Satire, Dialogue and the White Saviour Complex.

The white saviour complex has become a core ‘what not to do’ development buzzword, but what does it actually mean and why should it be avoided? Defining the White Saviour Many trace the term of white saviour (industrial) complex to Telu Cole, a Nigerian-American author who posted a range of …

4 Ways ICTs are Influencing Trust in Development Communication

Trust, it’s an important aspect of any relationship whether it be at a personal or institutional level. It’s something the development sector relies on to function and receive funding. However, due to the current political climate and recent scandals in the aid sector, trust is fast becoming a rarity. A …

4 C4D Practices That Make You a Smart Advocate

Turns out that the best development communication sometimes has nothing to do with communicating about your development organization. A few weeks ago, I went on a field visit for diplomats, organized by the advocacy manager of a well-known international NGO. Once at the Bedouin community, the community spokesperson, the school’s …

‘Like minded’: the effect of echo chambers in development communications

“Echo chamber” must be one of hottest expressions right now. Even a superficial look into recent studies around it identifies some serious concerns for development communicators. The echo chamber is having a real impact on democracy, social change and all the goal development communications work towards. In the meantime, we …

Making Digital Rights a Priority for INGOs – in Palestine and Beyond

In my last post, I outlined several alarming developments that contribute to shrinking cyberspace for Palestinians: Increasing persecution by Palestinian and Israeli authorities for online content New legislation such as the “Cybercrime Law” by the Palestinian Authority Tech companies’ facilitation of censorship, surveillance and one-sided narratives Lack of sovereignty over …