The first question that most probably comes to mind is, why this title? I just happened to be reading Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms at the same time that I am packing my bags to leave FBA after three years (six, if I count working as a consultant for FBA’s prolific and innovative Rule of Law Programme).
Hemingway’s book is set during a time of unending war, displaced populations and uncertainty across Europe. The backdrop is the ... Läs hela inlägget »
September 2015 was a big month in terms of reshaping the development discourse and sharpening the focus of the much maligned Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). And not a moment too soon. What we got were 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are intended to pave the way for more measurable outcomes that are grounded in specific objectives related to security, human rights, governance and the rule of law. The SDGs are effectively about unambiguous objectives rather ... Läs hela inlägget »
Coming from Stockholm to Kiev for the first time since the end of November last year, you don’t know where to begin. Back then it was all about the Ukrainian government signing on the dotted line of the Association Agreement with the European Union. Now, following the shocking scenes of Maidan and the shoot to kill policy by the government on protesters, you’re struck numb by the wreckage of the aftermath. The many pictures of the ... Läs hela inlägget »