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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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RHoKing out in Toronto. Hackers come together for a common goal!

It’s midafternoon in Toronto and the energy in the room is buzzing. Toronto is working on 7 projects.?? Highlights so far? Open Data Hack Day Teams have members of the City working with community and open data folks and are trying to solve problem definitions in Toronto for the people of Toronto. We have a [...]

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“Dead Aid” Revisted. Guest Post by Jessie Rust-Smith

A guest post by Jessica Rust-Smith, reviewing Dead Aid, a year after it was published. “One year later, does Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo’s call for the end of aid to Africa still hold sway when the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa is declaring Africa’s Successes?…..Among her many criticisms of aid are its resulting distortions in African markets, its ability to prop up weak and ineffective governments, and most importantly, its perpetuation of a vicious cycle of aid dependency. She calls for an end to the crippling practice of aid to Africa.”

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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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Giving by the Numbers

Have you ever wondered what all the statistics you read mean? I’m a very visual learner, I appreciate learning from books that balance text with images, graphics, tables and other visual representations of information. A friend of mine recently pointed out this amazing graphic created by David McCandless at Information is Beautiful.net. Click on the [...]

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Check out This Week’s Great Events

There are some new events that have been added to the Unpacking Development Events listing and Calender! The Featured Event of the Week is the The 7th annual Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival which takes place from February 24 to March 6, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. http://humanrightsfilmfestival.ca/schedule/

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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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