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I provide the following services to development projects and
organizations. Contact me for details.
Many development professionals do not have the time or
skills to write. I specialise in helping get your experiences—or those
of your partners and clients—onto paper or film, using a variety of methods.
I can simplify complex, technical ideas: keeping the important information
but making it easily understood. I can turn a rough manuscript into a
desktop-published book or paper, ready for publication.
Experience: I have written or edited numerous publications,
on development topics ranging from agriculture and veterinary medicine to family planning
and indigenous knowledge. I specialise in putting (or helping the author put) scientific
and technical information into an easy-to-understand form for farmers and non-scientific
audiences. I have extensive experience as a science editor, especially with papers written
by authors who speak English as a second language. I am skilled in desktop publishing and
familiar with both British and American usage.
When information is spread among many different people, when people have
different experiences and opinions, when scientists want to write for farmers and
extensionists... a writeshop can be a good way of getting it
onto paper. I can advise you whether a writeshop is appropriate; I can plan and run the
workshop for you, and if you wish, I can produce the finished manuscript, ready for the
Experience: I helped pioneer a unique method of preparing publications
through intensive workshops. This method enables a manuscript to be written, revised and
printed within a very short time. I have planned and managed more
than 50 such writeshops in various languages in Asia and Africa to produce illustrated,
user-friendly manuals on sustainable agriculture, conservation, and other topics. The
manuals and booklets produced are ideal for NGO and extension personnel.
Communication is a vital, yet frequently neglected, part of development.
New technologies do not spread by themselves they often need a push. That may mean
using mass media, computer-based communication, "small media" such as posters and flip charts, group and
individual meetings, and training. On a larger scale, extension systems face numerous
problems, including remote locations, poorly trained staff, and lack of suitable
information materials. I can help find solutions to these problems within your funding
Experience: I have designed and managed projects to produce, test and
revise media materials. I have advised projects on how to improve communication with
clients, scientists and policy makers. I have conducted evaluations of agricultural
extension systems in Nepal and Indonesia.
Publications for farmers and extension workers often lack pictures to help
carry the message or to rest the eye. The result is straight text: uncommunicative and
deadly boring. But adding pictures need not be difficult or expensive. If you can't shoot
some photos or hire an artist, you can always use clip art. But there's the problem:
there's very little development-oriented clip art around.
Experience: I promote clip art for development: I
collect line drawings of development topics, obtain copyright permission from the
originators, and make them available to others. These pictures can be used to illustrate
everything from agricultural extension booklets to websites. I have compiled one of the
few publications containing development clip art. I
have a further large collection, some of which is now available
via the DevArt website.
Local people's knowledge and attitudes are vital to sustainable
development, but are all too often forgotten. Participatory communication methods such as
participatory appraisal and group decision-making can tap indigenous knowledge and help
local people and project staff develop common understanding and goals. I can help you
design and implement these methods and train your staff how to use them.
Experience: I have designed, taught and used participatory communication approaches
in projects in Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. My publications include several
that focus on indigenous knowledge.
Many staff with the job of communication lack the appropriate background
and skills. I design and teach courses tailored to the needs of your project or
organisation. Possible topics include: planning communication strategies; selecting and
designing media; participatory communication techniques; hands-on, practical experience in
photography, video, graphics, editing and desktop publishing; using computers; and
managing communication activities.
Experience: I have planned and taught courses on development
communication, media and training techniques in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and the United States.
I teach a wide range of computer skills, including word processing, desktop
publishing, email and internet use, website construction, graphics and
Communications and computer technology are advancing at a breathtaking
pace. The Internet and CD-ROMs can provide vast amounts of information to remote
areas, and can archive vital information that might otherwise be easily
lost. Once information is in electronic format, it can be duplicated and
manipulated very easily and cheaply. But electronic media must be used wisely to ensure that appropriate information is available, and that
potential users can access it easily.
Experience: I have developed several websites in English, Indonesian
and Vietnamese containing documents, training
materials and information for agricultural researchers, policy makers. These
have covered integrated pest management, integrated rural development, and
agricultural research and extension methods. I am moderator of several email forums in
English and Indonesian. I am administrator of websites for the League
for Pastoral Peoples and the Capacity
Building in the Central Region Project in Vietnam. I am developing the DevelopmentArt website to promote the use of artwork
in development. On a lighter note, my website showing my collection of
airsickness bags is a major source of information for aficionados of this
libraries are web- or CD-ROM-based collections of documents that the user can
search to find the information he or she needs. They are a useful way of storing
and distributing information on a specific theme. CD-ROM-based digital libraries
are especially useful for developing countries where computers are common but Internet
access is not.
Experience: I have helped the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural
Research develop digital libraries of research and extension materials, using
the open source Greenstone digital library software. I developed a procedure to
scan and digitize documents in Indonesian and build the library, and trained
staff how to do this. I translated the Greenstone interface into Indonesian. I have written training modules on digitization and
digital libraries for FAO and
Unesco, and have advised organizations in Kenya on their digital library
How do farmers find out the news? What media should your project use to
reach a certain group? Have your efforts to disseminate a technology been successful?
Research can find out what you need to know.
Experience: I have designed and used quantitative and qualitative survey
techniques and participatory research methods in Indonesia and the United States.
audiovisual programmes, exhibits and posters can be very effective
ways of communicating with your audience. I can help choose the right medium for your
needs, design your messages and put them into this form.
Experience: I have written or edited scripts for more than 20 videos and
audiovisual shows in Indonesia, the USA, the Philippines and Vietnam. I have produced several audiovisual programmes and designed exhibits,
posters and flip-charts.