Global development speak, with its buzzwords and jargon-filled phrases, can alienate newcomers and even seasoned development professionals. Over the past few years, Devex reporters have invested time into breaking down some of these complicated terms to find out what they mean for you as a development professional, as well as how to apply them in your organization.
This year, we highlight six we think can come in handy whatever season or stage of work you’re currently in.
Refugee vs. migrant By Kelli Rogers Considering the overwhelming extent of human migration, it’s hard to keep track of the definitions prescribed for different subgroups — such as migrant, refugee and asylum-seeker. Devex breaks down what each term means, as well as why it matters to distinguish among them.
What is microtasking? By Jenny Lei Ravelo The term “microtasking” is often associated with crowdsourcing, which involves both the use of technology and a large number of people. But there’s a difference. Here's an introduction and a few tips on how the technique might be useful for your organization.
DevExplains: Social protection By Jenny Lei Ravelo Governments need a strong tax base to fund their social protection programs, but money isn't everything in the social protection debate. Devex explains where evidence-based policies and careful labor market analysis fit in this video feature.
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.
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