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Internship opportunities UNOY Peacebuilders

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) is a youth-led network of associations working towards peacebuilding, gender mainstreaming and advocacy. 

The International Secretariat is based in The Hague, The Netherlands and is currently looking for new interns to join the team. 

UNOY Peacebuilders internships offer young people an opportunity to gain work experience in the field of peace-building, join an enthusiastic international team, learn new skills and be in contact…

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Added by Stephanie Moy on August 3, 2011 at 6:15am — 4 Comments

Insight on Conflict Newsletter - August 2011

A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This months edition features articles on improving peacebuilding evaluation, local perceptions of international aid interventions, and approaches to citizen policing. To receive the email newsletter each month, please …

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Added by Joel Gabri on August 3, 2011 at 4:37am — No Comments

The over-simplified narrative of the Somali famine.

The recent attention afforded to the Somali famine has mostly infuriated me. It’s not because I don’t care about those who are starving, quite the contrary; it’s more that I am infuriated with the way that the crisis is being painted in the media. For example:

The way it is so constantly referred to as a “natural disaster”, the result of drought or climate change, or some other ecological problem, as opposed to being a…

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Added by Rebecca Sargent on August 2, 2011 at 8:29pm — 13 Comments

TEXTILE IN AFRICA: TAKING STOCK OF DEVELOPMENT TAKE-OFF

TEXTILE IN AFRICA: TAKING STOCK OF DEVELOPMENT TAKE-OFF

 Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

As in any enterprise, the industrial sector of any developing country begins with a ‘take off’ stage. In that stage or phase, capital goods industries considered as sine qua non for take-off are textiles, steel, and coal/energy.

 

Such a phase was well optimized in Western and Asian countries that are way past their own ‘infantile’ stage of industries. Textiles…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 2, 2011 at 6:12pm — No Comments

The Future State of the World, and What we can do about it

Recently I’ve been reading “The Future State of the World: As It Relates to the Australian Aid Program” which was commissioned by the Australian government ahead of the significant expansion of their overseas aid program.  It makes for interesting, if not disturbing, reading.  Anybody who has spent a few minutes thinking about the range of complex problems the world faces cannot be unaware of how interconnected the challenges are. …

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Added by Alan Tidwell on August 2, 2011 at 10:49am — 5 Comments

Development evaluators, make blogging part of your workstyle!

I do not know whether this is really ‘an NGO trend’, as the GUARDIAN calls it, to send bloggers to the field to write on organisation’s projects (‘Blogging from Bangladesh-more poverty tourism?’), but Heather Armstrong’s reflections and…

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Added by Tobias Denskus on August 2, 2011 at 9:22am — 2 Comments

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Negotiation Slot for a Month

While Palestinians try to unite (Hamas-Fatah deal) and promote their case in UN (recognition of independence) and on the ground (flopped air-flotilla and failed Flotilla II on July) and while so-called Middle East…

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Added by Ari Rusila on August 2, 2011 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Whats Happening in Conflict Resolution 08.02.11

Nicole Bohe- With religious symbols being installed at the new 9/11 Memorial and Museum, conflict was bound to arise. [For more on this story, you can Google it or check out this …

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Added by Jeff Thompson on August 2, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Ivory Coast: a State Building or Collapsing State?

 Dr. Celestin Tchamabe Ngaleu

 



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Added by Tchamabe Ngaleu on August 1, 2011 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL: FAST-TRACKING CLEAN ENERGY

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL: FAST-TRACKING CLEAN ENERGY

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Green energy is making waves across the globe today. Diverse technologies that redound to sustainable energy are being developed at very dizzying paces.

 

Such developments are most welcome, given that the fossil fuel reserves of the planet are running out fast. Depletion could be experienced in just five (5) decades’ time. So far, the environment had…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 1, 2011 at 6:06pm — No Comments

TechChange and Ashoka U Twitter Chat Round-Up: 20 Org's to Watch in the Ed Technology Space

Cross posted from TechChange blog

By TJ Thomander

 

Last Friday, 81 Tweeters joined for one hour to…

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Added by TechChange on August 1, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Book Offers Solutions to Negotiate Peace--U.S. Must Stop the Financial Drain and Failed Strategies

The blueprint for mediating peace in areas of conflict outlined in my book Elusive Peace-How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts are essential tools that must be implemented now. In light of the US economic problems and political strife, and unresolved worldwide conflicts draining American resources, it is time to admit that our outdated model of intervention does not work.

 

Spending $100 million a month for the last 6 months on military…

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Added by Doug Noll on August 1, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

Sketchnoting For Mediators & Conflict Professionals

Words on paper (or screen) are sometimes just too plain and boring. I have read somewhere (actually here) that pictures help with recollection more than words while pictures and words combined are even better than just pictures.


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Added by Jeff Thompson on August 1, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Do community-based organizations have an image problem?

I give lots of thought to what makes community-based organizations the lowest common denominator in development aid. Readers of how-matters.org may already be familiar with previous arguments I’ve offered for the increased inclusion of and investment in community-based organizations (CBOs). As an ardent proponent of CBOs’ comparative advantages, I believe they have a better chance of being driven by “the…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 1, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ramadan and Yoga

That seems ironic, doesn't it? Two words from worlds apart. And yet they are so close to one another, you'd be surprised just how close!



One similarity is fasting. Fasting occurs in all traditions in some form or another: Christians have Lent, Muslims have Ramadan, Hindus have Durga Puja and Ekadasis. In yoga's sister science, ayurveda, cleansing fasts based on Doshas are used.



Why fast? All of these methods have something in common: Ishwara Pranidhana, or surrender.… Continue

Added by sowmya ayyar on August 1, 2011 at 6:44am — No Comments

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION INITIATIVES

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION INITIATIVES

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

11 developing countries, including emerging markets, have just taken off with their respective programs as impetus for biodiversity conservation.

 

It has been a daunting task, since the advent of modernity, to return to biodiversity in farming practices. Modern food production celebrated the specialized land-use and high-yield mono-crop varieties at the expense of natural…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 31, 2011 at 6:04pm — 1 Comment

HIV LEGISLATION IN LATIN AMERICA: BAMBOOZLING HIV CARRIERS WON’T WORK!

HIV LEGISLATION IN LATIN AMERICA: BAMBOOZLING HIV CARRIERS WON’T WORK!

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Good day from the Pearl of the Orient!

Officials from 18 Latin American countries recently convened in Brazil to tackle HIV legislation. The Latin countries seem to have arrived at a consensus regarding HIV and how it should be…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 31, 2011 at 2:09am — No Comments

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