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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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Happy new year!

Friday, 14th September, 2018

Lalibela Pilgrims

Happy New Year! Fun fact: around the world, there are a whole heap of cultures celebrating new year on different dates to the commonly known Gregorian celebration. Aside from the obvious 1st January celebrations, there’s also Chinese New Year (8th February), Iranian New Year (20th March), Indian Telegu (8th April), Sri Lankan Tamil (14th April),…

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State of JbD: wine tasting and other matters

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018

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It seems that my annual tradition of listing the away days we’ve had in recent years could be getting excessive. So, you’ll have to believe me when I tell you we’ve had some good times. Feel free to browse last year’s blog, which involved a lesson in foraging at a small village in the Sussex…

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Meet the wonderful Monique Mbena, firefighter, runner, spectacular drinks purveyor

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018

Remember when Sam Tinkler joined the team back in February after her move from Tanzania? I made no promise that it was the last of these blogs. After which I made no apology for then introducing you to Vanessa on growing up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Lucy and the virtues of the beautiful game back in…

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