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Life and death in Dushanbe, or the failure of regulation

In my last post I spoke about the potential harmful effects of a lack of proper regulation due to corruption. Unfortunately, just 2 weeks later we have a very sad proof of this - the death of 2 friends.

"Crowdsourcing" development data?

A rather unusual report sponsored by the Cabinet Office calls for the UK government to embrace a new strategy for producing and disseminating information. The authors argue that the value of public sector information has – potentially, at least - significantly increased as two new groups of citizens have emerged: those who take part in online communities and those who mix-and-mash data to create new information.

School, job or government life?

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Some years ago the British Government decided to support a major investment in upgrading education on St Helena. A new secondary school was built - and named after Prince Andrew, who, together with several St Helenians, had served as part of the force sent to deal with the Falklands conflict in 1982. Teachers were sent to the UK for training. Curricula were upgraded. In the late 1980s and early 1990s this was the largest development project in St Helena.

Aceh veteran speaks out

Shaela Rahman, the trailblazer of Aceh, recalls her time spent developing private sector on the island. She transcended the written form to share her recipe for success in a short video instead.

Aceh diary continues with David Lawrence who writes here.