This trip report clearly shows the benefits which can be derived from collecting secondary materials from archives. In preparation for a historical study of environmental change in Guinea, material was collected from colonial archives in France. These proved to be excellent sources of information, including maps which it was hoped would provide the basis for participatory mapping exercises during fieldwork in guinea.
The programme of economic reform being implemented in Ethiopia is likely to hit the urban poor hardest. Various schemes have been planned by the government to mitigate the impact, including introducing a system of vouchers to be exchanged with local traders for food and kerosene. The article describes a limited, one-day RUA which was carried out in Addis Ababa as part of an assessment of the feasibility of the voucher system.