Love, Africa (book review)

It is probably fair to say that I have read and reviewed quite a few, quite different aid worker and correspondent memoirs over the lifespan of Aidnography.
I have met an American ‘warrior princess’ in Kenya, a strange journalist pursuing the LRA in Uganda – and Louise Linton.
But there have also been interesting (self-) reflective aid worker memoirs, more artisticwriting projects as well as historical memoirs at the end of long and distinguished international careers or biographies.
I am certainly not claiming that ‘I have seen/read it all’, but I have kept an eye on the genre for a while now-as a researcher, teacher and global development enthusiast.

So when the first critical reviews of Jeffrey Gettleman’sLove, Africa-A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival appeared, I felt sufficiently prepared for yet another turn on the memoir rollercoaster. Actually, it is not a bad contribution to the genre, but also does not take existing narratives further.

Gettleman’s book has become the back…

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Hi all,

The developments at Third World Quarterly were definitely the top story in my networks this week-a fascinating case study about changing academic publishing cultures, core values of development research & broader questions about 'whose voices count' in debating international development in public arenas.

But there were many other interesting readings as well, of course:

Development news: Barbie Savior travels to Nambia; UN leadership & gender parity; Sri Lanka's adoption baby trade; the limits of what free menstrual pads can solve; how bad is the new Tomb Raider movie? How the ICRC avoided a PR disaster with the gaming industry; C4D & digital thinking; no apps necessary: topping up phone credit for refugees; BRICS have not been able to challenge global governance; field experiments & re-visits; new books on Bangladesh's & China's development; thinks tanks & female leaders; who belongs in the new Lagos? A long-read about Nigeria's c…

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Hi all,

Link review #250 should be an occasion to pause and reflect for a moment-just not this week which is far from over yet and it has been quite hectic
So let me just say 'THANK YOU!' for producing awesome content, sharing great stuff-and being around virtually!
I wrote What I learned from curating thousands of #globaldev articles almost exactly a year ago and it still remains valid.  

Maybe a plain and simple review with a special section on Irma & #globaldev is the answer to the question of what's next or where to go from here...


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My updated lecture on humanitarian communication in the age of social media:

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Hi all,

If you happen to be in Tallinn, Estonia early next week, I'd love to catch up at and around the DigitalisingDevelopment event which I will be attending!

In other news:

Development news: Can robots take over garment-making? South Africa's development vision beyond growth; Kenya's election observer industry; the fake Brazilian surfing war photographer; India's Aadhaar biometric program; how to change the hierarchy of suffering? Fashion from Ghana; a level playing field for African tech innovation; geeze Louise (Linton)! ODA modernization.

Our digital lives: Are nonprofit news sites preaching to the choir? Platform capitalism & the young; panel anxiety & diversity.

Publications: Social media & violence reporting; cash transfers plus.

Academia: IRB nightmares; de-/re-valuing work in China.


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Reading #Harvey through a #globaldev lens
This post now features some interesting updates!

Oh dear me! 'Travelers fighting poverty' by be…