Two Weeks in Dhaka

I think this was officially the fastest two-week trip on record. I can’t believe I am leaving tomorrow already. Maybe it is because my last two trips have been significantly longer, maybe it is because I was sick for a day, maybe it was because I had company on this trip, I don’t know. But the time has flown by! It has been a whirlwind trip, or at least that’s how it feels.

My role here this time is the same as it has been on my other trips. Basically I talk to a lot of government officials, a few other donors and people from government ministries, collect data and to try to determine how we are progressing in our implementation of the project. The project is to build capacity among the Department of Environment, so by talking to people both within and outside the Dept., I try to get a picture of how they are doing in their regulation and enforcement activities.

On top of that I have a few other tasks that I am supposed to do, some of which I managed to do, some not. One of them was project management support – we are entering an extension phase of the project and it is also year-end. Additionally, the project will be ending in December so the field office is starting to gear up for that. I have learned a lot on this trip from the acting field manager about personnel relations and management of people - that is for sure. It has been an interesting trip!

This may be my last trip to Dhaka. There are no more trips for me in the work plan, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be back before the end of the project. You just never know! I did a bit of extra shopping just in case :)

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2010-04-21 12:05

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