Dreaming of a brighter future

Leaving Zambia this week, it is a challenge to feel brightly optimistic about her future. In truth the country has been struggling to develop in a concerted and sustained manner since the oil shocks of the 1970’s. Her economy remains vastly over dependant upon mining in general and copper in particular. Despite a water table … Continue reading

Ephraim’s Story – Part II

When I last wrote of Ephraim, my young friend from Mongu, I left on a hopeful note as his mother seemed to be regaining her health and was soon to leave hospital. Shortly after this, Ephraim’s mother was indeed discharged from hospital. Encouragingly, she was provided with the drugs she needed free of charge, thus … Continue reading

The Seeds of (Under)Development are Sown Early

Next month we are hosting a major policy workshop on the coordination of care for orphans and vulnerable children between the various government ministries, major donors and NGO’s operating the field. This week I was fortunate enough to join our documentation team in a rural community in the North to capture the thoughts and views … Continue reading

Ephraim’s Story

On my recent trip to Western Province, whilst staying with some friends I happened to strike up a conversation with a quiet young man who was calling in from next door. Ephraim is about as gently spoken, cheerful and engaging a 16 year old as you could ever hope to meet and I was quickly … Continue reading