossible

Yesterday I wrote about Oxfam’s use of photographs of children in war-torn areas for social media posts. That made me think about when I worked for a Northern development organisation in a developing country, and was asked to collect some photos of a specific vulnerable group that could be used in the Global …

Impact on the ground of ICTs in the air

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to work for a short time with an NGO based out of Copenhagen called Refugees United. More commonly know as Refunite, this is an NGO which has technology at the heart of it’s work, it is an ICT4D organisation to the …

Children as development candy

From time to time the discussion about whether or not Facebook can do what they like with your photos arises (Belam, 2016). I know a lot of people who are a little concerned, especially when it comes to pictures of children. Last month, it was rerported that an 18 year old Austrian girl …

Visualising data for a better Georgia

It is just before lunch time on October 9th 2016, the day after the parliamentary election in Georgia. In the offices of local NGO JumpStart, in a noisy junction in the centre of capital Tbilisi, a group of volunteers have been busy since 2 a.m. digitalizing the election results and visualizing them in …

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 …