Category Archives: Costs

Why do we need to be on the ground? Part 6 – Gathering more meaningful information

or Being an ethnographer When we are in the field for a while, we have a different perspective than when just “come and go” for a short period of time. We also have more discussions, and, after some time, the outcome of those discussions are often different to the ones we get the first time.… Read More »

Finance Micro Management

The overall vision that I have is to help people help themselves, that they can improve their condition. Through my travels, I have come to realise that sometimes part of the issue is not necessarily money itself but money management. Both in Africa and in Europe… I am not a finance person… far from it!… Read More »

Internet – How can we make small savings

We try to minimise all our expenses. And one of the most obvious way is the accommodation set-up: camping is always the cheaper option compared to a room. But there are many other little things that we are trying to do on a daily basis, depending on the place we are. Internet is one expense… Read More »

CBO Challenge: Good Will and Effort

Money is always an issue… regardless of the scale of an NGO, money is one of the sore point (well, the same goes for everything we do…). So whether we are talking of a big-recognised-international NGO, a small-new-local NGO/CBO, or anything in between, access to funding is a necessity. But not for everything… one of… Read More »

How can we make small savings: Speed, load and fuel

Hopefully, we have all noticed (or heard) that the faster we drive, the more fuel we use. Likewise, the heavier you car is, the more fuel you use. In her “normal” load, Maya is fairly heavy. And I drive at a reasonable speed (I think… well, I am often the slowest on the road…). For… Read More »

Why do we need to be on the ground? Part 3 – Communication lines

One of the issue that we have when not being in the field is how to communicate. Access to communication is not a given everywhere, for everyone… If we are not in the country, then we are talking about international communication. Whether we sit in Europe or in the neighbouring country in Africa. So despite… Read More »

Maintenance – How can we make small savings

Having celebrated Maya’s 100’000 km in Africa, one thing that did have a cost impact during that time is repair and maintenance…. I can tell you that I have learned a lot in the past 4 years about her mechanics… And so one way of saving is to perform some of the maintenance myself. And… Read More »

But what are the costs of being in the field? (Part 3)

In the last newsletters, we compared the costs of a 6-weeks period in Zimbabwe between what we had in our setting and what it would have been to fly from Europe. In Zimbabwe in 2016, our cost amounted to around $1’600 compared to $5’900-$6’200 if we were coming from Europe. If we look at the… Read More »

But what are the costs of being in the field? (Continued – Part 2)

In the last newsletter, we looked at the costs that we had for a 6-weeks period in Zimbabwe in 2016, to be there to support projects. We mentioned that our cost amounted to around $1’600 compared to $5’900-$6’200 if we were coming from Europe for the same 6 weeks. So how do we come to… Read More »

But what are the costs of being in the field?

In the December newsletter, we explained why we are doing what we are doing, and why this way. This means travelling, being in the field to help support local populations. We mentioned, that regardless of the cost of a project itself, there are costs associated to being in the field. So now… what are those… Read More »