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He spent his childhood in Rampton, Nottinghamshire. He attended Retford Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he was awarded an MA in Agriculture. Upon graduation, he worked for Booker McConnell, then took an MSc in Tropical Agriculture at Reading University.
Since then, he has spent most of his working life in Africa, helping the governments of Zambia and principally Zimbabwe in decentralised rural development, for which he was appointed an OBE in the Birthday Honours List of 1996. He owns a house in Harare, but because of recent difficulties in Zimbabwe, he now spends little time in that country. Instead he acts as a self-employed development consultant on local government, public service reform and capacity building to countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi and Nigeria from his base in Nottingham. [PDF] Africa faces an unprecedented opportunity [PDF] A Strategy for Capacity Development for Decentralisation in Malawi [PDF] CAPACITY IN THE MIST Draft Proceedings of a Sub-regional Workshop ...[ARCHIVED CONTENT] unsaved:///newpage2.htm [PDF] Capacity Assessment for Decentralisation in Malawi Aid Ineffectiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Problem of Donor ...
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