Some notes on trainings

Trainings can be a blessing or a curse. I guess there is no need to explain why they are a blessing. On the other hand, I believe that with trainings there is a high risk of being satisfied with the activity being done rather than focusing on its eventual impact. Delivering a training doesn’t mean …

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On sexual abuse in humanitarian contexts. What can the sector learn from forest management?

A few days ago, I wrote on LinkedIn a post about Oxfam scandal. Reading it in insight, and although I haven’t changed idea, I realized that I might have exceeded in defining the response Oxfam put in place since 2011 “rather pathetic”. I think that defining it pathetic, rather than just “inadequate”, doesn’t contribute to …

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Partecipatory mapping

One of the most exciting projects in development work I happen to read about in these last years is MapKibera. Through the use of open source data, collection of geodata and participatory processes, the project managed to, literally, put the biggest African slum on the maps, from where it had been conspicuously ignored until then …

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