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November 9th, 2009

08:04 pm - Opportunity: Gender and development intern, UNRISD
The UN Research Institute for Social Development is looking for a gender and development intern. Details here.

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May 6th, 2009

03:44 pm - ODI Policy Brief: Trends in Violence Against Aid Workers
Thought you might be interested in this ODI Policy brief

In 2008, 260 humanitarian aid workers were killed, kidnapped or seriously injured in violent attacks – the highest yearly toll on record. The majority of these attacks took place in just countries: Sudan, Afghanistan and Somalia. Kidnappings in particular have increased since 2006, increasing 350% compared since 2006. The fatality rate of aid workers from malicious acts alone surpassed that of United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in 2008. In the most violent contexts for aid workers, politically motivated attacks have risen relative to common crime and banditry, as international aid organisations are perceived as part of Western geopolitical interests. ...Despite the recent upswing in international staff attacks, the long-term trend suggests the casualty rate of national staff is rising faster than international staff.

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March 16th, 2009

09:40 pm - The Economist on banks and developing countries
This week's Economist features an interesting article about the relationship between international banks and the developing world which draws upon the new report from Global Witness.

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December 13th, 2008

09:19 pm - Call for Papers
Cornwallis XIV: Analysis of Societal Conflict and Counter Insurgency

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September 23rd, 2008

09:06 am - New podcast: Development Drums
Development Drums is a new weekly podcast - only two episodes old - dedicated to discussion of current issues in international development. It's creator, Owen Barder, describes it like this:
Development Drums is a podcast about development news. It is an easy way for anyone working in development, or just interested in the issues, to catch up on the most important stories. A different panel each week discusses the issues.
It's well worth a listen so check it out.
Current Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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August 6th, 2008

12:17 pm - An East African perspective on Doha
Every man and his dog has had a few words to say about the apparent collapse of the WTO's Doha "development" round of trade talks. I thought that some of you might be interested in the perspective offered by Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister and Trade Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta:
Kenyatta says the Doha Development agenda is directly linked to economic development and poverty alleviation. He urges the members of the World Trade Organization to remain engaged so the round can be concluded without further delay.

"Our position is that Africa critically needs to realize development and get itself out of poverty through the establishment of fair trade rather than aid," he added. "Africa's opportunity to achieve fair trade has therefore been gravely undermined by the lack of progress in these negotiations."

Current Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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July 31st, 2008

07:10 am - The Katine project's progress report
The Guardian newspaper is supporting a development project in Katine, a village district in northern Uganda. The development work is being undertaken by Amref, an African NGO.

This week the project's blog, Katine Chronicles, has posted a report on the first six months of the project and is inviting readers to discuss its successes and challenges. A snippet:
Oscar Okech, Katine project manager, reports that not everything has gone according to plan. There have been unforeseen delays in each of the five components: water, education, health, governance and livelihoods.

Some of these delays could arguably have been avoided had more thorough preparatory work been done. For example, it was discovered that the majority of Traditional Birth Attendants were illiterate, meaning that Amref's health-related teaching materials were not suitable. The NGO faces similar challenges with village health team (VHT) members...

But these and other setbacks have been duly noted in the report, which also sets out plans to address them. It is rare for the start of any project to go without a hitch and it is hoped that after tackling these teething problems, the pace of progress will increase. Now that adequate administration systems to cope with reader donations and organise regular newsletters are in place, for example, they should run smoothly.
It sounds to me like the Katine project faces many of the same issues that any project faces. Then again, some of these things could have been overcome. What do you think? Head over and join the discussion.
Current Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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06:46 am - RedR handbook: 'Better Ways to Find Humanitarian Employment'
The latest "Better Ways" booklet from RedR is called Better Ways to Find Humanitarian Employment. It provides guidance and practical advice both for those seeking their first humanitarian job and for those who have already established themselves. Well worth a read. It can be downloaded from the Eldis site
Current Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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July 16th, 2008

12:54 pm - E Africa into Dubai?
Anyone have experience traveling in the UAE? I've been reading that there are no vaccines required, but travelers leaving cholera and/or yellow fever endemic regions need proof of vaccinations (I've only been inoculated against yellow fever). Insights?

Also, have you ever had your passport fill up while overseas? My American passport is completely full (thanks to too many immigration offices that sloppily stamp taking up too many boxes), save for the "amendments" section in the back. Before returning stateside where I can file for additional pages, I anticipate two more visas/entries (Ethiopia and UAE). Any idea if it's possible to use these amendments pages at the back? Other suggestions?

thanks in advance!

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May 7th, 2008

08:47 am - A slightly different HIV story from Kenya
The likes of IRIN and AlertNet do an amazing job of reporting on the human face of HIV-AIDS, especially in Africa. This IRIN story from Kenya, however, is not quite what you might have expected from the headline.

KENYA: Marie: "My one night stand could change my life forever"

Marie*, 25, comes from France but works for an international non-governmental organisation that often requires her to travel around Asia and Africa. While on one such trip she made a decision that could change her life forever...

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