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[Survey] Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia | research project

[Survey] Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia | research project | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Asia-Europe Foundation and its online platform culture360.org are conducting a research on Funding Opportunities for International Cultural Exchange in Asia. The research will focus on mapping resources for funding in Asian countries which allow individuals or organizations to engage/take part in international cultural exchange.


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Equateur : une « banque verte » pour reverdir Quito - zegreenweb

Equateur : une « banque verte » pour reverdir Quito - zegreenweb | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Une banque de graines d'arbres a été inaugurée il ya trois ans à Cunuyacu, à 30 minutes de route de Quito (Equateur), capitale d'un pays qui a récemment fait parler de lui en mal sur la...

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Samsung, Taihan to Build Network in Mali to Boost Communications

Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) and Taihan Electric Wire Co. (001440) will build a fiber-optic and Intranet network in Mali to help improve government communications, the West African state said.
The project will be funded with a 16.3 billion-CFA-franc ($32.1 million) loan from Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund

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China raises the ante on trade with new tariffs

China raises the ante on trade with new tariffs | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

There is a growing “perception” in this country and around the world that China uses “intimidation” to get its way in trade, whether through aggressive subsidization of state-owned industries, technology transfer requirements for foreign firms or slack enforcement of foreigners’ intellectual property rights...

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Farmer suicides: NGO points to Punjab reporting fewer numbers

The number of farmer suicides in Punjab seems to vary according to the source providing information about that. An NGO, Movement Against State Repression (MASR), has stated that Punjab is a glaring example of neglecting the factor of farmer suicides when it comes to determining the amount of funds that should be spent on assisting agriculturists.

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Quel état de la torture dans le monde ?

Jean-Étienne de Linares, délégué général de l’ACAT-France, répond à nos questions à l’occasion de la parution du "Rapport ACAT-France 2011 : un monde tortionnaire" :


* Quel point peut-on faire de l’évolution de la torture dans le monde en 2011 ?
* Vous expliquez que, pour qu’elle ne paraisse pas spontanément horrible, la torture porte souvent le « masque du Bien » ; comment les tortionnaires parviennent-ils à le créer ?
* Quels seraient les grands axes de prévention et de lutte à mener contre la torture ?

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Bihar seeks Japanese assistance to spur agri sector - Economic Times

Bihar seeks Japanese assistance to spur agri sector - Economic Times | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Bihar, which is laying special emphasis on development of agriculture to spur economic growth, has sought assistance from Japan to help usher in the "second green revolution".

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U.S. Aid To All Moroccan Regions, Vote Of Confidence Of Congress ...

U.S. Aid To All Moroccan Regions, Vote Of Confidence Of Congress ... | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Washington – The U.S. economic and development aid intended for all regions of Morocco is a vote of confidence of the United States' Congress vis-à-vis the Kingdom's efforts to settle the Sahara issue, said Roger Noriega, ...
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China-ASEAN Free Trade Area a successful model for South-South cooperation - Xinhua

China-ASEAN Free Trade Area a successful model for South-South cooperationXinhuaThe CAFTA has also deepened its economic cooperation in such areas as service trade, mutual investment, information and communications, transportation, energy, culture,...
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Busan High-Level Forum: From Dead Aid to Better Development? - Council on Foreign Relations

Busan High-Level Forum: From Dead Aid to Better Development? - Council on Foreign Relations | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Development specialist Sohn Hyuk-sang analyzes the Busan-High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, arguing a new future for poverty reduction.

 

"Overall, how would one evaluate the final outcome of the Busan HLF? While expectations of a binding agreement were dashed, a new development cooperation framework (e.g., south-south and triangular cooperation) that consists of an inclusive partnership with emerging donors and private sectors was established. Thus, the Busan HLF provided momentum for a major shift in the discourse on aid effectiveness..."

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Burma developing nuclear capabilities: Is US-Burma thaw connected to it?

Burma developing nuclear capabilities: Is US-Burma thaw connected to it?
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Time for the World Trade Organization to change tack

Time for the World Trade Organization to change tack | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
'The time has come for the WTO to consider its future and assess the importance of trade guardianship as well as ongoing liberalisation...
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Center for Global Development (CGD)

Center for Global Development (CGD) | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all.

A nimble, independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank, CGD combines world-class research with policy analysis and innovative communications to turn ideas into action.

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Brazil overtakes UK as sixth-largest economy

Brazil overtakes UK as sixth-largest economy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
UK relegated to seventh place in world league of leading economies in 2011, according to team of economists (#Brazil overtakes #UK as world's sixth-largest #economy in 2011.)...

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Profits réalisés par les passeurs vs risques mortels pour les migrants

Profits réalisés par les passeurs vs risques mortels pour les migrants | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Au lendemain de la Journée Internationale des Migrants (International Migrants Day), l'Office des Nations unies contre la drogue et le crime (UNODC), a publié un rapport sur le trafic et le passage d'êtres humains.
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Japan, India make trade push

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, agreed Wednesday to cooperate in infrastructure development in India, with high-speed railways and nuclear power plants likely to feature prominently.

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US Congress frees up $40 million for Palestinians - AFP

US Congress frees up $40 million for Palestinians - AFP | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The US State Department said Congress has released $40 million in aid to the Palestinians, part of the nearly $200 million that was frozen over their bid for full UN recognition.

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Dead Aid - Dambisa Moyo : A detailed Review

Dead Aid - Dambisa Moyo :  A detailed Review | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The story of aid and economic its relation to economic backwardness has been told again and again. In this book however, Dr Moyo tells it with a new perspective, she not only tells it as it is but also tells as it should be....

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Ildiko Heim » DP 2: Aid or not to Aid … toward development

Ildiko Heim » DP 2: Aid or not to Aid … toward development | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In many of us may arise the question: what if we just stopped aid, given that aid has so many negative attributions and effects or rather limit it to humanitarian relief.

 

As Riddell (1) says that all acknowledge that the prime purpose of aid is to contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction, still their decisions continue to be influenced by short-term political considerations and ...

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Cambodian PM stresses good relations with Thailand

Thailand and Cambodia have reaffirmed their strong and close ties and agreed to speed up talks on plans for joint development including overlapping maritime claims in the Gulf of Thailand for their mutual benefit.

 

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed his desire to end the border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia and resume talks on the joint development area (JDA) in the maritime overlapping claims area (OCA) of approximately 26,000 square kilometres, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas.

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UN chief to focus on sustaining Arab Spring

UN chief to focus on sustaining Arab Spring | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

As he embarks on a new five-year term starting New Year's Day, Ban said one of his top priorities is to help Arab countries sustain their moves toward democracy.

He also said he intended to do more for young people and women, and address frustrations over the growing gap between the rich and poor expressed by the Occupy movement.

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Animal assets empower women in developing countries

Jemimah Njuki leads the Poverty Gender and Impact team at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

 

In this short film she explains her belief that farm animals are one way for poor women to make money, feed their families better and educate their children. “Owning animal assets gives women power” says Njuki, “… and this gives women a voice … and when women become equal partners, everyone benefits!”

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Egypt raids foreign organizations' offices in crackdown

Egypt raids foreign organizations' offices in crackdown | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Egyptian security forces on Thursday raided the offices of 17 nongovernmental organizations, including three U.S.-based agencies, as part of a crackdown on foreign assistance that has drawn criticism from the West and threatened human rights groups...
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Rethinking support for adaptive capacity to climate change: the role of development interventions

Rethinking support for adaptive capacity to climate change: the role of development interventions | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

This report examines the role of development interventions in Mozambique, Uganda and Ethiopia in relation to supporting local adaptive capacity to climate change.

 

The impacts of climate change will not be the same for all. Vulnerability to the impacts of climate change often comes from vulnerability in a general sense – from poverty and marginalisation

 Supporting local adaptive capacity cannot therefore be seen in isolation as ‘climate change programming’. It is an intrinsic part of all development interventions.

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AID POLICY: Spotlight on New Deal for fragile states

AID POLICY: Spotlight on New Deal for fragile states | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

At the global aid effectiveness forum in Busan, South Korea, in November and December this year, the “G7+”, a group of nations which includes 19 fragile and conflict-affected states, agreed a New Deal on fragile states, which sets out concrete and, they hope, more relevant ways to improve peace- and state-building goals.

 

The New Deal will be piloted in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste, with help from Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA.

 

It identifies five peace- and state-building goals as prerequisites for development without which “no MDG [Millenium Development Goals] will be met”, said Marcus Manuel, director of the Budget Strengthening Initiative at the UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI), one of the architects of the New Deal.

The goals include legitimate politics, security, justice, economic foundations and revenues and services. “If you don’t sort them [these criteria] out, no matter how many schools you build, if you haven’t figured out the payroll, you won’t be able to move forward,” Manuel told IRIN.

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