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How do we educate people to make positive changes? Not everyone is always ready to listen, even to their peers. Expatriate NGO workers might come across as ‘superior’, failing to attempt to understand the reasons behind prevailing practices before preaching alternatives. We humans are more than capable of developing ourselves through transformative information and ideas, though. The [...]
The days of throwing together a quick press release and making a few calls to one’s media contact to help launch a new advocacy report are over. Large NGOs’ Media Liaison Officers and Communications Officers now need to ensure that their reports not only have high quality images that illustrate their points, but that they also produce accompanying infographic summaries of their [...]
Some people may argue long-gone are the days of ‘poverty porn’ running rampant throughout the development sector, but it’s now 2018 and apparently old habits die hard. The term ‘poverty porn’ is used to describe the practices of development NGOs, charities, and foundations that inappropriately portray benefactors as desperate individuals in need of philanthropic donations. Their images are used to create emotions of guilt and subsequently solicit donations. Such practices have heavy colonial undertones and unfortunately can still be found within aid efforts today. Radi Aid is a Scandinavian student run watchdog for international development projects. Every year they call-out various stereotype-riddled aid campaigns for inappropriate communication methods. In an effort to make sure organisations remain accountable for their actions, a ‘most offensive’ campaign award is given out annually. Radi-Aid continues to critique the use of ‘poverty tourism’ and the portrayal of a ‘savior complex’ in development communication materials. In parallel to these criticisms, the organisation also annually applauds campaigns that work to break down prejudices and stereotypes within the development sector. The strong movement towards ethical practices in development communication has been picked up by NGOs, governments, and individuals around the world. In 2007 Ireland drafted the Dóchas Code […]