Tag poverty

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

Jane Carter, July 2016 0

Should we, do we, work in urban areas?

Last week was a particularly intense one for many of us: it was “Shareweek”, the get-together between senior country programme staff and thematic, geographical and fund-raising staff in Head Office. Wider organisational sharing is also promoted through live social reporting. We only hold this event every second year, so the time is precious, and internal

Jane Carter, June 2016 0

So who are disadvantaged in Kyrgyzstan?

The first time that I visited Kyrgyzstan, back in 1997, I was anxious to understand more about the social structure of the communities in which we had recently started working. Back then people were still struggling to come to terms with the break-up of the Soviet Union. The standard reply I received to questions about

Jane Carter, November 2015 0

Targeting inequality

A recently published multi-country study by researchers at ODI gives numbers to what we know intuitively from working directly with disadvantaged communities: that one form of disadvantage is strongly linked to another. It can nevertheless be useful to have macro level figures that prove this – guiding and justifying the targeting of interventions. In quest

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

Jane Carter, January 2015 1
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Swiss thoughts on poverty

Last week, the departments of SDC (the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation) were setting out their annual plan for 2015 to their colleagues and invited partners. As a major implementation partner, we at Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation were duly invited and decided amongst ourselves who should attend which presentation. As a result, I found myself sitting