Thursday, July 27, 2017

Burundi is another one of those places that demands to have its picture taken. This is just what I happened to see over my hotel wall just now.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

When we showed up here yesterday to do surveys, it felt a little bit like showing up in the set of an old western movie. One row of houses in the middle of a dusty plain, with a bunch of people, mostly men, sitting or standing in the shadows staring at us and us staring back at them.

Wow! my French is terrible. Two nights ago, I ordered a cheese sandwich for dinner. I got chunks of cheese on a plate and a piece of bread on another plate. Last night I ordered an egg sandwich. I got an omelette. Just an omelette.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Working on survey sample logistics. Figuring out who will be surveyed, who will interview them, and when is probably one of the hardest and most tedious of the evaluation tasks. So critical though to getting good information. If you read any of the analyses postelections and why election predictions were off, improper sampling is often the culprit.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Rutana, Burundi. We started our impact evaluation today. In class training of surveyors in the morning, and field practice surveys in the afternoon. Actually evening by the time we were done. It is cool here this time of year, jacket-worthy. Very comfortable by my view. Entered data from 16 surveys. Only 324 more to go!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

It is not often I get to dine with a hippo. But at this restaurant in a small, reedy bay on Lake Tanganyika, hippos quite often show up to get their evening feed. It is very fun to sit at my table and eat fries while the hippo watches the customers from a (reasonable) distance. I'd say this one was probably 20 m from my table. Life delivering the unexpected. Well, somewhat unexpected. I went to this restaurant for this very purpose.

Friday, June 09, 2017

I've taken this same picture like a million times. It is just hard not too. Those hills in the background are where our project is working. Farmers are planting trees, forming community savings groups, building stronger relationships in a society that is long scarred by war and conflict. Maybe you are skeptical. I know it seems unlikely. But then, the best things in life usually are. I recommend you come here and see for yourself. You won't regret it, I promise.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

This is rowe which is fermented cassava paste. It keeps for a long time. People say it is healthy too. It does not taste like chicken.