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‘No more data “blah blah”. This is about empowerment.

“Data can empower vulnerable people by making their needs visible to decision-makers.”   This is what many advocates for data for development have been saying for years.  The logic is that with  visibility comes pressure for policies that respond to the needs, and a tool to elicit accountability for failure to deliver  on promises.  After …

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Love will win

Last night, two men tried to rape me.  I saved myself by yelling in broken Tetum:  “I work for the police!  Next to the Commander General of PNTL (Policia Nacional de Timor Leste)!” So I escaped.  Looking like I’d been visited by The Dementors.  Feeling upset, relieved, and furious.  And thinking, in the words of Ani DiFranco,“f*ck you”.   Timor Leste is …

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Battlefield – The David Rattray Memorial Prize

Reconciliation is the path that lies between the battlefield and a peaceful society in which freedom is possible.   Just fifteen years ago, fractured by war and institutionalised oppression, South Africa began its journey.  Today, it bears witness to a miracle: communities bitterly divided regionally, ethnically and linguistically have become a nation.   They did so by …

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