Africa. Business opportunity or deserving of help?

One theme from last week’s time in Cape Town was the issue of ‘Aid’ versus ‘Trade’ or as Ann Grant* put it: ‘Should the countries of Africa be presented as a business opportunity or as deserving of help?’. This has always touched a raw nerve with me as I often feel uneasy about presenting negative […]

Intercontinental collaboration | Mash-up of the month

Picture the scene. People on three continents are lining themselves up for a telephone conference that took a while to set up given the time differences and availability of the various parties. But at last the time comes. It’s 8am at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, it’s 2pm at the UNICEF HQ in Lusaka, […]

AidPod heads east to Ulaanbaatar on the Mongol Rally

On 24 July 2010, my nephew, Tom, and two friends will be starting on the adventure of their lifetimes (so far). They will be driving this vehicle from Goodwood, England to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. They will pass through 13 countries and cover more than 10,000 miles. They have raised thousands for charity and when […]