All Blog Posts Tagged 'development' (599)

The Case of the Missing Tomato Cages

I've often said that it was easier for me to move to rural Zimbabwe than to Detroit. When people ask me why this farm-girl-turned-aid-worker devoted myself to placing community-driven development initiatives at the forefront of aid, here’s why:…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 7, 2012 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Does international aid need a 12-step program?

“Let go and let God.” It’s a mantra of Alcoholics Anonymous. And after the last week or so, I’m wondering if it’s time for international aid to adopt the same approach to recovery (with more politically correct secular references of course).

Last week I attended the “Summit for Aid Effectiveness in Global…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on May 5, 2012 at 7:07am — 1 Comment

SOLIDARITY TO ALL WORKINGMEN & WOMEN!

SOLIDARITY TO ALL WORKINGMEN & WOMEN!

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

01 May 21st Century

 

This social analyst, development worker and self-development guru from Manila hereby extends a most heartfelt solidarity and synergy with the working men & women of our beloved planet Earth!

 

If there is a core life element that must be celebrated today, the 1st of May, it is the power of labor to…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 1, 2012 at 1:49am — No Comments

Atlas Corps is Hiring in Washington DC - Apply Today!

Atlas Corps is hiring for 2 positions!  http://www.atlascorps.org/career.php

 

Atlas Corps is seeking an energetic, organized individual with sales experience, partnership…

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Added by Atlas Service Corps on April 27, 2012 at 9:44am — No Comments

“GO GREEN NOT NUKES” FOLLOW PH MODEL!

“GO GREEN NOT NUKES” FOLLOW PH MODEL!

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

That line comes from a retired PH journalist, Crispin Maslog, who urged Asian countries to go green rather than to force nuke energy for power generation. From the very own words of the noblesse environmentalist, Asian countries—the top models of emerging markets—should follow the ‘Philippine way’ of power generation via the RE or renewable energy sources plus minimal fossil fuel…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 24, 2012 at 2:09am — No Comments

GETTING PHARMACEUTICALS TO WORLD’S POOR VIA NEW FUNDING MODELS

GETTING PHARMACEUTICALS TO WORLD’S POOR VIA NEW FUNDING MODELS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Getting pharmaceuticals to the world’s poor is verily a tough task to do. Certain emerging markets such as those of Asia’s have mature and well developed pharmaceutical industries, yet too many poor folks can’t afford to pay for their own medical drug needs.

 

One opinion says new funding models may need be crafted to get such drugs to the world’s…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 21, 2012 at 12:35am — No Comments

And while we're talking jargon...how about "innovation"?

From yesterday's “But will this be sustainable?” also comes...

“This project will be innovative.” 

The development aid sector is not lacking in ideas or methods and it's hardly appropriate to declare one's self "innovative," right?

Last year when I found the one-page piece I wrote about a local implementing…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 19, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Sustainability--some clarity please!

"But will this be sustainable?"

This is a question I find it harder and harder to tolerate it in discussions about international development. (Luckily, due to my nature and to this blog, I rarely have to bite my tongue.)

I share this though because we as aid workers and funders need to challenge this notion of the necessity of the "sustainability" of activities within aid projects. Basic services to people must be sustainable. Training…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 18, 2012 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

LOWERING HIV RISK FOR SEX WORKERS, ANYONE?

LOWERING HIV RISK FOR SEX WORKERS, ANYONE?

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Is there any enthused soul out there who may have some bright ideas about strategies to lower HIV risk for sex workers?

 

A grim ripper of a research shows the very high levels of HIV risks on sex workers. This research was done across the continents, involving  100,000 female sex workers across 50 developing countries, cross-analyzing 102 previous studies for that matter. The…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 17, 2012 at 12:17am — No Comments

What's needed to put local champions at the forefront?

My video contribution to A Day Without Dignity 2012 on how-matters.org's YouTube Channel. Click here to watch it!

Below are some other posts featuring local champions on…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 16, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

X-RAY BENEFITS ON PLANT MICRO-NUTRIENT ANALYSIS

X-RAY BENEFITS ON PLANT MICRO-NUTRIENT ANALYSIS

 

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Good afternoon from Manila!

 

Here’s a good news concerning XRay benefits on plant micro-nutrient analysis coming from Africa. Researchers in Rwanda are very particular about the potential benefits of XRay applications, so this development adds more points towards brightening the image of Rwanda as its old ethnic violence and purges must be expunged with…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 14, 2012 at 1:55am — No Comments

BIRDS’ FLU RETHOUGHT WITH SCIENTIFIC OPENNESS

BIRDS’ FLU RETHOUGHT WITH SCIENTIFIC OPENNESS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Birds flu struck the world as a pandemic just a few years back, creating fright night panic in some key cities over incoming overseas visitors that are afflicted with the ailment. Indonesia is among those countries hit hard in terms of transmission of the birds flu, and so the Indonesian case could be examined to rethink the health problem at hand.

 

What makes the…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 12, 2012 at 1:43am — No Comments

CLEANING UGANDA’S IMAGE WITH CLEAN DEVELOPMENT HUB ROLE

CLEANING UGANDA’S IMAGE WITH CLEAN DEVELOPMENT HUB ROLE

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Great good news is coming out of the African continent by the day, one them being the new role assigned to Uganda as clean development mechanism or CDM hub.  I surely welcome this new development for Uganda, and wish no less for its immense success.

 

The target is to roll out the pioneering sectors over the next three (3) years that will exhibit the…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 10, 2012 at 2:11am — No Comments

SOUND SCIENCE SUSTAINS OCEANS

SOUND SCIENCE SUSTAINS OCEANS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Ocean management is among the emerging multi-disciplinal fields today. Judging by the rise of eco-disaster events such as oil spillage in the oceans of late, there is no reason to further delay the growth of ocean management.

 

Sound science is the key to workable ocean management, and I do go along with this contention. Better monitoring can buttress emergency responses by millions…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 9, 2012 at 4:04am — No Comments

“With the available resources we had…”

Understanding the organizational dynamics of local, indigenous, community-based groups directly serving vulnerable families is vastly different from the project-based, accountability-by-paper world of the aid industry. While those in the aid system may acknowledge local groups’ resourcefulness in mobilizing local resources, their language and cultural competencies, and responsiveness to communities’ needs, there are challenges in working with local groups that many organizations are not up…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 8, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Whom do I actually serve?

Andebo Pax Pascal shares his experience as an aid worker in Africa’s newest country in his second guest post By examining beneficiaries’ place (or lack thereof) in two projects, he explores whether the development discourse has drifted into the abstract, beyond those he serves.

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The idea of different categories of people--donors, government representatives,…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on April 1, 2012 at 9:09am — 3 Comments

MARINE BIOPROSPECTING FOR ASIA-PACIFIC

MARINE BIOPROSPECTING FOR ASIA-PACIFIC

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Seaweeds, sponges, and sea urchins are species that abound in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia. Add corals and more, and you’d have a long list of marine species that can serve medical and related purposes.

 

Biotech has reached maturity in Asia, and its applications had revolutionized crop production and forestry production. Biotech likewise has applications for marine…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 29, 2012 at 2:31am — No Comments

RE-ENGINEERING NIPPLE DEVICE TO AVOID INFANT HIV

RE-ENGINEERING NIPPLE DEVICE TO AVOID INFANT HIV

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Breastfeeding by a healthy mother can yield enormous health and adaptability benefits for the fragile infant. However, an AIDS infected mother is a different story altogether, in that breastfeeding brings HIV harm directly to the infant.

 

Researchers are therefore challenged to innovate on a nipple device that can cut the infant infection by the mother’s HIV/AIDS…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 27, 2012 at 10:33pm — No Comments

ASIA’S 2ND GREEN REVOLUTION, WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?

ASIA’S 2ND GREEN REVOLUTION, WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

 

Crispin Maslog from the Philippines has been advocating for a 2nd Green Revolution for Asia. I wonder what fellow development stakeholders think about this afterthought.

 

The Green Revolution was waged beginning in the 1960s, with no less than Philippine technocrats and industry players praising the UN-led initiative to high praises. The…

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Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 26, 2012 at 3:57am — No Comments

The Consequences of Attack on Iran

With the continuing violence and wars in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, now we are hearing loud noises and threats of attack on Iran. There is a dire need to expose the bogus calls of war propaganda and work for a safer environment in the Middle East.



Just after the protests outside the British Embassy in Tehran recently, William Hague, the UK Defence Minister put forward a plan to attack Iran (another Muslim country) which will open up another venue for the military to engage in future…

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Added by Hur Hassnain on March 24, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments

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