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Mazar e Sharif

Emotional Stages of Trip Preparation

Afghanistan: Roshan cell tower
Planning a trip to Afghanistan in the winter, a process that includes conversations with a couple of colleagues about whether to go and what to …



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21 Sep 2012

In: Research Methods
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Af: Labour Market

02 Apr 2011

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Wake up early, catch the Mazar e Sharif labour market in full swing. If you’re not hired by 9, chances are you won’t be for …
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Hearts, Minds & Feet

02 Oct 2010



The moment after the interview – when yours truly, the fixer, the connector and the participant – a hawala agent in the local money bazaar …
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Burqa Detail

24 Sep 2010



A format ripe for subversion. But then again what isn’t?
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Urban Etiquette

08 Sep 2010

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The urban etiquette for running a generator in Mazar e Sharif is to place it out by the open sewer and run a cable up …
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In Field Connectivity

08 Sep 2010

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It still surprises me that teams let this one slip: if you’re running a field study – remove a simple barrier to communication by buying …
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Clean Fuel, Dirty Fuel

07 Sep 2010

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One of the side effects of using road-side fueling stations such as this is the assumption that the fuel is not as pure as that …
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Brands Flipped

06 Sep 2010

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Mzr Stncl GRF

04 Sep 2010

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Sensual Legs

02 Sep 2010

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Product localisation in a country where under the Taliban female faces were scratched from shampoo bottles.
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