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Got any tips? | Ideas for international development students | Scoop.it

The team here at Eldis are helping to ease you into the new term by bringing together some tips for new international development students. Let us know your recommendations on this page, or get in touch via Twitter (@EldisUpdates) or Facebook (@Eldis).

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Who to follow: Bloggers

Who to follow: Bloggers | Ideas for international development students | Scoop.it

Keeping your finger on the pulse of the blogosphere keeps you up to date with what hot topics are, as well as providing a window on global opinion and analysis.

 

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We recommend:

> From Poverty to Power – Popular blog from Oxfam’s Duncan Green (http://www.oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/).

> Development Horizons – Reflections from Institute of Development Studies Director Lawrence Haddad (yes, full disclosure, technically he’s our boss (http://www.developmenthorizons.com/).

> Kirsty Evidence – Musings on international development from a DFID employee particularly good for her entertaining critiques of methodologies and approaches (http://kirstyevidence.wordpress.com/).

> Global Voices – Grassroots site written by citizen journalists around the world (http://globalvoicesonline.org/).

> Triple Crisis – Perspectives on the meeting of Finance, Development and the Environment (http://triplecrisis.com/).

 

hiiDunia also has a wide ranging directory of development blogs (http://bit.ly/Pm7h4s).

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Get the lingo

Get the lingo | Ideas for international development students | Scoop.it

The world of international development is full of acronyms and terms. Here are a couple of places to start:

> The Guardian’s ‘development jargon decoded’ series (http://bit.ly/18v1KUF).

> Glossary of terms used by the UK’s Department For International Development (DFID) (http://bit.ly/1bcylAR).

 

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Eldis: Free global research

Eldis: Free global research | Ideas for international development students | Scoop.it

We know we’re blowing our own trumpet but Eldis is a valuable research tool for international development (honest!). Our website has nearly 40,000 summaries and links to free resources from over 8,000 publishers. No logins required.

 

To keep up to date you can subscribe to one of our thematic email updates and, of course, get the latest on Facebook and Twitter

 

Did we mention, when the time comes, we can also help you find a job!

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What to read

What to read | Ideas for international development students | Scoop.it

The British Library for Development Studies has worked out the top books to read for a variety of development courses. You can search by area of study (http://readinglists.ids.ac.uk/).

 

They also host the (almost) complete Robert Chambers collection – for free! (http://bit.ly/15YN1ml). 

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Eldis insight: Goodreads has a pretty good list of the big titles on development from the Sen to Sachs (http://bit.ly/16vL2IQ)

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Who to follow: Twitter

Who to follow: Twitter | Ideas for international development students | Scoop.it

Twitter is about more than broadcasting what you had for breakfast. The Twitterati of development can not only offer some valuable insights but they can also be great connections to have in the sector.

 

 

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Here are some of our favourite feeds:

> Owen Barder (@owenbarder) – Senior Fellow & Europe Director at the Center for Global Development.

> GDNet (@Connect2GDNet) –  Bringing together research from the Global South.

> hii Dunia (@hiiDunia) – Development directory.

> William Easterly (@bill_easterly) – Economics expert. 

> Alanna Shaikh (@alanna_shaikh) – Health and development blogger.

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