Monitoring Trip: Kenya & Ethiopia

In mid-September, Greg Cadman (Compliance Manager) travelled to East Africa to attend meetings on behalf of GDG in Kenya and Ethiopia. In Nairobi, Kenya, Greg met up with Australia’s High Commissioner to Kenya, HE Mr Geoff Tooth, and Mrs Leisa Gibson (First Secretary, Development Cooperation) and discussed various matters including some excellent GDG projects in Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania.

In Ethiopia Greg joined Daniel Watts (GDG Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant) and Tessema Beleke (GDG Representative for Ethiopia) to visit our project J850N with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia. Meeting with the CEO, Martin Andrews, they were impressed by a truly impressive project – the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital (and head office) and then later The Hamlin College of Midwifes and Desta Mender (sustainability/training centre); HFE also has another 5 centres throughout regional Ethiopia!

Dr Catherine Hamlin co-founded the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital with her late husband, Dr Reg Hamlin, in 1974, and it was a wonderful privilege for them to meet her at the HFE head office, and in the cool, peaceful, and invigorating garden surrounds which she also helped to create. She is an inspirational person and a wonderfully deserving nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Next Daniel and Greg had a meeting with Australia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, HE Ms Lisa Filipetto, who was not long from completing her term in office and would soon be returning to Canberra. She provided an insightful commentary on the Ethiopian culture and history, along with the challenges and opportunities for future development engagement.

Overall, it was an entirely impacting, challenging and worthwhile trip! Global Development Group is privileged to partner with Dr Catherine and her team at Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) Limited in the project J850N Hamlin Fistula Medical and Maternal Health Program which is working towards the goal of eradicating obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.