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Transportation and West Africa   1 comment

Since my days in Peace Corps I have been a big supporter to constructing and reconstructing roads as a mean for development in Africa (or anywhere, really). Roads mean access to hospitals, markets (to buy and sell goods), schools, etc. If the roads are horrid, like many in Africa, access to these important resources are […]

Why Pulaar?   Leave a comment

People may wonder why I choose to learn Pulaar, as opposed to French, for my research and latest stint abroad. It is a good question. I also got the same question from Senegalese. So, I hope this post can address the question and any concerns. In Senegal, the official language is French. However, Senegal also […]

Peace in Casamance – Next Steps (Part 1)   3 comments

I know my blogging has been slim the last few months but to be honest my time here in Casamance has been pretty strict in terms of starting and conducting my research in the field. So, let me post a short piece for my audience. Also, I’ll note that this piece is a “Part 1” […]

Do No Harm, Peacebuilding, and Culture   2 comments

Below is a pending piece of the literature review for my Master’s Paper. Any thoughts or comments are appreciated. DNH has identified five categories of ‘peace capacities’ or connectors Anderson (1999, p. 24). They use the term ‘peace capacities’ in the text but I feel this term could also be the same as ‘conflict management […]

My Research in Casamance   4 comments

As most of you know I served in Peace Corps/The Gambia between 2008-2010. The Gambia is surrounded by Senegal (I call Senegal the ‘pac man’) with ocean at the west. I lived just south of The Gambian River far upcountry in the country’s bush-area, and was never too far from The Senegalese border at any […]

The ‘Angry’ Development Worker/ Conflict Management Professional   1 comment

I am taking time out from eating my lunch (peanut sauce with bits of chicken over rice) and from studying (how to negate commands in Pula Fuuta) to type this post. I hope it makes sense to those who know me, and for those who can relate to the context. E misaal (for example in […]

Posted June 19, 2012 by Travis Warrington in Development

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Senegal – Part 1   Leave a comment

To Whom That Will Read This, I told a few people that I would be keeping current on my blog to update the rest of the world of my status in Senegal. Forgive me as I left Boston on May 26th and got into Dakar, Senegal on May 27th – thus I am past due […]

Macky Sall and Casamance   Leave a comment

The long awaited run-off election in Senegal happened on 25 March 2012. Senegalese, West Africans, and Africanists from around the world held their breathe. And then, Mightly Allah had spoken and Sall marked victory. But we still held our breathe, as we awaited Wade’s response. At last, Wade did respond, and positively, as reports came […]

Posted March 28, 2012 by Travis Warrington in Conflict

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The Look   Leave a comment

After watching the video* from the recently decease Tim Hetherington, many emotions arose. The film captures, as Tom suggests and I quite agree with him, there is an interesting/odd mix of Western field practitioners living and working in developing areas and/or conflict environments. It is odd because we choose to be in that type of […]

Aid within Contextual Lens – Japan   1 comment

I blogged about Japan a few weeks ago as a backlash to the knee-jerk reaction the international community was undertaking; my school/university is no different. In the piece, I was critical of what my colleagues are doing to assist the Japanese who are in dire need, selling bracelets and the monies going to victims of […]

Posted April 5, 2011 by Travis Warrington in Development

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