It’s vital for people looking to get into the sector to read, read widely and often. These are the blogs and authors you should know about to get started. The first link in each entry is to the blog, the second to the associated twitter feed.
All those marked with an asterisk (*) are places we think you could write for if you approach them with a good idea. If you are interested in getting into writing about global development these are good places to start – after you get in touch with us, of course.
- AidLeap – “a motley group of international aid bloggers, practitioners, and critics. Interested in impact, poverty, evidence, and throwing things off planes.” Couldn’t put it any better.
- AidSpeak – written mostly by the enigmatic J. who posts less often than he used to but is perhaps the most instantly engaging aid blogger out there.
- An Africanist Perspective – written by Stanford PhD candidate Ken Opalo, this is filled with informed political and economic analysis predominantly focused on East Africa.
- A View From The Cave – written by Tom Murphy (who also contributes to Humanosphere) this is regular, well researched and usually points you at the biggest topic du jour in development.
- Blood And Milk – run by global health specialist Alanna Shaikh. She also runs an excellent jobs newsletter (see Community for more).
- Chris Blattman’s Blog – Blattman is an assistant professor at Columbia whose attention to data, easy style and well designed website combine to make him maybe the most popular development writer.
- Dart Throwing Chimp – written by Jay Ulfelder, this blog analyses political violence around the world. A great companion to any statistic courses you might be doing at graduate school.
- Find What Works – written by Dave Algoso whose blog tends to focus on analyses of systems, projects and organisations.
- From Poverty To Power – run by Duncan Green of Oxfam this is perhaps the most influential development blog out of the UK. A worthy mix of wonkiness and plain speaking, this is the sort of blog that gets referenced in university lectures.
- Kariobangi – an anonymous blog of a PhD researcher based in Nairobi. Always fascinating, economics focused.
- Kirsty Evidence – a smart research focused blog that comes with both snark and cartoons from DfID’s Kirsty Newman.
- KM On A Dollar A Day– written by Ian Thorpe who works in knowledge management within the UN. An important, too often overlooked aspect of development work.
- Shotgun Shack – written anonymously and not as active as it used to be but still a source of engaging, lovably cynical perspectives on development.
- Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like* – run by Shotgun Shack and J. this is the place for all the bitter cynics of development to unleash and give us all some laughs (and, sometimes, shame) in the process.
- Texas In Africa – written by Laura Seay, an academic and combative watcher of Western media and its issues covering Africa. Clear-sighted and highly readable.
- WhyDev* – founded by Brendan Rigby and Weh Yeoh, this site is a melting pot for discussion about global development.
- Wronging Rights – a terrific collective blog that takes on big development issues with tongue very firmly in cheek.
Development News Sources
- Africa Is A Country – “a blog that isn’t about Barack Obama, Bono or famine”. Excellent, sarcastic, clear.
- DAWNS Digest – a daily round-up of all the international top stories delivered to your inbox from Tom Murphy.
- Humanosphere – a great, dedicated service covering international development. Edited by Tom Paulson.
- IRIN News – humanitarian news and analysis that covers a diverse array of frontline issues as they break.
- Generation C Magazine* – an online magazine promoting young writers with a global outlook.
- Global Voices* – a collective of bloggers from all over the world offering local views on ‘international’ news.
- Guardian Development* – probably the best example of development coverage from a mainstream media group.
- Rosebell’s Blog – a brilliant Ugandan blogger who exposes incredible stories from East Africa.
- AidSource – a social network for aid and development workers.
- International Development Careers List – from Alanna Shaikh, a great resource for job opportunities and career advice.
- Student Hubs – A network of UK universities that tries to link students to social change programmes
There are many more great sources for global development thoughts (this list is, admittedly, somewhat Africa focused, for example). If you think we have missed something glaring, let us know on twitter. Check our lists for more twitter accounts to follow.