Month: May 2011

Inspiring action on shit (getting rid of it) – guest post from Robert Chambers

Robert Chambers is a participatory development guru with a nice line in modesty. The one line bio he sent for this post reads ‘Robert Chambers is a research associate at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, currently working on Community-Led Total Sanitation’. Well OK, but he’s also author of books that have changed the way…

By admin May 30, 2011 7

Stuff Ex-pat Aid Workers Like; soap operas as change agents; gender traps; are crowdsourcing and cash transfers overrated?; wonderful waves: links I liked

Varying degrees of off-message links for the weekend: The Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like blog is like having a beer with a jaundiced aid worker after a crap day. It’s all cynicism and self-loathing (and some ferocious cartoons), with the commitment (one hopes) taken for granted. Highlights include a post on ‘facipulation’ (facilitation + manipulation),…

By admin May 27, 2011 1

Random highlights of a week in Tanzania (workshop dancing, hyenas v goats, cricket attack – that kind of thing)

Any trip contains numerous golden moments that don’t fit into a neat blogpost. Here are some of them: The way a training session with activists regularly breaks into singing, dancing and general hilarity. If only all Oxfam meetings were like this. A vote on export bans: the government reintroduced a ban on exports of maize…

By admin May 26, 2011 3

Multilateral monkeys and typewriters; beautiful DFID; tips for South Sudan; dodgy data; (less) boring conferences; bad aid; India's amazing Tiffin Wallahs: links I liked

Alex Evans praises a tough, well written report on food security and biofuels, co-authored by a bunch of international agencies. Blimey. Congrats to DFID for winning the latest beauty parade of international aid agencies, but why are these exercises always run by researchers in the North – when do we get a league table of…

By admin May 20, 2011 2

Why sub-Saharan Africa needs Universal School Meals. Guest post from Swati Narayan

128 million children are enrolled in primary schools across Sub-Saharan Africa. But few of them get anything to eat while they’re in school. Many go to school hungry each morning without any breakfast. 13 year old Sylvester is one of them. He lives in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, where children are…

By admin May 19, 2011 4