Why culture matters for international development Part 1

Deborah Rhodes is an independent consultant in international aid and development specialising in cross-cultural contexts.  In this two-part post, she discusses why culture matters for international development.  In this post she suggests a different lens might reveal different understandings about the nature of development changes. We all know the power of looking at something through a different lens. Polarised sunglasses can make a cloudy sky seem … Continue reading Why culture matters for international development Part 1

First Pacific Human Rights Conference on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Guest post by Tamani Rarama Youth Ambassador for the Rainbow Pride Foundation, Suva, Fiji. ‘Go back to your country with your immorality, Tonga do not want you evil people’. That was the banner message faced by attendees at the first ever Pacific Human Rights Conference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (held on May 11-14 in Nukualofa, Kingdom of Tonga), thanks to church-based protesters who picketed … Continue reading First Pacific Human Rights Conference on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Resources and reflections on gender and thinking and working politically

By Chris Roche, Tait Brimacombe and Gillian Fletcher Originally posted on http://www.dlprog.org This week’s meeting of the Thinking and Working Politically Community of Practice will focus on gender at an opportune time. It follows a spate of interesting papers, blog posts and talks about the relationship between ‘thinking and working politically’ and gender issues. These have set us thinking that – rather than keeping the tools of power analysis … Continue reading Resources and reflections on gender and thinking and working politically

C4D Approaches in the NGO Sector & Academia

By Tait Brimacombe Recently the Institute for Human Security and Social Change, alongside the University of NSW, co-hosted a communication for development (C4D) event in the lead up to the ACFID University Network Conference, taking advantage of the skills and expertise in town for the ACFID Conference. The event – C4D Approaches in the NGO Sector and Academia – sought to bring together practitioners and … Continue reading C4D Approaches in the NGO Sector & Academia

SGBV in Kiribati: data – policy – practice

By Tait Brimacombe In recent years the Government of Kiribati, with support from the international donor community, has made impressive gains in the research and policy space towards the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence. However, the challenge remains of how to implement such policies and legislation within a sector that is notoriously under resourced. The Kiribati Family Health and Support Study (KFHSS), published in … Continue reading SGBV in Kiribati: data – policy – practice

Tonga: Civil Society and CEDAW

By Tait Brimacombe A recent trip to Tonga to conduct research on civil society and gendered power structures coincided with a period of intense public debate around the country’s potential ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). These CEDAW debates serve as a useful illustration of some of the broader issues at play within Tonga’s civil society … Continue reading Tonga: Civil Society and CEDAW

Finding the centre: Claudius Ptolemy and the modern development industry

By guest contributor Tim Budge. Tim has been involved in international development for over 20 years, including extensive work for NGOs in Australia, Timor-Leste and Zambia. He is a consultant, lectures in Development Studies at ACU and is completing a PhD at Deakin University. Claudius Ptolemy thought he understood the universe. He believed that it was a set of nested spheres and at the centre … Continue reading Finding the centre: Claudius Ptolemy and the modern development industry

Connections, Contradictions and the Political Economy of Attention

By Chris Roche How can we encourage creativity, even in risk-averse organisations? How can we protect our attention resources? I listened to two interesting LSE podcasts recently which got me thinking more about creativity following on from a recent blog I posted about the current interest in innovation. Some even suggest the ‘innovation imperative’ is a mega trend. Gary Klein’s lecture Seeing What Others Don’t: the … Continue reading Connections, Contradictions and the Political Economy of Attention

Climate change challenges to health – launch of new report

By Celia McMichael The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) has just launched its new report: Climate Change Challenges to Health: Risks and Opportunities. The report makes a call for action from all Australian governments to plan for and address the impacts of climate change on human health. Since its launch, the report has generated substantial media interest. By the end of the century, global temperatures … Continue reading Climate change challenges to health – launch of new report

New research method: developing metaphors

This post was originally published as a news item by the DLP. An original research method developed by IHSSC research fellow Dr Gillian Fletcher is included in a new handbook for social science researchers published this month. Author Dr Helen Kara uses Gillian’s work with metaphor elicitation as an example of creativity in research in Chapter 5 of Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences: A … Continue reading New research method: developing metaphors