Entries from 'GTZ'

SADC water-management and its impact

As I am working already nine months in the GTZ Transboundary Water Management programm supporting the SADC Water Division with monitoring activities, donor-harmonisation and diverse public relation activities I wanted to share some results and impacts of our work for better understanding. Often regional integration is not easy to explain and benefits are indirect and…

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Between work, lions and once-in-lifetime experiences

Now it´s almost three months that I arrived back to Southern Africa – to this amazing continent full of extrems: amazing people and hospitality – chaotic and ineffective organisation … incredible landscapes – poverty and health problems … lots of work – but also great short-time holidays. Even if my pictures speak different languages and…

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Happy to be back in Botswana

After a very long flight taking me from Berlin to Munich – over the white Alpes, through whole African continent to Johannesburg in South Africa and I finally arrived on Tuesday after almost a day of travelling to beautiful Gaborone in Botswana. It was great flying in over a totally green Kalahari-desert, as it was…

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Between Carnival and Northsea

Before I join my new job on 1st of March in Botswana I am currently on preparation-courses in Eschborn (near Frankfurt/Main) with around 30 other GTZ co-workers, who will join projects all over the world. For the first time in my professional job I receive professional preparation with management-skills, financial-explainations and of course strategic elements…

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Back to Botswana/SADC in March

After some waiting I received last week the final approval for my new challenge in Africa. From March on I will move back for at least one year to Gaborone (Botswana) and start working for the GTZ in their water-programme in the SADC region. As I wrote my thesis about this topic I am familiar…

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Goodbye Singapore: It’s time for continent-change

After some amazing months working in Asia and experiencing the Asian way of living, working and having fun life speeds up again. Last week I was offered a great job-opportunity at the German Development Cooperation/GTZ in the SADC-region, that I was writing my diploma-thesis about, and I decided taking this chance immediatly. It was a…

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Master-thesis was sucessfully handed in!

After three months of field-research in Southern Africa with the GTZ in Botswana and trips to South Africa, Mozambique and Tansania and afterwards one month writing my master-thesis in Singapore I finally handed in this “masterpiece” yesterday to my university in Berlin. The thesis elaborates before the background of transboundary water-management in the SADC region…

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The lions sleep tonight…

After GTZ office here realized an amazing year of projects and activities this weekend time-building was scheduled in the Kuthse-desert. Several games-drives were done but somehow Kuthse did not liked us, we saw very rarely animals not in the afternoon nor in the early (!) morning drive but spot a gepard and no lions. Botswana…

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My home is my swimmingpool!

When I arrived in Gaborone our garden showed almost no green and no flowers and it was quite depressing but after the rain from last weeks it totally changed. Our garden is amazing green and blossom all around, now it makes fun to use the swimming-pool and enjoy life over there. But as you see…

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60 SADC parliamentarians and me

Sometimes live is crazy and from day to day more doors opening up. Thanks to an invitation of the Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentarian Forum Martin and me went last week up to Arusha in Tanzania to attend the meeting of sixty parliamentarians of thirteen countries from SADC region, including of course Zimbabwe or…

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Getting up 3.30 at the Kruger-Park

Together with my colleague Martin and Christian from Port Elizabeth we started our research-tour trough South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland for interviews with ministries, agencies and donors. The first step brought us to Johannesburg and introduced us to our new small white GOLF I, which serves us perfectly. Afterwards we entered the Kruger-Park, which has…

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About consultancy and speed

When I started thinking about my thesis I just wanted to realise a topic, which had afterwards an effect on real life and did not end up in a dustbin after reading by the professor and maybe me. Than it speeded up fast… I managed to convince an MP as my supervisor, got an internship…

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Caught between two offices

After visiting yesterday the fancy GTZ office in the United Nation Building and enjoying the “down-town-athmosphere” I am back to the office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation to work on my thesis. The GTZ office is directly supporting the SADC (Southern African Development Cooperation) cooperation and their headquarter, which is some hundred meters around the corner from…

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Well arrived in Gaborone

After some long days in transit I finally arrived in Gaborone, Botswana, where I will stay the next three months until chrismas and work for my final thesis on the transboundary water-management in the SADC region. I flight over crazy Dubai and arrived in Joburg fine, where I had a great stay in the former…

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