What if I moved to the village?

2021 is promising to be a year of some fundamental changes for me. It started with our organisation implementing a decision for our team to permanently work from home, as a means for us to stay safe, but also for our programming to start to spread across the African continent even more. The year also …

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Writing and the constraints of time

Lately, I have been reading the legendary philanthropist, Bill Gate’s personal blog, which is called Gates Notes. How is he writing so often? He is so prolific in talking about his work and experiences and I wonder where he finds the time – considering the sheer demands on his time. Given his position, I am …

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Examining the cracks in my house

“How Tullow hurt me” – Cheptoo’s Story as close to verbatim as possible (translated) “A few years ago, my neighbours and I were called to a meeting by the chief to meet with an oil company called Tullow. At the meeting, we were told that the oil company thought that there was oil under our …

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#ApostADay: Taking up the Challenge and leading ladies.

At work, I have some ladies who I often refer to as “my ladies”. In the early days of the Open Institute’s life, we were very male and undiverse. As we grew, we made a decision to strengthen our gender diversity by prefering to employ qualified, smart women in every new hire. Not affirmative action …

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