Strengthening of national and local institutions can be challenging in the most advanced settings, and it can become a monumental task in some developing countries. Finding the right balance between long-term measures to create added value while allowing for results on the ground can prove a challenge even for the most seasoned specialists. This includes compliance with the … [Read more...] about The art of development in challenging institutional environments
Beep beep beep. I look at my watch and its altitude alarm has been triggered. This indicator tells me that we have reached 5,600 meters (18,370 feet) above sea level. We are only 190 meters more to the summit. A recent adventure brought me close to climate change. Too close for comfort, in fact. “I must keep going…” “I must keep going…” The fatigue of nearly 7 hours of … [Read more...] about On World Water Day: A Story of Mountaineering, Glaciers and Water availability
Women speaking up for themselves and for those around them is the strongest force we have to change the world. -Melinda Gates Recently we celebrated Human Rights Day. One way that women’s human rights are put at risk is that they are more likely to be marginalized from decision-making spaces. Although this may pose a greater threat for poor and vulnerable women who have few … [Read more...] about How do we break the glass ceiling in decision making?