The rise and rise of democracy

Author: cathy tully

December is always a time for reflection and as we approach the end of 2017 and look back over what’s happened around the world this year, anyone could be forgiven for feeling despondent about what democracy really means. Political polarisation and the rise of populism create a danger for democracy and threaten transparency and trust. In many countries, including the UK and the US, more or less half the population did not get the result they wanted when they cast their votes recently, which has created division and instability. But it would be wrong to buy into this world Read More …

Our New Website and Why We Love It

Author: helena haycock

We’re excited to announce that our new, hugely revamped, website is live. The updated site has been re-thought from the ground up to make it easier to understand the scope of our business offerings and to help you find the sector of our business you require. It boasts a new, contemporary look, structural changes and a whole host of smaller but impactful changes, all of which will make your experience easier and more enjoyable. We started by thinking about our potential audiences and how they might want to find things on the site. In other words, we tried to Read More …

#SAAEA2017

Author: cathy tully

The 11th Southern Africa Association for Education Assessment Conference The Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB) will be hosting the 11th annual conference of the Southern Africa Association for Education Assessment (SAAEA) at Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi, Malawi from 17th July to 19th July 2017. Conference Theme:“Promoting Excellence in Assessment for Quality Education” Smith & Ouzman is partnering with MANEB and ICAM who are your hosts for #SAAEA2017. We have a proud heritage of assisting educational institution in Africa in the form of sponsorships for various conferences and we look forward to helping make #SAAEA2017 a huge success. The below Read More …

Funding Ambulances in Kenya

Author: cathy tully

Seeing the arrival of these ambulances in Kenya is a positive conclusion to a very painful experience for all concerned at Smith & Ouzman; it had long been hoped that this might be the outcome of negotiations between the British and Kenyan governments. Lessons have been learnt which have benefited Smith & Ouzman’s ongoing development, with new market leading bribery and corruption prevention management systems being put in place. Smith & Ouzman is also the first company in the security print industry to attain BS10500 accreditation (soon to become ISO37001). We are sure that our experiences have helped open the eyes Read More …