Small-scale Development projects

It is often the case that small scale development projects can be very successful. There are a number of reasons for this, including the following:

1) They are often instigated by local communities who have identified a need, and researched how best to achieve success.

2) They are often inexpensive to set up, sometimes only requiring a small amount of money in up-front costs.

3) Even if more expensive they are often uncomplicated, making them appealing to potential donors.

That appeal is enhanced by the fact that often an easily defined community can be seen to benefit from a suitable donation of goods, money, time and/or expertise.

A forthcoming blog (or series of blogs depending on how much information I can get) will highlight examples from the area I am familiar with – Pakati schools, Ward 14 and Murewa in general.


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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