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Jane Carter, August 2017 0
Eucalyptus oil as a source of hope

Eucalyptus oil as a source of hope

with Sandip Poudel The drive to meet Saraswati Bachhar (pictured) and her family takes us along many kilometres of rutted dirt track road, surrounded on either side by coppiced, Forest Department plantations of Eucalyptus. In some places, harvested poles are stacked ready for transport; the smell of Eucalyptus leaves blows in through the windows of

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Jane Carter, July 2017 0
Skilled and ready to fly

Skilled and ready to fly

Not long ago, I was in Dhading and met an enthusiastic recipient of migrant remittances, Anita Bhujel (see the previous blog). Her daughter is currently working in Jordan in the garment industry. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the centre at which the young woman was trained in machine sewing though the support of

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Jane Carter, July 2017 0
The highs and lows of working abroad

The highs and lows of working abroad

written with Bhavna Adhikari “Coming here is like having someone pick the lice out of your hair: you get so much relief!” My colleague Bhavna and I were sitting in a small office in the town of Dhading (some two hours’ drive from Kathmandu), listening to individuals who, as family members of migrants, have received

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Jane Carter, June 2017 1
“Thank you, thank you; HUGE thanks!”

“Thank you, thank you; HUGE thanks!”

Field visits bring one face to face with many personal stories, and are important reality checks. Sometimes they can become quite emotionally overwhelming – as was the case on a recent visit to the newly constructed Kumpur suspension bridge. My colleague Bhavna Adhikari and I found ourselves smothered in red vermilion and wreathed with multiple

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Zenebe Uraguchi, June 2017 0
From providing “direct solutions” to taking up a “facilitative” role: the case of opportunity group methodology in Kosovo

From providing “direct solutions” to taking up a “facilitative” role: the case of opportunity group methodology in Kosovo

Mimoza Mirashi, Luan Hoti, Katharina Walker & Zenebe Uraguchi A facilitative role of projects has increasingly been given importance by development practitioners and donors. It is intended for ensuring ownership by actors and durability of impacts beyond the lifespan of projects. Its relevance is clear but not its actual meaning and practical application, which largely

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