23 September 2010

The Guardian's new Global Development Website

If any of you have not seen it yet, you should check out the Guardian's new website on Global Development. It is quite surreal to see the Guardian Online tab list as "UK, World, Development, US, Politics, Media, Education, Society, Science etc." Third in line is amazing.

I don't know what the traffic will be like, but my sense is that the site will meet a demand from people all over the world to have analysis, opinions, stories and data on development in one place. IDS is a partner in the venture, so we are biased, but we are also proud to be involved in a partnership with a major media outlet that goes beyond natural disaster and conflict in its treatment of global development.

I think a major challenge for the site will be to increase the percent of contributions from around the world...to make it a global site on global development. Global problems require global solutions, yes, but they also require global knowledge--not just analysis and opinion from one corner of the world. Perhaps this site will inspire other newspapers--the Times of India or the Mail and Guardian in South Africa to do the same and result in media networked sites.

In any case, Bravo Guardian!

12 comments:

madeleine bunting said...

Many thanks Lawrence for the encouragement and yes, we totally agree that this has to be a global conversation. It was great to be in the studio today for the recording of our first podcast with two Africans discussing the MDGs - Juanita During from Wateraid in Nigeria and Dr Gobind Nankani, an advisor to the Ghanaian government. You can hear it on the site tomorrow at www.guardian.co.uk/global-development. And we had one of your colleagues, Andy Sumner.

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