Category Archives: Postcards

Personal, funny , sad and illuminating stories from my work in International Development. Only afterwards do I have any clue of territory I just traveled. Just as well or I may have done it differently.

Signs and Wonders

Saturday evening I decided go for Sex on the Beach. I searched the drinks menu and this was what caught my eye, live dangerously I think to myself. But they didn’t have ‘sex on the beach’ , whatever it is, … Continue reading

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All in Good Time

Jakarta in May is hot at first light, hotter by noon, beads of sweat running down the gutter of your back bone, your head buzzing like a microwave  and in this heat the one thing you know to  be absolutely true is that … Continue reading

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Gifts of Faith and Other Things

One thing that I learn again and again in Indonesia, is not to take anything for granted, not the day , not the plan, and especially not the sleep. I arrived in Rote on Monday morning with Chris Rowlands, a  Markets … Continue reading

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Ready or Not

I am sitting in the airport lounge at Kupang in West Timor waiting for the plane to Jakarta, we are already two hours late and the plane still hasn’t arrived. I came to Kupang to conduct interviews for a Access … Continue reading

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Postcard from avoiding the genocide memorial again

It is Sunday morning in Kigali and I will stay in the hotel, I might venture out if the pyramids were just down the road, but much of my life involves unexpected sights and today I am happy not to … Continue reading

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Flat white with nothing to say

The young man in West Timor who I have hired to drive me for the day, has asked me to pay the going rate, petrol and $3 for the day. “How often do you drive?” “Two or three times a … Continue reading

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Okay perhaps what I had said was a bit controversial. We had been talking about the differences in perception of tolerance in Australia and how this differs from the perception of tolerance in Indonesia. But for the National Director of … Continue reading

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It all comes back to peace and love

Glenn Jimmy Manday is a careful man. We are on the Indonesian Island of Flores to do some work on improving access to markets for producers who are poor. We arrived late afternoon a couple of days ago. We check … Continue reading

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Mustafa Fall

His name was Mustafa Fall, I knew this because it was written across the back of his army issue day pack and I followed him onto the Ethiopian Airlines flight from Dakar to Addis Ababa . As it turned out … Continue reading

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Watering Hope

I am back at Ndabibi for the first time in around 3 months and attending the regular monthly meeting of the NDAMAMO Economic Empowerment Group. I have now known most of these thirteen members for about two years. I have … Continue reading

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