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The River of AMID - A short story

2022/05/30
Some say it started in the South, some indicate it started in the North. Where the mountains’ height tops the Kilimanjaro, and the rivers’ currents are as strong as the Waal. The origin can be questioned.

AMID's first 2022 two day training session in Soest

2022/05/06
First impressions of AMID's two day training session in Soest illustrated by a collection of objects trouvées.

Scenario Planning: Paving the Road towards Localization

2021/12/20
Following Ruerd Ruben's lecture on Scenario Planning, AMID-trainees Anne Dorst (trainee at LNV) and Ellen Hell (trainee at Plan International) link the concept of scenario planning with their own future as professionals within the field of international development. They present four possible scenarios to answer their focal question: How will increased localization within development aid be accomplished whilst at the same time maintaining livelihoods of Northern development actors in the future?

China’s engagement in international development - banker or benefactor?

2021/11/25
Following Dr. Oscar Otele's lecture on China's engagement in Africa, AMID-trainees Paco Mens (trainee at Free Press Unlimited) and Marie Smit (trainee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) present this informative blog. Is China’s aim to expand access to foreign markets and secure strategic resources? Or do Chinese leaders truly want to support developing countries?

AMID alumni: where are they now | Olivia Bwayla

2021/10/28
In light of the hasthags #AMIDalumni #wherearetheynow, we interview AMID-alumni about their AMID-experience and what they have been doing since their time as a trainee. In this post you read about the story of Olivia Bwayla.

Blog: How to be inclusive in international development - Who knows? Knowledge sharing as a de/colonial practice

2021/10/21
Are you ready to let go of 'knowing it all'? This blog explores knowledge sharing as a de/colonial practice and poses important questions surrounding the topic. Who is allowed to share knowledge? Who is ascribed the status of knower? Similarly, who is deemed ignorant and should really only sit back and learn? What even counts as knowledge? And who decides so?

AMID alumni: where are they now | Laila Bouallouch

2021/10/07
In light of the hasthags #AMIDalumni #wherearetheynow, we interview AMID-alumni about their AMID-experience and what they have been doing since their time as a trainee. In this post you read about the story of Laila Bouallouch.

Blog: an evaluation of the evaluator’s toolbox

2021/09/30
The MEAL-pandora-toolbox: are you ready to jump in? This blog provides six concrete suggestions to improve the evaluator's toolbox and calls for a greater emphasis on downward accountability and learning, instead of an overemphasis on upward accountability amongst other things.

From Single Roads to Crossways - Adopting an Intersectional Approach

2021/09/10
AMID young professionals are being educated as ‘change agents’ – those who will be tackling some of the most complex global challenges. Yet, trying to grapple issues of injustice and inequality may, at times, feel overwhelming and confronting. How to start to take on these issues? Taking on an intersectional lens is a good start - read all about it in this blog.

Listening to the Wind of Change, Reading about the Theory of Change

2021/09/02
This blog compiles some of the most interesting, compelling, well-written blogs, policy briefs and (scientific) articles available on the topic of Theory of Change. It covers both those who share a more critical perspectives on the matter which highlights the shortcomings that come with ToCs, and those who cover the more positive aspects of ToC's and their use in the field of international development.

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