Lets talk about the elephant in the room: the world of international development is run by two actors, expats and nationals, who don't seem to talk. They work in the same organisations with similar goals but expats fly in and out carrying a sense of superiority and nationals become disgruntled and disillusioned with their work. Where development is ultimately about people, this lack of strong relationships and local knowledge means that much aid leads to little impact. But we can do better, so let start to talk! Follow on Twitter: @dev_dilemma and Instagram: thedevelopmentdilemma This podcast brings together interesting voices to have honest and empathetic conversations on development dilemmas like hiring and pay practices; beneficiary voice; race dynamics; the history and role of aid and the impact of it all. Subscribe to hear concrete real life examples of what's going wrong but also the potential for more collaborative, democratic and, ultimately, impactful work. Welcome to The Development Dilemma podcast!
The Expat who left
Sarah shares her story of living in Kenya as an expat and why, in the end, she decided it was not her place to have 'impact'. We discuss what these realisations were and what questions expats should ask themselves if they do intend to contribute.
Starting the Conversation
In this open & honest conversation with close friend Lorraine, we touch upon two key questions: 1) What do Expats get wrong about Kenyans? and 2) What do Kenyans get wrong about Expats? Sharing from her experiences as a Kenyan working in International Development, we exchange stories of the dynamics between Kenyans and Expats - we also discuss how both parties can do more to start the conversation which can ultimately lead to more democratic, collaborative and impactful work.
This introduction covers a little bit about who your host (Arnav Kapur); the origins of this show; who this is for (you!); what to expect and the exciting things moving forward!