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Archive for March 2009

Martin Leach
Posted 30 March 2009
Nyiragongo Volcano looks just like a volcano should - smooth sides, a flat cone, and a trail of smoke wisping from the top.  At night time you can even see a red glow reflected off the clouds from inside the crater.  The volcano is ten kilometres over the Rwanda border inside the Democratic Republic of [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 30 March 2009
I have just participated in two days of workshops and a final consensus meeting to come to a joint government and donor view on how the health sector in Mozambique is performing. You will remember from my visits to Gaza Province that three teams had been out to three different provinces to look at the [...]

Vicky Seymour
Posted 27 March 2009
My time in Afghanistan has, all too soon, come to an end.  I'm moving on for pastures new, not because I'm ready to leave the country I've come to love so much, but just because the time has come.  I'll now be based in London, working on climate change - specifically working with low income [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 26 March 2009
I met with Carina Winberg of Tearfund and Geoff Foster of Firelight Foundation last week and had a very useful discussion on how to ensure that Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) are linked in to the network of NGOs and civil society organisations who are supporting the national response to HIV/AIDS. Tearfund are currently conducting a survey [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 23 March 2009
Just down the road from my house here in Kigali they are fixing the potholes. The holes have been growing bigger everyday as the heavy rains eat into them, and trucks grind away at the loosened tarmac.  The workmen start early; they are always there well before 7.30 when I go by, busy with their [...]

Ian Attfield
Posted 20 March 2009
Recently we received a visit with a difference from Yahya a representative of one of the new emerging donor countries Turkey.  Since 2005, Yahya has been working for the Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TICA).   He is part of a team which aims to improve Turkey’s aid effectiveness through a heightened awareness on prevalent trends and [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 19 March 2009
I thought better of getting out my digital camera to take a picture to illustrate this blog post! However, I have found a really good website. The Champions for an HIV-FREE generation visited Mozambique recently. My friend, Mauricio Cysne, the head of UNAIDS here in Mozambique accompanied the team and thought the team's visit had a [...]

Adam Jackson
Posted 18 March 2009
I have been in Dhaka six months now – working for DFID Bangladesh as an economist - and one of the first things I noticed was the traffic. Previously I lived in Sierra Leone for two years, but compared to the standard of driving and volume of traffic here, Freetown is like a quiet British [...]

Jason Monty
Posted 18 March 2009
The UK Government's recent reminder that it plans to accelerate the use of open source software in public services is a pleasant reminder to open source enthusiasts just how far this type of software has come in recent years. For those that do not know open source essentially defines an approach to writing software that; ‘harnesses [...]

Ian Attfield
Posted 17 March 2009
I was fortunate enough to be attending the annual DFID Education Advisors get together in early March.  This year Chennai (formerly Madras), India had been chosen as the venue, to allow us all to get a first hand view of a very special learning method that has been introduced to most primary schools in Tamil [...]