Manufacturing consensus?

Interesting post on Owen Barder’s web-site about “protecting development from party politics“.  I’ve stuck my oar in, with appropriate caution!

Owen is a fellow (if longer term) resident of Addis and his blog is well worth a read. More vocal on aid and politics than mine is …. than mine is at the moment.

Actually, here’s my response to his blog, just in case he doesn’t get a chance to approve my comment very soon.

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A day out of Addis – Bishoftu and the crater lakes

I’ve had a busy week, what with being dressed up as a Tigrayan shepherd, seeing a leopard, and making some good progress on various things that I am working on (I am actually working, it’s just that I’ve decided that it’s best not to go on about that on this blog – suffice to say, major steps have been taken in ensuring that Ethiopia continues its democratising journey and that UK aid is spent effectively. Ahem). So, today I had planned a day out of Addis, to Bishoftu and the Crater Lakes.

Gari - Horse Drawn taxi, Debre Zeit/Bishoftu

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When in Rome? or What the heck am I doing in Rome?

People who work in development sometimes say things that are bleeding obvious and pass them off as profound without really exploring what they mean or what the implications are. I may not be immune to this practice. Saying that “context matters” is one that particularly gets my goat, perhaps in part because as a sometime-geographer my job used to be about trying to understand/explain which aspects of context matter in what ways.

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Teddy Afro – an Ethiopian experience?

Thursday night – Christmas Day – was the night of the long-awaited Teddy Afro concert in the grounds of the Ghion Hotel. I went with a bunch of people from the Embassy. There were big crowds. To explain … Teddy Afro is very popular in Ethiopia (Addis?) in part because of his music and in part because at the time of the last elections he released some songs that became the focus of anti-government and pro-democracy sentiment.

Spot the Teddy?
Spot the Teddy?

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