Reposted from the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University. Late Thursday night, groggy and stiff from travel, I met RET’s driver who took me to the hotel in Nairobi where I’m staying for the weekend. I’ve worked with RET before so much of the drive at 11:00pm involved him catching me up […]
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I came to Dadaab with a research plan, to identify NGO sponsored trainings outside of formal education or accredited programming aimed at empowering learners with particular emphasis on women. I realize now that all NGO training aims to empower learners. Focusing on women has, unfortunately, proved problematic. Most training aims for a gender balance, and […]
Read more "Research Progress and Roadblocks"
(This post is late in coming so it’s a collection of some notes over the course of the past two weeks) It rained today. The sand is stained red and tiny droplets inch off the leaves. I woke this morning to hear it, only to think my mind was fooling me. It was the wind […]
Read more "First impressions of Dadaab"
In about a week, I’m packing up my belongings, leaving Henna-the-cat with Paul-the-other, and traveling to Kenya to do work and research in the Dadaab refugee camps. I’m new to Kenya, Dadaab and refugee ‘warehousing’, so it’s another trial-by-fire. Thanks, Dad, for teaching me to jump in the deep end first, and my siblings for pushing […]
Read more "A very complicated story"