Online Publications:

31 08 2006
  • Basic Tips for Fund-raising for Small NGOs in Developing Countries, http://tinyurl.com/kcg9s. Provides basic guidelines for small NGOs in the developing world in regards to fund-raising. Also provides a listing of additional resources.
  • Broadcasting Pluralism and Diversity: training manual for African regulators, http://tinyurl.com/l5utw. “The past 10 to 15 years have seen a dramatic growth in pluralism in broadcasting in Africa. From a broadcasting scene overwhelmingly dominated by government-controlled or state media, the landscape has evolved considerably with the licensing of many private commercial and community broadcasters. The task of implementing the principles of pluralism and diversity lies to a large extent with African broadcasting regulators. This manual is aimed at members and staff of African broadcasting regulatory bodies, along with others, such as journalists, broadcasters and civil society groups who are seeking to realize the ideals in these declarations.”
  • A Censored Network: Iran, http://tinyurl.com/f6wfh. Results from a collaborative project between the Govcom.org foundation and the OpenNet Initiative, this map illustrates censored web sites in Iran.
  • Central Asia and Its Asian Neighbors Security and Commerce at the Crossroads, http://tinyurl.com/k2fa6. A Rand report. “Several Asian states are key to Central Asia’s security and economic environment, and their actions will also affect U.S. interests in the region. Although some of these states fear the U.S. military presence in the region, others appreciate its strong role in promoting stability.”
  • Communication for Empowerment: developing media strategies in support of vulnerable groups, http://tinyurl.com/rkfrx. Produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bureau for Development Policy, Democratic Governance Group.
  • Escaping the Conflict Trap: Promoting Good Governance in the Congo, http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?l=1&id=4276. An International Crisis Group Report. “Congo’s elections on 30 July could become the root of renewed violence unless Kinshasa and donors increase efforts to create a transparent and accountable government. This is the country’s most promising moment since independence, but there are huge dangers as well because the poll will create a significant class of disenfranchised politicians and former warlords tempted to take advantage of state weakness and launch new insurgencies. The incoming government should strengthen state institutions, especially parliament and the judiciary. The public administration needs to be reformed, accountability and transparency promoted. Major donors should form a new body to coordinate funding and policy advice for the new government and regularly discuss good governance issues with key ministries and government anti-corruption bodies. Civil society needs to track public expenditures and press for sanctions against corrupt officials.”
  • Fighting corruption through civil society: helping build local capacity to advance transparent and accountable governance, http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PDACH063.pdf. A 3-page fact sheet by USAID’s Mission to Iraq.
  • Forced Migration Review, http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR25/FMR25full.pdf. This edition of the Forced Migration Review covers many aspects of the vulnerabilities of the victims of forced migration. This issue looks not only at the struggles of refugees and internally displaced people, but also victims of human trafficking.
  • Gender and Media Handbook: promoting equality, diversity & empowerment, http://tinyurl.com/kpomz. This handbook aims to help journalists and media professionals internationally to be sensitive to gender issues such as negative portrayals of women in the media, the lack of women in leadership positions in media organizations, etc., and to provide practical help for people who want to see things change.
  • Handbook on Monitoring and Evaluation for Results, http://tinyurl.com/gaf2a. This publication aims to support the use of monitoring and evaluation of development results. It is intended to support United Nations Development Program (UNDP) country offices in aligning their monitoring and evaluation systems with a results-based management methodology, specifically in tracking and measuring the performance of UNDP interventions and strategies.
  • Hunger and Human Rights: the politics of famine, http://www.hrnk.org/hunger/toc.html. This 2005 report by the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea is now available in the Korean language.
  • The Impact of China on Sub Saharan Africa, http://tinyurl.com/ewmop. This article explores the impact of the increase of Chinese trade with Sub Saharan Africa. The article provides a possible framework for assessing the impact of China’s growing influence in Africa. It also presents policy challenges posed by this growth of Chinese presence in Sub Saharan Africa.
  • The International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/index.php. An e-journal that provides free and open access to all of its content. “IJEDICT aims to strengthen links between research and practice in ICT in education and development in hitherto less developed parts of the world, e.g., developing countries (especially small states), and rural and remote regions of developed countries. The emphasis is on providing a space for researchers, practitioners and theoreticians to explore ideas using an eclectic mix of research methods and disciplines. It brings together research, action research and case studies in order to assist in the transfer of best practice, the development of policy and the creation of theory.”
  • Iraq and the Kurds: The Brewing Battle over Kirkuk, http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?l=1&id=4267. An International Crisis Group Report. “Unless the international community acts soon to resolve mounting tensions in Kirkuk, the result could well be yet another violent communal conflict in Iraq, risking full scale civil war and possibly outside military intervention. The dangerously neglected looming conflict in and around the northern Iraqi city is equal parts street brawl over oil riches; ethnic competition over identity between Kurdish, Turkoman, Arab and Assyrian-Chaldean communities; and titanic clash between two nations, Arab and Kurd. All parties should make clear their intention to pursue a negotiated settlement, explaining to their followers that compromises must be made for peace. The Iraqi government should invite the UN Security Council to appoint an envoy to start negotiations to designate Kirkuk governorate as a stand-alone federal region for an interim period. And the U.S. should place its weight behind such a UN-brokered political settlement.”
  • Iraq’s Muqtada Al-Sadr: Spoiler or Stabiliser?, http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?l=1&id=4210. An International Crisis Group Report. “With stepped-up U.S.-led raids against Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia, Jaysh al-Mahdi, and media allegations of its responsibility for the horrific killings in Baghdad on 9 July that threaten new escalation of sectarian violence, he and his movement have become more vital than ever. In the immediate aftermath of Saddam’s ouster, Muqtada was known chiefly for disruptive behaviour. Two years later, he has political power and a very different role. The Sadrist movement has deep roots in contemporary Iraq and expresses many justified grievances. But as sectarian tensions have grown, so too has his movement’s involvement in the dirty war of Sunnis against Shiites. Muqtada must be recognised as a serious political actor, but if he is to be a constructive one, he must do more to exercise responsible leadership and defuse his movement’s violent inclinations.”
  • Israel/Palestine/Lebanon: Climbing Out of the Abyss, http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?l=1&id=4282. An International Crisis Group Report. “A diplomatic and political approach is needed to defuse the twin crises in Lebanon and Palestine, including immediate ceasefires on both fronts and steps to restore stability and re-launch a comprehensive peace process, or matters could become far worse. Resolution of the Palestinian crisis should involve allowing the elected government to govern in exchange for a cessation of hostilities. Israel’s pursuit of a knockout against Hizbollah is unrealistic and counterproductive, risking pushing Lebanon to breaking point. Cessation of hostilities should be followed by a prisoner exchange and, if agreed by all parties, dispatch of a UN-authorized international force charged with verifying ceasefire adherence. Sustainable peace requires continued EU and UN engagement with Hamas and Hizbollah and renewed U.S. engagement with Syria and Iran. The key to resolving both crises is reinvigorating the Israeli-Arab peace processes.
  • New Democracies, New Media: What’s New? A study of e-participation projects in third-wave democracies, http://tinyurl.com/kr2oc. Stephen Coleman (professor of the University of Leeds) and Ildiko Kaposi (Open Democracy Author) have written a study of e-participation projects in third-wave democracies.
  • Nigeria: Want in the Midst of Plenty, http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?l=1&id=4274. An International Crisis Group Report. “Nigeria is a major oil producer, home to every sixth African, and one of the continent’s great hopes – but it is very fragile. If internal fissures, massive poverty and economic disparities are left unchecked, persistent levels of violence could escalate and severely impact regional security. Widespread corruption and relentless exploitation of regional, ethnic and religious fault lines by a ruling elite has thwarted reform and stalled economic development. Despite more than $400 billion in oil revenue over three decades, nine of ten Nigerians live on less than $2 a day. While the 1999 return to democracy was welcome and overdue, the people remain dangerously disconnected from their government. The 2007 presidential election is an opportunity for transition to a more stable democracy, but only when every citizen becomes a stakeholder in its future can the country truly leave its troubled past behind.”
  • The Political Potential of Displacement to Urban Areas, http://www.review.upeace.org/article.cfm. Article written by Professor Mahmoud El Zain. “Using the events of recent decades in the Sudan, this paper argues that localized as well as regional mass population displacement has caused enormous cultural and political transformation that is often overlooked in scholarship about the Sudan. This reality of bringing intact rural communities to the heart of urban Sudan with increased numbers of community-based organizations, has contributed to displacing the state’s (modernist) development discourse and giving muscles and blood to the “religious”—or the “religiously-cloaked ethnic discourse”—on which the state, since 1983, started to lean as means of acquiring legitimacy. With their demographic weight and culturally compact presence in and around the capital Khartoum, the displaced rural communities affected an enormous transformation in national politics. They were used by urban political groupings to install and legitimize a religious state in the Sudan; however, ultimately they contributed to discrediting this very religious state.”
  • Solidarity Center’s News, Summer 2006, http://www.solidaritycenter.org/content.asp?contentid=602. In the most recent issue you will meet truck drivers who are preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Africa, Indonesian youth fighting human trafficking, Colombian unionists targeted for death threats for their union activism, and Nepali union members leading their country toward democracy. To subscribe go to: http://tinyurl.com/n2x4e
  • Strengthening Global Civil Society, http://tinyurl.com/r37a6. Drawing heavily from the discussions surrounding global civil society at a 2005 three-day Institute for Public Policy Research conference, this paper sets out the author’s perspective on issues surrounding global civil society.
  • The Swamps of Insurgency: Nigeria’s Delta Unrest, http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?l=1&id=4310. An International Crisis Group Report. “The Nigerian government and international oil corporations must change direction if they are to reduce the risk of violent meltdown in the Niger Delta, where a potent cocktail of poverty, crime and corruption is fuelling a militant threat to the country’s reliability as a major oil producer. Several steps are required to reverse the situation. The government needs to forge far-reaching reforms to administration and its approach to revenue sharing. Oil companies should involve credible, community-based organizations in their development efforts. And Western governments must pay immediate attention to improving their own development aid.”
  • Tools for knowledge and learning: a guide for development and humanitarian organizations: Thirty tools and techniques for knowledge sharing and learning, http://tinyurl.com/nct9c. “The idea of capturing, storing and sharing knowledge so as to learn lessons from the past and from elsewhere – overcoming the boundaries posed by time and space – is far from being a new one. In recent years, a growing movement has emphasized the improved application of knowledge and learning as a means to improve development and humanitarian work. The movement has led to the widespread adoption of learning and knowledge-based strategies among the range of agencies involved in such work, including donor agencies, multilaterals, NGOs, research institutes, and the plethora of institutions based in the South, including national governments, regional organizations, and indigenous NGOs.”
  • Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers, http://tinyurl.com/es49u. An updated edition by International IDEA, this publication covers the ground of women’s access to the legislature in three steps: It looks into the obstacles women confront when entering Parliament – be they political, socio-economic or ideological and psychological. It presents solutions to overcome these obstacles, such as changing electoral systems and introducing quotas, and it details strategies for women to influence politics once they are elected to parliament, an institution that is traditionally male dominated.
  • The World’s Youth 2006 Data Sheet, http://tinyurl.com/hglvx. A statistical chart developed by the Population Reference Bureau that covers important issues in the lives of adolescents including gender disparities, child labour, health, and education.
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