Development Dialogue

  •  June 21, 2017
     12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Representing International Development Work

Words and images are powerful. This is particularly true in the context of international development. The manner in which we represent the the work we do and the people that work is intended to support can have a strong influence on our results and on broader perspectives of global poverty. At personal level, we may understand the nuances of representation in our work, but it can be difficult to translate this understanding into broader organizational communications. Navigating communication with diverse audiences – from partners, to donors, to groups with no understanding of international development – can inadvertently lead to the use of less ideal jargon, imagery, and stereotypes.

Has your organization intentionally focused on this topic of appropriate representation? Are there specific guidelines around language or imagery that you have established? What practices, tools, or resources have been helpful? How do we best put individuals and their lived reality at the forefront in a way that preserves their dignity? How can we avoid jargon and buzzwords when communicating with external audiences? How can we enable broader shifts of language, representation, and understanding with our partners and other supporters?

Join for a Development Dialogue to explore some of the challenges we all face, and discuss strategies for improvement. Representatives from iDE and Build Change will serve as lead discussants, to shed light on some of the practices their respective organizations employ to appropriately and effectively communicate about their work, and the individuals and communities with whom they work.

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Lunch will be served. 
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