WhyDev was started by Brendan Rigby and Weh Yeoh in 2010, when they were Masters students at the University of NSW. At the time, there was a lack of student voices and critical discussion online about development theory and practice. While completing an internship with the Centre for Refugee Research on the borders of Myanmar/Burma, Brendan created the domain name – thewhyofdevelopment.com
– and Weh published the first blog post. Thankfully, a good friend (thanks Mike Clay!) gave us our Facebook moment, when he suggested: “Why not just ‘WhyDev’?”
Since 2010, WhyDev has published over 500 blog posts, hosted events online and in Melbourne, piloted a peer support program for aid workers and built a global community of practice. We believe in collaboration, participation and the capability of students and young professionals around the world who are dedicating their lives to getting development right.
Our mission is to provide professional development and consultancy services to individuals, communities and organisations committed to global development. We work in areas that are often overlooked, by supporting and building the capacity of individuals and communities committed to getting development right.
Our vision is a world in which those who are committed to global development have the support, resources and resilience to work effectively.