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National identity and party affiliation are set to play a key role in the Scottish referendum, whose result is more uncertain than opinion polls suggest

National identity and party affiliation are set to play a key role in the Scottish referendum, whose result is more uncertain than opinion polls suggest | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

‘DevoMax’ will not be an option on the ballot paper in the Scottish Independence Referendum next year even though it is more popular among the electorate than independence. Arno van der Zwet and Craig McAngus explore how Scottish attitudes to the two options vary according to national and party identity. They find that perceptions of national identity polarises assessments of Scotland’s performance under independence more so than it does for DevoMax. Also, people’s assessments of Scotland’s future do not always match their actual constitutional preferences, suggesting that the referendum result is more uncertain than opinion polls may suggest.



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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 11, 2013 8:23 AM

"Labour supporters are more positive about the future performance of an independent Scotland than their actual constitutional preferences would suggest."


We might well infer from this that there is a tendency for who most closely associated themselves with British Labour to put loyalty to the party ahead of the welfare of Scotland's people. Which is unfortunate.


But is it any more unfortunate that prioritising the preservation of the British state over the interests of Scotland and its people?


One way or another, the motivations of many No voters seem highly questionable.

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Crowdfunding case studies: Wavelength Media and The Crooked Thicket - West Briton

Crowdfunding case studies: Wavelength Media and The Crooked Thicket - West Briton | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding case studies: Wavelength Media and The Crooked Thicket West Briton AT the end of April, the team behind surf magazine Wavelength launched a Crowdfunder campaign with a target of £15,000 to, in their words, “bring the magazine home to...
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Foreign aid greatly improves public opinion of donor countries, study says - Fierce Government

Foreign aid greatly improves public opinion of donor countries, study says - Fierce Government | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Foreign aid greatly improves public opinion of donor countries, study says Fierce Government Long term foreign aid greatly improves public opinion of donor countries because it increase the perception that the aid is genuine, an upcoming study by...
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Political seminar: PTI election manifesto faces tough scrutiny

Political seminar: PTI election manifesto faces tough scrutiny | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

As part of a series of seminars to dissect the manifestos of various political parties, the Sustainable Policy Development Institute invited speakers from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) in Islamabad on Wednesday to address a gathering of journalists and political enthusiasts. The PTI’s 31-page account of projected changes to turn around rampant corruption and deprivation in Pakistan is to its credit, cloaked with an optimism that is heartening were it to satiate the many echoes of ‘but how?’ within the seminar room. The verbal crossfire between PTI’s advocates and those curious to undress a prudish set of plans was not out of hostility, but out of genuine curiosity. PTI’s Deputy Secretary Information Ahmad Jawad and the party’s International Chapter chief Dr Humayun Mohamand unveiled a manifesto that can be described as vague, at best as it communicated an idealistic makeover of Pakistan into what Jawad related as a shift towards  a self-sufficient welfare state without reliance on foreign aid.


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N.S.A. Dragnet Included Allies, Aid Groups and Business Elite | NYTimes.com

N.S.A. Dragnet Included Allies, Aid Groups and Business Elite | NYTimes.com | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with American technology businesses.


While the names of some political and diplomatic leaders have previously emerged as targets, the newly disclosed intelligence documents provide a much fuller portrait of the spies’ sweeping interests in more than 60 countries.


Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, working closely with the National Security Agency, monitored the communications of senior European Union officials, foreign leaders including African heads of state and sometimes their family members, directors of United Nations and other relief programs, and officials overseeing oil and finance ministries, according to the documents. In addition to Israel, some targets involved close allies like France and Germany, where tensions have already erupted over recent revelations about spying by the N.S.A.


Details of the surveillance are described in documents from the N.S.A. and Britain’s eavesdropping agency, known as GCHQ, dating from 2008 to 2011. The target lists appear in a set of GCHQ reports that sometimes identify which agency requested the surveillance, but more often do not. The documents were leaked by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden and shared by The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel.


The reports are spare, technical bulletins produced as the spies, typically working out of British intelligence sites, systematically tapped one international communications link after another, focusing especially on satellite transmissions. The value of each link is gauged, in part, by the number of surveillance targets found to be using it for emails, text messages or phone calls. More than 1,000 targets, which also include people suspected of being terrorists or militants, are in the reports.


It is unclear what the eavesdroppers gleaned. The documents include a few fragmentary transcripts of conversations and messages, but otherwise contain only hints that further information was available elsewhere, possibly in a larger database.


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US Foreign Aid, 1946-2005

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Distribution of US Foreign Aid over time, 1946-2005...

 

This interactive graph is not visually intuitive and easy to interpret, but it is a wealth of information about the United States geopolitical policies throughout time in addition to it's humanitarian aid throughout the developing world.  For example, you can see that the aid to Vietnam from 1965-1973 exploded, and to Israel from 1976-2002.  In 1947, the United Kingdom (under the Marshall Plan) accounted for over half of all of the international aid.   


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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 2014 5:05 PM

In this graph it shows the US foreign aid over time from 1946-2005. In this diagram it shows the difference in 1965-1973 from Vietnam sky rocketed and the same thing happened in '76-2002 in Israel.  But the Marshall plan once enacted helped the UK people and other nations.

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Britain's foreign aid has fallen into hands of al-Qaeda, DfiD admits - Telegraph

Britain's foreign aid has fallen into hands of al-Qaeda, DfiD admits - Telegraph | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Almost half a million pounds of British taxpayer-funded aid and equipment has fallen into the hands of al-Qaeda, the Department for International Development has admitted.

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ArthurGPeterson's curator insight, August 11, 2013 9:41 AM

foreign aid can be tricky.

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UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak - The Detroit News

UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak - The Detroit News | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The Guardian UN: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak The Detroit News Aid workers and doctors transfer Miguel Pajares, a Spanish priest who was infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia, from a plane to an ambulance as he leaves...
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African Union Commission receives $25m World Bank boost - Public Finance International

African Union Commission receives $25m World Bank boost - Public Finance International | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
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African Union Commission receives $25m World Bank boost
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The African Union represents the interests of 54 member states across the entirety of the continent and is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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Namibia president call for a shift from development aid to Africa - StarAfrica.com

Namibia president call for a shift from development aid to Africa - StarAfrica.com | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Namibia president call for a shift from development aid to Africa StarAfrica.com Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba says development aid to Africa does not only undermine social progress but creates unsustainable dependencies and perpetuates...
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P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the Day: Additive Manufacturing as Global Remanufacturing of Politics

P2P Foundation » Blog Archive » Essay of the Day: Additive Manufacturing as Global Remanufacturing of Politics | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

In order not to yield to technological messianism, we should however be aware of the obstacles that the diffusion of these technologies is likely to meet, starting with those posed by the various actors who have opposite interests to their development, and those resulting from ecological constraints and the availability of resources.


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Obama's guest list for Africa summit troubling - Appleton Post Crescent

Obama's guest list for Africa summit troubling - Appleton Post Crescent | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Madame Noire Obama's guest list for Africa summit troubling Appleton Post Crescent The Obama administration erred on the side of inclusion in deciding which leaders to invite to its ambitious U.S.-Africa summit this week — at least in the view of...
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Clinton's tiff with Obama highlights fact that he hasn't groomed a successor - Washington Post

Clinton's tiff with Obama highlights fact that he hasn't groomed a successor - Washington Post | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
NBCNews.com Clinton's tiff with Obama highlights fact that he hasn't groomed a successor Washington Post Unlike some other presidents, Obama has not made it a priority to have his ticket mate succeed him, and it's unclear whether Vice President...
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Modern polling needs innovation, not traditionalism - Washington Post (blog)

Modern polling needs innovation, not traditionalism - Washington Post (blog) | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Washington Post Modern polling needs innovation, not traditionalism Washington Post (blog) The American Association of Public Opinion Research is a justly well-respected organization whose publications and conferences are an important means of...
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US Offers South Sudan $180m In Aid To Combat Food Crisis | Red Pepper

US Offers South Sudan $180m In Aid To Combat Food Crisis | Red Pepper | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
UN Security Council envoys are seen here in a meeting with President Salva Kiir in Juba on Tuesday The US is providing $180m (£107m) in emergency aid to help

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World Bank Reports on Actions Against Corrupt Corporations

World Bank Reports on Actions Against Corrupt Corporations | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim says,"Each dollar lost to corruption is a dollar stolen from a pregnant woman who needs health care; or from a girl or boy who deserves an education; or from communities that need roads and clean water."

So what is the World Bank, the world's largest development institution, doing about corruption? More than most people appreciate.

This is important, both because it alerts corporations across the world that seek aid agency financed contracts that if they engage in corruption and fraud they may well be caught and penalized. And, because the image of foreign aid has widely suffered from perceptions that much of the cash is stolen and the aid agencies are poorly equipped to do anything about this.

A radical transformation has taken place at the World Bank when it comes to going after crooked firms. Two decades ago, the Bank refused to acknowledge the corruption issue, while a decade ago it mouthed all the grand anti-corruption slogans, but it failed to walk the talk. Now, this has changed.

Much of the credit goes to two low-key Bank officials and the small teams they lead: Leonard McCarthy, the Bank's vice president of its Integrity Department (INT) and a former top South African government crime investigator; and, Belgian lawyer, Pascale Hélène Dubois, who heads the Bank's sanctions office, formally known as the Office of Suspension and Debarment.

Their success is detailed in a new report by Dubois's office that covers the six years to mid-2013 and shows that in this period more than 650 corporations and individuals have been publicly debarred from Bank contracting or otherwise sanctioned for acts of fraud or corruption.

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Justine Greening warns ministers to stop wasting British foreign aid on rich countries | UK | News | Daily Express

Justine Greening warns ministers to stop wasting British foreign aid on rich countries | UK | News | Daily Express | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

MINISTERS have been warned to stop spending British aid on spurious projects such as climate change schemes in wealthy countries, it was reported today.

 

Development secretary Justine Greening has expressed concerns that public support for overseas aid is being squandered by poorly-run projects which waste money.

She had said that if money continues to be spent on anything other than relieving poverty, ministers could face investigation by Britain's aid watchdog, the Independent Commission on Aid Impact.

Her comments come amid calls for some of the annual £8bn foreign aid budget to be diverted to flood victims.

It is claimed Ms Greening is particularly frustrated with Ed Davey's energy and climate change department, which sees hundreds of millions of pounds spent on poor and middle-income countries to cut their carbon emissions.

The department has recently given £15m to cattle ranchers in Columbia to help cut flatulence in cows.

 

Turkey and Chile, both of which are enjoying rapid economic growth, have also benefitted from grants from the department.

Other projects which have benefitted from British aid include a waterpark in Morocco given money by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which hands out £1bn a year in international aid, and a girl band dubbed the Ethiopian Spice Girls who received £3.8m from the Department for International Development (DfID).

Writing to her government colleagues, she said: “We are making sure spending is targeted to where it is needed the most.

"British taxpayers rightly expect all overseas development aid, irrespective of the spending department, to be high quality and well targeted.

“All departments need to make sure they are delivering this and show they are meeting the OECD eligibility criteria.

“As non-DfID overseas development assistance grows, the Independent Commission on Aid Impact will increasingly scrutinise spending outside of DfID by other government departments.”


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Africa Next

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For the first time in generations, more investment than foreign aid is pouring into Africa. But is that growth enough to change its future?


This is the first article in six-part series designed to investigate the changing economic and developmental possibilities that are facing the African continent.  As more foreign investors are exploring potential windfalls in Africa, it is making places that were on the margins of a global economy more directly tied to the process of globalization. 


Tags: Africa, development, globalization, economic, NGOs, unit 6 industry. 


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Rich's comment, September 24, 2012 2:12 PM
So why is it that only one village has been recieving funding and jobs while the other is being left in the dust (almost literally) with barely any water? It is no wonder why the village that is getting left behind is resistant to the change, they have recieved nothing in return compared to the others who are recieving funding aswell as jobs. This company is endangering the lives of those people, they are poor enough as it is without their food/water sources.
Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 27, 2012 9:01 AM
Africa is a rich country with so many problems. If you consider the fact how rich is Africa when it comes to their natural resources, then you will realize that there is a deeper problem. The investments that are pouring into Africa, hopefully will solve a lot of problems. God save Africa!
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Hopes for revival of dialogue with India

Hopes for revival of dialogue with India | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is hopeful of resumption of stalled peace dialogue with India in a few weeks in which trade is likely to take precedence over core bilateral disputes. Soon after its installation, the PML-N government had signalled to India its desire for restarting the talks held up since January due to flare-up of tensions along the Line of Control. The Indian government has promised to send its proposals for resumption of talks, which are being awaited. “The schedule of meetings of various segments of the dialogue is being prepared,” one of the government’s top foreign policy aides said at a background briefing. At the time of the last interruption, the two sides were engaged in the third round of the dialogue revived in Thimphu in 2011. Had the dialogue taken its normal course, the third round would have been nearing completion by now but, because of the disruption, only commerce secretaries of the two countries have met so far. Beside recommencement of talks, Pakistan is eyeing reactivation of the back channel often called Track-II. Though the officials did not say in so many words, it seemed that the PML-N government’s strategy was to deal with softer issues in the official dialogue, while leaving tougher ones to Track-II.

 


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Ghanaian entrepreneur: growth hindered by foreign aid [PovertyCure DVD Series]

In this clip from the PovertyCure DVD Series (see http://www.povertycure.org/dvd-series/), Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse describes how ...
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Technology for producing hybrid seeds vital: FAO-UN - Economic Times

Technology for producing hybrid seeds vital: FAO-UN - Economic Times | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
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Can anyone stop the civil war in Ukraine?

Many compare the Ukrainian conflict to the struggle for independence in South Ossetia, the situation in Transnistria and many other armed confrontations in the former Soviet Union. Indeed,...
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There is a strong link between a good constitution and poverty reduction- JCTR - Zambian Watchdog

There is a strong link between a good constitution and poverty reduction- JCTR Zambian Watchdog Chungu charged that his Government has prioritized the need for the country to have good road network, reduce poverty among households as opposed to...
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North Korea to publish human rights report - NK News

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International Business Times North Korea to publish human rights report NK News North Korea will attempt to show the “true picture” of human rights within the country by publishing its own report on the issue, according to an article on the state...
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NSA: Boko Haram Threatening Democratic Foundations, Good Governance in ... - THISDAY Live

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