I’ve been away for a while (sure you all were wondering) with no internet (such a thing still exists) and just a cottage, some fields, some sheep (I was in Wales) a footpath and some rain. It was bliss to escape my laptop and think about other things for a while. This week I returned to the real world and so thought I’d go 'old skool' and post a ‘links I like’ blog.
In the New Statesman article, Department for International development Minister, Andrew Mitchell, eloquently sets out the case for why the aid budget should be ring fenced in the age of austerity. A bit of the article that struck me; UK aid has educated the same number of children overseas as it has in the UK, for 25% of the cost!
As a digital campaigner, I’ve got a lot of respect for GreenPeace and the way they campaign. They’ve done some excellent stuff in the UK around BP but I liked this article on how they use social media to campaign (and win) against huge global brands.
Oxfam campaigners have been doing some great work promoting the Don’t Drop the Ball on Aid message - check out this video that does some nifty editing with some of our supporter actions:
This article by Madeliene Bunting in the Guardian(which Andrew Mitchell mentions) questions the conservative approach to development and talks through some of the issues DIFD face
And I like this picture from Bhaktapur, Nepal where my old housemate is enjoying some travelling...aaaggghhh to be on holiday!