Reframing the volunteer experience
“When you mention you volunteered abroad, people very wrongly start to treat you as if you were some kind of martyr… It’s also very hard...Read More
Stories are only magical if they make you (re)act
I was a kid who loved books deeply and stayed up late reading in bed with a flashlight. While growing up, I became more and...Read More
Re:thinking development with UCT: The choice is yours
I wrote in one of my earlier posts about the non-profit GiveDirectly, and particularly its Uncondititional Cash Transfer (UCT) programs in Kenya and Uganda. I...Read More
How to tell a good story
As discussed in an earlier blog post, new media has changed the way we communicate with each other and how we consume information; our expectations...Read More
On the world’s first public digital meeting of female foreign ministers
“Without women there will be less development and less sustainable peace” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström made a name for herself – and her government...Read More
Retelling Africa…starting from a tweet
In the summer of 2015 Siyanda Mohutsiwa, a 22-year-old Mathematics student based in Botswana, launched a tweet which was going to become viral: “If Africa...Read More
The murky waters of UCT skepticism
Giving money with no strings attached is, obviously, in itself an interesting proposition, but it’s also one that raises a number of questions about the...Read More
Redefining dating: the humanitarians of Tinder
Looking for a date? Forget dazzling them with your wits, a photo of you posing with local children in Kenya or helping to build a...Read More
Re:branding the Swedish image
Lately a fierce debate regarding the negative international representation/depiction of Sweden has dominated Swedish media. The negative reports on Sweden in international media started long...Read More
Reveal yourself: the trend of anonymous blogging
“They have a following because their readers know that they are speaking the truth. But their employers could not tolerate the truth, so these bloggers...Read More
(Re)producing First World Brats?
One of my Erasmus friends grew up as the daughter of expat aid workers. Her parents had been working for a couple of organisations in different countries...Read More
A few lessons from Swedish Digital Diplomacy
In my recent blog post, I complained, at some length, about the continuing use of ‘the field’ in development speak. One of the criticisms raised...Read More
(Re)Presenting, the expat aid worker!
“The expat aid worker’s life revolves fairly evenly about four poles: Sending life-saving emails; attending life-saving coordination meetings; diarrhoea; and bouncing around in white Toyota...Read More
Re:change the world through a blog?
Who doesn't dream of making the world a better place? To fight against injustice and inequalities and stand up for human rights. Unfortunately you don't...Read More
Re:thinking ‘the field’ – or just getting rid of it?
Development is a funny thing: an attempt at global solidarity, and yet, too often, a controversial case of Western hubris. Part of this tension can...Read More
(Re)spice up your blog!
In recent years, many organisations started to use blogs and social media to communicate with their stakeholders , often using these tools in quite traditional...Read More