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Jane Carter, July 2017 0

The highs and lows of working abroad

written with Bhavna Adhikari “Coming here is like having someone pick the lice out of your hair: you get so much relief!” My colleague Bhavna and I were sitting in a small office in the town of Dhading (some two hours’ drive from Kathmandu), listening to individuals who, as family members of migrants, have received

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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, 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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