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27 October, 2009
The Day that Was – Day 1
 
Wow, what a day! Monday was about so much… incredible conversations, packed meetings, lots of smiles, a few frowns and even maybe a few tears.
 
The opening was great – we are reminded to think, to question, to know that what happens at a macro level is often planned, although we may not know the rationale for the plan.  
 
26 October, 2009

Adherence to HIV/AIDS and TB treatment is still a challenge for patients with HIV and TB. From the research done, patients are well educated about HIV/AIDS issues. They know that is important to take their ARTs on time. But due to some challenges they stop taking them. However, people with TB are not well educated about TB treatment and they stop taking medication. Issue of concern is that much effort need to be directed towards education regarding HIV/AIDs and TB treatment.

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26 October, 2009

That was the question that constantly reverberated through the room as we discussed, "If men are in, who are out". A very active session, where clearly people had very strong views on men and their role in society, their power, their abuse thereof, their culture and how they percieve themselves. The dialogue focused session touched on numerous issues, which I do not propose to report on, but rather give my thoughts as they were shaped through the session.

26 October, 2009

An interesting discussion we had around participation as a key ingriedient for good development, was that while we all see the significance of it to ensure sustainability of the intervention, we all find it difficult. It is time and resource intensive and to add to the load, we are often bound by funders. Funders are very specific in the programmes they are wanting to support and are also demanding of result and impact in the very near future. It was acknowledged that funders have to answer to back donors as well and at times their hands are also tied.

26 October, 2009

We are learning about blogging and for us at JAW thinking about how we could use this for M+E and also to capture and have conversations with each other about our work. We feel like we don't always have time to connect and reflect together, so maybe blogging will help create a space where we can share our learnings, insights, frustrations. 

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26 October, 2009
Last night when I finally got to my bedroom, I was itchy. In all sorts of places, some far less comfortable than others. Let me indulge myself and share my itchy spots (its okay, this blog isn’t illustrated so no need to close your eyes).

26 October, 2009
Oxfam Australia Learning Event - Pietermaritzburg

Day One


Welcome Dinner and AMAZING entertainment - Ascot Convention Centre

Day Two

Busi Ndlovu - Welcome


"this occasion is about partners meeting to shape Oxfams picture and agenda"

Andrew Hewitt - ED Oxfam Aus - Video
Welcome

"committed to effective working relationships with community based oganisations across the world.
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25 October, 2009
Okay, my daily challenge (well maybe not always daily) is what colour I should paint my nails.  Its real, its a challenge.... Marrakech Orange, Tahiti Cyan, Oxfam Green, or The New Black – Black?
25 October, 2009

What brings a whole bunch of people, from civil society, to join together on a wet Sunday afternoon, for four days in Pietermaritzburg? Intersections 09. Intersect what?

So what do I expect on this the Oxfam Australia Learning Event for 2009. I am looking forward to discussions on subjects in the development arena, specifically about empowering women in business related development opportunities. It is also a great opportunity to network with other organisations, see what they are up to and how they are solving the issues that challenge them each day.

25 October, 2009

Hi my name is Jacqui and I am part of media and documentation team.

I expect to come out of this workshop with useful information on networking, social networking skills, my blogging skills will be enhanced. As an advocacy officer I want to learn about cellphone advocacy tools. I also expect to have fun as part of the media and documentation tea. It will be great to learn from other oxfam partners experiences and the opportunity to network on a broader level. I wont miss the policy sessions for anything. 

25 October, 2009

I am glad to be here in South Africa, the country of Madiba "Mandela" for the Oxfam Australia Learning event. The venue of the event is  very beautiful, very green,calm, the best choice for such an incredible event and all are in order to help the participants all along this event thanks to the hard working staff of the Oxfam Australi South African office.

25 October, 2009

I'm at the Oxfam partners conference, and I form part of the documenting team over the next three days of this intersection conference, here is what I expect form the upcoming interaction with other partners.

25 October, 2009

Okay, another gathering, another talk shop, whatever you want to call it! Now they come up with this name too – intersections. What is it all about? Hmmm… (oh, and did I mention, it is in Pietermaritzburg of all places – now I’m in a village with a name my spell check cant recognise! Okay, it’s a city).

21 October, 2009
This Sangonet cocktail party held last night in Cape Town appropriately coincided with the Net Tuesday meet up, a regular meeting held in the mother city to chat about social media, technology and social entrepreneurs.

21 October, 2009

21 October, 2009

21 October, 2009

21 October, 2009
Day one of the Cape Town Social Media for NGOs has been tweeted and retweeted. Judging by the conference hashtag, it has been a day filled with ideas-sharing and project-showcasing.