Who we are
PIN Students Leeds is an open network for students, academics and development professionals to connect through a mutual passion for international development. Our group serves as a central hub for local events, resources, organisations and experiences within global development in and around Leeds. We host a variety of events that seek to develop our understanding of current global issues and encourage thought-provoking discussion. You don’t need to have an academic background in development to join us! Anyone is welcome to bring in their perspective. PIN Students Leeds is based on the combined belief that, “Development works better together."
What is the Practical Initiatives Network (PIN)?
Practical Initiatives Network aims to grant visibility to international development projects, forging connections between communities and helping them to learn from each other. It’s as easy at putting a pin on a map! By registering on the website you can get in touch with other development organisations, share experiences and find support.
"PIN is an excellent initiative that combats that most persistent problem of aid and development – the isolation within which each organisation and individual works. NGOs are not known for their willingness or ability to cooperate and share information – PIN does its best to combat that. The best ideas these days are not flashy or ground breaking, they are the ones that aim to connect existing ideas. For this very reason, PIN is an excellent initiative in itself." Weh Yeoh, WhyDev Co-Founder
What we do
We are a student network inspired by the PIN online community. We share its ideals and values, and try to recreate it in a university format.
We have been focusing on raising awareness on a range of issues. Our activities have involved campaigns in the Union about human trafficking, food waste and world hunger. We've hosted a series of workshops about human trafficking with a guest speaker from the Salvation Army talking about local initiatives to fight such an invisible but widespread crime. We have planned a series of film screenings revealing the hidden aspects of the food industry, such as food security and child labour. We’ve hosted an exclusive screening of Poverty.Inc, a thought-provoking documentary about the aid industry which was presented at the Leeds International Film Festival.
And there is a lot more to come! We are planning a campaign to fight stigmatisation of the Ebola disease and give insight in the socio-economic impact on the West African population. Through fundraising events we will support only on-ground operations, and provide nuanced narratives of what it means to work for community-led development. Africa Responds is our fundraising target, an organisation that seeks to improve local projects.
Are you convinced? There is something for everyone: feminist literature workshops, a series of talks about the practical aspects of development with experienced guests, and of course socials! What are you waiting for?
How to get involved
Are you passionate about a particular development issue? Do you want us to run a workshop? Join our society! We’re always interested in new ideas and participation!
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Facebook: Join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/PINStudentsLeeds