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Jane Carter, March 2015 1

A day for celebrating women

For International Woman’s Day, 8 March this year, I asked a number of our Gender and Social Equity Focal Persons how they perceive the day, and what, if anything, is done to celebrate it in our offices. My thanks to Merita Barileva, Ximena Aramayo, Inês Domingos, Srijana Shrestha and Hien Le in Bolivia, Kosovo, Mozambique,

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Jane Carter, March 2015 0

Are workshops worth the effort?

Readers of this blog will know that the last two postings drew from a regional workshop in Laos on gender and development in contexts of ethnic diversity. In describing this workshop to a friend, she asked me if I really thought that the outcome was worth all the cost and effort involved. This is a

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Jane Carter, February 2015 0

Young ethnic women wanted for exciting career prospects!

During our recent regional workshop in Laos, we participants (19 of us) visited a state training centre for young professionals in agriculture and forestry that has being receiving Swiss support for some time. The SURAFCO project (Support the Reform of the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College) is implemented by Helvetas on behalf of SDC, the

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Jane Carter, February 2015 0

Managing diversity in Myanmar

Earlier this month, I was in Laos to facilitate a one week regional workshop with staff and a few partner staff from five of our country programmes – Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Laos and Vietnam. The topic was working on gender and development in contexts of ethnic diversity. It was a week of much sharing and

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Jane Carter, January 2015 0
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Partnerships: a business relationship or something more?

The beginning of the year seems to be a time for students who have been undertaking a practical with us to come into the office and present their findings. This week it was the turn of Armelle Hausser, who conducted her 6 months fieldwork in Benin and Burkina Faso as part of her Masters at

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Jane Carter, January 2015 0
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Disrupted daily life in Bangladesh

I should be writing this blog from Bangladesh, but instead I’m in Switzerland, my visit postponed due to the current political crisis in the country. There’s been hardly a mention in the international press of the daily riots and blockades, but every one of Bangladesh’s 156 million or so citizens must be painfully aware of

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