Tag Archives: Experts in International development

Nine Tips for International Development Practitioners

March 2016 marked ten years since I began working in International Development focusing primarily on local economic development. So I thought this a good time to put down a few  insights that I have found useful or which I think … Continue reading

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Riding on Trust

Postcard from Hanoi I am free falling, no escape. My head in my hands, panic somewhere just below where my heart should be. I tell myself I have been to this place before and so far it has always ended … Continue reading

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Too dumb to keep but too hard to leave behind

Meeting in the village of Foudou – The floor is earth and the sides are open, the essence of humility Postcard from Senegal It is March, I am in Dakar and have just been picked up from my hotel to … Continue reading

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The Creator of Yerevan

When I arrived in Yerevan I began to construct a new city; it is very similar to the Yerevan on my city tourist map and it is similar to the Yerevan of the people who have lived here all their … Continue reading

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What to do?

I am currently in Hardoi, which is somewhere in northern India two hours from Lucknow in India, in spell check comes up as ‘hairdo’. It has been around 43 degrees all week. We are meeting with farmers who are poor … 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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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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