January 2016

Reflections on a Community-Based Training Project

By |January 26th, 2016|

For the past few months, my colleague Elio and I have had the great pleasure of working together with the Centre of Studies for Peace and Development (CEPAD) in Timor-Leste, to develop their training manual teaching community members across the country about corruption, collusion and nepotism—what it is, and what they can do about it. […]

Let’s stop talking about soft skills!

By |January 17th, 2016|

People in the development industry love to talk about ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills – with the ‘real’ development work being carried out through use of ‘hard’ technical skills, leaving the ‘soft’ skills of community engagement, encouraging participation, and working in cultural and community context as perhaps desirable but not in the same league, and possibly just tacked on as an afterthought.

But […]