With the sustainable development goals (aka global goals) just adopted by the UN General Assembly, it might be interesting to follow online conversations around international development policy, development work on the ground and development research as these goals are being implemented.
For each topic, I suggest some hashtags on Twitter, ordered by category and popularity. I also list some influential tweeps to follow. Please feel free to suggest new ones if I missed out on anything or anyone.
Hashtags to follow:
#development and #aid for general chatter around these two topics
#globaldev for conversations around international / global development
#sustdev for conversations around sustainable development
There are also many specific policy hashtags created around the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) to join more specialised conversations, such as #education4all, #health4all, #energy4all, #SE4all, #genderequality etc.
A trick to know the hashtags associated to one of the above, so that you can cover more ground, is hashtagify.me. It will show you correlated hashtags for any tag you type in, like this:
A number of best practices and examples in the field are being shared via the hashtags #ICT4D #tech4dev #comm4dev #finance4dev, etc.
#devjobs #aidjobs to look for work in the development / aid sector
To know which hashtags attract more conversations, you can compare them using Topsy. Here is a benchmark I did today comparing the use of #UNGA, #GlobalGoals and #SDGs. Guess which is the most popular one?
Tweeps to followfor exchanges of best practices and inspiration on development practices across the world:
There are some relevant development blogs you can read content from on Twitter, including from @DFID_UK @WorldBank and @ideas4dev