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3 need-to-know’s about Laos

3 need-to-know’s about Laos

I’ve been lucky to spend the last three months in beautiful Laos. Here are three things that I think you should know about Laos. 1: The geography Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is approximately 236,800km2  and landlocked between Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The Thai border is marked by the Mekong River. The landscape is… Continue Reading

Paris, Marrakech, Climate Action & UN

Paris, Marrakech, Climate Action & UN

I saw a UN Climate Action Flashmob in Vientiane on Saturday. It was really cool. There were about forty people breaking into synchronised dance just as the sun was setting over the Mekong. It was organised by the UN to raise awareness of climate action in Laos. So speaking of climate action… are you up to date… Continue Reading

Two common problems & what to do

Two common problems & what to do

If you’re starting out as a Project Coordinator, you likely have one of these two problems. Problem number one: you aced your studies in development and now you’re faking how to do project operations. You’re thinking, ‘How hard can it be? As long as we’re doing good development…’ Problem number two: you’re an operations superstar and you’re… Continue Reading

The DevPractice podcast

The DevPractice podcast

When I’m travelling I love listening to podcasts. My favourite podcast is Meditation Oasis.  I’m not too out there with the woo-woo new age stuff. But meditation is a solid part of my day now and keeps me feeling good and thinking clearly. I find the voice of Mary Maddux from Meditation Oasis really soothing. There… Continue Reading

5 Apps that seriously help

5 Apps that seriously help

I’m certainly no tech head but I do like to test out Apps- see for myself how well they function. My top five apps I have these on high rotation at the moment while working in Asia. MAPS.ME – this is an awesome App because, once installed, it provides you with maps and your location without… Continue Reading

What’s in a (MC) name?

What’s in a (MC) name?

When you’re studying development, they may have forgotten to tell you that a lot of the jobs are through managing contractors (MCs). M&A, not M&E The Managing Contractor world is full of M&As, not to be confused with M&E. Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) happen in development when larger companies buy out smaller, and sometimes not so… Continue Reading

Job hunting? Look here.

Job hunting? Look here.

If you’re just getting started in development, you might be wondering where to look for a job. Just like my friend You know when you haven’t heard from someone in ages, and just as you’re thinking of that person… surprise! Like some kind of psychic intervention – you get a lovely message from them? That… Continue Reading

Evaluation takeaways

Evaluation takeaways

Over the last decade through observation and practice, I thought I was pretty much across how to do monitoring and evaluation (M&E). But, in the last six months I’ve learnt so many new things about Evaluation. Here are some of my takeaways. The “evaluand” is the thing you are evaluating. Start with the need. When you… Continue Reading

Three need-to-knows about MCs

Three need-to-knows about MCs

1. Firstly, what are they and why do they exist? Managing contractors (i.e. MCs) are private sector companies that are contracted by donors, usually through competitive tendering processes, to manage aid projects. Managing contractors get things done more quickly than agencies often can. They absorb risk for donors in a myriad of ways. For example, they… Continue Reading