Bang for the Food Aid Buck

After my five years in the world of development assistance and aid policy, Ethiopia revealed to me the secret to increased aid effectiveness: creative reuse. Roughly 12 million Ethiopians depend

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First Day in Addis

We arrived in Addis Ababa late, after a delay in Heathrow and surviving the traumas of the film Poseidon. The person, sitting next to me, covering her mouth with her

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Over the mountains and far away

Arrived in Robe after an incredible journey over the Bale Mountains. We left Addis at 6.30 am on Saturday, stopped for breakfast and lunch, dropped another 2 volunteers at Dilla,

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Rain in Robe

What a shock! It is raining again. It always sounds worse than it is when I am in my house, due to the corrugated iron roof. The dripping of a

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Bale Mountains National Park

When I asked colleagues at the College about getting to Dinsho, they again said that it is difficult. However, I figured that as all buses to Addis and Shashemene go

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Carols Round a Camp Fire

I travelled Addis Ababa with Patricia, my Programme Manager, Dereje and Patricia‚Äôs friend Emer, in a VSO vehicle, which was much better than having to travel by local bus –

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Deep underground

Liza and Rupert again took pity on me and took me out for the day to Sof Omar caves – a three hour drive from Robe. The drive itself was

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A full day today

This morning I spent most of the day in the hotel, but this afternoon I got to see the Ethiopian Health System close up. We toured a typical clinic and

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What a weekend experience

June 11 This morning we took a flight from Addis to Bahir Dar in the northern part of Ethiopia. I have to say today was the day that the fact

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Housekeeping Infomation

I am so sorry this is my first time I have had to blog in a few days. It is a strange feeling that so many people are following my

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