I am always very encouraged when Footsteps readers send me articles to include in Footsteps. Sometimes I manage to fit them quickly into issues and sometimes they may not be suitable to publish. However, I always have a number of good articles and no space to fit them in. This issue, therefore, has no main theme. Instead, we cover a number of different subjects, often from previous issues which readers have responded to. A number of articles raise crucial questions about what is at the heart of participatory development and empowerment. The source of the ‘parable’ on AIDS is unknown so we cannot credit the writer. Passion fruit is a fairly new crop for many farmers and though it grows easily, few people know the best ways of increasing production and avoiding disease. Jubilee 2000 is a campaign which I have been personally involved with and believe will become an important – and indeed prophetic – way of marking the new millennium.

Isabel Carter