September 2016

Livelihood Aid in Syrian Communities

By |September 3rd, 2016|

Local market in Maubisse

I’ve been on a steep learning curve recently, trying to get my head around the literature on economic recovery for communities affected by conflict.

It sounds quite different to what Bridging Peoples normally does, but it’s not really. We recently won a grant together with […]

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 […]

May 2015

What is community-sensitive development?

By |May 14th, 2015|

Community-sensitive development is a term that I have coined to describe ways of working that put communities at the centre of development. I guess what I’ve tried to do is to capture in a single phrase the work that I’ve been doing over the past decade or […]

Introducing Bridging Peoples

By |May 14th, 2015|

Welcome to Bridging Peoples! I founded this organisation because I believe whole-heartedly that community-sensitive approaches to development can make development work better, and ultimately more satisfying. All of our work is focussed on promoting a single, basic idea: that development does not need to be introduced from ‘outside’, as part of a one-size-fits-all package. Drawing on […]