This blog is a place for staff from the Department for International Development to share their personal experiences of helping to eliminate poverty across the developing world.

We want these personal blogs to be a genuine sharing of ideas, so we will aim to read the comments you post here and respond to the debate.

We are part of the Guardian Global Development Blogosphere. You can read more blogs from our friends in the network at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/blogosphere

Beyond the blogosphere, you can also engage and comment on our work around the web: