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David M A Evans's Blog (5)

Getting better reception?

One of the things we are trying to do @USPG @weareUs_tweets is to demonstrate that community health will only really become effective if those of us who are health professionals learn from the development fraternity. Effective engagement with ordinary people who have tended to be treated as targets for health education is vital. I am somewhat sceptical about 'tools' of development which foster participation, but when they really do elicit genuine responses by ordinary people that suggest real… Continue

Added by David M A Evans on November 18, 2012 at 4:48pm — 2 Comments

Hunger Summit

The hunger summit convened by the British Prime Minister over the final weekend of the Olympics confronted the  issue of hunger in the world. It is estimated that food production globally needs to double in the next 20 years. This fact alone is sufficient to throw the spotlight on food security as the principal challenge facing Africa and pretty much everywhere else.

It was really encouraging to read of one initiative in Kenya that has demonstrated an approach that gives real hope by…


Added by David M A Evans on August 13, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Strengths in unlikely places

I am sitting with members of a hijira group in western Bangladesh. They asked to see my colleague and I when we visited a church group in Meherpur. The hijira are some of the most isolated and marginalised groups in South Asian society. Hijira are a transgender minority group who often describe themselves as professional wedding dancers. They are frequently the target for abuse, discrimination and violent assault.

The church development workers in Meherpur had done a great job of…


Added by David M A Evans on August 10, 2012 at 12:14pm — 9 Comments

What's church got to do with it? @uspg

This piece can be used in a variety of ways: As an item of celebration, as a discussion starter, as a means of meditation and reflection, as an inspiration for those who want to make a difference but don't know how.

What is the role of the local church in bringing good change in local communities?

It’s a unique role. It’s an essential role. It’s a role that is built on relationships. It’s a role that is overlooked most of the time. It is a political role. It’s…


Added by David M A Evans on August 6, 2012 at 10:41pm — No Comments

No one brings us together anymore?

Sitting in the compound of a home in western Ghana we are talking to the members of the family. We are listening for evidence of the strengths these people have. They have a determination to give the children a good education. They are concerned that if the children keep getting sick, they'll miss out on the opportunities that an education will bring. The home is neat and tidy: there is order and calm. They speak respectfully about their neighbours and speak of the community's strong sense…


Added by David M A Evans on August 5, 2012 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

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