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Jane Carter, June 2017 1

“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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Jane Carter, June 2017 0

Post-earthquake recovery in the Melamchi valley, Nepal

It is now over two years since the homes of many Melamchi valley people were reduced to rubble, or at least rendered uninhabitable. Last week I had the opportunity to meet some of these people individually, and to discuss with our locally based team the progress made in recovery efforts. Strong collaboration with Solidar and

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Jane Carter, May 2017 0

Nepal’s trail bridge programme: engaging women and men alike?

Through a research grant from ReCAP (Research for Community Access Partnership), a team of Helvetas staff led by Deputy Country Programme Director Mona Sherpa recently investigated the extent to which the Nepal government’s trail bridge programme contributes to transforming gender relations. This is a lot more interesting and significant than the casual reader might first

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Jane Carter, January 2017 0

Focusing on the most vulnerable in Madagascar

Madagascar is a country of rich biodiversity and stunning natural beauty, but also of deeply entrenched poverty, especially in remote rural areas where basic services are often poorly accessible. Indeed, in some of the areas in which we work, such as those covered under the Münsingen programme, nearly everyone can be classified as poor. Using

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Jane Carter, December 2016 0

The power of numbers: Women in local governance in Bangladesh

Given the low level of women’s representation in local, regional and national governments, quotas are used in many countries to boost numbers. And the number that has come to be most widely chosen seems to be 30%, or 33% – seen as the “critical mass” needed to sensitise public opinion to the acceptability – indeed

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