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What do you do when you find a huge need, for over 600,000 people, of which tens of thousands of them are dying every year, that no one else is focussing on? What if a country was losing $400 million a year because of it? What would you do if you had both a plan and an incredibly cost effective grassroots organisation to address this problem?
Unless we stumble across a miracle in 2 months, the answer is, we will walk away from it all. This is a story that will restore your faith in…Continue
I've always been fascinated with the intersection between psychology and development. After all, we deal with human beings on a daily basis, whether they are people in poverty, those pulling the strings, or public and donor perception.
I've recently been reading Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow, which is so chock full of interesting information, at times it feels like your head is about to explode. One tidbit of information I learnt centres around our desire to make sense of…Continue
Whether it is Daniel-san in Karate Kid, the Jamaican Bobsled team or Mel Gibson in a kilt, people love to support the underdog. Here’s a feel good story with a simple lesson – in international development, we should often do much of the same.
It’s tough finding the perfect gift for the aid worker on your list. They tend to eschew possessions, and it can be difficult even pinning down their location to give them said gift. While we at WhyDev can confidently say that we have no idea what you should get your aid worker friend, lover, partner, colleague, or sparring partner, here are some things we are confident they will not want.…Continue