Monthly Archives: September 2013

In one of the world’s poorest countries, should research and higher education be a priority?
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I was lucky enough to spend a week in Sierra Leone at the beginning of September, and it was a great opportunity to reflect on what we do – and what we could do – in the context of an entirely new country. INASP hasn’t worked in Sierra Leone before, but with a new body of programme work, we’re now in a position to think about introducing our work to a few new countries. But this post isn’t about that new work, but about some broader impressions – of Sierra Leone and its development needs, and why our work matters. In the fourteen years that I’ve travelled in, worked in, and briefly lived in parts of the continent, I’ve been privileged to explore many countries, and to have had my thinking repeatedly challenged. But in recent years I’ve come to spend much of my time in relatively comfortable hotels and … Continue reading

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Charting the mysterious seas of INASP’s online community
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Thoughts on my INASP Internship Joseph Scarlett-Smith was an intern at INASP during July and August of 2013. His work during this time focus on mapping the INASP online community.  This summer I had the pleasure of doing a two-month internship with INASP at their offices in Oxford.  My task was seemingly straightforward: I was to create a ‘map’ of INASP’s online community.  This post briefly outlines the work I did for INASP over my internship, and what made it both so rewarding and challenging. Venturing into Uncharted Territory INASP’s network covers a wide range of websites, social media accounts, mailing lists, discussion lists and blogs. It was quickly apparent that mapping the online community was going to be an extremely intricate, but also extremely interesting task.  So in an effort to capture some meaningful data and a strong snapshot of the online community, we focused on a few key … Continue reading

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