Monthly Archives: December 2009

Out of Addis, a little bit at least

I was pleased to manage to get out of Addis this morning, a little bit at least. Shimeles, one of the DFID drivers, picked me up at 9am and we drove north past Arat Kilo and Siddist Kilo through Shiro … Continue reading

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“Good governance”

Unfortunately not a commentary on the quality of governance in Ethiopia, or on the effectiveness of DFID’s efforts to promote “good governance” here, but a link to a reasonably straightforward description of the sort of thing I’m up to and … Continue reading

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The power of language/the language of power

Imagine the scene: A meeting with senior British civil servants in Whitehall and an audience of 40 people.┬áThirty-five of them have English as their first language, but are able to speak a different language – let’s call it Amharic (a … Continue reading

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Country bumpkin monster doves

Work has begun to get busy this week, after last week’s easing in to things. Lots of interesting stuff. Other than work … thursday night I went out with a couple of folks from DFID and the Foreign Office in … Continue reading

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