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Plastic Fantastic!

Sofia is a hairdresser by trade, but is putting her practical skills, business acumen and compassion into a new enterprise.  She has a new take on the locally-produced straw baskets – baskets woven out of used plastic.  Discarded plastic is everywhere, particularly the 500ml drinking water sachets and the small black polythene bags used by shopkeepers.  […]

Politics, Partnerships and Petroleum

Recently I attended Oxfam in Ghana’s Country Learning Review – an end of year appraisal with its partners. A topic on the agenda was “active citizenship”. One speaker stated that historically, effective states have not come into existence without the efforts of active citizens. Oxfam’s partners would certainly testify that any successful advocacy campaign requires […]

Collecting data

I have now been back in Bolga for three weeks, and can explain a little about what I have been doing at TradeAID, the NGO I am working for. My time has mostly been taken up by the collection of data. Part of my work here is to assist in the establishment of a social […]

In the field

During my first week I was taken on field visits to some of the groups supported by TradeAID Integrated to meet the communities and to learn about the difficulties they face in earning a living from farming. At Vea, TradeAID have supported some of the women of the community to form a basket-weaving group.  As I […]

Out and about with TradeAID

I recently took part in some “participatory development”.  This is development jargon for consultation, the idea being that if you want to give money to people, you should ask them how it should be spent, instead of making a decision from London/Washington etc. On this occasion a government initiative, the Ghana Social Opportunity Project (GSOP), […]


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