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Where the Truth Lies: Teachers and the Media in Mexico

A free press is crucial in society to hold authority to account. Investigative journalists are the public’s greatest ally, and often put themselves in the line of fire to expose the truth. Few places are more dangerous for digging under the skin of power than Mexico. We need to recognise that the media is not just in the business of reflecting public opinion, but also of creating it.  

In this new blog post series, we will be hearing from recent graduates about their experiences in entry-level development roles. In this first post, recent SOAS graduate Pankhuri Agarwal writes about her experience of working in India against human trafficking.

The global water crisis is happening right now. WaterAid states that “a lack of safe water, proper toilets and good hygiene affects women and girls most” making water poverty undoubtedly a gender issue. However, if we are going to properly understand and account for all experiences of water poverty, we need to change the way we think about gender, women, and water.

In January LIDC held a peer-to-peer careers networking event. Here are they key tips that our development professionals shared on how to get a job in international development!

Digital transparency involves communicating a clear mission and being open about how money is spent. Charities must be transparent in their digital fundraising if they want to encourage donor confidence. But how do you find out what actually happens to the money?

Theatre and art performances are used as a channel for people in different settings, like war, post war and AIDS-epidemic countries, to express their sufferings or for educational reasons to bring about social and cultural changes that impact the efficacy of development efforts in these settings.

In 2013 Natalie Birnham met and interviewed a Rohingya survivor, named Jamal, in an above-shop office of a local CBO in Kuala Lumpur. He recounted his journey fleeing from Western Myanmar/Burma to Malaysia. 

Let’s take a hypothetical development student. Mary is about to graduate with a first or upper second degree from a leading university. She is bright, ambitious and her dream is to work in international development.

She knows it’s tough to get in and she’s determined to do everything it takes to get that first job and then progress. If you are reading this, chances are that you are quite similar to Mary.

The post-2015 agenda is coming into the spotlight.

The proliferation of interest in the agenda-setting process and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) follows the recent meetings of the United Nations Open Working Group at which, for the first time, a draft of the next set of global development goals was available for scrutiny.

Inter-collegiate, interdisciplinary events are always a pleasure to go to, and not only because of LIDC’s focus on interdisciplinary research in international development working with five Bloomsbury Colleges.

That particular approach often unearths issues that would not have been unearthed otherwise, and bringing together academics with the NGO community and policy-makers makes such events even more stimulating.

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