Enter now: Impact International Essay and Photo Competition

At Development in Action, we believe that international volunteering should always be a reflective experience. That’s why we are collaborating with Impact International on their essay and photo competition. If you’ve recently volunteered abroad, write 1200 words on a choice of four titles and you could be in with a chance of winning a guided …

Breaking into international development

International development is one of the toughest career paths out there. But worry no more – DiA Vice-Chair Jamie Pett is on hand to give you some top tips.

Trying to break into a career in international development? Don’t wait for a job to come to you; be proactive and positive. Here are six areas you can work on. Keep reading →


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DiA Global Citizenship Forum 2013

The idea of a global citizen is at the heart of the Development in Action’s work. But what is global citizenship? DiA Secretary Catherine Glew looks to our recent Global Citizenship Forum for answers

From left to right: Dr Nicole Blum, Jonathan Fryer, Daniela Papi and our trustee Katie Hill
From left to right: Dr Nicole Blum, Jonathan Fryer, Daniela Papi and our trustee Katie Hill

As a politics graduate student with a background in philosophy, I’ve navigated my fair share of –ologies, –isations and –isms. But some terms seem to defy definition – or, at least, invite many different and contradictory views.

Global citizenship is certainly hard to define. The term is widely used – UCL, London’s self-declared ‘global university’, touts itself as providing “education for global citizenship.” NGOs such as Oxfam and government bodies such as DfID have embraced the term. DiA itself exists to promote global citizenship by engaging young people. But what does it actually mean? Keep reading →


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Why did you get involved with DiA? Our committee speaks

Why is Development in Action so important? Members of our management committee give their thoughts

DiA committeeSarah Burns, Chair

“After graduating I was looking for opportunities to develop my existing skills while working overseas. Development in Action provided the perfect opportunity to gain this experience while also returning to India, a country I had been captivated by on a previous trip.

Another draw to DiA was the opportunity to get involved with the organisation in the UK. Following my placement in India I joined the management committee and have now been involved with managing the organisation for the past 18 months. During this time I have progressed within the organisation and developed a number of professional skills which have led me to my current job at a local environmental consultancy.

In addition to the skills and experience I have obtained through DiA, I have also had an amazing time and developed friendships with fellow volunteers which have shaped my personal life.” Keep reading →


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Telling positive stories – the backlash

Does anyone really understand the logic behind this PR campaign? Image by Rowan Emslie

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DiA writer Rowan Emslie considers the downsides to reporting positive stories from Africa.

A fair amount of hand-wringing has been going on lately regarding a narrative in aid/development that has been pretty prevalent for at least as long as I’ve been interested in it (around 5 years) – ‘telling positive stories about [Africa/Sub-saharan Africa/the developing world etc]’.

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Ethical Consumerism: making a difference from home

Choosing fairtrade products can really make a difference. Picture by jakeliefer.

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Not everyone is in a position to volunteer in a developing country, but there are other ways of taking action and exercising global citizenship that don’t involve leaving your home country, such as donating money to a development charity or volunteering in the UK. That’s because the consumer choices you make can have a global impact, and it’s important to know how. Here is DiA writer Richard Metcalf’s list of five things that you could consider doing to become a more ethical consumer…    

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New media and development: changing discourse, thinking and action

Organisations such as DfID have their own blogs. Photo by DfID

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Throughout the past few years, the media has been undergoing a digital revolution. Sam Hall – who has worked for the New Indian Express and the disaster relief charity Shelter Box – assesses the implications for the development sector.

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DiA News Update – Development Education

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Development in Action’s Research Officer Rachel Benson has put together the first of our blog postings on Development Education. On these news updates you can read about current news in the world of development education.

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IVC Reflections

Our India Volunteer Co-ordinator (IVC) Joseph Bird reflects on his work and travels around India keeping up with DiA’s placements and finding links with other grassroots charities to extend the reach of DiA.

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DiA Summer Volunteer Orientation: A Storming Success

Elephant blessings, monsoon thunderstorms and copious amounts of head wiggling – all in the space of one short week for DiA’s India Volunteer Co-ordinator Joe Bird, who sends this exclusive report on the recent summer volunteer orientation week in Pondicherry.

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St. Gonsalo Garcia Ashram

DiA’s Blog Editor Will Jones reflects on his time at St. Gonsalo Garcia Ashram in this digital story. Creating your own digital about your experiences in India is easier than you might think – all you need are a few fond memories and photos. Contact Will If you’re interested: will@developmentinaction.org


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