Work experience in international development since 1999…
Research and analysis
- Research interests and experience: linkages of land use change, sustainable livelihoods and natural resource management, land tenure, environment and biodiversity.
- Baseline surveys, rapid assessments, appraisals, evaluations
- Analysis and reporting
- Literature reviews
- Household surveys, focal group interviews and enumerator training, community meeting facilitation
- Biodiversity studies, land use studies
- GIS (Geographical Information System) & GPS mapping, thematic maps and geographical data visualisation
- Both scientific and public interest papers, project reports, annual reports and news blog articles on the Internet
Organisational and project management
- Whole project cycle from situation analysis, participatory planning, proposals… to reporting and evaluations
- Project administration and project cycle management
- Capacity building and joint learning
- Communications, Internet pages (WordPress), news blogs
- Organisational administration, management, coordination
Technical expertise for rural development
- Rainwater harvesting from rooftops
- Drip irrigation for kitchen gardens
- Dryland agroforestry: nurseries by recycled water from handwashing and kitchens at schools; suitable species for drylands
- Improved stoves (several models tested) for homesteads and schools and solar cooking (cookit)
- Soil and water conservation (farmland terracing and gully rehabilitation)
- Environmental and hygiene education, training, facilitation (Teacher’s pedagogic qualification)
- Facilitation of farmer trainings and designing training materials
- Faciliation of community meetings for community mobilization, participatory investigation for baselines and rapid assessments, planning and implementation, awareness raising and feedback
Mission to be a searcher…
“In foreign aid, Planners announce good intentions but don’t motivate anyone to carry them out; Searchers find things that work and get some reward.
Planners raise expectations but take no responsibility for meeting them; Searchers accept responsibility for their actions.
Planners determine what to supply; Searchers find out what is in demand.
Planners apply global blueprints; Searchers adapt to local conditions.
Planners at the Top lack knowledge of the Bottom; Searchers find out what the reality is at the Bottom.
Planners never hear whether the Planned got what they needed; Searchers find out if the customer is satisfied.”(Quotations from Willing Easterly)