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Goodbye! (for now)

As you may have noticed, Mel and I haven’t been so busy around here at Unpacking Development for quite a while. After two years of Unpacking, we’ve moved on to new things online and off. Mel’s hard at work for the Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) during the day and Crisis Commons the [...]

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Vote Now for community.design.initiative

I know that we have been away for a while…both of us are working on other projects (Mel’s busy with Lady Atelier , CrisisCommons and her new job at AWID, and I’m busy with HealthyHousing.ca and blogging for the Because I am a Girl Campaign).  So, if you’ll forgive us for being a bit absent, [...]

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This week’s links: Gimmicks or Good Ideas?

Gaming for Good: “Online game seeks to empower Africa. Some people think of online gamers and see gaunt loners huddled in dark rooms, the sad blue glow of the computer screen on their faces as their lives pass them by. Game designer Jane McGonigal sees “superheroes” with untapped potential that can be used to fix [...]

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Haiti Seen as a Crisitunity: Who says what about rebuilding

The conversation about “What’s Best for Haiti?” is one that everyone is weighing in on.  It seems that the post-earthquake devastation is seen as a “crisi-tunity” for a country that was already facing poverty, corruption and debt before the natural disaster.  There’s hope that maybe the influx of aid and interest can lead to improvements [...]

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Some thoughts on Pepsi Refresh

This year, Pepsi decided to forgo its annual Super Bowl commercial in favour of supporting an social media charity initiative called Pepsi Refresh.  Obviously, Pepsi’s interest is the bottom line, so the idea that a social media charity project is on par with a super bowl commercial in terms of advertising value is AMAZING to [...]

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Holy water or Wholly AIDS? by Guest Blogger Tania Khojasteh

While conducting an HIV/AIDS and gender workshop for a group of women in a rural and predominantly Christian Orthodox community in Ethiopia, I encountered what I call a classic clash between traditionalism and modernism within development work. After a two day workshop on preventative measures to transmitting HIV, I asked the ladies in the workshop [...]

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Comment on Youth in Development by Guest Blogger Tania Khojasteh

After working for years in youth development internationally (Ethiopia and Kenya), last year I worked with a group of youth in the Rexdale area of Toronto for the first time. As I worked with these youth in this marginalized and impoverished community, I began to ask myself the question, what does “development” mean to youth? [...]

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Fitness meets Philanthropy for HAITI

I can’t wait!  Don’t really see how they’re linked, (just like I also don’t really get what cupcakes have to do with earthquakes either) but I love a good charity gimick, and I love a good group fitness class! Running for a Reason is proud to present Black 2 Basics for Haiti. This fun, high [...]

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Guest Blogger Shannon Roszell on why monthly donations make a difference in Haiti

People are being so generous in supporting the people of Haiti and the relief work going on there. I would encourage individuals interested in providing support to consider becoming monthly donors with charities rather than giving larger one-time gifts. In a nutshell, sign up to be a monthly donor because: it allows charities to provide [...]

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Text to Donate for Haiti – some thoughts

Learning about all the stuff that’s happening around text message donations during the Haiti crisis.  It seems to be getting a lot of press! This is the first humanitarian disaster where this type of micro-donating is taking a really big roll.  Plan Canada (who I work for blogging at Because I am a Girl) have [...]

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