If you’re interested in social justice and a better world for all, you might find these books, articles, and films interesting:
The Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
The Aid Trap
Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo
Sex, Time, and Power by Leonard Shlain
Half the Sky by Wydunn Cliff and Nicholas Kristof
How to Change the World by David Bornstein
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakuer
Ancient Futures by Helena Norberg-Hodge
Incomes, needs, rights, sponsorship and cash transfers – Wait… What?!
Half The Sky; On The Ground – Webbed Feet – Interesting timeline and perspective on Kristof’s writing on sex trafficking.
My development blogging 2011 review – Development as anthropological object – an overview of development blogging in 2011.
TEN BIGGEST POSITIVE AFRICA STORIES OF 2011 – The New Yorker
Thoughts on doing no harm – Tim Hoiland – looks at two books on smart giving aimed at a religious audience.
The Truth About Foreign Aid – penelope m.c. – On a BBC 3-part podcast on foreign aid.
Donated Pills Make Some Charities Look Too Good On Paper – Forbes – on the over-valuing of medicine by nonprofits to improve their admin ratio.
Story Update – Three Cups of Deceit – Krakauer tracks the ongoing shenanigans over at CAI.
For those debating Sachs: Remember, it’s not REAL…. it’s economics. – Lessons I Learned
RCTs and aid effectiveness: Much to be said – How Matters – A compilation post tracking the debate on RCT’s (Randomized Control Trials) in aid.
Unintended consequences – – how much harm can doing good cause? – Nonprofit Update
Giving Wisely in 2012 – tips for donating and volunteering – Pursuit of Public Health
Born Into Brothels
Half the Sky
Last Train Home
Up the Yangtze
How to Start a Revolution
Forks Over Knives
The Future of Food