Jeff Marlow writes in the New York Times about Koraro, a Millennium Village Project village in Northern Ethiopia:
As the project’s first five years wind down, its ultimate goals remain elusive, and the five-year initiative has swelled to 10.… Continue reading
The 6" Kindle, with a Bishoftu lake in the background, January 2010
I’ve had a Kindle here in Ethiopia for a few weeks now, and I’m lovin’ it.
I bought the international edition, with a 6 inch display (the… Continue reading
I know it is fashionable to denounce celebrities who get in involved in international development, but I admire both Bono and Bob Geldof. They are smart enough to take advice from smart people, and they put serious… Continue reading
In Business Day, Adekeye Adebajo, the executive director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, takes the gloves off in criticising Dambisa Moyo’s book, Dead Aid:
… This is a work of self-flagellating simplicity, totally devoid of any… Continue reading
My sister was sent this card. I thought it was funny.
Please do send a goat to Africa this Christmas. It will change somebody’s life, and it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Or you can send… Continue reading
My article on OpenDemocracy today discusses whether aid works.
Some supporters of aid have made what seem to me to be extravagant claims that aid should aim to bring about economic and social transformation of developing countries, so accelerating economic… Continue reading
The Independent reports Bob Geldof’s recent trip to Ethiopia:
Though 35 per cent of Ethiopian children are malnourished, and 40 per cent are stunted when they start school, the number who die below the age of 5 is down 40… Continue reading
George Osborne said eight times in his speech to the Conservative Party Conference that "we are all in this together". Let's consider what this might mean. Continue reading
Have a look at this video produced by the International Budget Partnership.
The video is about the way that a civil society organisation in Kenya, MUHURI, has enabled a local community in Mombassa to hold their government to account.… Continue reading
The Ethiopian Government has been running posters in the southern part of Ethiopia to warn farmers about the risk of tsetse fly (which kill cattle and cause sleeping sickness).
To reinforce the message, and to make sure that farmers know… Continue reading
This is an amazing graphic:
You can buy the poster here.
Scarlett Lion has this list. Her main advice is to keep it to a minimum.
Here is our list, intended for visitors to Ethiopia.
So apparently zip off safari shorts/trousers make you look stupid. I guess I… Continue reading
My father was a diplomat. When he left his last post in Africa (as High Commissioner to Nigeria) to become High Commissioner to Australia, he sent a message to the then Foreign Secretary reflecting on a career spent mainly… Continue reading
The New York Times describes what happens if women do not have access to safe abortions:
Worldwide, there are 19 million unsafe abortions a year, and they kill 70,000 women (accounting for 13 percent of maternal deaths), mostly in poor… Continue reading
In the FT debate on aid, Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid, seems to be adjusting her position:
To focus on the five-year aid-reduction example that my book offered as an illustration of an exit strategy deliberately misses the… Continue reading
Here in Ethiopia it is common for little children to shout ferenj when they see a white face. I am told that this comes from the Amharic word for a French person, ፈረንሳዊ (pronounced färänsawi), because French people were… Continue reading
Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, writes about aid in today’s Financial Times:
Dambisa Moyo’s controversial book, Dead Aid, has given us an accurate evaluation of the aid culture today. The cycle of aid and poverty is durable: as long… Continue reading
BraveNewTraveler describes the six characters you’ll meet at every expat bar.
It’s never hard to find your way there – all you need to do is follow the American music which is old enough to feel stale without being old… Continue reading
Scarlett Lion writes about girls in Liberia.
This is how Janice Pratt begins addressing her peers. She’s a slight girl with a strong voice that says to anyone willing to listen: I’m going to be someone.
I am always struck… Continue reading