Is Effectiveness Killing Happiness?

Development practitioners have a very big responsibility. Our job will always affect people.This affirmation is not to increase our self-importance, but rather to make us reflect on how every intervention can affect the course of human lives for many years to come. As a student, I am increasingly worried about our ‘numerization’ of results. Today, world wide systems work according to the ‘market logic’. As a result, everything can be measured by a given scale, … Read more…

Single Origin Coffee: More than just a delicious cup of joe

IMG_1170

Coffee is a beverage that all of us know, most of us drink, and some of us desperately need to function in the mornings. As a barista who has been working with ‘specialty’ coffee for just over five years, I have been lucky enough to make, taste and experience coffees from all over the world. From Rwanda to Panama,each coffee growing country has a distinct characteristic due to factors such as altitude, climate, varieties within … Read more…

Why I chose to study international development is a question I often ask myself

IMG_0261

Pursuing a career in international development is an interesting choice because, in an ideal future, it is an industry that would no longer exist. If development is done right, the demand for development workers will decrease. So why did I chose to enter this (hopefully) dying field? Firstly,  I am not happy with the way the world is.  Studying a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) meant that I had to learn about everything that was … Read more…

On the Record: On Gender

IMG_9020

On the Record is MIDPA’s freshest segment, combining the art of photography with the practice of development. Following the methodology of photovoice, we ask participants to capture an image on a topic they are passionate about, and then add their voice to these images. The consequent interview adds context to the images, encouraging debate and reflection. In honour of International Women’s Day, our Content Editor, Feli Bran, kicks off this segment with her reflections on gender, beauty, and representation. Q. … Read more…

Think Outside The Box

13-french-vogue-cover.w710.h473.2x

Imagine you meet a new person – the first information you would share would probably be nationality, occupation, educational background, current living situation and interests or hobbies. Meanwhile, you will probably be silently judging their appearance (whether it is gender, skin color, age) and forming your own opinions. It would only take you a couple of questions to figure out their sexual orientation and religious beliefs. Without being conscious about it, you categorise. You automatically … Read more…

Get inspired… World Wildlife Day

wwd_logo_english

  Our global environment and wildlife are highly impacted by human consumption. A clear example is how plastic in the ocean has severely affected aquatic wildlife. In order to pay tribute to World Wildlife day, the MIDPA has chosen to focus on this current global issue. More than 250 million tons of plastic products are manufactured each year. While this number might initially seem outrageous or unrealistic, when we think about it, most of our daily … Read more…

WYLT… Attend this event: An Insight into Women, Diplomacy and Gender Equality?

YPF_IWD_7_MAR

Speaker: Ms Michele Woonacott, US Vice Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, US Consulate General, Melbourne 18:00 – 19:30 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 AIIA VICTORIA, DYASON HOUSE, 124 JOLIMONT ROAD, EAST MELBOURNE, 3002 Historically, the field of diplomacy has been a male-dominated occupation. Previously barred in some countries from working once married or after having children, women have had to overcome a multitude of archaic legal restrictions in order to realise the same opportunities afforded to their … Read more…

WYLT… Attend this IPCS Seminar?

A photo by Joanna Kosinska. unsplash.com/photos/1_CMoFsPfso

Visualising Solidarity: Forging everyday humanitarianism through public representations of development Prof. Uma Kothari Since the 1980s there has been a vast proliferation of campaigns, charity adverts, musical movements, fair trade marketing, celebrity endorsements and media promotions to support humanitarian causes. More recently, we have witnessed a growth in the role of visual media in guiding diverse publics on how they might perceive and act upon calls for a shared responsibility. Foundational to the success of … Read more…

Get Inspired by Amnesty International

16998014_1280542962039486_1664032805401023930_n

In lieu of the United Nations International Day for Zero Discrimination, our editorial team attended a talk about Marriage Equality arranged by Amnesty International Monash Caulfield (AIMC). For all those of you who might have missed it, Amnesty International is currently campaigning for equal rights to marriage in Australia. As stated on their website “All of us have a right to be free from discrimination. That includes discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation”. This … Read more…