Trade delegation

Heading north-east to Thika to interview a coffee cooperative, I took a matatu (Hiace bus) from central Nairobi early on a Thursday morning. As I headed off, I had no idea that the road I took would be one of the most interesting things I observed that day. The ‘Thika Road’ has acquired legendary status…

All Change

Things change quickly here. It’s seven years since I’ve been to East Africa, but even in 2003, things were moving quickly. My first visit was as a greenhorn 21-year-old, working for a tiny Tanzanian NGO. Those two months were among the most isolated of my life. Internet access was sparing and expensive, but fast where…

COMPUTER DEVELOPER

“NGOs that are really good and efficient should survive and grow, and those which really don’t add value and can’t be competitive should wind up. You’re wasting money that could be applied to the poorest people in the world in a much more efficient way. Unless you can do it efficiently, I don’t think you…

Sister Sister

Ah, the wireless. Sure where would you be of an aul winter evening without the magic box in the corner? I’d spent a long time looking for this old radio documentary I cobbled together for a college project when, finally, it appeared in an old clippings folder. It’s an interview with my dad’s aunt Peggy,…