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SAVE THE PHYSICAL ECONOMY

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



Globalization is not only destroying the nation-state. It has also been destroying the ‘physical economy’ that is the economic foundation of the nation-state. All in the name of the greed of the financier oligarchs, who bred the monstrous ‘virtual economy’ founded on predatory finance.



The New Nationalism, as contended in my meaty article on the same, argues strongly for a restoration of the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 12, 2008 at 8:35am — No Comments

An Example of Inclusive Sustainable Development in the Southern Cone of South America

In South America we have a dynamic network ("Rede" in Portuguese; "Red" in Spanish) Turismo para Todos (Tourism for All). It flows from a series of international, continental and local conferences on Universal Design, tourism, development, and disability and was convened by the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development.



The foundational document establishing the connection between Universal Design and sustainable development is known as the… Continue

Added by Scott Rains on April 11, 2008 at 4:40pm — 1 Comment

MDGs, Sustainable Development and Rising Food Prices in the News This Week

Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/13/magazine/13anthropology-t.html



East Africa: High Food Prices Hamper Fight Against Poverty

http://allafrica.com/stories/200804110569.html



Africa: A New Philanthro-Capitalist Alliance in Continent?…

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Added by Millennium Promise on April 11, 2008 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

A little more about me...

I recently joined the network, and wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I grew up on a family farm in upstate New York. In 1997 I earned a B.S. in wildlife biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and from there I went on to work in the bird department of the San Antonio Zoo, a position I held for nearly two years. After that, I

worked for 3 1/2 years on the Aviary Team at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and then moved to South Florida to work as a… Continue

Added by Jeremy Taylor on April 11, 2008 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

EVOLVE SOCIAL MARKETS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



As already exacerbated in my previous articles, this development expert strongly argues for dirigisme (state intervention). Even in the yogic-mystical terrain, I strongly argue for interventionism in the physical plane, though this paradigm may hold water only here and not necessarily in other dimensions or trans-physical spheres where money economies are absent.



Incidentally, we now have… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 11, 2008 at 5:56am — No Comments

Quick reminder about Adupo.com

I would like to remind everyone about www.adupo.com, the main reason I joined Development Crossing. Adupo.com is a website I have launched with the help of a charity called ABLe Volunteers International Fund (www.avif.org.uk). AVIF is run by fellow DC member Alison Lowndes.



All the products for sale on the site have been purchased from Mike Mwaniki Njogu, the manufacturer in Kenya and all the revenue we generate will be reinvested in further… Continue

Added by Keith McGuinness on April 10, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Students networking for the MDG Cause

Millennium Campus Network, an organization of Greater Boston schools entirely run by student members, holds its debut conference on April 18-20 at MIT to raise awareness about the MDGs and global poverty. Featured presenters include Paul Farmer, John Legend, Jeffrey Sachs and Ira Magaziner. For more info about the conference, see:

http://www.dispatchfoundation.org/millennium/conference.php



For more info… Continue

Added by Millennium Promise on April 10, 2008 at 1:22pm — No Comments

ONE Cheesecake Brownie

Ben & Jerry's and the ONE Campaign have teamed up to create a new channel of awareness to end extreme poverty and suffering with its newest flavor, "ONE Cheesecake Brownie." Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, said, “It’s inconceivable that one out of every six people in this day and age lives on less than one dollar a day and that 25,000 people die of hunger and malnutrition daily...We’re glad to be supporting ONE.org as they lead… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on April 10, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

SMILE with Philips

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands, known for its "sense and simplicity," has developed a Solar panel driven lighting system to serve some of the approximately 2 billion people world wide who have no access to electricity. The system, which is part of it's SMILE (Sustainable Model in Lighting Everywhere) initiative, will be distributed by a local NGO in Ghana called New Energy, and aims to prevent the need for people to use expensive and dangerous alternatives for lighting, such as… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on April 10, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

Infrastucture Development in Villa Elisa, Argentina

Since the end of January, I have been working as an FSD intern in the community of Villa Elisa, a small neighborhood on the outskirts of La Plata, Argentina. While Villa Elisa is a vibrant community full of culture, it is also a perfect example of the challenges that Argentina faces today. On my walk to work I pass wealthy, gated communities that give way to rows of makeshift homes on trash-lined streets. The lack of opportunity leaves most members of the community rooted in their current… Continue

Added by Mary on April 9, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tourism, Development, and Disability

In 1999, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) introduced the concept of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP). One of its basic ideas is for highly indebted poor countries to develop their own comprehensive strategies on poverty reduction on the principle that civil society should participate in the formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the poverty reduction strategy (PRS).



Poverty is a cause and a consequence of disability.… Continue

Added by Scott Rains on April 9, 2008 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

HUMAN CAPITAL: PEOPLE ARE MOST VALUABLE

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



New Nationalism, as I argued in the foundational article of mine, must also reckon with people as the most important assets of economy and society. The contention cogitated from the vantage point of human capital.



I already elucidated in the portion on ‘basic needs’ that people matter most. Interestingly, in Maoist China, this human capital contention was elevated to the level of cult:… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 9, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Helping my Muslim Brother

In my country, Muslims remain a minority and as such they are widely misunderstood, even feared.



Being a young urbanite, I have had no opportunities to know any Muslims. I only pass them by in popular trading places wearing their colorful revealing garb.



Last year this was all changed when friends of mine invited me to join them in their medical mission to one of the remotest parts of the archipelago - Tawi Tawi, Mindanao. I was enthralled with the rare chance to visit… Continue

Added by Christina on April 7, 2008 at 8:40am — No Comments

I REMAIN IN BULGARIA.

Having been lacerated by consideration for a few days, I am now more than confident that I will manage to lead Bulgaria to better days.



Thank you all for your encouraging responses! I appreciate them. They are one of the reasons why I should stay and go on.



I REMAIN IN BULGARIA!



I look forward to future partnership activities with any of my organizations in Bulgaria and abroad. Just approach me over the next few days. I am back to reality, my reality, my world -… Continue

Added by Rosen Dimov on April 7, 2008 at 7:59am — No Comments

TRI-SECTOR SYNERGY FOR DEVELOPMENT

Erle Frayne D. Argonza

[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



Within a nation-state, from micro to macro levels, there better be cooperation among the three main sectors of development: state, market, civil society. I stressed this well in the New Nationalism article.



The emerging term for cooperation today is ‘synergy’. In the original sense of the term, it denoted the causal chain of “one thing leading to another.” It had since become a staple term in… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 7, 2008 at 5:41am — No Comments

Is Microfinance Headed for Ruin?

The New York Times has a good article on the growing prominence of microfinance in Mexico, and the debate which has arisen as more providers have entered the market: "how far should microfinance go toward becoming big business?" Microlending advocates such as Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus say that success is threatened by the increase in microlenders using a market-oriented model, with its emphasis on investor returns.



The article discusses Compartamos, an organization that… Continue

Added by Brad Ewing on April 6, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

THE STATE IS NO 'BIG MAMA' BUT ENABLER

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



To continue, in the same article on New Nationalism, this author took up the contention about the shift from ‘provider state’ to ‘enabler state’ model. I agree to a large degree with Peter Evans regarding the matter in his elucidations on synergism and development.



While I argue strongly for a dirigist paradigm of development, I do not at all go for maximum state intervention such as the ones… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 5, 2008 at 6:23am — No Comments

RE-ECHOING BASIC NEEDS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 22 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



“Go back to basic needs,” I declared in the same article on New Nationalism.



Sometime back, the ‘basic needs’ framework rang strong bells in the development field as a potent framework for development. Having started with the defunct Ministry of Human Settlements in 1981 as a community development specialist, I still recall then how brilliant and exquisitely crafted was this Ministry’s… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 4, 2008 at 6:15am — 3 Comments

Yunus Wins yet Another Award

The man that seemingly can do no wrong has picked up yet another award. Muhammad Yunus has just been awarded the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award by the Tech Museum of Innovation for his contributions to technology. "Technology is making more changes in our way of life than ever in human history...The way the Internet and the mobile phone are spreading, you cannot compare with any technology of the past,"says Muhammad Yunus.



His recent book promotes his hopes for "social… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on April 4, 2008 at 5:30am — No Comments

ACCION Reaches 3 Million Clients

ACCION International, a private, nonprofit organization that provides individuals with microenterprise loans, business training and other financial services recently announced that the number of active clients it reaches has surpassed 3 million. The organization, with its network of 35 partner organizations in 25 countries, made $3.72 billion worth of small loans to poor microentrepreneurs around the world in 2006, and expects its 2007 results to exceed this once results are… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on April 4, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

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