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Sometimes I'm just amazed at how social networks function, especially in a field like international development. Last night we had dinner with some great folks, some of whom I'd met before, and some I hadn't although we had other friends in common.

The list:
* B, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, and whose twin sister was the director of an NGO that Mohamed worked for; B also knows my neighbors from Bamako (whom she knew in grad school); I met B at her sister's wedding in Morocco. Plus she knew her twin's good friends whom we knew from Burkina Faso. Now we have USAID friends in common.
* B's brother-in-law, who comes from the same region as MoBob, and whom I met at the same wedding. MB was thrilled to speak Berber.
* S, whom we knew when she was with USAID/Morocco - MB actually took her around to see projects when he was with another American NGO.
* S's daughter who works for yet another American NGO; she manages projects in Morocco and the Chief of Party of one project is married to my former boss.
* N & B, a very nice couple, who just moved back to the US from four years in Kenya (for her) and a soujourn in Afghanistan (for him). They knew B and her brother-in-law (of the Moroccan wedding I attended) in Afghanistan, and we knew mutual folks from Nairobi.

And of course we talked about the scandalous Tobias resignation.
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On May 1st, 2007 08:28 am (UTC), hatter_anon commented:
Sounds like a wonderful dinner party. Obviously your 'industry' stick together.
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On May 1st, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It's rather disconcerting, actually! Nowhere to hide and re-invent onself!
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