Archive for October 2009

Ian Attfield
Posted 30 October 2009
Last week I was out on 'representational duty', attending a poverty summit held in Kano's neighbouring State, Jigawa, to listen to progress on impacting on poverty. What difference can a year make? Jigawa State with 4.3m people is not only as populous as a small African country it is also poor, one of the poorest in [...]

Sarra Deya Ismail
Posted 27 October 2009
My colleagues and I went to Mbuji Mayi (capital of Kasai-Oriental Province) for three days to attend the opening ceremony for the first water network out of eleven that will be constructed in Mbuji Mayi using DFID funds. The day started early and we were at the airport by 6am. After a short plane trip and [...]

Halima Begum
Posted 27 October 2009
As a teenage girl I didn’t have a complex about how much I was eating. I got on-demand food when I wanted, and fought with my siblings when there was spare food on the table. East London wasn’t the rice bowl of Britain but we had plenty to eat. Millions of people in the world, [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 22 October 2009
Have you ever organised an event that flopped? In 1985 I was working for an international development NGO, and I organised a young people's fund raising event in a park in West London. It failed; few people came and even less money was raised: poor publicity, bad organisation, and, of course, the date was wrong. On [...]

Adrian Davis
Posted 20 October 2009
After 6 years of living in China, I continue to be impressed by the entrepreneurialism, energy and commitment of its people. For young, especially urban middle-class Chinese, their life experience has been overwhelmingly positive. In 1979, per capita income was estimated at $210. 30 years of often double-digit growth has increased that to $3,315 in [...]

Simone Banister
Posted 15 October 2009
I work as the climate change adviser for the DFID Caribbean office. I am based in our regional office in Barbados as part of our Tackling risks to growth team. I have been working in the Caribbean for over eight years on issues like water resource management and now disaster risk reduction and climate change. [...]

Shantanu Mitra
Posted 15 October 2009
If someone had suggested to me six or seven years ago that I would end up working on climate change, I would have taken it with a pinch of salt. If I thought much about the issue at all I would probably have been in the Bjorn Lomborg camp – the lauded and vilified (in [...]

Vicky Seymour
Posted 15 October 2009
When it comes to climate change, things are hotting up.  I don’t just mean in the way many people are aware of – that is, that global temperatures are getting warmer and the world needs to act now if we are to prevent that rise reaching dangerous levels. I also mean that the debates, the [...]

Ian Attfield
Posted 15 October 2009
Awareness on climate change and the need for long term adaptation has been relatively slow to develop in Nigeria - 'Naija' in local slang - and with understandable reason. Some developing countries have never had major industrialisation or modern infrastructure, so the debate is rightly around how to ‘leap frog’ the historical development path and make use of the [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 15 October 2009
Crossing the street the other morning to get through the front door of DFID’s London Headquarters, I was suddenly confronted with a new bunch of faces. Normally I do my hour and a half commute just concentrating on getting some work done or enjoying music on my iPod, but on this day eight Greenpeace activists in white [...]