Blog entries from: empty sky

Humanitarian aid. (Southern) Africa. Food Security. Livelihoods. Livestock.

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August 25 2014

From empty sky Mon Aug 25 2014, 19:10:00

I've been feeling bothered by the fact that what I do freaks people out, particularly since the Ebola outbreak, so I wrote a blog post on AidSource here: http://aidsource.ning.com/profiles/blogs/trying-to-be-nice

That is all. Oh, also, Mozambique has singed a "peace deal" and other things I've lost track of while paying attention to Ebola.

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allAfrica.com news stories in this entry:
Mozambique:   Mozambique Government, Former Rebels Sign Peace Pact (news)
Voice of America
25 August 2014

Mozambique's government and the former rebel Renamo movement have signed an accord to end two years of low-level fighting. [read more]




From empty sky Mon Aug 25 2014, 19:10:00

I've been feeling bothered by the fact that what I do freaks people out, particularly since the Ebola outbreak, so I wrote a blog post on AidSource here: http://aidsource.ning.com/profiles/blogs/trying-to-be-nice

That is all. Oh, also, Mozambique has singed a "peace deal" and other things I've lost track of while paying attention to Ebola.

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July 23 2014

From empty sky Wed Jul 23 2014, 04:12:00

Last week, South Africa celebrated Mandela Day. 18 July was Nelson Mandela's birthday. At some point, someone decided that the best way to honour the legacy of Mandela was to encourage people to volunteer 67 minutes on his birthday to help others. This sounds like a good idea. Replace volatile rallies, endless speeches and the risk of the legacy being politicised, with getting people to commit to helping others.

Instead, South Africa has managed to turn voluntourism into a national sport. Yes, I know local volunteering normally avoids the pitfalls of voluntourism; this doesn't. All the problems with rich (white) people popping over to Africa/Asia/South America to "volunteer" by hugging smiling babies for a week-long vacation, crammed into one day of the year. Into 67 minutes, ...

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From empty sky Wed Jul 23 2014, 04:12:00

Last week, South Africa celebrated Mandela Day. 18 July was Nelson Mandela's birthday. At some point, someone decided that the best way to honour the legacy of Mandela was to encourage people to volunteer 67 minutes on his birthday to help others. This sounds like a good idea. Replace volatile rallies, endless speeches and the risk of the legacy being politicised, with getting people to commit to helping others.

Instead, South Africa has managed to turn voluntourism into a national sport. Yes, I know local volunteering normally avoids the pitfalls of voluntourism; this doesn't. All the problems with rich (white) people popping over to Africa/Asia/South America to "volunteer" by hugging smiling babies for a week-long vacation, crammed into one day of the year. Into 67 minutes, ...

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July 8 2014

From empty sky Tue Jul 8 2014, 07:11:00

This

Because: "If you have to explain the humanitarian aid, you're doing it wrong."

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From empty sky Tue Jul 8 2014, 07:11:00

This

Because: "If you have to explain the humanitarian aid, you're doing it wrong."

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May 9 2014

From empty sky Fri May 9 2014, 03:33:00

Great (and unexpected from this source, tbh) piece of sanity from Oxfam on aid and the stabilisation agenda in the DRC. Must read here.

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From empty sky Fri May 9 2014, 03:33:00

Great (and unexpected from this source, tbh) piece of sanity from Oxfam on aid and the stabilisation agenda in the DRC. Must read here. 

Echoes of a piece by MSF on Somalia in 2013, as well as the recent debate on resilience.

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April 15 2014

From empty sky Tue Apr 15 2014, 09:46:00

This video from Oxfam shows quite clearly the problems that have resulted from the decision of the Lesotho government to outsource the management of their hospital to Netcare.

There are many people who will probably try and dispute this. There are those who will claim that the success of the hospital has created this problem and it was impossible to foresee that more patients would need to be treated than the "ceiling" agreed to (although this would require ignoring all sorts of logical projections, etc.).

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From empty sky Tue Apr 15 2014, 09:46:00

This video from Oxfam shows quite clearly the problems that have resulted from the decision of the Lesotho government to outsource the management of their hospital to Netcare.

There are many people who will probably try and dispute this. There are those who will claim that the success of the hospital has created this problem and it was impossible to foresee that more patients would need to be treated than the "ceiling" agreed to (although this would require ignoring all sorts of logical projections, etc.).

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