Monday, 30 June 2014

Passport Power

A very interesting map detailing who has the most freedom to travel in the world, based on passports and visa regulations. There is also a really useful online site called Do You Need a Visa, which tells you whether you need one based on the country you are in and the country you are travelling to.

Friday, 27 June 2014


You really want this.

Logframer a freeware programme that helps you to build logframes (logic frameworks). These are summary boxes that outline your project objectives, actions and results, and help you to monitor and evaluate the progress of your project.

The logical framework or logframe is a project management tool, that can be used to design, implement, monitor and evaluate a project. The logframe presents a wealth of information related to your project in a 4x4 matrix. The logframe can help you reflect on the basic elements of your project, such as its objectives, the activities that you want to do, the resources that you're going to need, how you are going to follow-up your project's progress and results, and what risk could threaten your project.

This free programme will assist you in mapping out your logframes and timelines, helping to present your project in a professional manner. 

Logframer 1.2 is a free project management application for projects based on the logical framework method. Logframer was designed with NGO projects for development and humanitarian assistance in mind, but can also be used for other kinds of projects in other sectors.

Major brownie points with donors.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Volunteering is Good for Mental Health

[F]our in five volunteers believe their volunteering activity has had a positive effect on their health. 
Research published today by Citizens Advice Bureau indicates that volunteering boosts self-esteem, employabilty and health – especially mental health. 

Giving is receiving and all that.

Shame the national volunteering centres have had their funding slashed.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Kumva Consulting

Hope everybody has enjoyed the restful down-time and used it to brush up on the archives?

I've decided to extend my trip to East Africa, having just relocated the majority of my services to Kigali in the form of Kumva Consulting (Facebook/Twitter @KumvaConsulting).

Umva is one of the best known words in Kinyarwanda, meaning 'listen!' but practically it can be used to mean just about anything you want it to: 'oy!, come here, over there, pay attention, this way...' Everybody knows the word umva.

Adding the K before it turns it into 'to listen/to understand,' which we reckon is a good name for a consultancy.

I'm still running charity start-up and remote services in the UK, but training and in-house work is now focused on Rwanda. It's been interesting returning to the country after a five-year absence, but surprising how quickly it starts to feel like home again.

If you are a consultant working in the public or voluntary sector in Rwanda, or more widely throughout East Africa, please do drop me a line. We're always on the look-out for talented associates.

I'll be back to blogging more regularly now.