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The good news of Nomad Tanzania Trust

Friday, 12th April, 2019

Beds for Meds

I’ve been thinking about how much good news there is recently, but how rarely we hear it. Bad news sells so much better. The result can be a spiral into hopelessness about the world and the people in it. But I am here to assure you that there is much, much more to feel hopeful for. Part of…

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Incentivising Peace in Areas of Conflict, Part 2: Peter Marsden Shares His Story

Friday, 5th April, 2019

Paoua Office - Central African Republic

Please note this blog is the second part of Incentivising Peace in Areas of Conflict, which is about the work of Concordis and is based on an interview with Peter Marsden. The first went into the background of Marsden’s work and looked at the importance of trade as a means of incentivising peace in South…

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Silent drive: Cheetah Plains goes electric

Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

ELECTRIC-WILDLIFE-VIEWING-VEHICLE

‘Matt, our guide, asked if we were ready to leave. He switched on the engine silently and we glided off with barely a sound. In the other vehicle, everyone lost interest in the leopards, turning to gawp at our Cruiser in slack-jawed confusion.’  Heather Richardson, guest of Journeys by Design, wrote a piece in the…

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Incentivising peace in areas of conflict, part 1: Director of Programmes at Concordis International Peter Marsden shares his story

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019

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Please note this blog is split into two parts. As well as sharing how Peter Marsden became an international peacemaker, it covers his work in South Sudan, Iraq and the Central African Republic. It’s not often you get the opportunity to speak with someone who has been to the Central African Republic, or even heard…

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International Wildlife Crime, Conservation and Sustainable Development Consultant Greta Iori visits Africa House

Friday, 16th November, 2018

Earlier on this year, I was introduced to Greta Iori, International Wildlife Crime, Conservation and Sustainable Development Consultant. Sounds like – and is – a superhero. We met in a London café during weather at the time coined ‘the beast from the east’, turning an otherwise one-hour train ride home into a six-hour ordeal. A most memorable day.  A couple of…

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Born Free’s Hitesh Patel: conservation and the importance of corporate partnerships

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018

I had the good fortune last week to catch up with Hitesh Patel, the Corporate Partnerships Manager at Born Free. You may remember the time I met Dr. Liz Greengrass, Born Free’s Conservation Director, her work with Jane Goodall and living on the lake shores of Tanganyika near a population of un-habituated chimpanzees; and with…

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South Sudan: state of the nation

Friday, 26th October, 2018

Credit - UNMISS--Nektarios Markogiannis

I used to run a book club or study group or drinking social night – call it what you want. We would meet once a week. The reason for meeting was social, but the underlying aim was to take a country that collectively we knew close to nothing about and to discuss it. Between us,…

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Welcoming Fatma Sivyer to team Africa House

Tuesday, 16th October, 2018

Fatma Sivyer Journeys by Design

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Fatma, the newest member of the finance department. I’ll skip over the part where I speak of my customary surprise each time there’s a new member of the team. You may remember my blog that told of the new team members over the last 18 months, in which…

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Denis Mukwege: Congolese gynaecologist and anti-rape activist wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018

Among this year’s winners of the Nobel Peace Prize (announced last week) are two anti-rape activists. The first is the Iraqi Nadia Marudi, who was raped by ISIS combatants and later became the face of the campaign to free the Yazidi people. The other is Denis Mukwege, a DR Congolese gynaecologist who set up a…

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Small changes we can make for the environment

Tuesday, 25th September, 2018

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Over the course of the last year, I have become the building’s environmental officer. But who am I kidding. I’m not the green police, waiting for someone to put a recyclable cup in the wrong bin before jumping out on them. The conundrum of greener living is just as much mine as anyone else’s. What…

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