Our vision

Our mission is to provide a collaborative and participatory platform for individuals passionate about development, aid, and other global issues.

Our vision is to enable you to lend your voice and energy to development issues and to continue your education and learning around development.

We aim to do that by:

  • Promoting open and critical discussion on issues related to development
  • Engaging a wide range of people to contribute to development
  • Facilitating networking amongst like-minded individuals and organisations from across the globe
  • Demonstrating respect, inclusivity, and thoughtfulness
  • Embracing diversity of background and perspective

It is our hope that WhyDev will help address the knowledge and participation deficit across the development space, which undervalues the incredibly diverse and deep experiences, knowledge and perspective of students, graduates and young professionals

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Discussion Forum

Communicating effectively about foreign aid: who does it?

Started by Brendan Rigby. Last reply by Brendan Rigby Feb 14, 2013. 6 Replies

At WhyDev, we recently received an email asking about organisations communicating effectively about aid. We'd love to throw this topic out to the AidSource community, and do some classic crowd…Continue

Tags: aid, communication, media

How do we help the next generation of do-gooders learn how to do this work better and quicker than we did?

Started by Jennifer Lentfer. Last reply by Weh Yeoh Feb 12, 2013. 4 Replies

I'm compiling recommendations of articles/blog posts, media, and books you’ve read or written! Learn more at: …Continue

Has volunteerism lost its political ideals?

Started by Daniel Drake. Last reply by Brendan Rigby Jan 31, 2013. 3 Replies

In a recent blog post, Dr. Nichole Georgeou argues, in part, that dev/aid volunteerism has lost…Continue

Tags: development, ethics, aid, government, volunteering

How would you make aid and development better?

Started by Weh Yeoh. Last reply by Sarah Davitt Sep 20, 2012. 1 Reply

In the latest WhyDev post, I argue that we need to start listening more to beneficiaries (and hence…Continue

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Comment by Weh Yeoh on September 20, 2012 at 1:10

Welcome to the AidSource WhyDev group! I bet you're wondering "What is this group all about?". Great question!

We think this is a space for people who "get" the WhyDev message and appreciate our mission - "to provide a collaborative and participatory platform for individuals passionate about development, aid, and other global issues."

We want to foster a community where you are not shot down by older and wiser heads in the aid community for simply having an opinion (ie the opposite of pretty much every LinkedIn group out there). We want to hear from you, whether you are just considering a career in development, whether you have had just a few years experience in development, or whether you are Madonna. Ok that last bit was a joke.

But the point remains, we try and promote a platform that is non-judgemental, snark free (relatively), and one that fosters respect, inclusivity, and thoughtfulness. 

We'll be using this group to further some of the discussions up on our blog (check out the feed on the blog above for starters) and to get groups together in the future for special purposes. We're new to Aidsource, as I'm sure you all are, so we'll be making it up as we go as well!

Stay tuned for more news and thanks for joining our group!


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