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Working for a #GreenerBritain

It was with great delight that I attended last night's Greener Britain Hustings, taking time to hear, ahead of the upcoming UK General Election, what many of the parties plan for the environment.

The debate, chaired by Tom Heap, of BBC One's Countryfile and Radio 4's Costing the Earth…


Added by Jennifer Crago on March 24, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Impact Investing: Big investment, little financial benefits, more social impact... “What, Why & How?”

Impact Investing is a growing developmental tool. It can play a good role in the development of any country especially in developing countries. For example, the Impact Investor can invest their money for food production, preservation and food processing. In our world, there are many countries where sometimes food…


Added by Suman Chowdhury Mony on February 17, 2014 at 11:49pm — No Comments

We are prepared to change. We are not prepared to be changed. Therein lies significant opportunity.

Recently I received an email from the people who host my personal website telling me that from February 2014 my domain name would no longer be supported.

Oblivion is not something we want to contemplate. 

My initial reaction was rage. My domain name is my name and therefore a key to my branding and my business. And…


Added by Ian Berry on November 4, 2013 at 4:18pm — No Comments

The challenges of achieving greater transparency, by Janet Voûte, Nestlé's Global Head of Public Affairs

At Nestlé we believe that actions speak louder than words.  We have to deliver what we promise.  We have to be transparent if we are to persuade our stakeholders, our partners, and our critics, that we are building our business in a long-term, sustainable way. 

Significant step

This month we’ve achieved a significant step towards greater transparency, receiving an A+ rating from the Global Reporting…


Added by Wettstein Barbara on April 12, 2012 at 3:24am — No Comments

ICTs, Climate Change and Development Case Study Repository

Nineteen new case studies on use of ICTs in relation to climate change in developing countries are available at:

They cover:

- ICTs, Climate Change and Disaster Management

- New ICT Routes to Climate Change Adaptation

- ICTs and Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change

- ICTs and Climate Change Mitigation

- ICTs and Climate Change…


Added by Richard Heeks on February 27, 2012 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Friday’s Poetic Pause: “Capacity Gap”

I wrote this in a moment of frustration, when it was clear to me that the capacity that needed to be built was not with local partners, but with upper management.

Are you building your capacity to prepare for what Dennis Whittle, co-founder of, terms the pending “democratization of aid"?  It's time for the ability and penchant to work with organizations of any size or type…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 27, 2012 at 9:36am — No Comments

Has aid lost its humanity?

When Mette Müller, founder of Best Self Experience, shared the following comment on my blog, I knew I wanted to invite her to share her story:

“The grassroots [organizations] that I have worked with have been excellent in seeing development as a process rather than a large checkbox... but many aid workers (sorry sorry sorry for the generalisation) seem to misunderstand this, and project their own ambitions and understanding of…

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 23, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Cats, Crickets, Cows, and Pigs

"...acquiring two cats may have led to my shrinking consumption of meat..."

see New SSPP Blog Post from from Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy

Added by SsppJournal Sustainabilty on January 3, 2012 at 8:41am — No Comments

A tale of two realities

I attended two entirely different Washington D.C. aid industry events yesterday.

The first was a Society for International Development panel entitled, “M&E in the For-Profit and Non-Profit Sectors: Differences and Shared Advantages” and the second was “…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on December 14, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hillary, Stoves Won’t Save the World

"Hillary Clinton unveils initiative on clean cooking stoves," was among last year’s highlights at the Millennium Development Goals Summit. On this World Pneumonia Day, what has become of The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves? Has yet another “silver bullet” failed to make a difference for those in the…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 12, 2011 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Mentoring Among Local Organizations—Here’s How!

Following on the interest in my posts on exchange visits between local organizations and oral reporting, here’s another set of guidelines on mentoring relationships for your use and adaptation.


Stronger, more sustainable community-based organizations can contribute to a more effective and participatory civil society…


Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 8, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments

ICTs and Disaster Management in Developing Countries: New Paper Online

“Disaster Management, Developing Country Communities & Climate Change: The Role of ICTs” by Nonita Yap argues ICTs have a central role in management of climate-related disasters.  But strategic changes are needed.  Information systems should be development- rather than disaster- or climate-focused.  More interoperable and routinely-used rather than specialised applications are required.  ICTs should be used more to enable accountability of disaster response efforts:…


Added by Richard Heeks on May 4, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

ICT-Enabled Development of Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation

This new report argues that mobiles have been helpful in building informational capacities for climate change adaptation.  However, emergent, self-organised, transformational adaptation may need to build more on telecentre-based models, and should focus more on holistic rather than climate-specific applications:

Added by Richard Heeks on April 28, 2011 at 6:18am — No Comments

Report on ICTs and Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries

ICTs and Climate Change Mitigation in Emerging Economies by Helen Roeth and Leena Wokeck identifies the need and opportunity in emerging economies for ICT-enabled climate change mitigation in areas such as energy generation, urban transportation and building, manufacturing, and international trade. It analyses the challenges to this form of low-carbon development, and recommends necessary actions by government and business:… Continue

Added by Richard Heeks on March 29, 2011 at 6:39pm — No Comments

New/Emergent ICTs and Climate Change

New & Emergent ICTs and Climate Change in Developing Countries by Stan Karanasios analyses the climate change application of new and emergent ICTs – wireless broadband, wireless sensor networks, GIS, Web-based tools – in developing countries.  It identifies major uses in disaster management and climate monitoring, and lacunae around climate adaptation.  It provides recommendations for more effective use of new… Continue

Added by Richard Heeks on March 25, 2011 at 12:59pm — No Comments

How Climate Organisations Should Strategise ICTs

"Informational Governance of Cliimate Change Organisations" analyses how organisations active in climate change should incorporate ICTs into their strategic thinking.  It builds a model of "informational governance" with questions to help these organisations identify challenges and opportunities, and enable an effective strategic response:…


Added by Richard Heeks on February 21, 2011 at 9:51am — No Comments

What’s missing from the DIY aid debate? Overlooking the capacity of local NGOs

Professional or amateur? Skills and experience or passion and new ideas? These are riveting questions indeed, but I’m concerned that in the development discourse, we continue to miss a key piece.

Well-intentioned do-gooders of any sort must recognize is that in the developing world, local people with that same “combustible mix of indignation and vision” that Nicholas Kristof describes, are often already… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 9, 2010 at 10:55am — No Comments

Hillary, Stoves Won't Save the World

"Hillary Clinton unveils initiative on clean cooking stoves," was among this week's highlights at the Millennium Development Goals Summit. Indeed, climate change, deforestation, global health, and women’s empowerment are extremely important issues to address.

Yet I am extremely wary of any products manufactured in the developed world that… Continue

Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 22, 2010 at 11:14pm — No Comments

Culture 101

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Culture 101

I have recently been following a Globe and Mail series entitled, “Preparing for a cultural sea change? Take a deep breath”. (August 17, 2010).

It is… Continue

Added by David Martel on August 23, 2010 at 4:14pm — No Comments

ICTs, Climate Change and Development Concept Paper

A recent online paper builds four new conceptual models - i) Climate change vulnerability in developing countries; ii) Climate change adaptation and adaptive capacity of communities and wider 'livelihood systems'; iii) Climate change resilience; iv) The contribution of ICTs to 'e-resilience' and 'e-adaptation'. The models can be used as the foundation…


Added by Richard Heeks on July 7, 2010 at 7:12am — No Comments

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