Monthly Archives: August 2010

Apologies for the Inactivity

Unfortunately, I have classes again. Once I complete a full review of the LDP, I will post some specific monitoring and evaluation results (as well as pictures and video – which you can expect this weekend). As always, email me … Continue reading

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Recap

At last, everyone has left our conference facility and I am alone for the first time in a week. After fulfilling nearly everyone’s requests for a photo or two and keeping the energy level high through the end of a … Continue reading

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The end of the beginning

Just as fast as it started, the 2010 Leadership Development Program is very quickly nearing its second stage (a year long follow- up). The students are enjoying free time right now after a very challenging day that involved a lot … Continue reading

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Basketball

After a week of basically sitting (in an airport, on a plane, in a conference room, at my desk), I finally had the chance to run around a bit today and play basketball with the scholars during break time. I … Continue reading

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Post Script

After writing the prior post, I went downstairs and found four of our students. I wanted to see what 18-year-old Congolese dudes talk about in their spare time, so I sat down and listened for a bit. It turns out … Continue reading

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Report from Kinshasa

I’m out of clever titles. In English at least. I’m also out of energy. Despite the fact that I’m not actually participating in the program, I think I’ve taken about 30 times as many notes as those who are – … Continue reading

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A living, breathing Leadership Development Program

And I don’t just mean because it finally involves people and not just a bunch of ideas. This program’s strength, I believe, lies in the fact that I could never imagine what it would look like in my head. The … Continue reading

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Blood River

I just finished Blood River, a book about a journey across the Congo by Tim Butcher. It is probably the third or fourth “I’m a bored foreign correspondent in 2002/2004/2006 and I want to explore the Congo” book that I’ve … Continue reading

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Training Day

But not the movie. This morning and early afternoon was spent training our facilitators (Robert and Armel), which basically consisted of reading and talking about the curriculum. In French. So after only 6 hours of work, I’m pretty much exhausted. … Continue reading

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iPods, Asher Roth, and Ithaca is Gorges

I have arrived in Kinshasa on this Friday the 13th without any problems relating to my flights, baggage, or currency. I didn’t even have to pay a bribe at immigration. So really, I have very little to complain about. Here’s … Continue reading

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