For most of my life I’ve worked in the aid industry, mostly as a consultant. I was most satisfied working on Humanitarian Information Centres between 1999-2004 and with Disberse between 2017-2020.
A big weakness in the aid industry is a lack of practitioner reflection, leading to weak institutional memory. I write to record my experiences, develop a coherent framework, and critique some of our assumptions.
I also write written fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays and so forth; I’ve published often enough to be able to say that I’m a good writer, but not enough that I’ve become a great writer. You can decide for yourself.