This statement is particularly *timely* in North America, where an hour of time just vanished in the middle of the night. Fortunately, the plays-on-words permitted by Daylight Savings Time have given me an excuse to pop out of my blogly silence. Two weeks ago, a group of amazing research colleagues from Canada and the UK … Continue reading Time Flies
C’est ainsi qu’une collègue canadienne avait décrit cette région lors de ma première visite ici. Mais ça veut dire quoi, exactement? Dans certains sens on voit facilement le lien. Le peuple Lozi se décrit comme étant une société distincte en Zambie grâce à leur histoire. Pendant des décennies le Bulozi avait un statut spécial dont … Continue reading « Le Bulozi est essentiellement le Québec de la Zambie »
This post is authored by all-start research assistant Lynn Akufuna Nalikena, profiled in this post. Being the research assistant to the Canadian man who was conducting a research on disability, I came across different people but they share one thing in common. There are those who were the research participants in the villages and those … Continue reading A Visitor Bringing Development
Full-time student, part-time research assistant, soon to be a teacher Lynn Akufuna Nalikena was a part of the team that allowed me to complete my PhD fieldwork in 2014. At the time, she was just starting her degree in Education at the University of Barotseland, here in Mongu. When we began research assistant training, I … Continue reading Meet Akufuna!
“Yes, we can succeed! It’s only that we have not been given the chance.” The quote above is the stock answer that I receive from group members when I ask for details about the business ideas that they are pitching. By all signs, the statement is accurate. But for me that’s besides the point; I … Continue reading The dynamics of dancing in endless circles
Is “copycatting” a good idea? Or is it merely that people have not thought of anything better? The photo above is one corner from Mongu’s main crossroads – The Roundabout, for anyone who knows Mongu. This corner has few buildings, leaving space for people to set up katembas; booths to sell small items over a … Continue reading Replication as a business model
I am now at the halfway point of my time in Zambia; a good time for me to re-assess where I am and adjust the course if necessary. As per my plan, I am spending a few days around the midway point in Lusaka. Here there is good internet, more diverse cuisine, old friends, and … Continue reading Mid-Term Report Card
There is a similar dynamic in each of the two Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) with which I am working. In both cases, there are tensions about what should be done and why should it be done. In my thesis research, I learned that the research participants with disabilities in Western Zambia were acutely aware that … Continue reading Sustainability, commitment, and help: what do these things mean?
This is not a blog post...well, not a wordy one, at least. At long last, I finally posted videos that I made in 2014 to report on my research fieldwork. From March 2014 From August 2014 (including the assistant on this project) Possibly more interesting for most than reading words? At only 2 minutes each, … Continue reading My research in video form
Good news: the main purpose of my time here in Western Province seems to be coming together. I am now working with each of the two communities that participated in the research to develop a plan. We are now seeing small steps forward and promising windows of success. With the commonalities of the two groups, … Continue reading Participation, yes! But of whom and in what?