What is Aid to Bongo Bongo land for?

Whilst foreign aid to African countries has been praised for lowering poverty levels in Africa, experts, think tanks, non government organisations (NGOs) and even citizens of both donor and recipient countries have also criticised it for creating dependency, preventing growth and promoting the interests of donor countries over the needs of recipient countries. But last week … [Read more...]

Can development happen without local community involvement?


  Earlier this week I had to write an article for a magazine about the work of the Charity Let Them Help Themselves Out Of Poverty in Ruhanga SW Uganda. I was thrown back to that August day in 2008 when I arrived at  the project. It was a very hot and I couldn’t wait to get Kabale, which is further, SW and much cooler. Whilst at the project I met two women from the … [Read more...]

Villages in Action – I would like to hear more of these conversations

Happy New Year folk.  How are you getting on with your New year's resolutions so far? I know this is an odd question but what exactly are New year's resolutions? Are the goals or aspirations? I recently stumbled across an an article by Linda Raftree with her wishes for the year 2012 specifically on issues of Inclusion, openness and authenticity. Linda … [Read more...]