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Flooding the Birthplace of Mankind

Wednesday, 9th July, 2014

The damming of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, where five major rivers flow out of the highest concentration of highlands in all Africa – and where there is a uniquely diverse human gene pool – is due for completion in 2014. I understand perfectly why a government would want to tap into the potential that…

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A Charity that Works

Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Anybody who has had anything to do with charity work will understand what I mean when I say that money, given freely, without any plan for the future, is a curse; and when that money – or the goods and equipment it buys – has to cross borders so the difficulties tend to multiply. Red…

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The Manager, the Ranch and the Safari from Heaven

Thursday, 12th December, 2013

I first came across Jochen Zeitz when a friend recommended I read his book, The Manager and the Monk, co-authored with Father Anselm Grun. Subtitled A Discourse on Prayer, Profit and Principles, it’s a wonderfully insightful treatise on the fundamental importance of developing an ethics for managing responsibly – and sustainably. You probably know it….

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The World’s First Community Managed Black Rhino Conservancy

Monday, 9th December, 2013

Formed in 2001, in the Wamba District of northern Kenya, The Sera Conservancy Trust is 12 years in the making. I know it of old. It’s what’s known as an anchor conservancy, links Melako and Biliqo-Bulesa conservancies and functions not only as a wildlife conservation area, but also as the place that the Samburu, the…

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Bishangari and The Price of Failure

Thursday, 29th August, 2013

Welcome to this, Journeys by Design very first blog post. I thought, it being the first, that I might share with you something general, perhaps how we got started, what we’ve done, and where we are now – imagining, I suppose, that as well as giving you something of an insight into our values and…

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The Friedkin Fund

Saturday, 10th August, 2013

Life is as much about those delightful moments of unexpectedness as it is being sure that every ball thrown comes down exactly as and where you would have hoped. Chancing late last year upon the Friedkin Fund, at Legendary Lodge, Arusha, during a routine educational trip in northern Tanzania, is one of those moments. A…

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Amref Health Africa

Sunday, 3rd March, 2013

Some organisations are unassailably good. Amref Health Africa is one such organisation. Formed in 1957, by three reconstructive surgeons, it runs Africa’s leading air ambulance and medical outreach service. The organisation works closely with Kenya’s Kenyatta National Hospital, was the first African organisation to receive the Gates Award for Global Health and today reaches over…

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