Interested in aid and development? … go to the source
Wondering where to go to hang out online with other aid and development workers (as well as students aspiring to be aid workers)? Do you miss the searing wit and home truths of @talesfromthhood since he “quit” blogging?
Look no further Aidsource is here!
J (of Tales from the Hood fame), Shotgun Shack, and Alanna Shaikh have pulled together a rather nifty social network on Ning where aid and development workers can hang out and shoot the breeze on everything from cash assistance and RCTs to work-life balance and cookery. The site was launched on Valentine’s day (how nice) and already has over 400 members and a range of lively conversations.
Here’s a nice little promo video for their site:
Bonus – for those of you who are into aid/development AND knowledge management there is also the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) community. This has been around for quite a few years, and is fully of lively debate on both the practical and esoteric aspects of doing knowledge work in the aid/development world.
KM4Dev has both an online social network powered by Ning (km4dev.org) and an e-mail based discussion forum (KM4Dev-L) powered by D-Groups. Of the two the e-mail list is probably the most active but each has its own dynamic. They also share the summaries of their discussions on a wiki which is a great resource for KM related questions.
Update: for a pretty comprehensive list of aid/development related online communities check out this handy page from ” How Matters“.