Archive for February 2010

Ian Attfield
Posted 25 February 2010
On the road the other day and decided to swing by and see how the rain harvesting scheme at Gidan Mutan Daya primary school, Katsina was getting on now, over 3 months into the dry season. When I last visited the tanks had just received the first rains and we were curious to see how long into the dry season [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 25 February 2010
At the end of last week, I went with my DFID colleague Katie Bigmore to the offices of USAID, which are really close to the DFID office near the waterfront in downtown Maputo. We were there to give a brief presentation on working in Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps). The US Government funded agencies, including USAID [...]

Sarah Sanyahumbi
Posted 22 February 2010
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but lots has been happening here in Nepal. If I’d written before Christmas, I think that my blog would have been pretty downbeat. Up until almost the very end of the year there was very little progress on the peace process and it was getting harder to be [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 13 February 2010
I managed a short trip to Swaziland last week. Just one night in Mbuluzi Game Reserve was enough to re-charge my batteries. It takes just an hour and a half to drive to the Swaziland border from Maputo, and 10 minutes beyond the border is this small, but beautiful, game reserve. With over 300 bird [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 12 February 2010
I mentioned the visit of the Global Fund to Mozambique the other week, and I introduced Alberto Pasini. Alberto kept up a high pace of meetings during his visit, and we were all feeling a little weary by the time we had the final de-brief at the Netherlands Embassy on Thursday morning. For the debrief [...]

Ian Attfield
Posted 10 February 2010
Every year, like kids on a school trip to the zoo, DFID lets its education and health advisers all meet up to take stock and share their experiences over the past 12 months. Last week we gathered in Nairobi to swap notes and learn from one another, grateful (after a lot of economising) that the [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 10 February 2010
Last Wednesday was Heroes Day in Mozambique and a national holiday. The web-link gives the background to the day, which commemorates the lives of soldiers lost in Mozambique’s Independence war, which ended in 1975. For me the day off was an opportunity to recover from the previous day’s intense and tiring workshop on how to [...]

Ian Attfield
Posted 2 February 2010
The Universal Basic Education Intervention Fund (UBE-IF) established in 2005 is a key initiative to try to channel more of the Nigerian oil revenues directly to States to spend on schooling: classrooms, books and teacher training. Early implementation was plagued by fund flow hitches, corruption allegations and poor performance. A report commissioned found that by March 2008, [...]