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About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.

kathmandu valley rim supermoon

Beauty is a good antidote to generally depressing world news. The Chandragiri ridge from which these pics were taken is favorite trail country for me. They were the closest bit of valley rim from where I used to live, seen … Continue reading

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meta meme

My admiration for people that are able to explain something complex in a simple, but not simplifying way, funny, concise, interest arousing, and using multiple layers of meaning, each a comment on the previous one, so as to walk the walk that … Continue reading

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guided running to explore Shanghai

It’s taken a while, but the time has come to make a public offer. I’ve been running Shanghai streets for more than two years now. It’s great fun and I start to know my way around quite some parts of … Continue reading

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why vote for this talented girl?

Two years ago I posted on why spectacular talent deserves support. Sounds like a long time ago but for Mira Rai (also look here and here) to prove me right, two years really isn’t much time. Sure, she confirmed within a … Continue reading

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iimbsd: come jogging with me

Some time ago I adopted the pedestrianism label for my approach to running. Now I’m finally ready to advertise myself as a running guide for exploring Shanghai I’m reconsidering. Why go for a big word when there is a small one, … Continue reading

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extreme trails

Addendum: anyone doubting my claim that extreme efforts presuppose an ‘outlier’ body, read Bryon Powell’s interview with Pete Kostelnick who just shattered the longstanding trans-USA record, running an average of more than 115k/day for a consecutive 42 days, 6 hours … Continue reading

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the Dutch are coming

Given our lack of a trail/fell/cross-country running tradition, and our pancake geography, it is no wonder that we don’t have many Dutch trail/mountain running podium contestants. But we’re coming. There seems to be a caveat though: first emigrate to an environment … Continue reading

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visualizing Shanghai

In a recent post I embedded a great visual about Shanghai. That was just the latest of the videos about this amazing city. Most of those are (sort of) contemporary. The exception being a 1973 documentary. Just learned about this … Continue reading

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trail?trends

Disclaimer: my version of trendwatching is largely an effort to detect patterns in the echo chamber of my interests. I’ve written a couple of posts on trends in trailrunning, as well as various pretentious reflections on running in general (my … Continue reading

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illustrating the endless diversity of cityscapes

One may argue that the most difficult aspect to notice is that which is all and ever present (the fish and water argument). Luckily, I’ve been living in big cities not long enough to run a risk of taking them that … Continue reading

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please, criticize me! (why anticorruption practitioners should scrutinize and challenge research methodology)

Although this guest post for the Global Anticorruption Blog is not formally part 4 in a series on Corruption among development NGOs, conceptually it certainly is part of it. For the background of this series, see part 1. The original of this … Continue reading

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nepalese eye candy

I’m no mountainbiker, and generally not a fan of the dicovery/nat geo kinda visuals, let alone when accompanied by the spin-doctoring text and sound that characterizes that genre. But taste doesn’t rob me of the ability to appreciate craftsmanship. And … Continue reading

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corruption among development NGOs, part 3 – the need for collective action by funding agencies

For the background of this series, see part 1. The original of this post can be found here. The full reports can be accessed on my publications page. The previous post of the series can be accessed here. the need for collective action … Continue reading

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corruption among development NGOs, Part 2–the hot potato of upward accountability

For the background of this series, see part 1. The original of this post can be found here. The full reports can be accessed on my publications page. The third of the series can be accessed here. the hot potato of upward accountability … Continue reading

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corruption among development NGOs, Part 1–Getting the Facts

I have been conducting  policy research on NGO governance and problematic financial management in the Cambodian NGO sector since late 2014. It’s an ongoing involvement. The material costs have been covered by the grantmaker that commissioned it, but given my board membership … Continue reading

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riverfronts, the good, the bad and the ugly

Rivers are redeeming features for any city. I’ve lived in quite a few that are mostly or partly defined by their rivers and haven’t come across any for which their riverfront was a total negative. However, what cities do with … Continue reading

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trekking in Tibetan Sichuan

One of the things we did this summer was join our friends Connie, Ignas and their daughter Josien, whom we know from our shared days in Cambodia, on guided treks around mount Zhakra and across the Laghang grasslands. Our base … Continue reading

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some pedestrian thoughts instead of a 2015 trail running review

For two years in a row I reviewed my armchair trail running impressions (see here and here). Haven’t got much to add. Most trends have deepened (more business, more attention to FKTs and its variations, more extreme events, many more … Continue reading

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booming Shanghai

The China blog of the Asia Society just published a piece on the Dramatic Urbanization in China Over Decades. This is a partial reblog. Twenty-six years ago, only 26 percent of the Chinese population lived in urban areas. Since then, China’s urbanization … Continue reading

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the best democracy money can buy

a disturbing (but strangely niche) read for anyone interested in what we settle for when accepting that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others. Haven’t come across much that added anything to this eye-opener that entered … Continue reading

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visualizing inequality

One of my resources to keep in touch with development debates is Oxfam GB Duncan Green’s From Poverty to Power blog. Apart from his own interesting posts and guest contributions he regularly publishes a Links I Liked post that always contains click-worthy … Continue reading

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street art with a great story

As long back as I can remember, reading about art has been a slightly upsetting experience, one that I therefore not seek out much. Especially explanations of visual art. Their usually arcane character leave me with a sense of inadequacy and … Continue reading

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everest and ego

Nepal 1978, was my first ever time in real mountainscape, other then crossing an occasional pass in the Alps with my parents on our yearly summer pilgrimage to Italian beaches. Saw Everest from Gokyo peak, and very nearly got myself … Continue reading

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memes or bodies?

Some will not even get to this first sentence because they think memes are a crock of shit.  I disagree but would argue that one needs both to make something happen. An either or question is the wrong perspective. But … Continue reading

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