Tag Archives: humanitarian comms

Jul 11 2012

How to tell development stories – Bill Clinton at LSE

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If all those books about political communications are to be believed then it should be easy to be as effective as Bill Clinton with the help of some speech writers, spin doctors and image consultants. Yet what is remarkable is … Continue reading

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Mar 9 2012

Why I think the Kony 2012 Campaign Is Wrong

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I think the Kony12 campaign is wrong. It is wrong in content, tactics, strategy, ethics and politics. The Invisible Children organisation may well be doing some good work in East Africa, but this media effort is wrong. And it’s not … Continue reading

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Jan 18 2012

Who Is To Blame When Africa Starves: media, governments or NGOs?

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A report from Oxfam and Save The Children on the East African food crisis shows that thousands of lives could have been saved if aid organisations had acted earlier. This was not a sudden disaster and yet not enough was … Continue reading

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Nov 15 2011

Four steps to success in a humanitarian appeal

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Some people are exhausted by messages they receive from humanitarian NGOs. Many have become desensitized to images of distant suffering and repeated appeals for help. But, ultimately, people want to do good. So what can humanitarian NGOs do to better … Continue reading

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Nov 4 2011

Connecting communities, connecting people: social media and humanitarian campaigns (guest blog)

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What difference does social media make to a global campaign on a vast issue like HIV/Aids? Polis intern Wanda O’Brien reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk. “Every minute a child is born with HIV.” How does that statement … Continue reading

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Nov 2 2011

Who Cares? Polis panel debate on public perceptions of humanitarian aid

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In a world of disasters and suffering brought to your living room every night or to your laptop every second, who cares? When you see an advert by Action Aid or a leaflet from Oxfam what you do? How do … Continue reading

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Jun 16 2011

A Virtual Civil Society?

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If you walk down the corridors of most development organisations you will see the words ‘civil society’ on many of the name-plates screwed to the office doors. Comforting words engraved on nice solid plaques. But what does it mean? This … Continue reading

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Apr 13 2011

Europe’s double-standards on freedom for Libya (guest-blog)

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The intervention in Libya has been portrayed in Europe as part of Western support for emerging democracies in north Africa and the Middle East. Yet, are there double-standards at work when it comes to dealing with one consequence of political … Continue reading

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Feb 28 2011

The worst censor is the self (guest blog)

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Censorship is a notoriously difficult thing to measure because of its inherent secretive nature and self-censorship even more so.   While working at one of the larger international organizations in Damascus, Syria, Amanda Nunn was able to glean an insight … Continue reading

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Feb 9 2011

Why don’t people act when they know about suffering? (guest-blog)

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Thanks to modern media everyone in Britain knows that there are people suffering from famine, war and deprivation around the world. From Haiti to Australia they are shown the suffering – so why don’t they do anything? “It is striking … Continue reading

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