Change the World for the better - DFID need YOU

Goatman

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#1
well, no obviously not ME.......senior type bloke with lots of Real World CIMIC experience and some common sense.

The Department for International Development (DfID) are advertising in the current issue of The Economist (p20) for a Non-Executive Director to the Management Board.


' ...you will consider the strategic challenges ahead and help monitor DFID's performance. You will also chair DFID's Audit committee and ensure DFID makes full and effective use of resources in support of our objectives, as set out in our Public service agreement.'

further information can be found on the DFID website:
email DFIDRecruitment4@dfid.gov.uk Applicants should send their cv with a one page covering letter stating what they would bring to the post and why they are interested by the closing date of 11 June 2007.
Over to you Ramillies , General Malaise and other contenders who could bring a degree of sanity to the most PC department in Whitehall :)

( unless you think Gen Rose would be a better candidate ?)


Don Cabra
 

Goatman

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I think she'd find the non-executive part of the job description a little difficult.....curiously enough I had something through the old garden gate this morning all about DfID's work in AFG so far:

Source: DfID website

The UK committed £6.2m of QIPs funding for Helmand in 2006/07. To date, £5.1m of the UK fund has been committed to 130 projects, with actual expenditure of £4.3m, leaving £1.1m to commit by the end of March 2007.

QIPs are identified by the Afghan Government, through surveys conducted by local or international NGOs, and by military patrols. The provincial authorities are consulted prior to any project scoping. Projects are scrutinised and approved by the Helmand Executive Group, which comprises representatives from DFID, FCO, the British Embassy Drugs Team (BEDT) and the UK military.

Completed UK QIPs include
• improvements to two covered markets;
• river bank walls reinforced and flood defences built;
• humanitarian assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and drought victims;
• permanent vehicle checkpoints constructed to improve security;
• provision of a hospital generator in Lashkar Gah;
• refurbishment of 30 tractors and ploughs for the Department of Agriculture; and
• improvements to the Women’s Centre including increased security.

Ongoing UK QIPS include
• regrading of Bost airport to improve transport;
• construction of 13 windmill wells across the province for improved irrigation;
• construction of children’s playgrounds;
• upgrading the prison in Lashkar Gah; and
• repairs to three schools, construction of eight new classrooms and a 20 room midwifery hostel.
• renovating the kitchen at an adult welfare centre and day care centre; and
• improvements to the bus station in Lashkar Gah.

UK QIPS approved and about to begin include
• repairs to three mosques in (Loc1)
• construction of a women’s park in (Loc 2)
• building a new school, and under taking repairs to a further four schools
• providing sports equipment to a number of schools

Frustrating environment to work in - slowly, slowly catchee monkee......


Don Cabra
 
#4
DfID might achieve more success if they were disbanded and the money simply given to crack heads or flushed down the toilet.

Apart from an excuse for SIS people to be in theatre with some level of diplomatic cover, they are worse than useless at their stated mission.

Wherever I have met DfID they have made the local situation worse with their interference and polictically motivated project funding. Never mind restoring electricty to villages in northern Bosnia: give money to the local socialist parties to encourage them to stop running extortion rackets.

While my experience of Afghanistan is limited to that of an armchair general (so please accept my comments as such), nearly all I have read in the broadsheets about the rebuilding in that benighted land seems to show that UK commanders despair of DfID and the paper-chase and number of hoops they make locals and UK commanders jump through, only to say 'no' because they don't want to leave their nice little compound in Kabul.

I cannot imagine any sane person being able to stomach the PC shite that is DfID. Disband them and allow local UK commanders to use the money how they see fit.
 
#5
Interestingly, I applied for an information pack from DfID, June last year.

One recorded telephone conversation, three chasing emails and a further telephone call to them later over the following week, I still had not received the promised application form!

I guess that my experience probably didn't merit one anyway!
 

Goatman

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Dread said:
nearly all I have read in the broadsheets about the rebuilding in that benighted land seems to show that UK commanders despair of DfID and the paper-chase and number of hoops they make locals and UK commanders jump through, only to say 'no' because they don't want to leave their nice little compound in Kabul.

I cannot imagine any sane person being able to stomach the PC shite that is DfID. Disband them and allow local UK commanders to use the money how they see fit.
Uh...kinda the point of my post really......get someone with a mil background to subvert them from PC cretinisme to the path of true righteousness -

i.e getting some of MY feckin' taxes ( which, if I'm frank, I wouldn't be spending outside UK at all anyway) spent on something that will be a meaningful addition to the lives of Afghanis and perhaps make them think for at least 3 full seconds before taking Taliban Terry's freely offered
' $10 a day and all the 7.62mm you can carry......'

White. Don't fight the......carry the war to the Enemy - join DfID today and subvert from the INSIDE....

Lee Shaver
 

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