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Mega-trends in development and the impact on NGOs

Posted by CID sourced from Bond on 3 March 2015

Fast-moving changes in the global context over the next ten years and beyond are likely to have profound implications for international development and for civil society. This summary and the full paper from Bond (CID counterpart in UK) provide an overview of the main factors that are likely to inform how our world changes over the decade to 2025 and how that impacts on INGOs.

Australia continues to shut the door on asylum seekers

Posted by CID sourced from IPS News on 3 March 2015

For most Sri Lankans seeking asylum in Australia, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, just a sad return journey home. This article tells the story of a Sri Lankan youth's failed voyage to Australia and takes a critical look at Australia's policies for asylum seekers and refugees.

Opinion: Silicon Valley likes to promise ‘digital socialism’ – but it is selling a fairytale

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 3 March 2015

For all of us who have been sceptical of the over-reliance on data-driven, digital entrepreneurs' led silver bullet solutions to SDGs.......here's brilliant critique of why the digital socialism is chimera and worse, replacing politics with non-politics.

Infographic: How often to post on social media

Posted by CID sourced from Social Media Today on 3 March 2015

How much is too much? How little is not enough? This infographic does a pretty good job of answering those questions.

Bernard Haykel: Islamic State

Posted by CID sourced from RNZ on 3 March 2015

In this interview from RNZ, Kim Hill talks to Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Institute for Transregional Studies at Princeton University, who describes the beliefs and goals of ISIS and explains why he views ISIS as an Islamic organisation.

Infographic: The lofty language of Intergenerational Reports

Posted by CID sourced from The Conversation on 3 March 2015

Here’s an example of analysis by infograph. The Conversation has put together analysis of the past three Australian government intergenerational reports comparing the politics and policies by using such tools as Wordle. Another communication idea!

Snakes and ladders: Development NGOs in tough times

Posted by CID sourced from DevPolicy blog on 2 March 2015

DevPolicy Blog looks at which development NGOs in Australia are surviving the drop in public donations and which are suffering. Jonathan Pryke and Stephen Howes say while the donations are flat lining, some NGOs are charging ahead in their fundraising efforts.

Blog: monitoring and evaluating training in NGOs

Posted by CID sourced from INTRAC on 27 February 2015

Paula Haddock from the International NGO Training and Research Centre discusses the value of monitoring and evaluating training courses for NGOs and highlights five key factors to consider when deciding whether to monitor and evaluate training.

Aid agencies sound alarm on Gaza amid fears rebuilding could take a century

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 27 February 2015

Six months after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza, charities have united to criticise the international community for broken promises as they call for lifting of the Israeli blockade so that rebuilding can begin. Currently about 100,000 people remain displaced from their shattered homes in Gaza and NGOs have expressed alarm at the limited progress that had been made to rebuild devastated lives and tackle the root causes of the conflict.

Open access: ADB’s push for knowledge sharing

Posted by CID sourced from the Asian Development Bank on 27 February 2015

The Asian Development Blog is calling on development organisations to follow the Asian Development Bank in its decision to allow unrestricted online access to their economic and development research in order to facilitate innovations in development in the Asia Pacific.

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