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Lessons in English, by Madeline Gressel

I came to Udaipur, India with FSD to work as a teacher in a small school for poor children, called the Talent Academy. I was told that I would be working with the school’s English teacher, helping supplement conversational English lessons. I have previously worked teaching art to elementary school students in the U.S., so I thought I could teach some art classes as well.

When I started at the Talent Academy, my supervisor told me that the English teacher was on vacation and… Continue

Added by Mary on April 30, 2008 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

[Note: The author is a political economist and social development consultant. The paper was delivered in a panel lecture at the Kamayan Forum, Kamayan Restaurant, 12 noon-2 pm, 19 November, 2004.]

This paper advocates for an alternative framework regarding mineral resource extraction. It begins with the contention that mining must be considered as primarily a community undertaking, whether the community be national or local. As such,… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 29, 2008 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Climate Change Hitting Arctic Faster, Harder

Joe Pouliot


WASHINGTON – Climate change is having a greater and faster impact on the Arctic than previously thought, according to a new study by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The new report, Arctic Climate Impact Science – An Update Since ACIA, represents the most wide-ranging reviews of arctic climate impact science since the Arctic Climate Impact… Continue

Added by World Wildlife Fund on April 29, 2008 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment


Added by Andrea Flores on April 29, 2008 at 4:07am — No Comments

Nearly 20,000 Students Planting Trees as Part of 'Project Plant It!'

Nearly 20,000 elementary students in 217 schools in four states are participating this week in Dominion's Project Plant It! program, a community effort to educate children, plant trees and improve the environment.

More than 15,000 students in Virginia and more than 4,000 students in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are participating in the Project Plant It! partnership among Dominion, the Arbor Day Foundation and selected school districts where the company does business.… Continue

Added by Dan Johnson on April 28, 2008 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]

Who really is in control of a country’s central bank? Is the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas really in the hands of the people of the republic, under the guidance of the Constitution of the Republic? How come we cannot even see a shadow of any of the Letters of Intent of the International Monetary Fund that were supposedly deposited in the central bank here?

National banking has to be… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 27, 2008 at 7:34pm — 1 Comment


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]

I have always supported a ‘social capital’ framework for advancing the interests of marginal sectors in resource extraction industries. Particularly affected are the indigenous peoples and the slash & burn planters. The New Nationalism article emphasizes this point clearly.

I also had advanced this contention in some other articles. In a speech before environmentalists held in late 2004, I… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 27, 2008 at 5:51am — 1 Comment


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]

As one can observe from my previous articles, New Nationalism supports a continuous entry of investments to the domestic market from overseas. This article articulates the specific contention about the matter.

Autarchy is bad policy and practice to begin with. If it worked for the Habsburg Empire for a while, it worked only because there were draconian measures employed to make them work, and… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 24, 2008 at 5:46am — No Comments

Grandmother Entrepreneurs, by Vu Ndlovu

This is my 9th week of a 10-week internship here in Jinja, Uganda. I am mostly working on my final reports, which involves the exciting task of organizing receipts, tallying them up to make sure all the numbers add up and making sure we haven’t overspent. I am also spending this week making sure that implementation of the project I’ve been involved with is near completion.

I’ve… Continue

Added by Mary on April 23, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Nominations now open for Responsible Tourism Awards 2008

Nominations for our Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2008 are now open!

In 2007 we received over 1700 nominations from travellers around the world and we will be relying on your responsible travel know-how once again to find the best of the best in 2008.

The central idea behind the Awards is that all types of tourism – from niche to mainstream – can and should be operated… Continue

Added by Katie Fewings on April 23, 2008 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Shock pictures: Is this what the Canadian government means by 'humane' slaughter?

"The baby seal looks into the eyes of her executioner. Barely a flicker of emotion shows on the fisherman's face as he smashes a steel-tipped club into her mouth. She lies whimpering on the ice, blood pouring from her jaw and nose.

But she is not yet dead, so the sealer hits her in the face another four times before slamming a hooked "hakapik" club into her stomach and dragging her across the ice towards the ship.

Yet even this savagery is not enough to kill the poor… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on April 21, 2008 at 5:17pm — No Comments


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]

In a recently written book by me titled Fair Trade and Food Security: Framework and Policy Architecture (Kaisampalad, 2004), I was able to gather clear evidences of the failures of free trade policies. Not only free trade but the whole policy regime of economic liberalization—that paved the way to globalization—had downgrading effects on our currency, agriculture, and industry here in my home… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 21, 2008 at 9:09am — 1 Comment

A consortium of friends

I am organizing a consortium of experts from a variety of web, networking and marketing technologies. A catalogue of services will be built and based upon my consultation with clients, various options can be submitted from the client to choose from. This catalogue of services will a standard offering from my consultation services and will be made available to clients visiting my website at if you would like to become part of this project or if you would like to start a group… Continue

Added by Robert Mills on April 20, 2008 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment


hi, come and join the hands together to make developmetn viable inreal sense.

Added by vinay arya on April 19, 2008 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Are Women being Cheated in Microfinance?

An article in Time this week suggests that as microfinance institutions look to access more capital, they are increasingly becoming regulated financial institutions, and worryingly, losing the number of females clients that they have. The findings are a result of a landmark study by Women's World Banking (WWB), a network of microfinance institutions in 29 countries, which found that over five years, the percentage of clients who were women moved from an average of 88% to 60%. This is troubling… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on April 18, 2008 at 5:09am — 1 Comment

Highlights of Starbucks CSR

As I went to Starbucks today to take advantage of their new promotional card that gives me free coffee every Wednesday for the next month, I noticed their pamphlet on social responsibility and took a look through and thought I would share it. I read an article that talked about making your coffee more "green" and it reminded me of some of the things it talked about.

Conducting… Continue

Added by Kenneth Westling on April 16, 2008 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Assembling a Project Monitoring System for the Promic Micro-Credit Program

When one considers the challenges associated with managing a micro-credit program in a widely dispersed rural community, it is apparent that resources are often strained. Boniface Kawiiso, a long-time employee of the Jinja Diocesan Development Coordinating Organization (JIDDECO), was serving the role of the deputy director of the Promic Program, the administrative assistant, the loan… Continue

Added by Mary on April 16, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Ethical Investing Takes a Hit

The nearly 100 environmentally and ethically screened funds, worth more than £9bn in total, have answered critics well over the past few years who claimed ethical investing meant lower returns. However, an article in the Daily Mail this week suggests that criticism is headed back with ethical funds losing 9.5% on average in the 12 months to April 1 this year.… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on April 16, 2008 at 7:59am — No Comments

A "Social Stock Exchange" for Ethical Investors

A "social stock exchange" where ethical investors can trade shares in worthy enterprises could be set up under plans announced on Friday.

The exchange would aim to combine profitable trading with social or environmental missions. Clean technologies, healthcare, first world development projects and help for disadvantaged communities would be included in the exchange.

The… Continue

Added by Dan Johnson on April 14, 2008 at 8:10pm — 2 Comments


Erle Frayne Argonza

[Writ 23 March 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]

The antiquated debate regarding which domain should be the main source of national wealth—whether domestic or overseas—is still alive today. In the article of New Nationalism, I argued that in the emerging context of post-industrialism, this debate has become futile and unproductive. Instead of stressing a domestic versus international mindset, I argued for a both/and frame.

Admittedly, the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on April 14, 2008 at 7:27pm — No Comments

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