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International Development Sector: Back Office Administration 101 for Consultants

Back office administration is an under-represented field in international development sector projects, causing various dysfunctional organizational management issues for development projects. Most development projects are more sophisticated because they focus on changing people's lives, and people are more complicated than objects. The more people and the more places a project affects, the more technically, politically, and economically complicated the project becomes. Random planning or…


Added by Dr. Kenday Samuel Kamara on March 29, 2011 at 4:30am — 1 Comment


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Fugitive Philippine Senator Panfilo Lacson, who has an arrest order served on him over a double murder case (killings of PR man Bobby Dacer and his driver Corbito), came out of over a year of hiding. On the strength of a decision of the Court of Appeals, which centered on  questions of propriety of witness testimony, the arrest warrant served Lacson was nullified, hence permitting the fugitive to surface and resume with his duties in the…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 28, 2011 at 7:17pm — No Comments

IPSI: Special Announcement about the 2011 Bologna, Italy Symposium

***A Message from Dr. William Zartman: For Immediate Distribution***

To the Global Conflict Management Community:


As IPSI’s Chairman of the Board, I am proud to announce that Ambassador Álvaro de Soto, Betty Bigombe, and Jeffrey Mapendere will lend their…


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on March 28, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Change Your Attitude, Make It Peace!



Talk Peace, Live Peace, Create Peace

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more…


Added by MasterPeace on March 28, 2011 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

Trying to Quit

An analogy occurred to me recently:

Imagine that your best friend is quitting smoking. This is something you’ve really wanted her to do for a long time, as you’ve seen the teeth darken and heard the hacking cough for too long now.

So after much soul searching and commitment on your best friend’s part, she takes the first step on their journey. She reduces the number of cigarettes she smokes per day by three! She has been smoking a pack a day.

It has required…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 28, 2011 at 7:34am — No Comments

Nepal: Change is possible

Situated some 300km east of Kathmandu, Sindhuli is a remote district of Nepal where many villages are without access or means of transportation. It was one of the first districts attacked by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) when they initiated their ‘People’s war’ in February 1996. During the 11 years of internal armed conflict, 14 people disappeared and 221 lost their lives in Sindhali. Ambika Pokhrel, local correspondent for Nepal, recently had the opportunity to visit the…


Added by Joel Gabri on March 28, 2011 at 5:32am — 1 Comment

Somalia: Droughts and Livelihood Consequence

Weather affects people everyday and the weather is also important to human.


The Somali media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) would like to articulate publicly today the current overview on Somalia’s drought impacts.


The climate in a certain place does’ not change very much from year to year even though the weather may change a great deal from season to season. So when people talk about climate, they are not talking about the weather…


Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on March 27, 2011 at 2:07pm — No Comments

27 de Março 2011 – Dia Mundial do Teatro



mensagem do dia mundial do Teatro, por Jessica Atwooki Kaahwa,(dramaturga, actriz e directora do teatro académico, escreveu mais de 15 peças de teatro, televisão e rádio. Distingue-se pelo seu trabalho humanitário. Utiliza o teatro como meio de desenvolvimento humano e como força…


Added by 10pt - Criação Lusófona on March 27, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Democracy Revolutions and the Israel-Palestine Conflict

For the longest time, Israeli governments have explained their resistance to Palestinian statehood by pointing to the Palestinians' and the Arab world's democracy deficit.

The dishonesty of that explanation has now been exposed to even the most credulous by the reaction of Israel's government to the democratic revolutions sweeping the region. We are now told by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government that the overthrow of Tunisia's and Egypt's rulers and the challenges to…


Added by Patrick Mac Manus on March 27, 2011 at 5:43am — No Comments


By: Mary Kadi Manoah*


The current events in the Ivory Coast have certainly captured some attention. As soon as we are faced with the words ‘colonialism’ the words we associate with it pop up again all in negatives well

most…….’oppression, manipulation, exploitation to…


Added by MasterPeace on March 27, 2011 at 5:36am — 1 Comment

Women’s Rights Awareness Seminar


Women’s Rights Awareness Seminar

And Celebration of women’s day

Day Feb 8, 2011

Report of Seminar Organized by and Held at

Hope development organization (HDO)

an NGO in Faisalabad, Pakistan

Febaury 8,…


Added by Rashad on March 26, 2011 at 9:55pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day to you fellow global citizens!


The world reels anarchic over the geological ramblings in Japan-New Zealand-China and the tumult of the Arab peoples. These events cast veils on the clarity of the economic boom now going on in Asia, and so let me be among those who will project the boom side every now and then. Among such good news is the readiness of Asian banks for the bigger economic battles ahead, a trend that…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 25, 2011 at 7:38pm — No Comments

where to go....?

A note on life....


My cousin (10) asked me last summer why do we live if all die. She didn't understand why everyone was afraid of dieing as we all die eventually. I obviously could not give her the answer I wished for, so I decided to settle down for ..."because it's fun". In that particular moment, I was quiet embarrassed about my answer and trying to calm me down by saying that "in few years I will tell her the truth (whatever that was)". But, then (some months after) I…


Added by Alexandra Matei on March 25, 2011 at 6:48pm — 6 Comments

Nomadic Wax seeks a Web Design Contractor

Job title: Web-designer/developer

Job Type: Contractor, short-term

Company: Nomadic Wax

Location: Brooklyn, NY


Nomadic Wax is a small, internationally-focused company that specializes in using media to promote international development and social change. We are looking for freelance Wordpress developers: from beginners to experienced developers to work on a variety of freelance projects. …


Added by Breese McIlvaine on March 25, 2011 at 2:46pm — No Comments

From dictatorships to democratic aspirations in Africa

Landry Ninteretse, Insight on Conflict’s local correspondent in Burundi, reflects on this years World Social Forum in Dakar. Democratic aspirations and peacebuiling issues were at the forefront of discussions given the recent events in the Middle East, and Landry asks what lessons local peacebuilders can share.


Read the full post at

Added by Joel Gabri on March 25, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Peace & Security Report - 03/25/2011

In this week’s PSR: Violence against women in Colombia; Benin presidential troubles; Ivory Coast youth; Somalia violence; Cuba politics; Guatemala first lady; Venezuela H1N1; Japan contamination; Laos food shortage; Malaysia WMD concern; EC cyber attack; Serb general imprisoned; Russia’s stance on Libya; Israel violence; Libya updates; Syrian reforms; Bangladesh and Yunus; India detention laws; Nepal political deal. …


Added by Cameron M. Chisholm on March 25, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

Condolences For Japan

I wish to convey My heartfelt condolences for
the victims of the large earthquake that struck Japan's Tohoku Region.
I sincerely hope that the afflicted areas can realize a quick recovery, its really sad for japan.

Added by Mizanda M. Machel Roots on March 25, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments

Trocaire: 10 things INGOs need to do

(Excerpted from Trocaire's publication, Leading Edge 2020: Critical Thinking on the Future of International Development. You can read the full document here. HT @DochasNetwork.)

In order to meet the challenges of the changing global context, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) need…

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on March 25, 2011 at 11:08am — 5 Comments

¿Rearmar a Costa Rica o desarmar al resto?

La preocupación por la escalante tensión entre Costa Rica y Nicaragua es real. La desigualdad de fuerzas es igualmente real. De allí se puede partir a dos caminos divergentes; ¿habría que rearmar a Costa Rica? o ¿habría que desarmar al resto de Centroamérica?

Hoy día, la mayor amenaza a la seguridad nacional de los países centroamericanos son sus ejércitos. Lo vimos con el golpe de estado en Honduras, y lo veremos pronto en Guatemala. Es lo que estamos viviendo…

Added by Adrian Bergmann on March 25, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Gangs and Drug wars...

Just last night I was shocked to see the little children running after the young boys aged 13-15years shooting at other... the police barely able to shoot at the guilty or adress them since the street was overwhelmed with people and cars trying to see who is shooting who... I couldn't sleep last night thinking how sad it was that major drug lords are using our next generation to kill each other!


Added by Jacqueline Tamri on March 25, 2011 at 4:49am — No Comments

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