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Index December 2008

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2008-12-01: Daily statistics for November 2008;
2008-12-01: The International Reformed Center John Knox IRCJK;
2008-12-02: Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development AIARD;
2008-12-03: Women’s Voice / Liu La Amayi – Malawi;
2008-12-04: The world food program WFP;
2008-12-05: School of Unity and Liberation SOUL;
2008-12-06: National Chicano Moratorium Committee;
2008-12-07: India Relief and Education Fund IREF;
2008-12-08: The Arab American Institute AAI;
2008-12-09: National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights;
2008-12-10: Centre for Agricultural Resources and International Development CEFARD;
2008-12-11: Why Democracy;
2008-12-13: Centre for International Competitiveness;
2008-12-14: International Development Research Centre IDRC;
2008-12-15: Global Value Chains GVC;
2008-12-16: Business fighting corruption;
2008-12-17: e-codices – the Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland;
2008-12-18: The San Francisco Day Labor Program;
2008-12-19: GTZ Partner for the Future, Worldwide;
2008-12-20: The Tri-continental Centre CETRI;
2008-12-21: The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice;
2008-12-22: Project Management for Development Organizations PM4DE;
2008-12-23: Canadian Children’s Rights Council;
2008-12-24: MF;
2008-12-25: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies;
2008-12-26: Life Foundation UK;
2008-12-27: ReliefWeb;
2008-12-28: The David Suzuki Foundation;
2008-12-29: Global Footprint Network;
2008-12-30: The Hakomi Institute;
2008-12-31: India: Social Uplift Through Rural Action SUTRA.

India: Social Uplift Through Rural Action SUTRA

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Linked with Durga Devi – India.

“SUTRA believes that all the democratic institutions created under the Constitution of India shall fulfil their constitutional obligations towards citizens only when people are collectively empowered and the State evolves all its policies based on principle of Gender & Equity” … (full text SUTRA).

Situation of women in rural India today; Sutra promotes women rights in rural India;
Sutra’s Area’s of Activity;
Profiles of Single Women and their Struggles; Status of Single Women in Himachal Pradesh; Single Women’s Right To Live With Dignity;
Join our struggle; Challenges before SUTRA; Donations;
Address MAIN OFFICE: SUTRA, P.O. Jagjit Nagar Via: Jubbar District Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India – 173 225;
Contacts and Branch Offices.

Ekal Nari Shakti Sangthan, Himachal Pradesh; SUTRA in co-ordination with some sister organizations has been working alongside single women organizations for the last 2 years. We have taken up the issues related to the social and economic status of single women and the numerous other problems faced by them in their day today life.

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The Hakomi Institute

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Linked with Ron Kurtz -USA.

The Hakomi Method combines the Eastern traditions of mindfulness and non-violence with a unique, highly effective Western methodology. Hakomi was developed and is applied primarily as an experiential psychotherapy, but is also designed to be integrated by other practitioners in a wide variety of contexts … (full text Homepage).

All pages have the same URL like the Homepage and ara atteinable by clicking in the left column on the respective link, like: Workshops/Trainings, Directory of Practitioners, Faculty, Resources, Professional Journal, Links, Graduate/Ph.D. Credit, Contact.

Address: Hakomi Institute, P.O. Box 1873, Boulder, CO 80306, USA.

About: The Hakomi Method of body-centered therapy originated in the mid-1970s, developed by the internationally renowned therapist and author, Ron Kurtz. In 1981, to promote the teaching and evolution of Hakomi, Ron and his Training Staff founded the Hakomi Institute. Today, Hakomi Trainings and Workshops are presented throughout the world, from Eugene to Europe, from New York to New Zealand. The Hakomi Method is an efficient and powerful process for discovering and then studying mind/body patterns and core beliefs as you experience them.

Hakomi Experience:

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Global Footprint Network

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advancing the science of sustainability

Linked with David T. Suzuki – Canada.

Humans are the most successful species on the planet. But we are using more resources than the Earth can provide. We are in global ecological overshoot. In 2003, Global Footprint Network was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet … (about 1/2).

Footprint Basics /Introduction;
Footprint Science /Introduction;
Partnerships /Introduction;
Resources /Introduction;
What we do; Job opportunities;
Our team; Advisory Council;
Addresses: Global Footprint Network, Headquarters, 312 Clay Street, Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94607-3510 USA;
Zürich Office: c/o Hürzeler & Schmid, Ausstellungsstrasse 114, CH – 8005 Zürich, SWITZERLAND;

About 2/2:
An essential step in creating a one-planet future is measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices.

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The David Suzuki Foundation

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Solutions are in our Nature

Linked with David Takayoshi Suzuki – Canada.

Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and the Nature Challenge - the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation … (about 1/2).

Solving global warming;
Protecting human health;
Conserving our oceans;
Promoting global conservation;
Building a sustainabl economy;
Take action; Newsletter: sign up in the right column of each page;
Publications; Links; Donate now; FAQs;
Address for letter mail to the Office: The Nature of Things, CBC Toronto, PO Box 500 Stn A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6, Canada;

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  • Sustainability: Given our rich natural assets and the strong environmental values, Canada should be a world leader in sustainability. However, in a recent study comparing the environmental performance of Canada to other developed countries, we finished 29th out of 30. The Foundation’s report, Sustainability within a Generation, is a map to put Canada on the path to sustainability by the year 2030. To achieve this goal we work with different levels of government, business leaders, academics and the public to ensure that Canada adopts policies that reward activities that reduce waste and pollution, conserve energy and resources and protect our natural capital while maintaining our quality of life.
  • Oceans and Sustainable Fishing: Without water, life on Earth is not possible. And when our water systems are unhealthy, human beings suffer. Oceans, seas, lakes and rivers are our lifelines, providing us with food, recreation and great beauty. But overfishing, pollution and habitat loss are weakening these aquatic ecosystems. Staff biologists and researchers working on our oceans program focus on habitat conservation, fisheries management and sustainable aquaculture to conserve our precious water resources for future generations.
  • Climate Change and Clean Energy: Meeting humanity’s energy needs without dangerously interfering with the global climate system is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. For the sake of future generations, it is a challenge we must meet. Our climate change and clean energy program promotes sustainable solutions to our energy needs, from renewable sources like wind and solar power, to energy efficiency and improved public transportation. Adopting these solutions will help clean our air, improve our health, slow global warming and boost our economy.
  • Nature Challenge: After the Foundation researched the 10 most effective action individuals can take to protect nature, we wanted to put our findings into action. We invite Canadians to join David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge by visiting our website to learn about the 10 most effective actions that will help to protect nature. The Nature Challenge helps individuals make sustainable decisions about our homes, the food we eat, and how we get around cities. Sign up today!


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ReliefWeb is the world’s leading on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. An independent vehicle of information, designed specifically to assist the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance, it provides timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of “forgotten emergencies” at the same time. ReliefWeb was launched in October 1996 and is administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) … (about 1/2).

Homepage; Sitemap;
Disaster Watch; Countries and Emergencies; Alpha list of all countries; Latest updates; Appeals and Funding; Policy and Issues; Donors; Professional Resources; Maps;
Contacts and addresses worldwide.

About 2/2: … Recognizing how critical the availability of reliable and timely information in time of humanitarian emergencies is, the UN General Assembly endorsed the creation of ReliefWeb and encouraged humanitarian information exchange through ReliefWeb …  Continue Reading…

Life Foundation UK

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Linked with Savitri MacCuish – Netherlands.

The Life Foundation is a network of people who share a common vision, which is best summed up by the phrase: “Transform the world by giving people the tools to transform themselves”. Our approach uses a range of self-help vehicles such as yoga, meditation, health modalities (e.g. nutrition, therapies etc) and western stress management and relaxation techniques … (full text Homepage).

Peacework in Schools;
Free medical care for Indian villagers;
Home study products;
Recent news features;
Inspirational emails;
Address: Life Foundation Course Centre, Nant Ffrancon, Bangor, North Wales, LL57 3LX, UK;

About /Overview:
Timeline: The Life Foundation is a network of people who share a common vision that the world can be made a better place by the actions of each and every individual.

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Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

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University of Notre Dame

Our Research: Social Change & Social Movements, New democratic movements and nonviolent approaches to social change are sweeping the globe. Kroc Institute scholars are exploring these experiments in global democracy. (Homepage).

Research; Degree Programs;
Peacebuilding Tools & Resources;
News and Events;
Apply; Students;
Peace study jobs and internships; Career Resources;
Subscribe /newsletters;
Address: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, 100 Hesburgh Center for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677, USA;

About: Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute is one of the world’s principal centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace. Faculty conduct research and generate knowledge about war, genocide, terrorism, ethnic and religious conflict, and violation of human rights. The results of this research enrich scholarship and teaching while strengthening peacebuilding worldwide.

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for transparency in microfinance

MFTransparency is a global initiative for fair and transparent pricing in the Microfinance industry. Our desire is to be the venue for the Microfinance industry to publicly demonstrate its commitment to pricing transparency, integrity and poverty alleviation. Our vision is a Microfinance industry operating with healthy free market conditions where consumers and other stakeholders can make informed decisions. (Homepage).

News; Press release;
Sample Country;
Endorsement; MFT brochure;
Calculation of APR, based on Loan Conditions and Pricing (with Excel);
Why We Need Transparent Pricing;
Address: MicroFinance Transparency, 325 N West End Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA;
Contact (scroll down): Phone: (USA) +1 717-475-6733; Fax: (USA) +1 866-285-8363; e-mail.

Commentary: Microfinance has grown from $100,000 in 1989 to $30 million this year in “Sample Country”. One of the the largest factors influencing interest rates is inflation of 24%. This means that an interest rate of 35% is equivalent to a rate of 14% in a country where inflation is only 3% per year. Additionally 68% of the population lives in rural areas, making it more expensive to serve than neighboring Countries Y and Z.

Source X estimates that the microfinance industry will grow from $30 million this year to $90 million in 2010. It is projected that existing institutions will expand their client base by 60% in the next 5 years and that the number of MicroFinance Institutions will grow by 35%. (find this down of  Sample Country).

Canadian Children’s Rights Council

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Linked with Landon Pearson – Canada.

Canada’s most visited website supporting Canadian children’s rights and responsibilities. The Canadian Children’s Rights Council, is a non-profit, non-governmental educational and advocacy organization concerned with Canadian children’s human rights and responsibilities. Since the beginning of 2004, over 10,940,000 unique Internet visitors from 160 countries have visited this site to learn about child rights in Canada … (full text Homepage /Wellcome).

Hundreds of Links; Hundreds of Newspaper Articles; Media Requests;
Parental Alienation;
Canadian Family Law History; Corporal Punishment of Children – Supreme Court of Canada;
Child Identity Rights; The Senate of Canada – Child Rights Hearings;
NON-Invasive DNA Paternity Testing in Canada and the USA (NO-RISK);
Female Sex Offenders;

About: The Canadian Children’s Rights Council Inc. – Conseil canadien des droits des enfants inc. was formed in the early 1990’s to monitor compliance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada.

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Project Management for Development Organizations PM4DE

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Doing the right project – doing the projects right – (also in espanol)

PM4DEV was created to provide with expert project management consulting and training services based on a methodology customized to the challenges of development projects. Our objective is to serve the needs of the global development community by providing the tools and processes to plan, implement, and monitor projects in a more consistent, reliable and predictable manner. Our methodology is based on a project management cycle that incorporates all the processes, tools and practices to effectively manage projects of all sizes … (full long text homepage).

Services: consulting, training, systems, coaching;
Download a brochure detailing our services: in english, in espanol;
Resources: bookstore, articles, e-books, e-learning;
Address: PM4DEV, Paola Diaz, Director, P.O Box 1064, Norcross, Georgia 30091, USA;
Contact: online, by e-mail.

Our Mission (left column):

  • PM4DEV mission is to provide our clients with the best resources, tools, methods and processes available. As a valued partner we will perform at the highest level on every assignment to ensure successful outcomes that meet or exceed our client’s expectations;
  • We will assist our clients, to the extend of our capabilities, implement and use effectively project management methodology in all development projects.

Development Projects Challenges: … (full text right column).

Our Vision (left column):

  • Relief and development organizations adopt and value project management, as a key competence of their work and they attribute the use of project management methodologies as part of their success to reduce poverty and increase the social well being communities worldwide;
  • Our Project Management Methodology helps development organizations meet their strategic goals by standardizing processes, reducing risks, and avoiding duplication of efforts;

Complex Problems: … (full text right column).

Our Values: … (full text left column).

Benefits of PM: … (full text left column).

The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice

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Linked with Fethullah Güllen – Turkey, and with Islamic Revivalism in Muslim World.

I found no website (in english), but the movement is named in many articles:

  • … We take a look at the Gulen movement, a loose coalition of public institutions and media organisations inspired by the charismatic preacher Fetullah Gulen … (full text);
  • … This movement is one of the eight major groups derived from the work of the reformer Said Nursi (1873–1960), author of several volumes of Qur’anic exegesis known as Risale-I Nur. Nursi made an attempt to respond to the debates of his time (emergence of the new republic and Kemalist secularization efforts): he became the source of a powerful movement active in Turkey … (on;
  • … I’m prompted by several developments, past and present, in exploring this. Around this time last year the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) launched the Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic relations at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The chair is one of the first of its kind and was set up with the express intent of promoting perspectives on Islam that were non-Arab of origin … (full text);
  • An international conference entitled “Islam in the Contemporary World: The Fethullah Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice” was held at The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University of Houston on 12-13 November 2005.  Download the conference papers in pdf … (full text);
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., has continued a series of conferences organized on the themes of Islam and the Gülen movement … (full text);
  • Professors and students from all over have gathered for a conference on the gulen movement … (full text);
  • The Muslim world has been undergoing radical social, economic, political and intellectual change since its encounter with the West. How Muslims cope with the challenges they face necessarily impacts on the wider, non-Muslim world. The underlying aim of this conference is to examine the impact of the Gülen movement on the contemporary Muslim world in transition and the relations between the West and Islam in general … (full text);
  • The Google download book: Turkish Islam and the Secular State, By M. Hakan Yavuz, John L. Esposito, 2003, 280 pages;
  • This study is an effort to understand how the Gülen movement, named after the prominent Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen, has a sphere of influence on the global scale. Active in more than a hundred countries with schools and intercultural centers, the Gülen movement is considered to be one of the most significant social movements that arose from the Muslim world … (full text);

… and many more on Google-web search for Gülen Movement.

The Tri-continental Centre CETRI

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(also in fr and es)

The Tri-continental Centre CETRI is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1976 and based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). It is a centre for studies, publications, documentation and ongoing education on the development of North-South relations. CETRI’s aim is to promote understanding of the perspectives of the South and to contribute to critical analysis of the dominant concepts and practices in development in a period of neo-liberal globalisation. It is particularly supportive of understanding and discussing the role of social and political actors in the South who are fighting for the recognition of social, political, cultural and environmental rights … (about 1/2).

Homepage, newswire, books and articles in the right column;
Forum social mondial (27 janvier 2009 – 1 fevrier 2009): in english, in french;
Areas and countries; Authors; Topics; Sources;
Documentation Center;
Agenda (2009);
Addresses: /headquarter: Tricontinental Center CETRI, avenue Sainte Gertrude 5, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium – and its Map;

About 2/2: … CETRI has 4 types of activity: study, training, publication and documentation. The main subjects over the past few years have been the role of social movements in the South, the dynamics of the anti-globalisation movement, the evolution of democracy in Latin America, the scope of social and political alternatives in the South, the rationales and consequences of structural changes, and development aid.

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GTZ Partner for the Future, Worldwide

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GTZ (also in german)

Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International  Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter.

The GTZ is an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations.
GTZ promotes complex reforms and change processes, often working under difficult conditions. Its corporate objective is to improve people’s living conditions on a sustainable basis. (About).

Jobs and careers;
Press; Publications; Newsletter;
GTZ worldwide;
Themes; Projects;
Web credits;
Address: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GTZ GmbH, Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5, 65760 Eschborn, Germany;
Postal address: GTZ GmbH, Postfach 5180, 65726 Eschborn, Germany;

Corporate profile: As an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, the federally owned Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives.

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The San Francisco Day Labor Program

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(This entry’s contact information was last verified in July of 2005)

Linked with Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA.

The SF day labor program is part of the San Francisco Bay Area Progressive Directory.

Formed in 1990 by a group of immigrant workers, together with community allies, who envisioned a space where laborers could unite to find temporary work to support themselves and their families. The program is committed to connecting workers to jobs with dignity, safety, and a just wage, and to providing employers with high-quality work performance. Contact the program during our business hours (7am-1pm, Mon-Fri, 7am-12pm Sat), at least one hour in advance, to hire one or more laborers for general and specialized work. Our Women’s Collective (which can be reached at the same number and requires one day’s advanced notice) can provide experienced domestic and office help. The program is a non-profit entity and the workers recieve 100% of all wages (webpage).

childcare; community-building; employment; gardening; immigrants; janitorial work; labor; news online; calendars; events and notices;
Address: c/o La Raza Centro Legal, 474 Valencia Street, Suite 295, San Francisco, CA  94103, USA;
Contact: Voice /Tel, US (415) 252-5375 ad US (415) 252-5376, Web.

About … not of the above SF Day Labor Program … but of its Top Organization, the San Francisco Bay Area Progressive Directory, which is an index to about 1000 organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that are related to progressive activism and/or helping out disadvantaged people, plus links to related web sites elsewhere.

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e-codices – Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

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Universitas Friburgensis, a project of the Medieval Institute (in de, in en, in fr, and in it).

The purpose of “e-codices” is to provide access to the medieval codices in Switzerland by creating a virtual library. At the moment, the virtual library contains 333 manuscripts from 16 different libraries. The virtual library will be continuously updated and extended. Last update: 12/09/2008. (Homepage).

Current sub-projects; Completed sub-projects;
Scholarly Cooperations and Support;
Metadata; Image Master Files;
Selected Press Coverage;
Terms of Use; FAQ;
Address: CESG / e-codices, Rue de l’Hôpital 4, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland;

The Codices electronici Confoederationis Helveticae CeCH Curatorium: E-codices is overseen by the “Codices electronici Confoederationis Helveticae” (CeCH) Curatorium of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW). The Curatorium works to further the digitization of the digitization of medieval manuscript holdings and the application of digitization technologies and techniques for manuscript-based scholarly research in medieval studies.

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Business fighting corruption

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a resource center for business

Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International  Development Cooperation and its Newsletter.

This website was developed as an anti-corruption resource for business. It explores and details the constructive role that business can play in fighting corruption and how this can be done jointly with other companies and stakeholders – an approach called “collective action”. Organizations and individuals are already successfully using collective action today, working with business associations, civil society, media, government departments and other stakeholders … (full text wellcome page).

Business case;
Case summaries;

About: the summer of 2007, WBI began a series of discussions with representatives of the business community, NGOs and other anti-corruption stakeholders focused on the proposition that business could and, in fact, wanted to do more to be an active force for constructive change in high risk geographies or sectors. It became clear in the discussions that business wanted to go beyond internal compliance programs to external operational activities which would improve market and project transparency and competitiveness.

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Global Value Chains GVC

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Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International  Development Cooperation and its Newsletter.

The Global Value Chains Initiative seeks to develop an industry-centric view of economic globalization that highlights the linkages between economic actors and across geographic space. It is a multi-year effort to test and develop the GVC framework with the aims of creating greater analytical precision, intellectual impact and policy relevance. Our efforts include a research agenda, a publishing thrust, the development and dissemination of industrial upgrading handbooks for practitioners, and a series of intensive workshops convened to test and broaden the framework through interactions among network participants and with the broader academic, policy-making and activist communities. (Homepage).

Concept and Tools;
News and Events;
User Community;
Physical Address: Center on Globalization, Governance & Competetiveness CGGC, Bay B, Erwin Mill, 2024 W. Main St., Durham, NC 27705, USA;
Mailing Address: Attn: Mike Hensen, Sr. Program Coordinator, Box 90420, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0420, USA;

About: The Global Value Chains (GVC) Initiative is a loose network of researchers, activists, and policymakers that seeks to consolidate and foster the GVC perspective, an industry-centric view of economic globalization that highlights the linkages between economic actors and across geographic space. It is an ongoing effort to test and develop the GVC perspective with the aims of creating greater analytical precision, intellectual impact and policy relevance.

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International Development Research Centre IDRC

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Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International Development Cooperation and its Newsletter:

IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

Working with us;
Career Opportunities;
Where we work /Country profiles;
Canadian collaboration;
History of IDRC;
Newsletter /Bulletin;
Mailing address: PO Box 8500, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1G 3H9;
Street address: 150 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1P 0B2;

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Crown corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. Our support is directed toward creating a local research community whose work will build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

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Centre for International Competitiveness

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Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International  Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter.

The Centre for International Competitiveness focuses on researching and exploring the competitiveness of economies and businesses. It is also the home of the influential World Knowledge Competitiveness Index, European Competitiveness Index, and the UK Competitiveness Index series of reports. (Homepage).

News; Latest Publications;
Competing for Knowledge;
Competitiveness Index Reports;
Consultancy Services;
Addresses: Professor Robert Huggins, Cardiff School of Management, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Colchester Avenue, Cardiff, CF23 9XR, UK;
or: Dr Hiro Izushi, Aston Business School, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK;
Contact /Enquiry Form.

About: Founded in 2007, the Centre for International Competitiveness focuses on researching and exploring the competitiveness of economies and businesses.

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The Henry L. Stimson Center

Linked with Michael Krepon – USA, and with Does Threat Reduction Require Threat Inflation?

Founded in 1989, the Henry L. Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. The Stimson Center’s work is focused on three priorities that are essential to global security:

  • strengthening institutions for international peace and security;
  • building regional security;
  • reducing weapons of mass destruction and transnational threats;

… (about 1/2).

Events /Fact sheets;
Experts; Research Programs;
Publications; Press Room; Press Releases;
Address: The Henry L. Stimson Center, 1111 19th Street NW, Twelfth Floor. Washington, DC 20036, USA;

About 2/2: … The Center’s approach is pragmatic — geared toward providing policy alternatives, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles to a more peaceful and secure world. Through in-depth research and analysis, we seek to understand and illuminate complex issues. By engaging policymakers, policy implementers, and nongovernmental institutions as well as other experts, we craft recommendations that are cross-partisan, actionable, and effective.

Vision and Motto;
History of the Stimson Center;
About Henry L. Stimson.

Why Democracy

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Linked with Karsten Kjaer – Denmark.

The Why Democracy House describes a real house in Cape Town, South Africa, where a group of young people from all parts of the world lived and worked together to create an online global conversation about democracy. The Why Democracy House was open from June untill October 2007. Members of the Democracy House still contribute to Why Democracy? (about).

The blog The Why Democracy House;
The bog WHY DEMOCRACY, with recent entries; blog contributors;
10 documentaries; Who’s involved;
News (with videos);
The debate /categories; The debate /discussions;
Library; Voting room; 10 questions;
Documents and downloads; About /participants;
Address: Don Edkins, Executive Producer STEPS International, PO Box 21545, Kloof Street, 8008, Cape Town, South Africa;
and: Mette Heide, Executive Producer STEPS International, Axeltorv 12, byg C., DK – 1609 Copenhagen V, Denmark;

Introduction: Democracy is arguably the greatest political buzzword of our time and is invoked by everyone – but what does it mean? Can it be defined, measured, safeguarded? Can it be sold, bought, and transplanted? Can it grow? Can it die? What does it mean to people who can’t even talk about it? What does it mean to people who don’t believe in it? What does it mean to you?

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Centre for Agricultural Resources and International Development CEFARD

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Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International  Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter.

  • To provide down-to-earth training for 20,000 participants in agriculture, developmental topics and other income generating activities by year 2010.
  • To build a community for the Canadians abroad called “Maple Village” in a centrally located area in Africa for African-Canadians by 2015.
  • To be actively involved in, committed to and promote rural and community development projects in Canadian communities and in Africa.
  • To collaborate with both national and international institutions, development and donor agencies with simillar aims and objectives like CEFARD.
  • To establish one-stop intitutions and vocational training centres and render consultancy services and knowledge sharing and information bank on agriculture and developmental issues.
  • To render consultancy services to individuals, organizations, government agencies and institutions. (Initiatives).

Publications; Photo Gallery;
Institutional Collaboration;
Partners; Membership;
Job Opportunities /Network of Consultants;
Address: Headquarter Office, 1850 Albion Road, Unit 3, Toronto, Ontario M9W 6J9, Canada;

About: CEFARD is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, and humanitarian organisation. CEFARD’s mandate is to champion the course of global poverty alleviation through agricultural resources and developmental tools mostly in the developing nations of the world.

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National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights NNIRR

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Linked with Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA.

The NNIRR works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. As part of a global movement for social and economic justice, we are committed to human rights as essential to securing healthy, safe and peaceful lives for all. (Homepage).

Upcoming event;
Programs; Accomplishments;
News; Resources and Information;
Get involved;
Alerts archive;
Newsletter: link in the left column of all pages;
Board of Directors;

About: MISSION: The NNIRR is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues. We work to promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the United States and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status.

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The Arab American Institute AAI

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Linked with James Zogby – USA, and with James Zogby and the Politics of Perception.

The Arab American Institute (AAI) represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the United States and strives to promote Arab American participation in the U.S. electoral system. AAI focuses on two areas: campaigns and elections and policy formation and research. The Institute strives to serve as a central resource to government officials, the media, political leaders and community groups and a variety of public policy issues that concern Arab Americans and U.S. – Arab relations … (about AAI /mission).

The 2009 Inaugural Celebration;
What we do;
Press; Issues;
Washington Watch;
Recources; Student Resource Center;
Why join AAI;
AAI Foundation;
Address: Arab American Institute, 1600 K Street, NW Suite 601, Washington, DC 20006, USA;

About Arab-Americans: We’re an active constituency with a vital stake and voice in the issues dominating US public debates today. Read more about our votes, our opinions, and how Arab Americans are getting involved, in Get Involved.

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India Relief and Education Fund IREF

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India Relief and Education Fund (IREF) is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) California based non-profit organization that raises funds for disater relief in India and supports India related social awareness education activities in India and in the U.S.  IREF stands for a socially just, secular, democratic and united India. Donations for donor specified organizations in India, consistent with IREF’s objectives, are welcome … (full text Homepage /donate /groups we sustain).

Publications, and its Catalog;
Resource Center /current affairs;
Organisations we sustain (homepage/ scroll down): National Fishworkers Forum NFF, Sahabhagi Vikash Abhiyan /Campaign for Participatory Development, Denotified and Nomadic Tribes Rights Action Group, Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti GRAVIS, Frontier;
Past work: relief, and education;
South Asian History;
Donate (by network for good);
Address: India Relief and Education Fund, P.O. Box 14360, Fremont, CA 94539, USA;

About: India Relief and Education Fund (IREF) was founded in 1993 in the San Francisco Bay Area with the twin objectives of organizing India awareness educational activities in the U.S. and supporting like-minded organizations in India, as well as supporting disaster relief work in India.

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National Chicano Moratorium Committee

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(Online Since July 1999 with a one page website)

Linked with Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA.

The National Chicano Moratorium Committee was re-formed in December 2, 1989 at a national meeting called by Union del Barrio and La Raza Unida Party in East Los Angeles over 20 people showed up from all over Occupied Mexico/Aztlan. The purpose of the meeting was to organize an Aztlan-wide mobilization for the “20th Commemoration of August 29th, 1970 National Chicano Moratorium” in East Los Angeles. That initiative resulted in the largest Raza mobilization since the height of the Chicano Movement, over 8,000 Raza participants marched the streets of East Los Angeles to Salazar Park on August 25, 1990  … (full text);
Postal Address: National Chicano Moratorium Committee, P.O. Box 20411, Oxnard, Califas 93034-0411, USA; Contact by e-mail.


The Chicano Moratorium – and related items – named and described on many other websites:

School of Unity and Liberation SOUL

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education is the property of on one, it belongs to the people as a whole, and if education is not given to the people, they will have to take it, (Che).

Linked with Elizabeth Betita Martinez – USA.

  • SOUL is a school to build a movement.
  • SOUL is working to lay the groundwork for a powerful liberation movement by supporting the development of a new generation of young organizers – especially young women, young people of color, queer youth and working-class young people.
  • We believe that – in order for young organizers to build an effective movement for fundamental social change – they need support to develop the nuts-and-bolts organizing skills they need to mobilize their communities and to deepen their political analysis and their visions for fundamental social change.
  • SOUL is a training center designed to support the growing youth sector of the social justice movement. We run political education and organizing skills training programs, designed specifically to meet the particular needs of our generation of emerging movement leaders … (Mission).

Programs: Educational Alternatives Program, Movement 101, Sunday Schools;
Staff and Board;
Address: SOUL, 287 17th Street, Suite 225, Oakland, CA 94612, USA;

About: As we enter into our 10th year, SOUL is deeply grateful to all of our allies for your support during this period. As you know, the SOUL Board is focusing our energy on moving forward the organization to best serve the powerful work of our partners and allies and to re-solidify the infrastructure of the organization for many more decades of building power in our communities.

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The world food program WFP

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more than 850 million people go hungry every day

Hunger is inextricably linked to many other problems, such as poverty, disease, and deprivation.  In the fight against hunger, food is obviously essential, but so are efforts to help the hungry become self-sufficient and break the cycle of hunger and poverty.  Recognizing this, WFP works in a number of ways around the world to fight hunger and the conditions that breed it.  Among its various projects, WFP has a particular focus on the following programs: School Feeding, and Food Aid and HIV/AIDS. (On Issues).

WFP around the world;
Get involved;
How to help / donate:
Our blog;
blog archive;
stay iformed /newsletter;
Address: Friends of the World Food Program, 1819 L Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC  20036, USA;

About: FRIENDS OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM: Friends of the World Food Program (Friends of WFP) is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to building support for the World Food Program (WFP) and other hunger relief efforts.

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Women’s Voice / Liu La Amayi – Malawi

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Love, Peace and Solidarity

Women’s Voice is an indiginous non-profit and non-partisan human rights organisation which is devoted to promotion and protection of justice and welfare of women. It was formed in 1993 registered under the Trustees Incorporation’s Act in 1994 … (full text Homepage /Introduction).

Current Project Activities: Human Rights and Aids Campaign, Human Rights Awareness Campaign, Eradicating Violence Against Women in Schools, Paralegal Services, Capacity Building Trainings;
Organisation Structure;
Resource Centre;
Postal Address: Women’s Voice, P.O. Box 231, Blantyre, Malawi;
Physical Address: Nyambadwe NY6331A, Near Magalasi Bus Stage, Old Chileka Airport Road, Malawi;

Mission Statement: Women’s Voice is committed to the education and promotion of women and children’s rights through training, civic education, advocacy programmes, action oriented research and forums for dialogue.

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Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development AIARD

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Found on, the International Development Cooperation.

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) is an association of professionals and practitioners in international development with experience and intellectual and institutional capabilities to articulate and address broad-based as well as more focused development issues in agriculture and rural development … (about/mission 1/2).

Who is who;
Communications; Statements;
Meetings; Annual meeting 2009; Prior meetings;
Annual newsletters;
Address: The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development AIARD, Business Office, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University, Box 5187, Mississippi State, MS 3976, USA;
Contact: Phone 662-325-0549, Fax 662-325-8777, Email.

About/mission 2/2 … AIARD’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all people by improving and developing global capacities to respond to new challenges and opportunities in helping to eliminate poverty, improve food security, and conserve and protect the environment, in order to stimulate broad-based economic growth and sustainable development.

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The International Reformed Center John Knox IRCJK

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Le Centre international réformé John Knox – Das John Knox Tagungszentrum

Linked with John Knox – Scottland-England (1505-1572), with John Knox and women, and with Découvert un trésor des TPG Genevois, le SNOTPG.

The IRCJK is a place for study, seminars and conferences.  In our facilities – meeting rooms, bedrooms, cafeteria – we offer a service of quality to our guests, groups and individuals … (about/ concerning 1/2).

Housing (detailed services):
Meeting Rooms (detailed services):
Reservation Request;
General Conditions;
Address: Centre international réformé John Knox IRCJK, 27, chemin des Crêts de Pregny, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland;
Contact on the Homepage.


About /Concerning the Center 2/2: … Because of our location (10-20 minutes by foot from the Ecumenical Center, WHO, ILO, UN, Red Cross and most of the other international structures),  we are a good starting point for all the people coming to study, work, or attend a meeting.

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Daily statistics for November 2008 …

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… for all our blogs of

Statistiques journalières pour Novembre 2008
Jour Hits Fichiers Pages Visites Sites Ko
1 15794 2.13% 12427 2.01% 7682 3.09% 3073 3.23% 2307 4.32% 362297 2.20%
2 17905 2.41% 13759 2.22% 8455 3.40% 2913 3.06% 1716 3.21% 428670 2.61%
3 19558 2.63% 16185 2.62% 7068 2.84% 3153 3.31% 1927 3.60% 466756 2.84%
4 21496 2.90% 17973 2.91% 7497 3.02% 2811 2.95% 1920 3.59% 487994 2.97%
5 18081 2.44% 14895 2.41% 6004 2.42% 2734 2.87% 1931 3.61% 401759 2.44%
6 17608 2.37% 14430 2.33% 7157 2.88% 2971 3.12% 2066 3.86% 403548 2.45%
7 21466 2.89% 17803 2.88% 7979 3.21% 3074 3.23% 2118 3.96% 463305 2.82%
8 20983 2.83% 17348 2.80% 6656 2.68% 2946 3.10% 2019 3.78% 442315 2.69%
9 27496 3.70% 23163 3.74% 7184 2.89% 3343 3.51% 2895 5.41% 572393 3.48%
10 42668 5.75% 37182 6.01% 10294 4.14% 4153 4.36% 2970 5.56% 907244 5.51%
11 31238 4.21% 26656 4.31% 9932 4.00% 3354 3.52% 2411 4.51% 661770 4.02%
12 32345 4.36% 27626 4.47% 9576 3.85% 3504 3.68% 2579 4.82% 709028 4.31%
13 24842 3.35% 20911 3.38% 9644 3.88% 3254 3.42% 2378 4.45% 561887 3.42%
14 27438 3.70% 23790 3.85% 10819 4.35% 3083 3.24% 2179 4.08% 645869 3.93%
15 20755 2.80% 17460 2.82% 6987 2.81% 2951 3.10% 1996 3.73% 450631 2.74%
16 24441 3.29% 15321 2.48% 6782 2.73% 3029 3.18% 1943 3.63% 424905 2.58%
17 26908 3.62% 22947 3.71% 7584 3.05% 3506 3.68% 2402 4.49% 581829 3.54%
18 28607 3.85% 24002 3.88% 8407 3.38% 3394 3.57% 2544 4.76% 614340 3.73%
19 29195 3.93% 24434 3.95% 8310 3.34% 3334 3.50% 2727 5.10% 602760 3.66%
20 37887 5.10% 33017 5.34% 9866 3.97% 3552 3.73% 2931 5.48% 829585 5.04%
21 29744 4.01% 24854 4.02% 13129 5.28% 4217 4.43% 2796 5.23% 709092 4.31%
22 19147 2.58% 15554 2.51% 8259 3.32% 2909 3.06% 1881 3.52% 433264 2.63%
23 19884 2.68% 15760 2.55% 7372 2.97% 3128 3.29% 1915 3.58% 439411 2.67%
24 26295 3.54% 22713 3.67% 8864 3.57% 3230 3.39% 2350 4.40% 605691 3.68%
25 32019 4.31% 27734 4.48% 8489 3.42% 2962 3.11% 2614 4.89% 696625 4.23%
26 21926 2.95% 18506 2.99% 8007 3.22% 3120 3.28% 2331 4.36% 529003 3.22%
27 18856 2.54% 15462 2.50% 7820 3.15% 2991 3.14% 2062 3.86% 472592 2.87%
28 24847 3.35% 20499 3.31% 8455 3.40% 3007 3.16% 3206 6.00% 617478 3.75%
29 22268 3.00% 18546 3.00% 7325 2.95% 2794 2.94% 4648 8.69% 484546 2.94%
30 20688 2.79% 17576 2.84% 6841 2.75% 2735 2.87% 4996 9.34% 446809 2.72%