“White saviour”, “poverty porn”, “reinforcing negative stereotypes” have been some of the phrases thrown at Ed Sheeran in recent weeks after he ‘won’ the 2017 Rusty Radiator award handed out by Radi-Aid. This annual award, along with the Golden Radiator, highlights the very worst and best fundraising videos in international development. The judges criticise videos […]Read More The two sides of Ed Sheeran’s development work
This post was originally written by myself for the London School of Economics, who have full copyright. See the original post. At LSE we’re incredibly passionate about volunteering and the role that students play in changing the world for the better. Our most recent research shows that almost 50% of our undergraduates volunteer during their time […]Read More Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering
A new documentary from PBS has, once again, highlighted the problem with the institutionalisation of children across the world. The film explores why children, often with living parents, are put in to care centres. It also explains the psychological damage this often does to the children, why orphanages are expensive ways to raise children and how governments […]Read More The Orphan Myth: Keeping Families Together
Each year the Norwegian based organisation Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) highlight the very best and worst of charity aid videos to try and change the way the aid industry approaches development and how poverty is represented. They look for those that are misrepresenting the people they claim to help, stereotype and possibly hinder […]Read More The Rusty and Golden Radiator Awards are in
Amnesty UK commissioned me to take photos at their latest march, protesting for Albert Woodfox, as part of their annual student conference. “Albert has spent the last 43 years in solitary confinement. Despite having his conviction overturned three times and an appeals court ruling his immediate and unconditional release, Albert remains in his 6×4 foot […]Read More Protesting with Amnesty UK for Albert Woodfox
Jen Wilkins is an LSE alumni and former LSE SU RAG president. She now works for PR agency PHA Media specialising in campaigns and causes. She’s particularly interested in mental health and women’s rights and is a member of Amnesty’s Women’s Rights Action Network connecting activists with their My Body My Rights campaign. Thank you to […]Read More Guest post – Charity PR: Stop the sensationalism!
Let me ask you. How many times have you logged onto Facebook and been greeted with a newly-updated profile picture of one of your friends, volunteer-smile intact, affectionately cuddling a small, rather grubby-looking child, from an unknown African nation? Once? Twice? Too many times to recall?Read More Volunteering with children: A game of double standards?