Recently I spent a week in Kinshasa observing our talented Girl Researchers. They were analysing their first sets of qualitative data collected as part of DFID DRC’s programme for adolescent girls, La Pépinière. Sixteen girls aged between 16 and 24, from …
Cleo Blackman, Programme Manager, DFID DRC
I joined DFID in 2007 after working in the private sector as a new media coordinator for 5 years. I have worked in Private Office (in DFID and Cabinet Office), on policy in Communications and the Committee on Standards in Public Life, on programmes and strategy in the Helmand PRT and am currently in Kinshasa, DRC, developing a new economic empowerment and research programme for adolescent girls in partnership with Girl Hub.
The Girl Summit 2014 was a big deal in the UK. It was the culmination of months of hard work by DFID, UNICEF and Girl Hub. It was attended by Prime Ministers, Presidents and Cabinet Ministers. Hundreds of young people …
The Girl Summit 2014 is an important global campaign for DRC, where an estimated 39% of girls are married between the ages of 15 and 18 – and probably younger in rural areas. And that figure needs caveating with the …
Around International Women’s Day recently, the PRT here had a number of female-focussed visits, including Baroness Warsi and the NATO Secretary General’s wife. Earlier in the same week, Justine Greening, the DFID Secretary of State gave a speech on the importance of tackling …
My first four months in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Lashkar Gah have been heavily livestock themed – of the poultry family especially – with the construction of Helmand's Bolan Farm chicken house, the birth of the Helmand Poultry Association …
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