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10 Sustainable Development Courses You Can Audit for Free

How does the world meet the resource needs of the present without using up all the resources? People living now have needs, but they also have a responsibility to future generations who need to survive and thrive. That’s the balance that sustainable development seeks to address. It applies to agriculture, …

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Data Visualization and its role in M&E

Monitoring and evaluation is all about using evidence to guide practice. Data Visualization is the process of putting your data into charts and pictures which provide information about what the data is showing. Doing this well is the difference between telling a high-impact story that your audience will remember and …

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Top Paying Jobs You Can Get With a Development Studies Degree

According to the UN, we have ten years to address the world’s biggest problems. We’re in a decade of action. Development is all about helping the world’s developing nations. It’s an interdisciplinary field of study that combines politics, economics, anthropology, and sociology. Development studies is a degree that covers all of that and …

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5 Humanitarian Law Online Courses You Can Audit for Free

Humanitarian law (often called international humanitarian law) is the branch of law that regulates conduct in war. It focuses on the people who are not actually fighting, but are affected by war’s effects. Humanitarian law also restricts and regulates the methods of warfare that combatants use. Any laws that deal …

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15 Largest Humanitarian Organizations (And What They Do)

Through providing essentials like food, water, medical supplies, and shelter, humanitarianism saves lives and reduces suffering. While humanitarianism prioritizes what’s needed right now, aid is needed to reach long-term development goals, too. Humanitarian groups serve millions of people around the world. Here are fifteen of the largest organizations: International Federation …

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What can international development learn from tech start-ups?

International development tends to be heavy on planning and documentation. There are concept notes and proposals to write, logframes and monitoring and evaluation systems to prepare, quarterly progress reports to submit, and baseline and endline surveys to measure the impact. All this planning works well when you know how to …

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Social Enterprise Business Plan Template

A social enterprise is a business that aims to achieve a particular public or community mission (social, environmental, cultural or economic), and reinvests the majority of its profits into achieving that mission. This template can be used to write a business plan for a social enterprise that describes both the …

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How to write an M&E framework – Free video tutorial & templates

Template Before you start the tutorial, download this M&E framework template and example: Download the M&E Framework Template Download the M&E Framework Example Then watch the following videos to learn how to complete the template in five steps. Step 1: Getting started This first video explains what you will need to …

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How to approach development work as a non-native speaker

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Special thanks to Shagun Gupta for this how to guide International assignments and project work are a defining aspect of development / aid work, be it through short-term consultancies or long-term contracts. As a development / aid worker, the chances of finding oneself working in different countries over the span …

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What is a social enterprise?

Social enterprises have become increasingly popular as part of international development programs. A social enterprise is a business that aims to achieve a particular public or community mission (social, environmental, cultural or economic), and reinvests the majority of its profits into achieving that mission. Features of a social enterprise To …

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