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11 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Mark

    April 20, 2012 at 11:30am

    I really enjoy reading your thought provoking and occasionally contentious reflections and analyses of the many challenges and difficult decisions facing those of us working on the changing frontiers of development. However, I don’t really have the time to check these pages as frequently as I would like and wondered if there were any plans for an ‘Aid Thoughts’ newsfeed, facebook links or subscriptions to other social media outlets. Carpe diem.

    Kind regards,

  2. Britta

    June 28, 2012 at 2:08pm

    Ditto Mark’s comments above. I find your analyses very thought-provoking – and generally incredibly insightful regarding the ‘inner workings’ of some of the most renowned charitable organisations. You cleverly identify the main obstacles in implementing (what is usually titled, and ignorantly so if I might add) ‘global change’, and express them in a reflective and understandable way. I’d love you to organise a subscription section (so I can be notified by email), or even a Twitter page to keep me in the loop! In any case, keep blogging!
    All the best,

  3. Paul

    August 8, 2012 at 12:06pm


    How do I subscribe to your blog?

  4. Sadduf

    October 4, 2012 at 9:44pm

    Hi guys,

    I really like your blog and I just have one question relationg to poverty porn. How do you ensure NGOs like UNICEF then garner funds if they don’t objectify their cause? I’m sure you’re asked this a lot, I just couldn’t find your take on suggesting an alternative.


  5. Ed Austin

    November 15, 2012 at 10:54pm

    Hi there,

    Please excuse me barging in on your blog. I am trawling for kindred spirits with a similar objective to mine, which is to provide handcarts to those who most need them.

    Many people in many lands, live in drudgery and poverty, spending many hours each day walking long distances, searching for essential things like water, firewood and food, to carry home using their heads, hands and backs, because they have no wheeled transport for carrying their loads.

    I am sure the lives of these people would be greatly improved if they had handcarts.
    Handcarts increase mobility, and save precious time and energy. Their benefits include –
    Better able to carry heavy loads, further and faster, with less effort.
    Improved health, with less mental stress and physical strain.
    Better attendance of schools and medical clinics.
    Spending less time away from home.
    Greater security for children, livestock and property.
    Earning money hiring out carts, and taking produce to market.
    Setting up mobile stalls for selling food and garden produce.
    Social and welfare improvements.
    More buildings and shelters.
    As time goes by, the benefits of using handcarts expand exponentially, turning basic subsistence into dynamic development for individuals, families, communities and nations alike.

    I realise that designing, making and distributing good quality handcarts to those who need them most, will be a prolonged, difficult and costly task, but I believe it can be done on a global basis, if dedicated caring individuals and relief organisations join forces to develop and action viable, agreeable and sustainable solutions to a problem that has compounded the effects of drudgery and poverty for far too long.

    What you think?
    I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this matter, and any handcart associated intelligence .
    Do you think that the concept is valid?
    Would you support or participate in it?
    Do you know of any individual or organisation currently involved with providing handcarts?
    Would you like further details of the concept?
    Do you have any questions, that I haven’t thought of?

    Please show or forward this message to anyone you think may be interested in the concept of providing handcarts on a humanitarian basis.

    Many thanks

    Ed Austin

  6. Timo

    January 29, 2013 at 12:56pm

    Hi there! I was looking for an RSS feed to blog, but couldn’t find it anywhere. Do you have one? Thanks, Timo

  7. md.shahriar khan nayan

    March 11, 2013 at 12:53pm

    I am working in a well known IT farm named mcc ltd.It works for general and local people too by giving them information,data even health information.Now we are going to start are window named walleto.By walleto customers pay their payment and select their product in a homely environment.It hasn’t started yet.So we are trying to publish our idea in local even international blogs so that we can measure how important it is.Can please submit our news in your blog!
    md.shahriar khan nayan

  8. Jaka

    April 8, 2013 at 2:09pm

    Thanks for this blog, I am happy to see that also others are thinking lots about this topic of development aid in relation to culture.

  9. Robin

    October 28, 2013 at 2:36pm

    I came across your blog and find it to be constructive and thoughtful, and based on a pretty light skim of your posts, suspect we agree on many issues. I’d like to invite your opinion on boycotts of used electronics sales. I chose the field of refurbishing and repair (what I call the “Tinkerer’s Blessing”), based on study of rapid positive development (Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan) in non-resource-curse economies, and am sad to find it taken off the table in Africa.

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