I caught up with the creators of The MissionMarie-Marguerite Sabongui and Benedict Moran via Zoom in Istanbul to
learn more about their UN sitcom project. We discussed how to communicate
development and international politics issues differently in an age of
new TV platforms, satirical commentary as edutainment and what could be
the beginning of a global movement of creative talent taking on the absurdities of the aid
There is a
lot of crazy, absurd stuff happening in the UN
Aidnography: I am always intrigued about new and
different forms of how development issues are communicated-so naturally
your UN sitcom caught my attention. What triggered your project?
Marie: Ben and I broadly work in the field of international
development. I studied international development and environmental
issues and Ben and I were both working at the UN in New York. I was a
climate advisor for small islands at the UN and Ben the producer for
Al-Jazeera’s UN coverage. We kept crossing in the…
Last update: 5 March 07:15 EST; there are now more than 110 resources! For the time being, this bibliography will not be updated anymore. The debate has branched out in so many different directions since the original scandal broke that I want to keep this thread more narrowly about the Oxfam scandal and how media the aid industry responded to it.
I find curated and annotated collections a useful way to share and save links, Tweets or videos on topics that produce a lot of food for thought and discussion on #globaldev issues.
There have been quite intensive discussions these past few days after The Times broke the initial story on Oxfam's handling of the Haiti affair.
I can't possibly claim that my curated overview is even anywhere near complete, but I have tried to compile quite a few news media articles and a first round of commentary from my networks. The Tweets are even more selective, but not random, and meant to illustrate different arguments that have shown up in my network…
Development news: UNAIDS, Bono & Oxfam #AidToo updates; Canada's feminist foreign policy challenges; measuring women's inclusion; Syria war fatigue; World Bank, end of poverty & Internet of Things; Heineken wants to do good; Decolonizing National Geographic; reading the new WDR on education; challenging #globaldev lingo; Drake's cash transfer; humanitarian oral history project; speaking out; disaster capitalism; ICRC augmented reality app;
Our digital lives: Tabloid India; women & open mapping; the tech behind an educational non-profit; millenials' exclusive ski resort.
Publications: A study on #allmalepanels.
Academia: A record-breaking 30 white men history conference; universities as experience providers.
Once the political momentum has slowed down a bit and the bureaucratic realities settle in, some complicated issues will likely emerge-issues that will be tough to implement, tough to enforce, tough to pay for and tough to communicate to various stakeholders and anybody who expected easy fixes.
The issues and trade-offs that I am highlighting below should absolutely not be understood in a way that I am against the measures that are discussed right now or that I am in any way defending any perpetrator of abuse. The aid industry will have tough discussions ahead as more and more complexities, nuances and trade-offs emerge. These measures will hopefully lead to more accountability and transparency in the sector, fewer incidences of abuse and more committed aid workers, but they also pose organizational and communication challenges. Addressing broader issues of exploitation and abuse will al…
It was International Women's Day yesterday and this week's link review is to a substantial amount a reflection of that-celebrating female achievements, writers & researchers-but also highlighting some of the many challenges that still prevent full equality and achievement of women's full potential to be fulfilled.
Development news: IWD; #AidToo & Save The Children; gender gaps in non-profits; why did violent crimes drop in Sao Paulo? The genocide Obama didn't see coming; Mongolian oil revenue shenanigans; the political economy of refugee registration in Uganda; Yazidi women & journalism ethics; equestrians in Lubumbashi; academics love Black Panther; Ethiopia's girl band coming of age; new satirical documentary on life inside the UN; intermediaries in humanitarian journalism.
Our digital lives: Male-dominated media corporations; Steven Pinker, the PowerPoint philosopher.
Publications: Fake news & the charity sector; gender & mobile technolo…