Archive for October 2008

Emily Poskett
Posted 30 October 2008
I have just got in after a training course into the weird and wonderful ways and workings of the ‘Development Partnership Group' (DPG). The purpose of the DPG, and its many underlying sector and cluster working groups, is to manage the official development assistance (aid) coming into Tanzania, in a way that is joined up and [...]

Vicky Seymour
Posted 27 October 2008
I was in the air somewhere above Helmand the other day, flying in a Sea King helicopter, trying to do my commute-time reading, but a long way from the squeeze of the Tube.  A moment later, I was interrupted from my daydreams when the helicopter banked and swerved.  Fear flashed through me as the rear [...]

Emily Poskett
Posted 21 October 2008
One of the things I miss about living in London is cycling to work. So once I realised that it would only take around 20 minutes to cycle to my new office in Dar Es Salaam, I was keen to get back in the saddle. There are a lot of similarities between cycling in London [...]

Vicky Seymour
Posted 17 October 2008
The themes of my week have been interrupted dinners and the frequent donning of body armour. Why?  On Saturday night, there was an attempted attack on Lashkar Gah - the first since the Taleban arrived here in the 1990s.  The best guess is that around 200 insurgents launched an assault from a few points around [...]

Howard Taylor
Posted 16 October 2008
UK Development Secretary Douglas Alexander MP arrived in Ethiopia early this morning.  We changed to a 10-seater plane and flew straight up to Kebredihar in the Somali Region - part of Ethiopia most seriously affected by the humanitarian crisis. Douglas visited a school of 1,300 children and a hospital (where we saw a mother and a malnourished child [...]

Howard Taylor
Posted 16 October 2008
I assume that if you have internet access (and perhaps own a computer) then you've probably eaten without thinking, as many of us do every day.  There's nothing wrong with that. I'm writing this as we mark World Food Day.  Living in Ethiopia - which has over 6 million people relying on emergency food aid - [...]

Howard Taylor
Posted 16 October 2008
I said in a previous post that I was preparing for a visit to Ethiopia by the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander MP.  Douglas arrives in Ethiopia today on World Food Day.  So preparing for that is what I've been doing all day. I had hoped to post in real time [...]

Jason Monty
Posted 15 October 2008
On this Blog Action Day focussing on poverty, I thought it timely to talk about access to the internet, or perhaps more importantly how the millions living in poverty access the internet.   It is unfortunate that much of the recent debate surrounding access to the internet for many in the developing world rests on [...]

Emily Poskett
Posted 15 October 2008
In Tanzania, as in many African countries, there is evidence of the informal economy wherever you look. As you walk through the streets of Dar Es Salaam, there are small stalls everywhere, selling fruit and veg, plants, mobile phone sim cards and all sorts of other goods. There are men selling second hand shoes out [...]

Howard Taylor
Posted 15 October 2008
Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world. It's currently in the middle of a humanitarian crisis, its economy is slowing and it's vulnerable to climate change. It's landlocked, in a relatively unstable region that includes borders with Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea. This is the face of Ethiopia that you're probably familiar with. [...]