“…Hollywood is so powerful and can change culture…” - Bambadjan Bamba, Hollywood actor and film maker. Celebrity Advocacy Celebrities have long been known for using their star power to influence...Read More "Are Dreams the Foundations of Hollywood?"
Not many people outside the ‘geek’ or financial communities will have heard of blockchain, but this relatively new technology is beginning to stimulate a lot of interest and curiosity among...Read More "Move Over ‘Old’ ICTs, There’s a New Tech Kid on the Block"
The theme for this year's International Women's Day is #PressforProgress. It is universally accepted by international organisations that poverty alleviation and sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone, cannot be achieved...Read More "International Women’s Day 2018"
Dos euros con cinquenta, two euros and fifty pennies, says the lady at the counter. It has been a warm day, so the cooled reception area is pleasant indeed. The...Read More "The Impact of New Technologies on…..Whistling??!!"
If you are worried about how you will fare in the digital revolution, spare a thought for those who could suffer the most. Advances in technology and artificial intelligence (AI)...Read More "Robots and Future Jobs: Will Vulnerable Women Lose Out?"
Much has been written about the Oxfam sex abuse scandal in Haiti over the past few weeks, ever since Britain’s The Times newspaper previewed its exclusive story on Twitter the day...Read More "Aid, Power and the Concept of the ‘Other’"
In my previous post from the series, I discussed what measures were in place to combat sexual exploitation and abuse against beneficiaries among UN and NGOs. In theory, there is...Read More "Sexual Misconduct in Aid: When Impunity Prevails"
The year was 1988, the venue was Ethiopia and the photographer was Englishman, Derek Hudson. The latter, a world-renowned and acclaimed reportage and portrait photographer, had just captured what would...Read More "Who is the Fairest of Them All? Celebrity Humanitarianism and Advocacy"
Since the disclosure of the #OxfamScandal in Haiti, Oxfam has received 26 new allegations of sexual misconduct. Last Wednesday, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) revealed that it...Read More "Setting the Scene of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse"
“Development as a field of research and practice provides a language to talk about the relationships between nations and economies, but continues to struggle with understanding the complicated relationships...Read More "Can Development Be Truly Participatory?"
Having spent a great deal of my life in the Dutch Caribbean, my early childhood, in the 1980s, was characterised by animated television series crafted by the Hanna-Barbera animation studio....Read More "Social Media and Youth Extremism. Where Lies the Link?"
More of what we read comes from sponsored journalism, particularly in the case of humanitarian news, which can be expensive and time consuming to produce with limited readership and returns....Read More "Development in the News – Who Pays and does it Matter?"
As the world moved into a new year, I was pleasantly surprised by an instant message at the outset of the month: “Hi Jassir, I would like to invite you...Read More "Fleeing is Not an Option, Yet Being Active is"