February 2016

Local Voices (No 1.)

By |February 1st, 2016|

Last weekend, my colleague and myself had our first meeting with members of our new network of community-based organisations (CBOs) and local NGOs in Timor-Leste.

Our motivation behind forming this network is two-fold. First, it is our way of giving back, offering our training and expertise to organisations that really need it, but that otherwise would not […]

December 2015

Worldview, epistemology and community-sensitive development

By |December 16th, 2015|

Back in 2011, together with a team of talented researchers in the department of Community Development at the National University of Timor-Leste, I worked on a research project investigating peoples’ perspectives of how development was implemented in their local community. Our group of community development lecturers and senior students conducted fieldwork in five different aldeia (subvillage, […]

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 […]