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…

Off the Rails

Back when I was a humble backpacker, scribbling my way through South America, I earned some empanada money by writing for Christian Aid’s Pressureworks website. Two months ago, a few thousand thermal-clad tourists were trapped at Aguas Calientes (translation: Hot waters – yes, they were stuck in hot water) due to landslids around Macchu Picchu….

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…