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African Entrepreneurs Are Making Ghana Into a Tech Startup Hub

I hope this post finds everyone well!  It's my first post on the PCDN, so you'll all have to bear with me as I navigate the new technology.  

I saw a great article on today and thought of those of you interested in start-ups, particularly African entrepreneurs.  A group of web entrepreneurs are looking to turn Accra,Ghana into the new start-up oasis.  Funded through the World Wide Web Foundation and a training program…


Added by Nura Suleiman on September 8, 2011 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

Ten Tips for Organizational Wellness

1. Systemize! – Develop a system or multi-prong approach to organizational wellness that communicates the value of wellness to staff.

2. Empower Your Staff! – Knowledge is power! Ensure Knowledge and information is effectively managed and appropriately shared to reduce uncertainty, fear and anxiety among staff. Happy staff are more productive!

3. Introduce Flexibility! – Provide multiple options as well as coaching for staff to…


Added by Joyce Odidison on September 8, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The new militaristic mindset in German development cooperation

The decision of the newly established giz to participate in an arms show in Berlin later this year (the 10th Congress on European Security and Defence) may seem like a small piece of news. The giz job advertisment for an 'Expert for Communication, Video Surveillance and Security System' for the Saudi-Arabian Ministry of the Interior may be questionable, but it fits into the broader picture…

Added by Tobias Denskus on September 8, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Somalia: Animals under fire and drastic drought impacts

The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) mourns and concern the

horrific butchery against Somalia wildlife by the Alshabab.

Dozens of Somali wildlife had been killed by the opposition group of

the Somalia’s government of alshabab and Somalia animals are still

under death displacement day by day in the area controlled by the

Islamist hardliners of Shabab.

Alshabab new trainees are continuing to kill the wildlife during…


Added by Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil on September 8, 2011 at 6:07am — No Comments

TransConflict - August Review

Dear All,
Please find below a selection of articles published by TransConflict during August. To read all TransConflict's analysis from the month, please click here.

Serbia and Kosovo – the EU condition - by Gerard Gallucci -…

Added by Ian Bancroft on September 8, 2011 at 3:44am — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day from the Pearl of the Orient!


Fungi have been stereotyped as curse species and should be destroyed as much as we can destroy them. Now, how about reflecting on the research fact that “rice inoculated with fungi grew five times faster” as per report from a Philippine-based food base research?


As always, let’s be prepared for the breakage of conventional…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on September 7, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments



Erle Frayne D. Argonza

Toilets can be re-engineered, rendering them less wasteful in water and assortment of hygiene accessories. This is the challenge posed upon all member states of the United Nations, most specially as the 2015 deadline for the Millenium Development Goal or MDG nears.

I recall having a chat one time with former colleague in UP Manila, Prof Roland Simbulan, when he was the Vice-Chancellor for Planning & Development…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on September 7, 2011 at 7:11pm — No Comments

New Papers on SSRN

I've put some new papers up on SSRN, you can view them at

My deepest thanks and appreciation to my co-authors! We're looking forward to hearing any comments people may have; post them here or write me at .


Added by Noam Ebner on September 7, 2011 at 6:56pm — No Comments

The difference between the poor and rich nations is not the age of the Nation.

I thought this extract would help some peace activists reflect.

The difference between the poor and rich nations is not the age of the Nation. This can be demonstrated by countries like India and Egypt, which are more than 2000 years old and are still poor countries.

On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which is just 150 years back were insignificant, today are developed and rich countries. The difference between the poor and rich nation does not also…


Added by Francis Okeny Silvio on September 7, 2011 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Are you reading this?

Then you should take this survey.

In other words, it’s for people who read aid blogs.

Why should you bother? For one reason, it's short. It's also anonymous. And most notably, your interests and habits are important to us, the bloggers.

See what the @SmartAid folks and other bloggers have to say about the survey via…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 7, 2011 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Syria and Bahrain: Two poles of the Arab revolt highlight a slide toward sectarianism

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Syria and Bahrain: Two poles of the Arab revolt highlight a slide toward sectarianism

By James M. Dorsey

If Syria and Bahrain represent two poles of the 10-month old popular revolt sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, they also highlight the increasing danger of the uprising descending into a sectarian confrontation between Sunni and Shiite…


Added by James M Dorsey on September 7, 2011 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Research Institute of Pakistan Affairs (RIPA)

Hello everyone!

I am making an endeavor to establish a research institute namely Research Institute of Pakistan Affairs (RIPA). I need your experienced guidence and help in order to establish the institution. A brief introduction and proposed responsibilities of RIPA is as under:-


Research Institute of Pakistan Affairs (RIPA) is an endeavor of the young researchers to carry out research on the issues of internal situation of country and to…


Added by Abdul Rauf Iqbal on September 7, 2011 at 12:23pm — No Comments

UNOY Peacebuilders celebrates the International Day of Peace in The Hague between 17 and 23 September

UNOY celebrates every year the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical…

Added by Stephanie Moy on September 7, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Gaddafi secret files could lead to information toward peace


Gadaffi’s intelligence files are being exposed, and there is a lot ammunition in them for various groups to condemn each otherwith.



Added by RichardKane on September 7, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Zen and the art of suitcase packing.

When my fraud complex kicks in and I question my competence, as I've done in situations like this, I ask myself what I'm really, really good at.


Malcolm Gladwell believes it takes 10,000 hours to become…


Added by Brad Heckman on September 7, 2011 at 7:06am — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


If there is any common denominator between Bangladesh and the Netherlands, it is this: floods! This is not to say that both countries are a-cursed by nature to be flood impounds of sorts, which is as ridiculous a hubris as it can get.


Both countries are prone to geo-hazards, and it remains as a gargantuan challenge for both to shift…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on September 6, 2011 at 7:04pm — No Comments




Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Genetic research & development (R&D) has gone a very long way since the time of theorizations of the same in the 19th century. Genetics applied to human health had benefited immensely from genomics, albeit the samples utilized for the studies were largely of European (White) descent.


Conclusions generated from largely fixed samples raise…


Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on September 6, 2011 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Already “of” the community

We’ve all seen many participation typologies over the years. But with the one below, which I created when examining local partners’ final reports in 2009, I was trying to describe some simple categories of approaches to working with communities that local non-governmental organizations utilize. It was also meant to capture that fine line that can exist between a community-based organization (CBO) and a community,…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 6, 2011 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Who reads international aid & development blogs? Bloggers launch interersting new survey project

Who reads international aid and development blogs?


David Algoso had the brilliant idea to use the wisdom of the development blogging crowd and its esteemed readers to help us with empirical data on reading and sharing habits and the general 'use' of development…

Added by Tobias Denskus on September 6, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Invitation for the 5th Global Alliance Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 Sept - 6 Oct 2011

Wamkelekile! Welkom! Emukela! A warm Ubuntu welcome to you!

On behalf of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace and the South African Peace Alliance, we invite you to attend our Fifth Global Summit - October 2-6, 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.

We are thrilled to…


Added by Corina Simon on September 6, 2011 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

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