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Jane Carter, May 2016 0

Leaving no-one behind in Madagascar

Previous blogs have described how each of our Country Programmes has developed a definition of what it means to be disadvantaged in their country context. That is, who is it who is generally left behind in development initiatives, and why? Some of our staff have found this easier to relate to their particular tasks and

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Jane Carter, April 2016 0

One year ago today

Mona Sherpa, our Deputy Country Director, uncharacteristically hesitates when asked her thoughts about everything that has happened since the earthquake struck on 25 April last year. “We have made real progress”, she says “but not as much as we would have liked to”. Indeed the path of Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction has been a difficult one,

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Jane Carter, April 2016 0

Skills for rural livelihoods in Myanmar

It is something of a cliché that most professionals working on gender in development are women; this includes the majority of our Gender and Social Equity Focal Persons. Whilst there are many sound reasons for women to be particularly interested in the topic, it is always good to have male colleagues engaged too; indeed in

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Jane Carter, April 2016 0

Just talk, or action? Tracing the effects of a workshop

In a blog posting after an internal workshop on “gender and development in contexts of ethnic diversity” in Laos last year, I wrote that the effects of such workshops are inevitably difficult to quantify, and would certainly only be apparent after some time – six months to a year. Nearly 14 months later, here’s what

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Jane Carter, March 2016 0

Men’s perspectives on International Women’s Day

The blog posting on this date last year furnished observations from our gender and social equity focal persons in Bolivia, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nepal, and Vietnam on how International Women’s Day is celebrated in their countries. This year, I thought I’d ask some (unfairly selected) male colleagues what they think of 8th March – from a

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Jane Carter, February 2016 0

Girls’ initiation rites in Mozambique: opposing views

This week I have been reading through documents from an EU-funded project supporting women’s empowerment in Northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province – an area that I visited back in May 2014. The project, Ocupali, is at the end of its three year phase, so it is time to draw out lessons learned. The most obvious

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