Reflective Writing for Development Practitioners

Join the course to enhance your capacity for critical reading, systematic analysis, and the use of primary evidence and secondary data in a critical and ethical way.


The experiential knowledge and insight of development practitioners is largely missing from public discourse around development issues. Practitioners seldom write about their experience in media or academic journals, partly because they lack the time and confidence to think and write reflectively about their work, especially for wider audiences, and partly because development organizations do not actively nurture a culture of reflection and writing. Yet, reflective writing is valuable for both the individual and the organization. For the individual practitioner, the process of writing reflectively about one’s practice can help to clarify and improve practice; and writing itself can serve as a form of intervention. For the organization, creating a culture of reflective writing can enable it to document and showcase its work, knowledge, and experience to inform public discourse and influence other stakeholders. It may also lead to critical reflection on its own work and practice, and inform its future trajectory.

The participant will:

  • Revise and improve previously written piece
  • Develop a comfort and ease with reflective writing; learn tips, skills, exercises to make writing a habit
  • Learn to read critically in order to identify narrative strategy, argument, and evidence
  • Explore different written forms and styles of communication Be introduced to research ethics and writing a research paper

The faculty will also provide post-workshop support in the form of a final review of participants’ revised papers