Martin Walsh's Blog (8)

Research Guidelines for Development Practitioners

Oxfam's online research guidelines, first launched three years ago, have proved to be very popular. And three more guidelines have recently been added to the set: Conducting focus groups,  …


Added by Martin Walsh on November 7, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How livelihoods were saved in Pakistan's 2010 floods

In 2010 Pakistan suffered the worst floods in the country's history. Floodwaters inundated up to one-fifth of the country and affected 20 million people, destroying 1.6 million homes and leaving over 14 million people acutely vulnerable. Along with other international agencies, Oxfam responded as best as it could to…


Added by Martin Walsh on May 30, 2014 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Goodbye to Alison Redmayne, Mung'anzagala Semugongolwa

I've mentioned Alison Redmayne a number of times in my East African Notes and Records blog and will again, I hope. We first met at her house in north Oxford in February 1980 when I was planning doctoral research in …


Added by Martin Walsh on March 23, 2013 at 10:08am — No Comments

Research in an INGO: Oxfam's new series of research guidelines

Interested in how an international NGO supports research? A couple of weeks ago Oxfam launched a series of online research guidelines, originally intended for its own staff and research partners, but now being made public for the first time. The following is a slightly edited version of a blog post I wrote to accompany the launch. The original is here:…


Added by Martin Walsh on December 7, 2012 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments


 Writing last week about 'Periodic flowering and circumcision cycles', I was reminded of a trip to the slopes of Mount Elgon in July 1992, to belatedly negotiate bridewealth payments. One day we saw a group of boys singing and dancing in the open, and I was told that they were novices preparing for…


Added by Martin Walsh on May 30, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments

Popobawa is coming to Edinburgh!

Popobawa is a much-feared spirit who periodically terrorizes the inhabitants of Zanzibar (and coastal Tanzania), attacking and most notoriously sodomizing men and women as they lie in their beds at night. Victims are told to spread the word of their traumatic experiences or risk being visited and assaulted again. I'll therefore be making a rare public appearance to talk about Popobawa at the Centre of African Studies in the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday, 3rd February (Inshallah). For… Continue

Added by Martin Walsh on January 23, 2010 at 1:23pm — No Comments

The Journal of Humanities, a new online journal from Tanzania

The first issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Humanities, a new open access journal, edited by Ahmad Kipacha in the University of Dodoma, Tanzania, is now online (click on the journal title). A second issue of this trilingual journal is currently in preparation and it is hoped will be ready before the end of the year.

Contents of Vol. 1, No. 1, 2009:

A Note on a… Continue

Added by Martin Walsh on November 29, 2009 at 1:31pm — No Comments

The Zanzibar Leopard

Here's a link to my existing -- and very occasional -- blog with Helle Goldman about the Zanzibar Leopard and related (wildlife and conservation) matters in the Zanzibar archipelago. I really should write more regularly...

Added by Martin Walsh on September 13, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments


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