10 Development Blogs Worth Following

Relatively speaking, I’m a fairly novice blogger.  I do my best to post at least once a week though at times these weeks can become 15 or even 20 days long.  I have, however, been an avid follower of a number of blogs for quite some time, and visiting these sites has become a pretty important part of my morning routine (perhaps even more so than reading “the news” in any traditional sense).  While I subscribe to a number of blogs that aren’t development related such as Mashable, Smashing Magazine, and ProBlogger, I thought I would share my top ten favourite development-oriented blogs because, well, I was always taught that sharing was nice.
Individually these sites cover a diverse range of topics from the top down, and the bottom up, from the serious to the cynical, from the “left” to the “right” – yet together they provide a pretty solid morning read that will keep almost any interested reader in ‘the know’ from a personal perspective (and any of my subscribers busy reading when my posts become occasionally less frequent).

10 Development Blogs Worth Reading:

Chris Blattman
Assistant Professor of Political Science & Economics at Yale.

From Poverty to Power
by Duncan Green, Head of Research for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From Poverty to Power’.

AID Thoughts
Aid Thoughts is a blog about International Development, Economics, and Foreign Aid

Blood and Milk
Covers a range of interdisciplinary topics and their relation to development practice

Good Intentions are Not Enough
Good Intentions’ mission is to provide donors with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed funding decisions.

Tales from the Hood
“Tales From the Hood” is a collection of more or less real-time stories, reflection and opinion about life inside the humanitarian aid industry… from some of the worst neighborhoods in the global village.

Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like
This (hilarious/honest) site is based on the concept of the famous ‘Stuff White People Like’

Shotgun Shack
On this blog the author write about “internal conflicts, life, growing up, and traveling the strange and winding roads that led me where I am today. There’s also a fair share of raving, ranting, raging and reality checking around INGO work.”

Owen Abroad
by Owen Barder, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, and the Director of aidinfo – a programme of Development Initiatives which aims to make aid more transparent and accountable. He lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Pambazuka News
While this is technically not a personal blog, it is a great blog-format news site featuring articles produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations who together produce insightful articles about social justice in Africa.

Please leave a comment if you would like to suggest any other good development-related blogs (including your own!) to share with other readers!



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