June 2012 Blog Posts (144)

Vacancy at International Alert, Project Support Officer (focus on Sri Lankan Diaspora and Peacebuilding Project), London Based

Project Support Officer

Salary: £29,098 per annum (more for an exceptional candidate), plus excellent benefits

Contract Duration:  12 months, with potential for extension pending funding





Added by Irene Sullivan on June 26, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Why Noblesse Oblige Isn’t Enough

Elizabeth Barrett

United States

On any given day, new people are born into varied circumstances all around the world. They may arrive into a poor family in Yemen or a wealthy one in Manhattan - through no intention of their own.”


Bay Area writer Michael Lewis’s recent Princeton commencement address has…


Added by Caroline Anderson on June 26, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

Job and Consultancy openings at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa

The Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), an autonomous unit within Addis Ababa University, seeks to expand its team with qualified professionals for various fixed term and consultancy positions in its Africa Peace and Security Programme (APSP), a joint initiative with the African Union Commission. The mission of IPSS is to support the African Union, RECs and other African institutions in the design and development of “African-led solutions” in peace and…


Added by AICHATOU TAMBA on June 26, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

What's Happening In Conflict Resolution [06.26.12]

Cinnie Noble- Welcome to this month's virtual book club! Over the month, my co-facilitator Tammy Lenski and I will…


Added by Jeff Thompson on June 26, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

PCDN is an Incredible Resource for Recruiting (please consider posting your jobs, internships and consultancy opportunities)

Dear Colleagues

A reminder that PCDN is the largest site focused on peace and development issues and an ideal resource for recruiting candidates for openings. Many leading organizations and companies around the world are posting their openings on the network and having tremendous results. Please see the general information below. We would appreciate if you could forward this to your colleagues/human resources…


Added by Craig Zelizer on June 26, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Does your organization unleash demand-driven development?

Thankfully, the “expertise infusion” aid model is currently being transformed. Aid funders tend to think too much about the supply side of development, and very little about where the demand is coming from. More and more international actors are focusing on building their own skills to accompany, support, and relate more effectively to local institutions and organizations, rather than overpower or co-opt them.…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 26, 2012 at 5:58am — 2 Comments

Community Visioning Initiatives or General Elections?

Which citizen participation/problem solving process has the better cost/benefit ratio for problem solving on a scale most of us have never known before?





We live in a time of unprecedented opportunities, in many ways created by the expansion of the Internet, and by electronic devices, communication satellites, etc which make it possible for information, knowledge and wisdom to be passed quickly to a broad range of international…


Added by Stefan Pasti on June 25, 2012 at 7:04pm — No Comments

It’s all about the layers, Justin!

Long-haul international flights are a great opportunity to catch up on action adventure movies I’d never bother seeing in the U.S. On my flight from Johannesburg on Friday night, I watched In Time, a Justin Timberlake as Robin Hood sci-fi film in which time replaces money as the world’s currency and presents just as many challenges to the have and have-nots.

This got me thinking about the currencies of international aid. On this trip,…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on June 25, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Issues in Impact Evaluation

Cross posted from the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding. Find the original post here.

Recently, there has been a heated debate on differing approaches to the design and evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives, and a publication…


Added by DME for Peace on June 25, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Parliamentarians & Citizens Unite for Rio+20 Debate

Sectors of society come together for the launch of Whole Earth? and discuss strategies to address climate change ahead of the Rio+20 Climate Change Summit in June.

On 21st May 2012 in the magnificent St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, over 500 people from all sectors of society joined the Environmental Audit Committee in a public debate on how to work towards a sustainable, green economy.

The event, which also launched photographer Mark Edwards’s latest project…


Added by Isabel Whisson on June 25, 2012 at 7:17am — No Comments

Religion and Conflict in Nigeria: Are We Cursed?

History is full of stories of harm done by people in the name of religion. Some people, therefore, see religion as constituting the gravest problem of humanity. They think of it as an obstacle to development, depriving people of freedom, and making them irresponsible by setting their minds on some heaven or after-life when they could take charge of their lives and bring about any required personal and societal change.  

If this is true, then religion is a curse. If it is true that…


Added by Sokfa Francis John on June 24, 2012 at 7:39am — 15 Comments

Clean Elections Campaign

Last weekend, Initiatives of Change Kenya came together for a two-day meeting in Nakuru. There, they discussed Clean Elections Campaign (CEC). This meeting was necessary to discuss the planning and approach of this year's CEC. The goal of which is to help steer the country towards peaceful elections and to avoid a repeat of the 2007/2008 post-elections violence.

On December 27, 2007 violence broke out over contested election results. This lasted until late February 2008. The violence…


Added by Deborah Drew on June 23, 2012 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

United World for HIV/AIDS and STIs-World AIDS Forum

Dear friends, 

We have formed a page on Facebook as an outreach effort to create a global forum of scholars and like-minded people who think about one of the biggest pandemics of 21st century i.e. HIV/AIDS. This is a Forum for Networking and  Collaboration for sharing of increasing frontiers of Knowledge in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, LGBTQI, Women and Children and Risk, and overall Public health concerns in the…


Added by Maheswar Satpathy on June 23, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Of Churches and States

(I wrote this last Sunday, but due to an Internet outage the past few days, I haven’t been able to post)

                One of the most important things for people who want to do good in other countries have to remember is that there have been people living in the area long before you showed up. Too often NGOs from wealthy states show up in the developing country acting as though they are first to try and help, as though the people there live brutish, uncivilized lives…


Added by Joshua Peacock on June 23, 2012 at 12:59am — No Comments

Text to Change Interview with Marcus Wagenaar

Cross-posted from TechChange Blog

Text to Change’s Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Wagenaar, sat down with me yesterday to discuss new projects on the horizon and innovations in the mHealth field.  …


Added by TechChange on June 22, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments

The Bologna Symposium begins! Peace & Security Report 6/22/2012

IPSI's Peace & Security Report (PSR) is a concise weekly e-publication intended to brief busy students, academics, advocates, and practitioners in the conflict management community on pertinent global news, events, and trends.  Meticulously researched and written by IPSI, the PSR empowers us all to take a step back from our immediate deadlines each Friday and gain a greater understanding of the week's global events.…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on June 22, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Smiling All the Time

I recently took a trip to Dharmsala, Himachal Pradesh, the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to attend his teachings to the Indian public. The series of 2 days with a renowned professor of Eastern and Western philosophies and 3 days with His Holiness, focusing on an introduction to the Nalanda School of Buddhism. At the end of the 3 days, we were invited to write our questions down, and a few were selected to be answered in a group of about 500 registered participants.

My question,…


Added by sowmya ayyar on June 22, 2012 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Kenyan Peace Journalism seminar strikes raw nerve

As this week’s peace and electoral journalism seminar unfolded in Eldoret, Kenya, I had hoped to learn more about what happened here in western Kenya (and in the rest of the country) in 2007.…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 22, 2012 at 6:47am — No Comments

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