Over the last few months our team across Malawi and Australia have been reflecting on our work to date. We’ve been dissecting the key factors underpinning our many successes and perhaps more so, our failures and the rich learnings attached to them.
After a couple of days in Kapita, I am beginning to come to terms with AFT (African Flexible Time). A concept coined by my friend Chawezi to help me understand the flexible nature of Malawian scheduling. The term initially surfaced when we were expecting to do our interviews with Kapita’s largest village.
Coming to Malawi, I was not sure what to expect. Having travelled through a few African countries before landing in Malawi, I was expecting Lilongwe to be a fast-paced, high-intensity and stressful city.
We thought we’d take a break from our usual programming and get our team to share some of their sources of inspiration. We’d like to share some documentaries that have had a powerful impact on how we see the world.
I joined the Empower Malawi team in 2010 as a fresh young graduate with no experience about development work. A scientist at heart, equipped with theories, hope and confidence amassed from the long lecture hours, I was eager to get down to work. I cared less where and how.