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Afghanistan: Back to the future

I have now left Afghanistan after nearly 21 months there.  Just over a year ago, I spent four days in Bamyan province considering a new agriculture programme supported by UK and New Zealand aid. One year later I accompanied our Ambassador on his …

The game’s the thing

I’m a keen cricket fan, so recently I travelled to Colombo, Sri Lanka to cheer on Afghanistan in the World 2020 Cup competition. I was able to wear my own Afghan cricket shirt as a few months ago the Afghan …

Discussing progress

We review our programmes annually to monitor progress. Security concerns in Afghanistan make these reviews more challenging than in other countries but, with careful planning much can be achieved and learned. I recently joined the team reviewing a new project …

A walk in the park

My arrival in Afghanistan coincided nicely with the weather warming up, but until now I didn’t feel I’d seen as much of Kabul as I would have liked. My routine is more about meetings with government and partners. I finally …