Chris is native British, now enjoying a quieter and more sedentary lifestyle in the sun–kissed southwest of England.
All told, I have more than 20 years experience working overseas. Through my work in Asia and Africa, I became well conversant with the mechanics of programme management and monitoring, and I became particularly interested in results–based logical frameworks and the challenges faced by those involved in devising the logframes. My work also enabled me to deepen my understanding in a range of fields, from governance to HIV/AIDS, from poverty to disaster management. I learnt about needs and rights, about early childhood learning, about organic farming, about web development, about community mobilisation, about youth crime, about appropriate technology, about refugee management… It seemed that every day I would learn something new about something different.
Now settled back in my native England, I continue to be interested in, and to be healthily sceptical of, the wonderful world of aid and development. The idea of offering support to development professionals emerged from the recognition that many working in the field are ‘doers’ more than ‘writers’. In particular, the much maligned consultant often faces enormous difficulty meeting clients’ sky–high expectations within extraordinarily optimistic deadlines.
It is hard to believe how long it has been since I launched miniAID, back in October 2006. Many organisations and individuals have already benefited from the services I provide, and more will no doubt join as the word continues to spread. Let me hope you will be one of them.