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#7 Links Expat Aid Workers Like

March 23, 2012

Our vote for best conversation on Aid Source this week…. Has being critical or controversial in an online setting negatively affected your employability? (Ever wonder why most of us blog under pseudonyms here at SEAWL?)

Lend your leg!

The “lend your leg” campaign feels a bit off to us. Is it the photo series or are we being unnecessarily cranky today?  HT @nicolejohnston

New developments related to “that video” seem to be never-ending… Teju Cole expands on his original tweets calling out the White Savior Industrial Complex.

@zunguzungu gives us “The Jimmy McNulty Gambit.” “In short: we can imagine killing Kony, or fining or shunning Apple only because doing so would do nothing to disable the systemic forces that make Kony possible in the first place, would do nothing to change the system that makes it economically “necessary” to treat workers the way Foxconn does.” (more on Jimmy McNulty if you are missing the reference.)

To head you into the weekend… there’s, er, “getting naked for Kony2012.” Because it’s always easier to care about child soldiers when you are naked. (And no, we’re not referring to Jason Russell here). HT @texasinafrica

Tired of explaining why choosing an organization based on their overhead rate is a stupid idea? Here’s a post and a guide that exposes those tricks INGOs use for hiding overhead…. HT @wmyeoh and @saundra_s

Share your development stories. “This project seeks to gather together stories from people in the thick of it. From Africa and Asia to the Caribbean and the Middle East – anywhere that development is taking place. In Development looks for stories from all angles of international involvement: humorous, successful, not so successful, honest, observant, heartfelt and thought-provoking.” HT our FB page.

So you want to be a consultant? HT Rachel L.

And ending on a somewhat unrelated link…. Ellen brings us a cruel spoof pronunciation site.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2012 11:24 pm

    Cheers for including two of my links in this week’s roundup guys.

  2. May 21, 2012 10:16 pm

    I was an ex-pat in Sweden for 4 years in the 80s and I would have to add the advice Integrate! .I was shokced at the number of ex-pats I met there who had no Swedish friends or couldn’t speak the language. I buckled down (while working full time) and spoke only Swedish after 18 months and the majority of my friends were Swedes. The ex-pat community *can* be interesting, but the most interesting part of being and ex-pat is the country and culture you’re *in*, not the one you’re *from*!

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