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Ethiopia Photos — National Geographic.

This is a great collection of photographs from Ethiopia from National Geographic.


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BBC NEWS | Africa | Why is the African continent poor?.

This BBC documentary explores the question of why Africa remains poor despite being resource rich.

Children in South Sudan

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Negotiating Training – The ‘Getting to Yes’ strategy

‘Getting to yes’ is an approach designed to lead to agreement:

  • Put yourself in their shoes.
  • Don’t deduce their intentions from your fears.
  • Don’t blame them for your problem.
  • Discuss each other’s perceptions.
  • Give them a stake in the outcome by making sure they participate in the process.
  • Make your proposals consistent with their values to help save face.

Fisher, Roger, William L. Ury and Bruce Patton. Negotiating Agreement without Giving In. (Penguin Paperbacks 1991) 2nd edition

I think that ‘Sensitivity to the Needs of Others’ plays the most important role in this approach.

Sensitivity to the Needs of Others

An open and non-judgmental approach, which respects other, people and cultures.  Good listening skills and empathy.

Volunteers are placed in situations where people they are living and working with are likely to have different beliefs, behaviors, values and norms to their own.  Volunteers need to be aware of, and sensitive to, these differences.  With time this enables a better adjustment to their placements, helps them understand, cope with and respond diplomatically to frustrations, which may be caused by being in an environment, which is different to their own.

Sensitivity in interpersonal relationships e.g.

  • Caring attitude
  • Caring response to other candidates
  • Effects of separation/absence considered

Diplomatic response to cultural difference e.g.

  • Awareness/experience of different cultures
  • Able to keep views (e.g. on politics/sex/religion) to self

Aware of own values and limitations e.g.

  • Aware of limitations of own understanding

Accepts and values diversity

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Millennium Development Goals | Cuso International.


Cuso International supports the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These are a set of specific targets to be met by 2015.

The goals were created and agreed by 189 world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.

The eight MDGs to be met by 2015 are to:

  1. eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. achieve universal primary education
  3. promote gender equality and empower women
  4. reduce child mortality
  5. improve maternal health
  6. combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  7. ensure environmental sustainability
  8. develop a global partnership for development.

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This article caught my eye as pre-departure reading.  It’s about the ongoing conflict between Somalia and its neighbours.

Somalia and Ethiopia: Might things get better for once? | The Economist.

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