telling stories about international development


Combating Poverty Porn Photographs

Posted by | June 23

Hat tip to my friend Jen Hardy for sending me this old yet still relevant blog post from The Salt Collective about responsible use of photographs by NGOs. Nathan Roberts, the co-founder of the Daylight Center and School in Kenya writes: We have a rule at Daylight. We assume that […]

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Jobs Around the World: May 2014

Posted by | May 3

Great Lakes Africa Communications Officer for Jesuit Refugee Service in Bujumbura, Burundi Develops and reviews the JRS Great Lakes Africa communications strategy, as well as the media strategy. Communicates the mission, vision, values and activities of JRS throughout the region – particularly the experiences of the refugees whom JRS serves, […]

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Collecting Stories With Program vs Communications Staff

Posted by | April 23

Before I started freelancing for NGOs last year, I firmly believed that given a choice, communications professionals should always be the ones collecting stories and aiding in the gathering of stories. Now, after having worked on the ground numerous times with program staff, I’ve changed my mind. Here are my […]

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Jobs Around the World: April 2014

Posted by | April 1

Lead Storychanger with Reweave in Boston Develop captivating and engaging video content with limited resources. Hire and lead interns and eventually staff to create innovative multimedia content (infographics, videos, photos, articles, blog posts, and games). Build relationships internationally with schools and win over administrators in order to user-test our content […]

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Jobs Around the World: January 2014

Posted by | January 11

Communications Manager at International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Philippines Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014 To lead and supervise IRRI’s corporate communication and science communication functions. Assuring the quality, tone, and consistency of various communication products and stakeholder engagement efforts will be the primary responsibility of this role. Alongside the […]

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Jobs Around the World: December 2013

Posted by | December 1

Reporting and Communications Manager for the International Rescue Committee in Bamako, Mali Edit and finalize high quality narrative reports for donors in compliance with donor requirements and IRC Mali internal calendar and process – 35% Design a country program communication strategy and produce information and communication materials such as brochures, […]

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About Us

Laura Elizabeth PohlLaura Elizabeth Pohl

I’m a photographer, filmmaker and writer living in Cape Town, and I started NGO Storytelling because I want to explore different ways of telling stories about international development and humanitarian issues. There’s a tendency to fall into cliché storytelling: Person A had a problem, NGO B showed up and enrolled Person A in their program, then Person A’s life improved dramatically. We’ve all told this story before. I know I have. The cliché isn’t terrible. It just doesn’t do justice to people’s complex lives. I think it’s important to show the dignity of all people who have entrusted me with their stories.






Crystaline Kline RandazzoCrystaline Kline Randazzo I’m a professional photographer with more than a dozen years of experience working in documentary, nonprofit, and portrait photography. I primarily work with nonprofits and international organizations to share their stories through photography and multimedia narratives. My work frequently focuses on women’s empowerment, agriculture, and education. My goal is vibrant, honest, and emotional photography that resonates with any audience. I love creating stories that deserve to be told and living a life of adventure with my husband and our furry Zambian cat.