Archive for September 2009

Sarra Deya Ismail
Posted 25 September 2009
That was the reaction I got from friends and family from my generation when I told people I was going to work in Kinshasa for two months with DFID DRC. People from older generations asked me, ‘Is that the country that used to be Zaire?’ Needless to say, no one in my circle of friends [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 16 September 2009
Don’t you get worried when you are given a leaving present as you are about to board the plane, and your suitcase is already stuffed to the gills with souvenirs? So when a friend gave me a beautiful painting at my leaving do last week, I was both delighted and bemused. How was I going to get it home? It could [...]

Ian Attfield
Posted 16 September 2009
Baobab trees (genus Adansonia) are found in Africa and Australia, and have the ability to store literally tens of thousands of litres of water within their trunk giving them their distinctive shape. This gives rise to their informal name of 'bottle tree'. In dry Northern Nigeria baobabs are common, with the leaves, locally known as kuka, being [...]

Sarah Sanyahumbi
Posted 14 September 2009
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, was here last weekend to see the work that Nepal is doing on health care provision for mothers and babies. The Duchess, who – for those that don’t know, used to be married to the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew – was here primarily with the White Ribbon Alliance which [...]

Martin Leach
Posted 2 September 2009
Who has the main say - donors or recipient countries? Isn't it obvious? Don't donors have all the resources and so control the show? No, it isn’t always like that, and in the last few years there has been a shift towards a more equal partnership, with a real desire growing to make aid have even more impact. On [...]

Ian Attfield
Posted 2 September 2009
A current hot topic in development circles is whether at the upcoming UN general assembly meeting in New York,  the advice of a topic level panel will be heeded to create a UN ‘super-agency’  for women. Currently a number of different UN agencies get involved with gender related work.  However there is a groundswell from some [...]

Neil Squires
Posted 2 September 2009
In my last blog post, on coordination of work in the health sector in Mozambique, I mentioned evidence emerging from a recent survey (the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey) that shows some of the significant improvements that Mozambique has achieved over recent years. There has been an increase in poor people's access to health and education, [...]