May 21, 2009

Scriptoria Blog

Fighting poverty in the poorest regions of Bangladesh

The video below is something Scriptoria put together after visiting one of the Chars river islands in northern Bangladesh. This project (which has helped around a million people so far) is working with some of the poorest communities in the world, in areas where poverty is just as widespread and extreme as in Africa.

Problems on these islets range from the fact that the few assets families have tend to be swept away by yearly flooding, to the fact that many children are starving simply because what little food they do get does them no good because of the huge number of gut parasites that they carry. This problem can be solved by cheap and simple measures like de-worming them every 6 months or so with tablets that cost 3 pence each – an important issue in an area where many people only get to eat once every 2 or 3 days.

Communicating these kinds of issues is something that I thrive on, because I know that it’s really helping some of the poorest. So watch the video and let me know what you think.

All the best, Jim

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May 18, 2009

Scriptoria Blog

Communications work in South Asia

Hi all, and again sorry for another extended leave of absence. I’ve just got back from overseeing communications at a UK Department for International Development workshop in Bangladesh. This was a really fascinating event as it brought together movers and shakers from the development world in Asia who are working on many important projects. These range from tackling climate change and its impact on the poor in India, to helping to improve the lives of ultra-poor people on temporary islands that form on large rivers in the north of Bangladesh.

 

Finding new and interesting ways to record the messages from the event was perhaps the most interesting part of the job for me – as I know it’s key to ensuring that the good work they’re doing gets taken up and continued, both by other governments and by international development agencies.

 

I also got the chance to visit one of the projects and get some communications work done in the field. More on this within the next couple of days – as by then Scriptoria’s team will have put together a short multimedia presentation/video based on this to take you on a trip around one of these islands and see the work being done there.

 

All the best,

Jim

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May 5, 2009

Scriptoria Blog

Strategic Planning in Nigeria

It’s been pretty quiet on this blog lately as I’ve been in Africa for the last couple of weeks helping a large UK government initiative to plan its communications strategy - I’ve literally just arrived back in the UK. This has been really interesting work, based around helping the state governments improve their efficiency as a way of tackling wide-scale poverty and providing key services like clean water.

 

I won’t write much here as I fly out to the Chars project in Bangladesh tomorrow. So, I’ll try and come back to this later once I have a little more time.

 

All the best, Jim

 

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