Site Credits

On this page:

  • Past and Present Contributors
  • Website Colophon

Past and Present Contributors

The following volunteer authors, facilitators (and techies) have created this site:

  • Mark Butler - formerly Projects coordinator and Logistician in the Great Lakes and Central Asia, currently based in the UK working as Desk Officer with Tearfund.

  • Paul Currion - consultant in information management for humanitarian operations with UN agencies, NGOs and government organisations.

  • Silva Ferretti - currently working as Impact Assessment and Shared Learning Coordinator for ActionAid International. She has worked as a fieldworker/ consultant in development and relief projects in Aghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh and many more. She also did academic research on refugees, migration and housing, recently completing her PhD.

  • Fred Fulton -  involved with setting up global multilingual online knowledge sharing / collaboration systems for 8 years. He is currently part of a team at the IFRC, based in Geneva, Switzerland, developing and implementing "FedNet", the IFRC's new global Extranet/Portal. He is in the process of writing his dissertation to complete his MSc which he took at the CENDEP centre, Oxford Brookes University.

  • Ricardo Gándara - currently working as a telecoms engineer in the GSM/UMTS area, he has worked on a wide range of subjects in the last 10 years (from computer-based speech synthesis to BGP networks).  Joined AWN 1½ years ago as a sysadmin.

  • Mark Hammersley - a specialist in knowledge management and information management. An independent management consultant based in the UK, Mark has also worked as an administrator and programme manager with emergency relief programmes in central Africa. He developed and taught the postgraduate course in Knowledge Management at Nottingham University and has published articles on the subject of web based knowledge management for promoting quality and best practice.  Along with a team of volunteers, Mark was responsible for launching much of Aid Workers Network.

  • Alex Jacobs - Director of Mango (providing financial capacity building support for NGOs) and member of Oxfam's audit committee.

  • Tom Longley - worked recently in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Yemen on the management of strategic partnerships between governments and civil society in politically sensitive environments. Also worked on large scale war crimes documentation and analysis projects.

  • Barney Mayhew - independent consultant for NGOs and Governments on conflicts and emergency response.  Also lectures at military staff colleges on aid agencies and civil-military cooperation. Worked in Bosnia, Rwanda and Congo for the EU, the UN and an international NGO, after 4 years as a British Army officer. Barney has contributed to the Aid Workers Network Advice Pages and to Aid Workers Exchange.

  • Elizabeth Nyawira Mwangi -  technical advisor in project planning, project management, and capacity building based in Kenya. She works as a Trainer of Trainers and directly helps organizations to effectively deliver poverty eradication strategies, lobby and advocate on human rights issues that affect local communities. Liz is currently pursuing a Masters in International and Community Development from Deakin University, Australia.

  • Francesca Naylor - a lawyer who worked for UNHCR, UNDP and WFP in Central America, Africa and Central Asia, including editing the Emergency Handbook for UNHCR and as a senior environmental officer. Now Grants Officer for the Community Fund in the UK.

  • Caroline Parkes - a researcher currently working with CARE international and completing a masters degree at CENDEP. She is a specialist in civil society and media with an interest in BIH. Caroline is based in London, UK.

  • Alain Peyré - a development consultant based in Nepal. Originally an agriculture engineer and having worked as a manager in food processing companies. After gaining expertise in the silk sector, he involved in community development projects and support to rural SME. Now focusing on personal development: mobilization and management of human resources, livelihood personal / family project, empowerment of users groups, extension methodology.

  • Chris Piper - director of TorqAid, a consultancy company focusing on Disaster Management, Project Management, Training and Development Education. He comes from an NGO background having earlier worked for SCF and World Vision in Bangladesh, Europe, Somalia, Cambodia and now Australia. He teaches 3 units for Deakin University's Master in International & Community Development, has a Period Offer with AusAID (on Humanitarian & Disaster Relief Activities), and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services (MAIES).

  • Linda Poteat - worked in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Her main area of interest is epidemiological surveillance and community health education, having intervened in cholera, measles, meningitis and Ebola epidemics.

  • Maryann Short - a freelance technical writer and copy editor based in California, USA, and has previously edited newsletters for non-profit organisations in the field of sustainable development.

  • Paul Whiffen - a consultant with Knowledge Transformation International (KTI) advising large corporations and charities on Knowledge Management strategy. Originally with BP, Paul led the introduction of Knowledge Management practices at Tearfund and was an advisor to the 2002 World Summit in Johannesburg.

All of these contributors can be contacted using the feedback page.


Website Colophon

We built the Aid Workers Network website using the following freely available open source software.

Drupal is our website's underlying content management system. CiviCRM helps us manage our membership and email newsletters. Thank you to Don Lobo at CiviCRM for all the support in getting CiviCRM up and running for us.

The system architecture is a combination of Fedora Core 3, the pHp scripting language, the mySQL database system and the Apache server. To learn more about each of these excellent projects, head over to their homepages.

The theme and logo for the website were created by the lovely people at pingVision, a US based company specialising in the development of Drupal websites. Thanks also to Phil Wilks from Fruity Solutions for taking the time to do a pro bono website useability consultation for us. We will implement your suggestions, Phil!

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