Personal data in FCAS and development contexts

March 27th 2018

There’s a lot of talk in the aid sector at the moment about whether data about poor people is being handled in the way it should be. Some of that is to do with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, some of it is more basic, about IT security. — read full post

International development: for the many…

June 19th 2017

How a UK SME, delivering in South Sudan and beyond for UK Aid and others, is drawing from right across a divided United Kingdom, to work alongside the world’s most vulnerable, and help them go to school and get health care — read full post

Updated: A more Global Britain, ‘better and fuller lives’, and cash transfers

March 29th 2017

Update from the horse’s mouth: DFID Minister backs cash programming
James Wharton MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development (“DFID’ Africa Minister”) spoke to the packed house at All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Sudans session on girls’ education in South Sudan, last Wednesday (29.iii.17), a couple of hours after I wrote the blog below.

Talking about the UK Aid Girls’ Education South Sudan project, and specifically about what he had seen when he visited a school in Juba a few weeks ago, that had received school operational grants, and where girls had received cash transfers, he said that:

- he wanted to highlight the “obvious but important narrative... direct support, relatively small sums of money, making a significant difference”
- that he could see the impact: “the girls I met in a school [in Juba] were as articulate, informed, and ambitious as those I meet in schools in my constituency.”
- That the simplicity of cash programming was an asset: “I wish I could take more of my constituents and more of those who take interest in aid...[whether with a positive or negative view] to see this programme: it is the sort of programme I can talk about and people get it. — read full post

The harsh reality facing schools affected by conflict in South Sudan

May 25th 2016

For schools in parts of South Sudan the repercussions of the recent conflict are continuing to reverberate, making the prospect of a stable education even more remote for thousands of children. In Mayendit, a town in the north of the country which was devastated by violence in May 2015, schools are struggling to survive: many teachers have not received a salary for over a year, precipitating a severe shortage; several school buildings have been ransacked and destroyed, leaving children to learn in ‘classrooms’ which are exposed to the elements; and the collapsing economy means that basic school supplies are almost impossible to come by. When one of our team visited Bhor Primary School in April this year, she witnessed first-hand the privations many schools are having to contend with, and the reserves of resilience on which they need to draw simply to stay afloat. — read full post