Links & Contents I Liked 334

Hi all,

Welcome to another #globaldev link review...let's start at the end: I added a new section (What we were reading 5 years ago) to the blog and will dig up interesting stuff from 2014 link reviews...let's see how themes change, remain, disappear, reappear...but there is also plenty of interesting new stuff this week-with a particular focus on #globaldev & fintech...

My quotes of the week

They’re turning to a screen that’s producing some results, that says, “You are high risk,” or “You are low risk,” you know, and then they’re acting on that.
And so I really want us to become attuned to this intermediary that is not, in fact, objective in the way that we are being socialized to believe it is

(Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia)

These movements lent their charisma, their ideology, to give these horrible policies — financialization, the precarization of work, and the driving down of wages — the veneer of being pro-gay, pro-women, and so on. That definit…

Links & Contents I Liked 333

Hi all,

Returning from the summer break with link review #333 must be a lucky sign :) !
The picture of Moyland Castle in Germany has nothing to do with #globaldev & is merely a proof that I took a break ;)!

As in previous years, I will not make an attempt to 'catch up' with all the stuff that has happened over the last few weeks.
A few interesting posts and documents have caught my eye, though, and I am including them with a date attached to it so you can judge how relevant they still are and which discussions have evolved, disappeared etc.

I was also quite selective and don't want to share an overwhelming amount of readings as many are returning from breaks or are preparing for the autumn...

My quotes of the week
If this bill passes, then people like me will become undocumented in their own country, facing legal and civic death, and forced to exist at the margins. Eventually, our resistance might break and we may be compelled to register. But that will not be a choice at …

Dear white middle class British women: Please don't send used bras (or anything, really) to Africa

I am supposed to be on my summer blogging break, but the world of bad development does not seem to take a vacation...

The first time I came across the #SWEDOW (Stuff We Don't Want) debate about what to do with unwanted stuff and whether to send it to 'Africa' was in 2010; in fact, I wrote about a shoe donation project on the blog in 2012.

Fast forward to July 2019 and a local British Women's Institute Facebook page with about 500 page likes is posting a picture of two innocent-looking parcels that has been shared very widely. The vast majority of the 500+ comments under the post are positive and I am sure that both charities will receive quite a few parcels in the next few days.

It seems almost futile and pointing out bad examples of charity and development is not always the best way to communicate, but I anonymize the post as much as possible to avoid simply shaming a particular Women's Institute chapter.

'Rapey men here are the same as rapey men there'


Summer Break 2019 + Links & Contents I Liked 332

Hi all,

Following my first blogging summer break last year, Aidnography will take a break until about mid-August again.
My final post consists of two part, first some new #globaldev Links I Liked that actually address topics that will still be relevant in a month's time and then a quick review of some of my key posts from the first half of 2019 as well as a few book recommendations for your summer reading list!


New from aidnography
Who Owns England? (Book review)
Shrubsole’s book is not just an interesting case study of English history and contemporary conditions under the ‘neoliberal’ condition.
Questions about land ownership are playing an important role when we discuss sustainable development. After the initial excitement the debates on ‘land grabbing’ in the global South seem to have lost a little bit of momentum, but ownership of agricultural land, land for infrastructure developments or for a new middle class of home owners are not just discussion for the former imperial …