Sheffield Institute for International Development’s Tom Goodfellow hosted a workshop about how cognitive dissonance and ethical dilemmas play out in international development last month. The workshop gave rise to intense, thought-provoking discussion around the internal conflicts development practitioners often face through the course of their work. Sarah was there, and interviewed Tom to get a bit of background to the event, and the ideas it explored. Continue →
As President Trump persists in defending his ‘Muslim’ travel ban, and Brexit negotiations plug on – driven as they have been by concerns over immigration – Sarah had a chat with a Syrian friend* who recently applied for, and has been granted asylum in the UK. The friend was still living in her home city of Damascus when civil war broke out in Syria in March 2011. Witness to the war’s escalation, she decided to travel to the UK to study humanitarian issues, hoping to be able to return home when the conflict was over armed with knowledge and skills that would be useful in the post-war rebuild. However, driven by the ruling Assad regime, combat continues to decimate the country, and has triggered one of the largest humanitarian refugee crises the world has seen. Our interviewee is still waiting for her opportunity.