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Climate Change
Group blog

Motorbikes, Mercedes and low-carbon choices

Posted 2 February 2011 by Hannah Ryder
I've been working with two of our Asian country offices this week – Vietnam and Indonesia – helping them focus their programmes on low-carbon and climate-resilient growth. Travelling back and forth to the offices, I've noticed some sharp contrasts between the two's capital cities. Hanoi is full of hundreds of motorcycles, whizzing about and jam-parked [...]

Neil Squires
Human Development Adviser, Mozambique

A new year’s resolution, a new focus on results

Posted 31 January 2011
I have just read Melinda Gates’ blog on her new year resolution. It's really a renewal of the already massive commitment of the Gates Foundation to carry on supporting improvements in health through innovation and a strong focus on delivering results. Melinda Gates says some very nice things about DFID’s strengthened focus on results, commending [...]

Ian Attfield
Education Adviser, Zimbabwe

The girl effect – empowering or divisive?

Posted 25 January 2011
Getting back to work after the new year break also means a return to the fascinating digital world. I've highlighted the importance of inter-dependency between education and IT provision to support development in Africa in some posts last year. I spent some time musing on GapMinder World: a fascinating website where Google software supports the visual representation [...]

Vicky Seymour
Deputy Team Leader, Low Carbon Development Team

And the winner is…

Posted 18 January 2011
I'm sure by this point the suspense is almost too much. But the wait is finally over. I can now reveal that the winner of our Best of the Blogs 2010 poll is… Colum Wilson | Killing relief with kindness As the Haiti earthquake had us all asking "how can I help?", Colum drew on [...]

Archived Authors

CarrieGrowth and Livelihoods Manager
Simon LucasClimate Change and Inclusive Growth Adviser, DFID Nepal
Shantanu MitraTeam Leader, Climate Change and Development, DFID India
Simone BanisterClimate Change Adviser for DFID Caribbean
Paul HealeyHead of Growth Team
Martin LeachHead of the Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit
Colum WilsonHumanitarian Adviser
TimEconomic Adviser, Afghanistan
Sarah SanyahumbiHead of DFID Nepal
Jummai BappahSocial Development Adviser
Dominic ParkerHumanitarian Adviser
Adam JacksonEconomic Advisor, DFID Bangladesh
Elizabeth CarriereHead of DFID Rwanda and Burundi
Gao PingDeputy Programme Manager
Mark GeorgePolicy Analyst, DFID China
Sarra Deya IsmailProgramme Officer, DFID Sudan
Halima BegumPolicy Adviser
Adrian DavisHead of DFID North and East Asia
Adam SmithBusiness Alliances Policy Support Officer
SimonDFID Representative, Iraq
Jason MontyDeployments Officer, Stabilisation Unit
Emily PoskettStatistics Advisor, DFID Tanzania
Howard TaylorHead of DFID Ethiopia