Month: September 2010

Top tips on interviewing people in groups

They may not qualify as ‘proper focus groups’, as when it comes to that horrible word ‘methodology’, I am largely self-taught, but for decades, I have been sitting down under trees, in people’s houses or in NGO offices and talking to groups of men and women about their lives. It’s one of the most fulfilling…

By admin September 29, 2010 7

Evo Morales and Somerset beauty queens; trashing Bill Easterly; cutting aid starts wars; developmentfest in NY; we hate fun; 100 years of US inequality: links I liked

Time out from Ethiopia week (which continues tomorrow) for some links I liked “Jessica Anne Jordan Burton’s background gave no indications that she would end up in politics. Born in the Somerset town of Bath in England, the 26-year-old moved to Bolivia as a young girl with her mother after her parents divorced. She was…

By admin September 27, 2010 3

How butter leads to women’s emancipation: a self help group in Ethiopia

In societies where women are traditionally confined to the home and denied any voice, how can NGOs help bring them together? Ethiopia week on the blog continues with a visit to a women’s group supported by an Oxfam partner, Rift Valley Children and Women Development. On the way, Hussen Delecha, an ex-Save the Children staffer…

By admin September 24, 2010 5

Ethiopia is Beautiful

And I’ve just got back from a fantastic five day field trip there, so I’m going to subject you to a week of posts on it. I go on two kinds of trips for Oxfam – laptop and notebook. Laptop trips are usually to conferences, with powerpoint, wifi, memory sticks, email and all the paraphernalia…

By admin September 23, 2010 3

The Guardian goes global; development success stories; China v US on sustainable energy; Americans love the UN; stats made easy; emergency universities; what really happened in Copenhagen: Links I liked

Welcome to this blog’s 500th post….. Check out the Guardian’s new Global Development website and its accompanying  ‘GD Blogosphere‘ portal  The ODI has launched a new website on ‘development success‘, with some great case studies. China overtakes the US on sustainable energy finance – who’s walking the walk on climate change? How about this for a…

By admin September 20, 2010 Off