Blog Guidelines

Brief: The idea of the blog is to provide readers/members with something easy to read which shares an interesting story, perspective and ideas of your experience working on international development projects. Engage readers with a discussion of your unique view/perspective, rather than a travel recount.

Things to include:

  • Who you are?
  • What do you do?
  • Where you work?
  • Photos (i.e. 2 minimum and 3 maximum of size <2MB as shrinking can be a time consuming process). Please include a title, relevant names, and one or two sentences about what the photo is of.
  • Length (try to keep it to one page of text approximately 1000 words or less)


  • Find the right balance between personal stories and a take home message – this could include a R4D experience which demonstrates technical information, a scientific finding or a key lesson learned.
  • High quality photos and interesting captions make for a much more engaging blog
  • Check out the 2019 RAID Blog Marking Template

Ideas on w/images/RAID_2019_Blog_Competition_Marking_Template.pdfhat to talk about:

  • Challenges and successes. A challenge or success story are a great way to share experiences and things that you have learned, so feel free to share these types of stories.
  • Any big moments/light bulb ideas that you have had or experienced working overseas. Maybe these can be helpful for other people
  • Any advice/recommendations for people entering or working in the international agricultural development field
  • We encourage our members to highlight interesting and conversational topics that initiate discussion. However, if authors are discussing controversial topics we ask that they be somewhat bipartisan and present information acknowledging the different points of view.
  • A little bit of science. It’s good if a little science is included as well (although this not at all necessary!). If so, it would be better to put the key outcome/finding of the research and a link to a paper/report. We don’t intend for this blog to be a library of scientific reports or be filled with too many facts and figures.

Child Protection Policy
The RAID Network is a program of The Crawford Fund and adheres to the principles described in the Fund’s Child Protection Policy. The overall goal of this policy is to promote the safety and well being of all children. One of RAID’s key activities is to engage with early to mid-career researchers through the publication of regular blogs on the RAID website.  These blogs are written and submitted by RAID members. RAID does not directly interact with children, however, RAID recognises that it members may choose to submit blogs which incorporates stories, images or videos which capture interactions with children. All web content is reviewed for approval or rejection by the RAID central committee. All web content must adhere to the conditions outlined below.

Use of children’s images and video on the RAID website:

  • Local traditions or restrictions for reproducing personal images must be adhered to before photographing or filming a child
  • Informed consent must be obtained from the child and parent or guardian of the child before photographing or filming a child
  • Photographs, films, videos should present children in a dignified and respectful manner and not in a vulnerable or submissive manner. Children should be adequately clothed and not in poses that could be seen as sexually suggestive
  • Images should be honest representations of the context and the facts
  • File labels and text descriptions should not reveal identifying information about a child when sending images electronically.