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2010-10-01: World Habitat Day – October 4, 2010;
2010-10-02: Teaching uMunthu for global peace;
2010-10-03: Portugal supports ITU’s Connect a School / Connect a Community Initiative;
2010-10-04: Read it and weep;
2010-10-05: The global capitalist crisis and Africa’s future;
2010-10-06: Management Courses for NGO Staff;
2010-10-07: Brain Drain, University Research Funding and the Microelectronics Industry;
2010-10-08: The Credo Mutwa Hospital For Aids Patients And Abused Children;
2010-10-08: Le Mois d’octobre culturel à la librairie arabe L’Olivier;
2010-10-09: Black power, history’s greatest black archivers;
2010-10-10: Micronutrient Initiative Endorses and Calls for Action on Scaling Up Nutrition Road Map;
2010-10-11: Burundi: Handheld Computers Speed Up Food Aid;
2010-10-12: Join Spires campaign against Land Grabbing;
2010-10-12: Found on Al Jazeera.Net online;
2010-10-13: Africa: The Challenge of Hunger – Focus on the Crisis of Child Undernutrition;
2010-10-14:  New technologies and the threat to sovereignty in Africa;
2010-10-15: Biopiracy, the intellectual property regime and livelihoods in Africa;
2010-10-16: SOCIAL WATCH PRESENTS ITS NEW REPORT TO HEADS OF STATE;
2010-10-17: Female foeticide is on the rise as rogue clinics thrive;
2010-10-18: The Tide Has Changed: A musical essay and a lesson in humanity;
2010-10-19: Recovering our memory;
2010-10-20: People creating change in Africa;
2010-10-21: Ten Commandments For Good Manners;
2010-10-22: Championing the transformation of African society;
2010-10-23: Human Rights Watch films for educational screenings;
2010-10-24: The Violence Debate: Teaching the Oppressed How to Fight Oppression;
2010-10-24: Introduction to UNOG services for NGOs;
2010-10-24: Introduction aux services des Nations Unies à Genève;
2010-10-25: Inequality kills;
2010-10-26: Manipulation of social consciousness through mass media;
2010-10-27: India gets lauded for innovative solutions to rural healthcare;
2010-10-27: Grèves: explications de la spécificité franco-française;
2010-10-28: CMRS Winter Short Courses – Cairo, January 2011;
2010-10-28: 120 more Afghan candidates face charges of electoral violation;
2010-10-29: The illusion of poverty reduction;
2010-10-30: What Should Be Done About Child Soldiers?
2010-10-31: Integration or federation? Towards political unity for Africa.

Integration or federation? Towards political unity for Africa

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about regional integration and the East African Federation

Published on Pambazuka News, Issue 501, by Dani W. Nabudere, Oct. 21, 2010.

Regional integration is an economic project with superimposed political structures, while federation is a political project as part of a strategy for political and economic emancipation, writes Dani W. Nabudere, in an examination of why the two ideas, as currently conceived, are incompatible. So what is the way forward for East Africa? … //

… Prior to the referendum, there should be a process of grassroots discussions and consultations at village level about the implications of removing the borders and this discussion will include the issue of how to form new states, which will constitute the federation. This is their sovereign right. These discussions will include the issue of what to do once the current colonial borders are dissolved.  Continue Reading…

What Should Be Done About Child Soldiers?

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Linked with United Nations’ Cyber Schoolbus. – Published on United Nations’ Cyber Schoolbus, in english and russian:

Around the world today, children are not only the victims of war, but also the participants. At any one time, more than 250,000 girls and boys under the age of 18 are fighting in armed conflicts. These young soldiers are part of government forces and armed opposition groups in more than 30 locations worldwide. And while many child soldiers are between the ages of 15 and 18, some are as young as 7 years old.

Throughout this WebQuest you will find all the resources you need to develop a response to a fundamental question: Go to the Big Web Quest.

The illusion of poverty reduction

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Published on STWR, by Milford Bateman, Oct. 11, 2010.

With poverty rising rapidly in many developing and transition countries on account of the global financial crisis, the need for effective policies to address this key issue is of increasing importance. One development policy long hailed as important in this context is ‘microfinance’. As originally conceived, microfinance (or microcredit as it is also known) is the provision of tiny loans to poor people who establish or expand a simple income-generating activity, thereby supposedly facilitating their escape from poverty … //

… A neoliberal ideology:   Continue Reading…

120 more Afghan candidates face charges of electoral violation

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Published on Xinhuanet, Oct. 24, 2010.

A commissioner of UN-backed Afghan Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Sunday said the body is currently probing the cases with regard to electoral violation committed by 120 more candidates of the country’s legislative elections held on Sept. 18 … //

… Briefing reporters on the number of complaints, Rafat said ECC had received 5,315 post-election complaints as of Sunday and of these 1,797 ceases have been adjudicated and the decisions have been posted on ECC website. “Of those complaints over 2,000 have been classified as category A allegations, if proved may affect the election results in several polling stations,” he further said.  Continue Reading…

CMRS Winter Short Courses – Cairo, January 2011

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Received by e-mail, From: CMRS, Date: 26/10/2010

The American University in CairoCenter for Migration and Refugee Studies:

WINTER SHORT COURSES – JANUARY 2011 (THE DEADLINE for submitting course applications is NOVEMBER 30, 2010).

The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies CMRS at the American University in Cairo AUC is offering the following three winter short courses in January 2011:

1. INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE LAW (January 9-13, 2011): Continue Reading…

India gets lauded for innovative solutions to rural healthcare

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Published on OneWorld.net, Source: The Hindu, Oct. 20, 2010.

… The latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal carries an article on the proposed initiative which says that whether or not the government succeeds, it should be praised for the innovative solution. “In the end, the quality of care will depend not only on the duration of medical training, but also on its quality and, perhaps even more importantly, the ‘after-sales’ service.”

This praise from Lancet comes weeks after the same journal published an article on the discovery of the antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ in India and Pakistan. That article created a huge controversy, with India having to deny that foreigners treated here had developed immunity to antibiotics due to the indiscriminate use of drugs. Continue Reading…

Grèves: explications de la spécificité franco-française

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Publié sur Le Cerrle/les Echos, par Jean Luc Baslé, Oct. 25, 2010.

Les grèves à répétition tiennent à une collusion spécifiquement française entre le pouvoir politique et les groupes d’intérêt. Elles disparaîtront avec cette collusion … //

… Approfondir la démocratie:

Les Romains conquirent le cœur de leur empire naissant en une cinquantaine d’années. A la question que Polybe, l’historien grec, se posait de savoir ce qui expliquait leur extraordinaire succès, il répondit: la constitution de la jeune république. Par elle, les destinées de Rome et du peuple étaient liées. Cette communauté d’intérêts, c’est-à-dire ces droits et ces devoirs qui lient un peuple à la nation, assurait son succès. Continue Reading…

Manipulation of social consciousness through mass media

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Published on Online Journal, by Saida Arifkhanova, Oct. 22, 2010.

Information is an important part of modern human life. Information is becoming a more significant element of modern life along with education and the way people interact with information today to a greater extent defines the level of their existence.

Possession of information and education in 21-century determine a modern person’s status in society. Along with the sphere of education, information field determines the fields of labour and economy and influences the sphere of state politics. Manipulation of information and also manipulation of social consciousness in our age are becoming a technology of programming people’s behavior. Manipulating society one can destroy certain ideas in people’s minds and on their ruins create new ideas and fundamentals, for example of a new ideology.  Continue Reading…

Inequality kills

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Published on Real-World Economics Review Blog, by Merijn Knibbe, October 23, 2010.

Inequality considered: what do agent based macro data on wealth and health tell us about the consequences of inequality?

1. Introduction

Inequality is back into the limelight. Of course, we already knew that, especially in Anglo Saxon countries, neo liberal policies had caused an increase in inequality (just consult consecutive versions of the UN World Development reports {Human Development Report 2009, M Economy and inequality}) … //  Continue Reading…

Introduction aux services des Nations Unies à Genève

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le mardi 2 novembre 2010, Salle XXIII, de 10 h 00 à 13 h 00.

L’Unité de liaison avec les organisations non gouvernementales de l’Office des Nations Unies à Genève (ONUG) a l’honneur de vous inviter à une réunion d’information concernant le nouveau système d’accréditation « en-ligne » des représentants d’organisations non gouvernementales à Genève, ainsi que d’autres sujets en relation avec la collaboration entre les ONG et l’ONUG.

A cette occasion, vous seront présentés les différents services de l’ONUG (Service des conférences, de la sécurité ou d’interprétation) auxquels les organisations non gouvernementales pourront poser les questions qui les préoccupent. Un programme préliminaire est joint à la présente invitation et l’interprétation de la réunion sera assurée en français et anglais. Toutes les ONG sont encouragées à participer.

Introduction to UNOG services for NGOs

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on Tuesday, 2 November  2010, in Room XXIII, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

The Non-Governmental Liaison Unit of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is pleased to invite you to attend an information session on the new “on-line” system of accreditations of Non-Governmental Organizations representatives in Geneva, as well as other issues concerning the collaboration between NGOs and UNOG.

During this meeting, you will be introduced to many services of UNOG (Conference Services, Security and Safety Section, Interpretation Service) to whom the Non-Governmental Organizations can ask questions they may have. A preliminary programme is attached to this invitation and interpretation will be provided in English and French. All NGOs are encouraged to participate.

The Violence Debate: Teaching the Oppressed How to Fight Oppression

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Published first on Ramsy Baroud’s Website, and then also on Global Research.ca, by Ramzy Baroud, Oct. 22, 2010.

Linked with Ramzy Baroud’s Website.

… In a statement marking a recent visit announcement by the group of Elders to the Middle East, India’s Ela Bhatt, a ‘Gandhian advocate of non-violence’, explained her role in The Elders’ latest mission: “I will be pleased to return to the Middle East to show the Elders’ support for all those engaged in creative, non-violent resistance to the occupation – both Israelis and Palestinians.”

For some, the emphasis on non-violent resistance is a successful media strategy. You will certainly far more likely to get Charlie Rose’s attention by discussing how Palestinians and Israelis organize joint sit-ins than by talking about the armed resistance of some militant groups ferociously fighting the Israeli army.  Continue Reading…

Human Rights Watch films for educational screenings

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Received by e-mail, From: Marianna Reis, Date: 21/10/2010

YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE COLLECTION VOL 1 – 3:

30 POWERFUL FILMS ON HUMAN RIGHTS – Now Available for free on DVD to teachers worldwide for educational screenings.

Armed with digital cameras and their own creativity – young people across the globe are bravely exposing human rights issues faced by themselves and their communities. YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE is a program of short films created by filmmakers under the age of 19. Youth Producing Change is presented by Adobe Youth Voices in association with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.  Continue Reading…

Championing the transformation of African society

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Horace Campbell, Issue 500 Oct. 14, 2010.

‘Unity is indispensable in order for the peoples of Africa to live in peace, improve their quality of life, restore the natural environment, repair the human spirit and the earth,’ but there are challenges Pan-Africanism must overcome to achieve it. Horace Campbell looks at the role Pambazuka News has played in nurturing networks for the emancipation of the continent, and how it can champion transformation by ’strengthening popular power’.

‘Through the voices of Africa and the global South, Pambazuka Press and Pambazuka News disseminate analysis and debate on the struggle for freedom and justice.’

As Pambazuka News reaches the point of its 500th issue, it offers an opportunity to assess its relationship to the global Pan-African movement and the tasks for the next 500 issues … //  Continue Reading…

Ten Commandments For Good Manners

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Published on Courtesy Counts, Inc..

1. Be Thyself.
Good Manners begin with a good sense of self. Unless you are true to yourself,
you can never be true to others. You are unique. Don’t try to shape your
personality to meet circumstances. Be natural, and the world will respect you for
what you are …//

… 10. Act and Look Your Best.
Each day dress as if it were your only chance to shine. A smile should top your
list of accessories. Your home, car and workplace should reflect your best. They
should be tidy, neat and well organized. Table manners are important too.
Observe rules of proper conduct, such as not speaking with food in your mouth
and not eating until the host has been seated. Eat slowly, enjoying each bite.
Savor the moments when good friends.

Full text for the other 8 commandments.

People creating change in Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Hakima Abbas, Issue 500 Oct. 13, 2010.

In a speech given to the Africa–Canada Forum, Hakima Abbas discusses the contemporary challenges for Africa’s self-determination and the centrality of the continent’s social movements in ‘entrenching democratic principles’ … //

— watch 3 drawings between texts —

… In regards to natural resources, Canada is itself a superpower in the African mining sector. While Canada’s mining presence is relatively new in Africa, only South Africa is just ahead of Canada in the African mining industry. The value of Canadian mining assets in Africa has grown from US$233 million in 1989 to US$14.7 billion in 2007. While Canada has endorsed the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, voluntary codes of conduct and self-regulation need be made mandatory through national legislation to ensure internationally recognised standards for Canadian companies operating in Africa. In particular, we must demand recognition of communities’ rights to free, prior and informed consent.  Continue Reading…

Recovering our memory

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Nnimmo Bassey, Issue 500 /Oct. 12, 2010.

Nnimmo Bassey, environmental justice activist and winner of the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, pays tribute to Pambazuka News on occasion of its 500th edition. ‘Through this medium we build and equally recover lost memories for future action,’ he writes.

In an era where Africa is often portrayed as a ‘basket case’ there are bright spots that doggedly show that this is no season for despair. While some work for the fragmentation of African states and others forecast the collapse of existing ones, we can boast of collectives working patiently to build a pan-African consciousness with the full knowledge that our desired future is in our unity; our strength is in our diversity and the path to tomorrow must be built across the bridge of solidarity … //  Continue Reading…

The Tide Has Changed: A musical essay and a lesson in humanity

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Published on Online Journal, by Ramzy Baroud, Oct. 15, 2010.

If one tried to fit music compositions into an equivalent literary style, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble’s latest release would come across as a most engaging political essay: persuasive, argumentative, rational, original, imaginative and always unfailingly accessible.

But unlike the rigid politicking of politicians and increasingly Machiavellian style of today’s political essayists – so brazen they no longer hide behind illusory moral façades – the band’s latest work is also unapologetically humanistic.  Continue Reading…

Female foeticide is on the rise as rogue clinics thrive

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Progressive Kolkata [Calcutta] and his dark secret – Published on Tehelka, by Partha Dasgupta (also on wikipedia), Oct. 14, 2010.

KOLKATA, known to be a bastion of progressive forces, hides in its womb a startling fact: one out of every six pregnancies end in sex selective malpractice — the official term for female foeticide. Evidence emerged when the Department of Health and the State Women’s Commission conducted a survey on pregnant women. Tallying the F-forms (issued by the government to gather details of pregnant women coming for tests) with the present status of would-be mothers, they were shocked to find that in nearly 16 percent cases, the target child was missing — circumstantial evidence that female foetuses are being aborted.

What kind of family still believes that unborn daughters must be sacrificed to make way for sons? … //  Continue Reading…

SOCIAL WATCH PRESENTS ITS NEW REPORT TO HEADS OF STATE

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a citizens´ global progres report on poverty eradication and gender equity

Published on Social Watch.org, by Social Watch, Oct. 9, 2010.

President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, Helen Clark, Head of the UNDP, René Ramírez, minister of planning of Ecuador, German parlamentarian Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul along with UN officials and over 50 diplomats were present in New York for the launch of the SOCIAL WATCH REPORT 2010. The findings of Social Watch are part of discussions on the new development paradigm hosted by the German mission to the UN on the eve of the MDGs Summit. The event is co-organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Social Watch and Global Policy Forum and takes place on 17 September 2010 … (full text).

Read the complet Report online /Table of contents.

Download the 208 pdf pages.

Biopiracy, the intellectual property regime and livelihoods in Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Oduor Ong’wen, Oct. 6, 2010.

African countries suffer the most from the rapid trend towards the privatisation of African plants, writes Oduor Ong’wen. Even though the patented plant materials often originate in Africa, once they are patented by multinational corporations it becomes virtually impossible to access them for the public good.

Thousands of patents on African plants have been filed. These include brazzeine, a protein 500 times sweeter than sugar from a plant in Gabon; teff, the grain used in Ethiopia’s flat ‘injera’ bread; and thaumatin, a natural sweetener from a plant in West Africa. The African soap berry, the Kunde Zulu cowpea and genetic material from the west African cocoa plant also make the list.  Continue Reading…

New technologies and the threat to sovereignty in Africa

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Firoze Manji and Molly Kane, Oct. 7, 2010.

Produced in collaboration with the ETC Group, this special issue presents a range of articles discussing the staggering developments in bio- and nanotechnology and the alarming implications for the African continent and the global South at large. Firoze Manji and Molly Kane outline the sheer scale of this ‘technological tsunami’, the immense challenges for Africa’s self-determination and the action by activists to challenge the corporate assault on bio-sovereignty.

Africa faces today the threat of a new form of conquest, a conquest that is being made possible through astonishing technological revolutions in biology, quantum physics, chemistry and engineering.  Continue Reading…

Africa: The Challenge of Hunger: Focus on the Crisis of Child Undernutrition

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Published on allAfrica, by press release, October 11, 2010.

As the world approaches the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which include a goal of reducing the proportion of hungry people by half – the 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI) offers a useful and multidimensional overview of global hunger.

The 2010 GHI shows some improvement over the 1990 GHI, falling by almost one-quarter. Nonetheless, the index for hunger in the world remains at a level characterized as “serious.” The result is unsurprising given that the overall number of hungry people surpassed 1 billion in 2009, even though it decreased to 925 million in 2010, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The highest regional GHI scores are for South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, but South Asia has made much more progress since 1990.  Continue Reading…

Found on Al Jazeera.Net online

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… these two articles:

Join Spires campaign against Land Grabbing

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Published on Farmland Grab (first in Norway), by , Oct. 6, 2010.

Please support our demands that the Norwegian Government stops import of commodities from grabbed land, takes initiativ to international cooperation to control investment deals in the agricultural sector, and make sure that Norwegian investments never happens at the expence of peoples food security or participation, sign Spires campaign against Land Grabbing.

Burundi: Handheld Computers Speed Up Food Aid

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Published on allAfrica.com, by Zack Baddorf, Oct. 6, 2010.

Bujumbura — Aid organisations say a small handheld computer will allow them to more rapidly assess where food aid is needed most urgently. As a result, fewer Burundians will suffer hunger this year.

Fifteen years of civil war, combined with extreme poverty, a fragile political process and recurrent natural disasters like floods and droughts, have caused a drastic increase in poverty and hunger in the central African nation.   Continue Reading…

Micronutrient Initiative Endorses and Calls for Action on Scaling Up Nutrition Road Map

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Accountability and good coordination essential for to reduce hunger and undernutrition and save and improve lives

Published on Micronutrient Initiative, Sept. 21, 2010.

Today, the Micronutrient Initiative endorsed the SUN Road Map, a global effort to Scale Up Nutrition. The Road Map encourages a better focus on nutrition within development programmes, and stresses that the right investments will save lives, improve countries´ economic prospects and increase the prosperity, well-being and potential of all their citizens. The SUN Road Map identifies investments that have been shown to work if implemented within the context of nutrition-focused development policies. More than 100 entities from national governments, the United Nations system, civil society organizations, development agencies, academia, philanthropic bodies and the private sector were involved in the creation of the Road Map.  Continue Reading…

Black power, history’s greatest black archivers

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Published on Emeagwali.com, 34 pdf pages, by The Independent, 17 August 2007,

The International Slavery Museum – at the heart of National Museums Liverpool, with … the huge wall dedicated to 70 key black achievers past and present – opens its doors in Liverpool next week (on 23 August 2007) with an exhibition naming history’s greatest black achievers. Some are household names, others barely known. All are extraordinary. Playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah introduces the list in full …

Are mentionned: Continue Reading…

The Credo Mutwa Hospital For Aids Patients And Abused Children

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Watch this video, published on David Icke.com, 7.43 min,Sept. 22, 2010.

or http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/38783-the-credo-mutwa-hospital-for-aids-patients-and-abused-children

Le Mois d’octobre culturel à la librairie arabe L’Olivier

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Reçu par e-mail, De: la Librairie Arabe, Date: 06/10/2010

Rencontres à la librairie arabe “L’OLIVIER”, 5 rue de Fribourg 1201 Genève, Tel +41 22 731 84 40, e-mail.

Le 8 octobre à 18h: Rencontre avec Chahida Dghine-Ousseimi, en présence de Charles-Henri Favrod* et Christian Lecomte**, autour de son livre LOTFI:

  • Tendre et bel hommage de sa fille, Chahida, à son père, le colonel Lotfi, figure mythique de la Révolution algérienne, décédé à l’âge de 26 ans. Au fil des pages, elle tente de restituer certains moments et souvenirs de la vie si brève de cet homme qui a frappé l’imaginaire de toute une nation par sa maturité précoce, son intelligence, son engagement, et son courage mais qui demeure jusqu’à ce jour encore totalement méconnu.   Continue Reading…

Brain Drain, University Research Funding and the Microelectronics Industry

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I find this text is still valuable: Brain Drain, University Research … etc, written by Dr. Chris Nicol, Bell Laboratories Research, Lucent Technologies, Level 5, 15 Talavera Rd, North Ryde, 2113, AUSTRALIA .. . a paper written specifically for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, (PMSEIC), June 2000, 17 pdf pages.

Management Courses for NGO Staff

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October – December 2010. – Received by e-mail, From: NGO Management School, Date: 4 Oct 2010.

Dear reader, Please find below the management courses for staff of NGOs and international organisations, taking place in Geneva from October to December 2010. Courses are for practitioners and address challenges faced by non-profit managers, leaders, and staff. These training courses help sharpening key skills and developing strategies that participants can immediately use in their work.

OCT-DEC 2010 COURSES:

  • 11-15 October: Monitoring and Evaluation (5 days): How to prepare and successfully implement a monitoring and evaluation plan
  • 8-12 November: Project Cycle Management Compact (5 days): Fast-track project management for practitioners
  • 15-17 November: Essentials of Fundraising (3 days): How to raise funds for NGO activities
  • 22-23 November: Exit Strategies: Effective Programme Disengagement (2 days): Achieving programme and project sustainability
  • 29 November-03 December: Essentials of NGO Management (5 days): How to manage and lead an NGO.  Continue Reading…

The global capitalist crisis and Africa’s future

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Published on Pambazuka, by Dani W. Nabudere, Sept. 23, 2010.

If we are to create and provide space and platform for African autonomous thinking on issues of the future of the continent, we have to begin by liberating ourselves from Western ways of thinking and draw knowledge and inspiration from our own heritages, argues Dani Nabudere, in a two-part article based on his inaugural address to the newly formed Nile Heritage Forum on political economy … //

… ‘The peculiar situation here is that knowledge of the principles and patterns of African civilisation (have) remained with ordinary, uncertificated men and women, especially of those in rural areas. The tragedy of African civilisation is that Western-educated Africans became lost and irrelevant as intellectuals who could develop African civilisation further.  Historically, intellectuals of any civilisation are the voices of that civilisation to the rest of the world; they are the instruments of the development of the higher culture of that civilisation. The tragedy of Africa, after conquest by the West, is that her intellectuals, by and large, absconded and abdicated their role as developers, minstrels and trumpeters of African civilisation.   Continue Reading…

Read it and weep

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Published on Swahili Street, September 21, 2010.

Anecdotally, it is widely felt that Tanzania’s schools are struggling – despite notable increases in enrollment and an annual budget of over a billion dollars (that’s US, not Hong Kong) for education.

Uwezo – an initiative of Twaweza – decided to measure it and launched their findings just this morning (in the luxury of the Kilimanjaro Kempinski – always a questionable choice for NGO affairs, I feel). Their survey of over 22,000 households and their 42,000 children confirms suspicions. 80 percent of primary school leavers (that is, they have completed all seven years) can read to a level they should have reached in their second year, and maybe higher. And 70 percent of primary school leavers can deal with second year mathematics.  Continue Reading…

Portugal supports ITU’s Connect a School / Connect a Community Initiative

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Portugal’s e-School programme to provide laptops to schools in developing countries

An International Telecommunication Union ITU press release
: Geneva, 30 September 2010 – ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and Mr Paulo Campos, Vice-Minister for Public Works, Transport and Communications of Portugal, signed an agreement that Portugal, through its eSchool International programme, will provide comprehensive technological solutions for schools in a number of interested countries as part of ITU’s Connect a School, Connect a Community initiative. The agreement was concluded yesterday in Lisbon, Portugal.  Continue Reading…

Teaching uMunthu for global peace

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Published on Pambazuka, by Steve Sharra, Sept. 23, 2010.

With youth and development as the thematic focus of this year’s International Day of Peace, Steve Sharra shares insights from the country’s primary school classrooms into how to define and understand peace from a Malawian perspective.

As I was beginning a seven-month period in 2004 studying prospects for peace education in Malawian classrooms, a friend of mine seemed very surprised at the topic of my study. Why peace education? She asked. Has Malawi been at war lately?

I don’t exactly remember how I responded, but the question of peace education in the Malawian school system appears to me to be as relevant today as it was six years ago. And as it was probably since we first developed our own education system at independence in 1964. September 21 is International Day of Peace, and the theme for this year is ‘Youth for Peace and Development’.   Continue Reading…

World Habitat Day – October 4, 2010

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The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as annual World Habitat Day.

Linked with Habitat for Humanity UK, and with Habitat for Humanity Eurasia. – Published on World Habitat Day news.

On Oct. 4, 2010, in recognition of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity will raise awareness of the need for improved shelter and highlight Habitat’s priorities: the worldwide connection between human health and housing, and, in the United States, neighborhood revitalization. These themes echo the United Nations’ chosen theme for 2010 for events in the host city of Shanghai, China and the rest of the world: “Better City, Better Life.”   Continue Reading…