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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


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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Remembering Great Apes: the launch, the book, and the fight against forgetting

Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

Rembering Great Apes Book

Last week a group of us hightailed it to London, to Le Galleria, in Pall Mall, for the photography exhibition of Born Free and Wildlife Photographer United’s Remembering Great Apes, a coffee table book featuring the work of over 50 wildlife photographers. A kickstarter funded enterprise, with all photographs donated, it is the third in…

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Small changes we can make for the environment

Tuesday, 25th September, 2018


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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A new frontier: Will Jones reports on Congo Brazzaville

Wednesday, 19th September, 2018


I’ve just got back from a trip to the Republic of Congo – also known as Congo Brazzaville – with journalist Sophy Roberts,  Roland Purcell and photographer Robbie Lawrence. Roberts you will know from her writing for the likes of the Financial Times and Conde Nast Traveller. Purcell is a pioneering conservationist whose exploits I’ve…

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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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Project Flip Flopi: Sally Kirby speaks with Ben Morison

Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with Ben Morison, project leader of the Flip flopi project, which is due to set sail from Lamu in September 2018. A traditional Kenyan dhow built out of rubbish. The boat, created from molten plastic moulded into ‘wooden’ planks, will consist of 200,000 flip flops, and plans…

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The Borana Conservancy experience: conservation at its best – thanks to you

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018


In our brochure, Experience, which is set out as a calendar, we highlight Borana Ranch in Kenya for the month of July. I stayed at Borana Lodge last year, which is just one of four other lodges on the ranch – the others including Arijiju and Sirai and new private home a stone’s throw from…

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From Cape Town to Liuwa Plain: a whistle stop conservation-orientated tour

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018

Norman Carr Safaris - Liuwa Plain - Heinrich van den Berg (2)

A quick post from on the road, an itinerary that began at this year’s We Are Africa in Cape Town, from where I flew to Lusaka in Zambia, stayed at the charmingly buzzing Latitude 15, before flying to Kalabo and driving out to super remote King Lewanika Lodge in Liuwa Plain National Park, where I…

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Interactive learning in Malawi: Rachel Ormrod shares her education project

Friday, 4th May, 2018

Rachel Omrod in Malawi

Malawi as a country is often overlooked by those keen to travel to southern Africa, which is why I’m delighted to report that Angela Sacha will be visiting it this month, and that I’ve had the opportunity to interview Rachel Ormrod, a friend and teacher who first visited it five years ago, and who more recently spent time there establishing an…

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One Girl Can: Sally Kirby gets to the bottom of a truly unique charity

Friday, 27th April, 2018

One Girl Can Lab

Last week I caught up with Lotte Davis, founder of One Girl Can, a charity educating girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Originally from South Africa, now based in Canada, Lotte’s strong connection led her back to the continent in 2007. During this trip, a seed was planted, a vision formed: she would combine her entrepreneurial skills…

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