Helvetas Blog

Riff Fullan, September 2014 2
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A story with a happy ending

  A couple of weeks ago, colleagues from various Helvetas programme countries gathered together outside Kathmandu for a training on learning through storytelling. This was the second time we’d run the week-long training course and I think I learned even more this time than in 2013 in Ethiopia. The curriculum covered 5 days, 2 of

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Jane Carter, September 2014 0
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Post 2015: What the SDGs have to say on gender

The planning, drafting and “word-smithing” of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals must have occupied vast amounts of time of many, many people – and for someone largely outside the process, it is quite a mind-boggling one. I write “largely” as in truth I have had the opportunity to contribute in a very small way to

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Jane Carter, September 2014 0
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Developing a policy: Getting everyone on board

When I took up my current post, one of the first things asked of me was to facilitate the development of a policy on gender and social equity for our newly merged organisation. Clearly this needed to build on the experience of the “parent” organisations Helvetas and Intercooperation, but it also had to bring some

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Jane Carter, August 2014 0
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Social equity: what it means to our organisation

Promoting “social equity”, at least in a development context, is often assumed to be essentially about reducing economic disparities – the gap between rich and poor. As an organisation we indeed seek to work with people who are economically poor. This includes avoiding situations in which support to slightly wealthier individuals might provide the means

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Jane Carter, August 2014 2
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Speak of gender at your peril!

It’s perhaps useful to begin a blog with some cautionary words on the topic itself. I’ll start with “gender”….It’s amazing how often the excellently intentioned word “gender” evokes negative, defensive reactions from men and women alike. These go along the lines of “I suppose you’re going to tell me that I’m totally insensitive to women”

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