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Agribusiness Transnational Corporations (TNCs) Create World Food Crisis,
Peasant Seize Back Their Rights
Call of La Via Campesina for April 17th of The International Day of Peasant Struggle
The world food crisis is starting to appear in its real picture this year. During the last decades hunger was "hiding" in rural or slump areas. Now the number is increasing and many more people cannot stand it anymore. Food riots appear and queues of hungry people are back in many part of the world.
Africa and Asia are worst affected by hunger, misery and poverty in the rural areas and the increasing effects of climate change. Economic development and growth only benefits minority of the population and create environmental damage and does not resolve the extremely precarious situation of the large majority. In India an economic boom benefits only a minor part of the population. At the same time peasant based agriculture is being destroyed and thousands of peasant end their life through suicide because of despair and poverty. Young peasants from Indonesia, Philippine, Thailand, Bangladesh have to leave their family and village for other countries because there is no possibility to gain a living.
In Latin America region similar developments take place. Farm land do not anymore belong to rural people. They have to work as cheap labor on the land they owned before. Some flee to the city trying to improve their lives but unfortunately every night they have to go to bed with an empty belly.
Big transnational agribusiness corporations (TNCs) want to increase control over world food and agricultural economy. Liberalization of trade and investment in agriculture has made this happen. International arrangements have been made for this through the World Trade Organization (WTO), Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). It is assisted through the programs of the World Bank and the IMF that promote agribusiness as the priority in food and agricultural policies in many countries.
Government subsidies that go to agribusiness TNCs in the north are aimed to industrialize farming, eliminating farms in the North and in the South through low price dumping. Through green revolution, agribusiness TNCs exclude local wisdom and knowledge on agriculture and impose new technologies and agricultural inputs that farmers have to buy and depend on. Today the greediness of agribusiness TNCs is even more dangerous because they want much more land to convert into agro fuel mono-cultures, harvesting food for cars.
Clearly, agribusiness TNCs want to stop family farmers and peasants to feed people in the world because their objective is to control the world food market and to convert peasant based production into industrialized production. After expropriating many small farmers and peasants they exploit consumers increasing world food prices.
The operation of agribusiness TNCs are really against human beings and the sustainability of the earth, we should not allow them to continue their operations. We should stop them and seize back the rights of people for farming, the right to produce good food for all people.
For the commemoration this year of the 17th of April, the International Day of Peasant Struggle, La Via Campesina calls upon their members and other social movements to do activities and actions against TNCs:
- To send before the 17th of April reports and information on the impacts of agribusiness TNCs that create hunger, poverty for family farmers and peasants. We will collect your information and publish the list on www.viacampesina.org during the April 17th. You could send any information like incidents of hunger, violation of human rights, negative impacts on the culture and values of people, indebtedness, health problems, expropriation of farm land, natural disasters and other incidents impacted by the operations of agribusiness TNCs in your village, local and country.
- To organize on or around the 17th of April activities (seminars, public discussions, actions, mobilizations, press conferences,
..) to expose the impacts of agribusiness TNCs and to delegitimize their role in the food sector. These activities could also show what has been proposed by the peasant organizations and other social movements as the alternatives to the neo-liberal model.
You could send the report or information to International Operative of La Via Campesina through Tejo Pramono on email tpramono@...
GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES
FOR SAARC AWARD 2007
NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR
SAARC AWARD 2007
Secretariat invites nominations in English from individuals and organizations
from the Member States for the SAARC
of the Award is to honour individual citizens and organizations of South Asia for their exemplary work to promote peace,
understanding, friendship and development in the region. The award is conferred
at the SAARC Summits.
prescribed Nomination Form for SAARC
AWARD 2007 will be available from the SAARC Division of the
Ministries of Foreign/External Affairs of Member States. It may also be
downloaded from the SAARC Secretariat's website www.saarc-sec.org under the link SAARC AWARD 2007.
encourage individuals and organizations based in South
Asia to undertake programmes and activities complementing and
supplementing the efforts of SAARC;
honour outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals and
organizations of the region in the fields of peace, development, social
service, poverty alleviation, environment protection, cultural progress and in
other agreed areas of regional cooperation; and
recognize any other outstanding achievements, not covered above, of individuals
and organizations in the region whose work or contribution has benefited or
inspired the region.
consists of a citation, a gold medal and cash prize of US$ 25,000 (United
States Dollars Twenty Five Thousand).
Terms and Conditions
Nominations must be made on the prescribed Nomination Form available on the
SAARC Website www.saarc-sec.org with the
link SAARC Award 2007
and be supported by the required documents.
Nominations must be made in accordance with terms and conditions as contained
in the website. Forwarding letters will not be necessary.
last date for receipt of nomination at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, Nepal is 15 May 2008.
nominations may be sent to the following address:
Tridevi Sadak, Thamel
Supporting documents not in English must have an authenticated translation in
summaries of the nominated individuals and organizations'
accomplishments/ contribution for which the Award is recommended should be
precise and factual not more than two pages.
eligible to make recommendation for nomination shall include individuals, and
organizations working in the region.
Nominations / recommendations by/ of serving Heads of State/ Government may not
be made so as to maintain the integrity of the selection process.
Nominations by e-mail, fax or any other electronic form will not be acceptable.
nominations will not be eligible.
Nominations from individuals or organizations where a nominee is a member,
employee, employer, a close relative, patron or a founder may not be
considered. These would be considered as self-nominations.
Posthumous nominations may not be considered.
Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.
Nominations found to contain false information will not be eligible for the
Nominations received within the deadline will be scrutinized by a Selection
Committee composed of Members nominated by the Member States of SAARC and their
recommendation will then be submitted to the SAARC Council of Ministers for its
decision of the Council of Ministers on any aspect of the SAARC Award 2007 will be final and
recommendation for nomination must have three prominent personalities as
referees who are familiar with the nominee's achievements and contributions.
The referees should provide their individual assessments and their contact
addresses as they may be contacted by the SAARC Secretary General, if deemed
|From: UN Millennium Campaign <info@...>|
GET READY TO STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION FOR THE MDGS: OCTOBER 17TH -19TH, 2008
Last year, more than 43 million people all over the world stood up and spoke out sending a clear and powerful message to governments: Keep your promises to end poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
This year we are inviting you to Stand Up and Take Action, to be a part of the growing global movement determined to stamp out poverty and inequality.
We have reached the halfway mark to 2015, the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. There has been some progress, but there is still a long way to go. We need to take urgent and inspired action now, to remind our governments we expect them to deliver. That's why this year we're focusing on country-specific actions in support of the achievement of the Millennium Goals. Millions will be Standing Up and Taking Action, locally, nationally and globally.
The scope of actions is broad and depends on what is relevant for each national or local context. Whether by a signed petition, a text message campaign, phone calls to local government representatives, face to face meetings with parliamentarians, local and national leaders - What's most important is that we Stand Up and take Action to make our demands heard loud and clear.
In poor countries, Campaigners will be reminding their governments to implement time-bound MDG-based national development strategies, plans and budgetary allocations; to improve MDG implementation and delivery mechanisms with a strong focus on poor and excluded groups particularly women; to produce concrete plans to enhance domestic resource mobilization that will be earmarked for MDG achievement; to create and implement plans for increased transparency and fighting corruption, more systematic and on-going monitoring and reporting of progress towards the achievement of the MDGs and greater accountability on MDG planning, implementation and reporting to elected officials (Parliaments, local Governments etc.) and key non-state stakeholders including the media, faith groups, citizens groups and civil society organizations.
In rich countries, delivering on Goal 8 commitments continue to be important and at the national and global level. Specific commitments from these Heads of State should include, setting and meeting time-tabled commitments on not just aid volume and debt relief, but aid quality and effectiveness; breaking the impasse in the trade negotiations at the WTO, particularly on elimination of agricultural subsidies and market access for developing country goods and services and to stop pushing through WTO plus agreements on a bilateral or regional basis.
Stand Up, Take Action 2008 will be held over a three day period from October 17th -19th.
By starting on a Friday and concluding on a Sunday, everyone, whether at home, at work, at school, university or in a place of worship will have the chance to take part.
We will once again be aiming to break the world record for the most number of people to Stand Up Against Poverty. But even more importantly, you will be building on the momentum created over the last two years, a momentum which has already contributed to real progress. Thank you for all you have done to make Stand Up a strong movement and powerful force in the fight to end poverty and see the Millennium Goals achieved and exceeded. Let's resolve to make Stand Up and Take Action even more impactful in 2008.
Keep watching www.StandAgainstPoverty.org for information and updates!
|From: Craig Churchill <churchill@...>|
The ILO is pleased to annouce the availability of grants to support the
development of innovative insurance products or delivery models to
extend better products to more low-income persons.
For more details, see the announcement for the Microinsurance Innovation Facility on www.ilo.org/socialfinance or request the application form and guidelines by sending an email to microinsurance@....
|From: Julieta Rossi <jrossi@...>|
Greetings from ESCR-Net. We
are writing to inform you about the opportunity to nominate candidates for two
key ESCR positions at the UN Human Rights Council (Council): the Special
Rapporteur on the Right to Health, and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of
Indigenous People. Vacancies for these positions will be filled
at the Council's next session in June. We encourage you to submit nominations for these positions before April
11, the deadline for submission.
Earlier submissions have
been encouraged by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
(OHCHR). Additional information about the positions and the nomination
procedure may be found on the Council's website at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/.
As many of you are aware, the Council is an intergovernmental body
composed of 47 elected UN Member States, established pursuant to the UN Charter
to address pressing human rights issues around the world. The Council,
which meets in Geneva
for at least ten weeks each year, replaced the Commission on Human Rights in
Council Members rely on the expert advice of "Special
Procedures," which are independent mechanisms established by the Council
to address either thematic human rights issues or specific country
situations. Special Procedures may take the form of an individual expert
(known as a "Special Rapporteur," "Special Representative to the
Secretary-General," or "Independent Expert"), or a working group
of experts composed of one representative from each of the following regional
groupings: African Group, Asian Group, Eastern European Group, Group of
Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC), and Western Group.
In June, the Council will be appointing new Special Procedure
mandate holders to serve three-year terms for the following mandates: the
Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and
Expression, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, and the Special
Rapportuer on Contemporary Forms of Racism, the Independent Expert on Human
Rights in Haiti, an African Group Member for the Working Group on People
of African Descent, and an Asian Group Member for the Working Group on Arbitrary
Detention. Additionally, the Council will be appointing five members to
the newly established Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People,
which will conduct research and report directly to the Council on indigenous
issues. The Council Resolution creating the Expert Mechanism urges the
appointment of experts of indigenous origin.
We especially would like to draw your attention to
the vacancies with the clearest ESCR dimensions: the Special Rapporteur on the
Right to Health, and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The OHCHR is currently accepting nominations from
individuals, NGOs, the UN, and Member States to fill these positions with
well-qualified human rights experts. Once public nominations are
received, a Consultative Group of Council Members will recommend a list of
candidates to the Council President. The President will then begin
consultations, after which he will present a slate of proposed appointees to
Member States. Appointments will be made during the June session, after
the President and Member
States come to an
agreement with regard to each position.
Please find attached the standardized nomination form for Special
Procedure candidates, and a separate nomination form for Expert Mechanism on
the Rights of Indigenous People candidates. Please note that applications
must include the candidate's curriculum vitae, and substantiation of his or her
qualifications by appropriate written credentials.
should be submitted by email to hrcspecialprocedures@....
211 East 43rd. St.,
New York, NY 10017
phone:+1 212.681.1236 ext. 26
|International Fellowships Available at the World Forest Institute, Oregon, USA|
Closing date: 11 April 2008
World Forest Institute Fellowship Program brings forestry and natural
resources professionals from around the world to work at the World
Forest Institute for 6 to 12 months. Fellows conduct an independent
research project developed in conjunction with his/her sponsor.
are typically either policy or marketing studies, and may be
environmental, social or economic in focus. Activities involve
information gathering through interviews, meeting with forestry
organisations, and taking organised field trips. Fellows typically
summarise their projects in a report and poster published by the WFI. A
large component of the program involves traveling and visiting with
professionals in the Pacific Northwest forest sector.
visit forestlands, research sites, manufacturing facilities, and NGOs.
Additionally, Fellows gain valuable cultural experience and English
language skills. Project proposals are now being accepted, and a
matching grant is available to cover up to half of the Fellowship fee.
WFI is located in beautiful Portland, Oregon, a short drive to forests,
mountains, beach, and desert. Oregon is the largest producer
of forest products among the 50 US states.
For more information visit website or contact Angie DiSalvo at adisalvo@worldfores try.org
URL: http://wfi.worldfor estry.org/ fellowship- 1.htm
From: Mukta Srivastava <mukta.srivastava@...>
CALL TO JOIN NATIONAL LEVEL ACTION
Join hands to raise our collective voice against
Un-Democratic, Unjust, Anti-People
The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2007
The Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill, 2007.
Jantar Mantar, Delhi
28TH TO 30 APRIL, 2008
Today, as the State continues with the mad frenzy in the name of 'development' and 'economic growth', rural and urban poor face displacement and dispossession at an unprecedented scale. Not a day passes by when newspapers or channels in India does not have a story on yet another land acquisition, another resistance against corporate land grab or police atrocities on peaceful demonstrators. The government seems to have abdicated all responsibilities, even the pretence, of a "Welfare State". It is now nothing more than a puppet of industrialists and capitalists, snatching all natural resources away from the people. On the other hand, for the multitudes-Dalits, Adivasis, agricultural workers, farmers, fish workers, artisans, forest dwellers- who have been facing the harsh reality of displacement and complete dispossession for years, there doesn't seem to be even the hope of rehabilitation now. But be it in Nandigram or Jagatisinghpur, be it against uprooting people in the name of SEZs, mining or big dams or against the 'illegalisation' of urban poor, our country reverberates with voices of protest and struggle like never before. People are resisting the snatching away of the means of their lives and livelihood. They are resisting the theft and transfer of natural and common property resources into private hands for private profit. They are resisting the gross undermining of democracy and social justice that goes on in the name of development
It is the midst of all this that the Central Government has brought forth two Bills-The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2007 and the Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill, 2007. Introduced purportedly to strike a balance between the need for land for development and other purposes and protecting the interests of the persons whose lands are statutorily acquired, both the Bills will have far reaching impact if enacted. In effect, these Bills sanction displacement and loot of more and more land from the people for the profit of corporations and private investors. The Land Acquisition Bill allows land to be forcefully acquired in favour of private companies and investors, thus including private purpose in the definition of "public purpose". It is more regressive and anti-people than even the original Colonial Act! While the government talks of protecting the rights of those whose lands are acquired, it is mere lip service. The R&R Bill doesn't even guarantee basics like land for land and alternative livelihood based rehabilitation. The issue of urban displacement has been completely sidestepped yet again
Today the demand of people's struggle across the country is one- a decentralised development planning process which ensures 'development' that is truly people centric and bases itself firmly on the principles of democracy, social justice and equity. Since concerns regarding development planning, land acquisition and resettlement and rehabilitation are intrinsically linked with one another and cannot be addressed in isolation, people's movements and organisations have, for several years now, been demanding the enactment of a Comprehensive Legislation on Development Planning, No enforced displacement, and Just rehabilitation. In fact a draft of the same has also been prepared based on 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments which, in the true spirit of democracy, vest gram sabhas, municipalities with the right to formulate district and metropolitan level development plans. Ignoring these demands, the Government is keen on pushing these two Bills that instead of ensuring minimum and no enforced displacement endorse displacement. There is no doubt that these anti people legislations have been brought forth under the influence and for the benefit of big corporations and private industrial and capitalists interests.
It is imperative that we, the people's movements and organisations, challenge and oppose this move. It is important that we, the rural and urban poor, those struggling for just rehabilitation and those who oppose forced displacement and destruction carried on in the name of 'development', join hands and raise our collective voices. We must question our elected representatives and bring them to understand and voice our positions on these issues. We must challenge the Central government and compel them to heed.
We call on you join us for a massive dharna in Jantar Mantar, Delhi from 28th to 30th April 2008. We request friends and comrades from across the country struggling on diverse issues to reach Delhi on these dates to discuss and voice their questions, issues and concerns at the national level. It is critical at this juncture that we come together and raise our collective voices against displacement and for a just development planning. Please also inform and invite other groups and individuals working on these issues in your area.
Please do let us know of you participation and details regarding arrival and departure in order to help is plan better.
We sincerely hope you will join us in this very important struggle!
Ashok Chaudhary (National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers)
Gautam Bandhopadhyay (Nadi Ghati Morcha)
Ulka Mahajan (SEZ Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti)
Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan & National Alliance of People's Movements)
Gabrielle D (Pennurumai Iyyakam &NAPM)
Simpreet Singh (Ghar bachao Ghar Banao Andolan)
Rajendra Ravi (National Alliance of People's Movements)
Roma (National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers)
Sr.Celia (National Alliance of People's Movements)
Bhupendra Rawat (Jan Sangharsh Vahini)
Suniti S R (Vishthapan Viroshi Sangharsh Samiti)
Geetha D (Nirman Mazdoor Panchayat Sangam)
And several others movements and organisations
· NAPM, C/o Chemical Majdoor Sabha, Haji Habib Building, A-wing, Naigoan Cross Road, Dadar (E), Mumbai - 400014
· Sangharsh 2007, c/o Bandhya Mukti Morcha, 7, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
Contact Numbers: Rajendra Ravi-09868200316; Simpreet Singh-099363065; Vijayan/Sridevi 011-26680883, 26680914
Delhi Office: Action 2007, 1-A, Goela Lane, Under Hill Road Civil Lines, Delhi 110054
Tel.: 011-23933307, (0)9868200316 E-Mail: action2007@...
Mumbai Office: Action 2007, C/0 Chemical Mazdoor Sabha, 29-30, First Floor, 'A wing' Haji Habib Building, Naigaon Cross Road, Dadar (East), Mumbai-400014, Tel.: 022-24150529, (0)9969363065
National Alliance of People's Movements
From : PEOPLE'S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES
CHHATTISGARH Post Box No. 87, Main Post Office, Raipur 492001:
E-mail: pucl.cg@gmail. com
============ ========= ========= ========= ========= ========= ===
UPDATE On Dr. Binayak Sen's Illegal Detention:
Raipur, 23rd March 2008:
TRIAL BEGINS ON 30th April 2008
The much awaited trial of Dr. Binayak Sen, General Secretary,
Chhattisgarh PUCL begins on 30th April 2008. The prosecution submitted
a schedule on 14th March with a list of six witnesses who would depose
before the trial court during the four days of the first session of
the trial from 30th April to 3rd May. We hope that all of you would
plan to be present during the hearings on all or any of these dates.
This clearly indicates that the State is trying to drag the
proceedings thus subjecting Dr. Binayak Sen to a longer period of
incarceration (detained since 14th May 2007). The State seems to have
gained some sort of legitimacy as the Supreme Court of India dismissed
the Bail Petition in a very strange manner, without even assigning
reasons for refusing to grant bail to Dr. Sen. Remember that the Case
of illegal detention of a human rights activist which has drawn the
public attention all over resulting in a sustained protest and demand
for his release, the Supreme Court of India just uttered five words:
"This Special Leave Petition is dismissed".
A copy of the English translation (unofficial) of the charges framed
against Dr. Binayak Sen on 2nd February, 2008 by Mr. B S Saluja,
Additional District & Sessions Judge (Fast Track Court), Raipur is
In the mean time, protest against illegal detention of Dr. Sen and
others by the Chhattisgarh State is entering yet another phase with a
series of public meetings and yatras being organized in different
parts of Chhattisgarh beginning 13th April (Jalianwala Massacre Day)
culminating in a public protest demonstration on 14th May 2008, which
would mark one year of illegal detention of Dr. Binayak Sen.
We are also appealing to various people's organisations to observe the
LABOUR DAY (May 1, 2008) protesting against the growing State
Repression in Chhattisgarh, demand the repeal of the Chhattisgarh
Special Public Security Act 2005, and release Dr. Binayak Sen, and all
others detained under this anti-democratic law. Kindly note that the
trial proceedings will be held on this particular day too!
In the mean time, the Amnesty International has selected Dr. Binayak
Sen as the Prisoner of the Conscience, and protest letters demanding
unconditional release of Dr. Sen are being sent to the Home Minister,
Government of Chhattisgarh. All concerned are requested to join this
Rajendra K Sail
President, PUCL, Chhattisgarh
From: Jagriti Education Programmes [mailto:edu@...]
A MASK CREATION & PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
A hands-on, creative, interactive workshop where you will create your own mask, learn the theory of masks in performance and end with an actual performance in the auditorium of the Alliance Franηaise.
You will be taken through all this by a trained and experienced facilitator:
T. T. Venkatesh graduated from Cornell University in 2004 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Mathematics. While there, he studied mask creation and masked performance. He also studied various styles of physical theatre including Commedia dell'Arte. He is an award winning playwright and spent two years teaching theatre arts to children between the ages of 4 and 16.
In his own words: he is currently prostituting his soul to make some money. He also expects all participants to be ready to make a fool of themselves in public!
The workshop is open to anyone above the age of 16 years, with a genuine interest in theatre. It is also recommended for both actors and dancers. Places are limited so do book early.
Dates: 21 April to 07 May (performance on 7th May)
(Mon to Sat: 14 three-hour sessions including performance).
Timing: 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
Venue: Alliance Franηaise de Bangalore
Course fee: Rs. 4300.00 (including cost of materials and refreshment)
Co-ordinator, Jagriti Education: Arundhati Raja
Email: edu@... for a registration form
Payment in advance by cheque, draft or Banker's cheque payable to:
THE ART FOUNDATION - Jagriti Education
The latest web documentary in UnnayanTV is Grassroots' Celebration of Independent Day.
In March UnnayanTV has published a documentary on "Spring Festival/ Boshonto Uthshob "
By the by, UnnayanTV has been recognized by the Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 final list.
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Phone: +88-02-9119845 ; + 88-01715212204
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Phone: +88-02-9119845 ; + 88-01715212204
Spring is in the air! Welcome to the world of hues! Following are the updates for our spring issue.
Gelathi Maatu (Editorial) "Vivaada, Prachaara... Yaara Hunnaara?: Rigoberta and Taslima" (Controversy, Publicity...Whose Conspiracy is it Anyway?: Rigoberta and Taslima) tries to focus on the controversy generated from the testimonio I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala" by a US based journalist-anthropologist David Stoll. Rigoberta was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her political work in Guatemala. Chapter 24 from the testimonio is translated for gelathi readers since the likes of Stoll had found this part, among others, controversial.
Ashley is a story from Shashikala Chandrashekhar's book Deepavu Ninnade,
Gaaliyu Ninnade that won Revaiah Datti Prashasti from Kannada Sahitya Parishat in 2004. The story is carried along with the foreword by Dr. U. R. Anantamurthy.
Czekh writer Milan Kundera's Unbearable Lightness of Being in Kannada is ready to be published. Gelathi carries excerpts from this translation. Kannada Critics need to decide, since Kundera cannot, whether this is anotherr 'testament betrayed.' Dr. U.R. Anantamurthy, while introducing Kundera to the kannada reading public, will anyway talk about such critical consciousness. Translation is by Sukanya Kanarally.
In Ranga SaraNi, we have the second part of the interview with Malatishri Mysoru, a theater artist of yesteryears. Interview and transcription are by Usha B.N.
Chughtai's Lihaf was staged at Rangashankara, Bangalore recently by Bhavani Prakash. Gelathi carries the Kannada translation of this short story along with a long note on the author, and picutres of its stage adaptation. Source for this translation is Women Writing in India (ed. Susie Tharu and K. Lalita)
Breaking News is a narrative by Arundhati Roy. This is taken from the book 13 December: The Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament.
Avala Kathegalu is a collection of short stories by women writers in Kannada. The book was edited by Dr. G. S. Amura, a revered critic in Kannada. Gelathi carries excerpts from his scholarly foreword along with a short story Illa...Illa...by Rajalakshmi N. Rao.
Gelathi thanks all her readers/writers. Click www.gelathi.com
to access this issue.
(www.gelathi.com - Gelathi is an e-monthly in Kannada for women's writing)
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|From: B.H.Skinner@... <b.h.skinner@...>|
Please forward the following message to anyone who you think may be interested in pursuing this opportunity to study for the Water and Waste Engineering MSc by distance learning.
Please note that applications are invited from nationals of Commonwealth countries with the exception of Australia, Bahamas, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. Applicants must either be resident in their home country or in another qualifying Commonwealth country.
FULL DISTANCE LEARNING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
FOR THE WEDC MSC IN WATER AND WASTE ENGINEERING
The Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University, UK, is pleased to announce that the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom is offering eight full-fee scholarships for nationals of Commonwealth countries* to study for the Water and Waste Engineering MSc by distance learning over a period of up to five years, starting in January 2009.
Full details of the scholarship are available online from:
or by contacting wedc-admissions@....
If you are interested, you will need to apply immediately so that there is time for you to receive an offer letter for the programme should your qualifications and experience meet the entry requirements, and for you to complete the application form for the scholarship in time for it to be considered.
All documents, including two letters of reference, will need to be received by WEDC by 4th June 2008.
*As a candidate, you should be a national of a Commonwealth country (with the exception of Australia, Bahamas, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe) and must either be resident in your home country or in another qualifying Commonwealth country. You should also hold a good honours degree (2.1) or an equivalent qualification in an appropriate engineering subject.
Distance Learning Programme Manager
Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)
The John Pickford Building
Leicestershire LE11 3TU UK
Phone: (+44) 1509 222619 or 222885
Fax: (+44) 1509 211079
WEDC web page: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/wedc/
WELL web page: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/well/
WEDC 33rd International Conference April 2008, Accra, Ghana
Hypno-NLP for Self-improvement Workshop in Bangalore on 5th & 6th April, 08!!!
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- What is conscious mind and subconscious mind & how it works? How subconscious mind is programmed?
- How imagination affects you physically
- Why imagination is much more powerful than will power
- How to go into self-hypnosis instantly, program you subconscious mind and come out of it safely within 30 seconds.
- How to give positive suggestions to make positive changes in your subconscious mind
- How to formulate effective suggestions.
- Different methods of formulating suggestions
- How to identify your negative blocks and release them
- How to control your emotions instantly by programming a trigger word in your subconscious mind.
- How to communicate with your subconscious mind using finger signals and pendulum to find the cause of your problem and solve it.
- Learn hypnotic anesthesia to control pain
- Hypnotizing others, Instant and Rapid Inductions techniques
- Learn how to teach self-hypnosis
- Healing 7 most common reasons for psychometric problems.
- Find the cause of the problem and releasing it.
- Using Imagery for Healing Using imagery for healing you will learn how to create imagery to solve your problems.
- Distance healing how to heal someone from distance.
The NLP Techniques:
· Developing Rapport You will learn how to make other people like you and trust you within 90 seconds.
· Mind Triggers (Anchors): For creating state of mind so that when you need them, you can use those trigger words and recreate the positive state of mind.
· Developing Rapport with groups You will learn how to develop rapport with groups and have captivating audience.
· How to improve relationship Using this powerful NLP technique you will be able to learn how to improve relationships with your family, friends,colleagues, client and customer tremendously.
· Goal Setting - In very simple steps, you will learn to formulate goals and program your subconscious mind using advanced timeline technique, in such a way that your mind start moving towards your goal and aim.
· Circle of Excellence - This is a powerful NLP technique to draw resources from your past like confidence, patience, clear thinking and associate those feelings for future events and situations in such a way, the moment you are there, you will instantly feel that feeling of confidence, patience and clear thinking and this will have a tremendous positive impact on the outcome of effort. You can use powerful technique whenever you want to gain instant confidence for future events and situations in life.
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· Remove fear or Phobia You can learn mind triggers to remove your fear and phobia. Dispel all your fears with fast phobia cure.
· Mental Projection the simple exercise to increase your psychic power.
· Past Life Regression - You will learn how to guide yourself to vivid memories of your past life and thereby gain an understanding of the present lives.
· Automatic Writing under hypnosis you will be given a pen and a paper in your hand and your hand will automatic write down all the answers to your questions. This is extremely powerful and useful technique.
· Guides and Masters - You will learn how to create guides and masters in this exercise to take advice to solve your problem.
· Miracle Manifestation This technique will program your subconscious mind to expect the positive miracle happen to you. What you expect to happen tends to happen. In this hypnotic session you are guide to program your subconscious mind to manifest a miracle happening to you.
· Locking up the final session to permanently lock-up all that you have learnt through hypnosis, so that you can recollect them whenever you need them.
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On behalf of the HEN 2008 Organizing Committee, I would like to invite you to the 7th International Conference " Human Ecology and Nature" (HEN 2008), which will be held in Moscow and Ples, Russia, June 27-July 2, 2008.
Therefore, I am sending you the respective Announcement & Call for Papers.
I would also like you to consider the possibility of organizing an invited section related to the topic of your research interest within the main Conference Symposiums by collecting and reviewing the papers.
Please send the proposed section title to the Organizing Committee and start collecting the papers, which after your approval will form the Section.
If you need a detailed Call for Papers, don't hesitate to ask the Organizing Committee.
Could you deliver the Call for Papers to those who may be interested.
Prof. Vladimir V. Zaitsev
HEN 2008 Chairman
& Call for Papers
STATE UNITARY FIRM MOSCOW SCIENTIFIC
AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION "RADON"
Organize the 7th International Conference
"HUMAN ECOLOGY AND NATURE" , Moscow-Ples, Russia, June 27-July 2,
In 1998, the 1st International Scientific Conference "Human ecology
and nature" has been organized jointly by the Ivanovo State
University and the Ecological Committee of the Ivanovo region. By
the results of the Conference, the program and the conference
proceedings were published.
According to the accepted decision, in 1999 the All-Russian
Scientific Conference "Molecular physics of nonequilibrium systems"
supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research was held.
Above 200 participants took part in the All-Russian Conferences in
2000-2001, and more than 200 presentations were represented. 284 and
328 page volumes of the Conference proceedings were published to the
beginning of the work of the Conferences. Participation in the last
All-Russian conference of scientists from India, the USA and other
countries made it possible to take a decision about a transformation
of the Conference and giving to it an international status with the
considerable extension of conference objectives.
The decision of the Conference-2002 also extended scientific
objectives, in connection with the hottest topic of works on
radioactive waste handling. Beginning from 2000, the Symposium the
International Conference "Human ecology and nature" was indispensable
part of the Conferences.
Organization committee welcomes the participation in the Conference
work not only experts, but also graduate, postgraduate and Dr.Sc.
The purposes of the International Conference "Human ecology and
nature" are: exchange of scientific information; detection of key
scientific problems and paths of their solution; support in training
of experts, postgraduate and Dr.Sc. students.
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM: TOPICS
Symposium I "General ecology»
- Valery D. Akinshin, Dr.Sc., Prof.;
- Rudolf M. Aleksakhin - Dr.Sc., Prof., Academician of RAAS,
Symposium II "Molecular chemistry, physics and biology of
heterogeneous systems in ecology"
- Valeriy V. Lunin, Dr.Sc., Prof., Academician of RAS, Russia;
- Vladimir V. Zaitsev Dr.Sc., Prof.
Symposium III "Information problems of ecology"
- Aleksey K. Rebrov, Dr.Sc., Prof., Academician of RAS, - Russia;
- Andrei I. Sobolev, Dr.Sc., Prof., Russia
Symposium IV "Radiobiology and Radioecology"
- Aleksey K. Rebrov Dr.Sc., Prof., Academician of RAS, Russia
- Elena B. Burlakova , Dr.Sc., Prof.;
- Oleg G. Polsky, Dr.Sc.;
- Irina I. Pelevina, Dr.Sc., Prof ..
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAPER SUBMISSION
1. Papers must contain the clear description of conception, aim,
scientific value and results of study. The size of the manuscript
should not exceed 5 printed pages.
2. Authors are requested to follow the manuscript style guidelines
The text and figures should fit on one side of A4 paper (210
mm υ 297 mm) with margins (left -25 mm, right - 15 mm,
top - 17 mm, and bottom - 20 mm) using MS Word. Use Times New Roman
12 point fonts, typed single-spaced.
Beginning at the left margin, type as follows:
- THE NAMES OF THE AUTHORS WITH CAPITAL LETTERS,
- their institutional affiliation, address and E-mail,
- leave one blank line,
- THE TITLE WITH BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS, CENTRED, WITHOUT A
POINT AT THE END,
- leave one blank line before the text of the manuscript.
If two and more authors are from the same institution, their
names should be typed in one line through comma. If authors work in
different ones, their names should be typed in different lines, and
their institutional affiliation and address should be printed under
the names in a new line (see an example).
Figures and tables should be placed into the text after
paragraph contained reference on them. table The table title types
above the table. The figure legend types under the figure.
All publications cited in the text should be presented in a
list of references following the text of the manuscript. In the text
refer to the reference number in square brackets according to the
Papers not complying with these instructions will be rejected.
3. Authors are requested to submit their manuscript to the organizing
committee by post (two original copies with the authors signatures on
one of them) or by e-mail as an attached file in MS Word.
Paper style example:
ANDREW M. YAKOVLEV
Crystallography Institute of RAS, Moscow
HENRY S. MORGAN, ZEYNEB ZAAHAN
Casablanca State University, Casablanca, Marocco
ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF ZnP2 SINGLE CRYSTALS OF TETRAGONAL AND
Measurements are made of the electrical properties of both
modifications of ZnP2 crystals, which are doped, undoped and annealed
vacuum and in vapor of the components. The measurements are carried
out in the temperature range from 190 to 380K. The donor centers7 are
found to be vacancies of phosphor. The dominating scattering
1. Clark N.A. // Mol. Cryst. Lig. 1983. V. 94. # 1. P. 130.
REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPATION
Participants are requested to submit their papers accompanied by the
presenting author registration data:
STATE UNITARY FIRM MOSCOW SCIENTIFIC
AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION "RADON"
the 7th International Conference
"HUMAN ECOLOGY AND NATURE"
June 27-July 2, 2008.
1. Full name,
2. Rank and title,
3. The both home and affiliation addresses, phones and
to the organizing committee via post or e-mail
not later then May 20, 2008.
Address of the organizing committee:
Vladimir V. Zaitsev, Dr.Sc., Prof.
2/14, 7th Rostovsky lane, Moscow 119121, Russia
Phone: + 7 (095) 4855879
Fax: + 7(095) 4855879
Registration Fees: Payment by cash at registration
The registration fee is RUB 10000 (US $ 400) per participant. This
amount will cover welcome reception, conference dinner, refreshments
during breaks, social program and the book of the conference
proceedings. The payment must be made in cash in connection with the
registration on the first day of the conference.
Participants will be hosted in hotels with maximum price up to 150
USD per night.
Time of an oral presentation is 10-15 minutes. Presentation should
include: task; methods; main body (basic results) and conclusion.
Overhead projector will be available at the conference.
Official languages of the Conference are Russian and English.
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EMPOWER is a Non-profit, Non-Political, Voluntary and Professional
Civil Society Organisation.
- Registered in the year 1991- Engaged in developmental work for the past 15
years in Southern Tamil Nadu.
CAF India is organising a training workshop Selling to Corporates -
by CAF UK's training head, Panikos Efthimiou. In Bangalore, the
workshop will be held on 4 April 2008 in collaboration with MCC
Murray Culshaw Consulting.
The workshop will focus on building skills in selling to
corporations. The programme is open to fundraisers/ heads of
The programme will be held at 37th Crescent, #37, Crescent Road,
High Grounds, Bangalore 560001 on Friday, 4 April 2008 from 12.30 pm
to 6 pm. We will start with lunch.
MCC will charge a nominal fee of Rs 1,000 per person for the day.
Please nominate one person to attend and RSVP your confirmation to
Jayanti Prasad at MCC on 25352003/ 4115 0582 or jayanti@fundraising-
india.org Jayanti will be in touch with you over the next two days.
We look forward to your confirmation and participation in the session.
About the Trainer
Panikos Efthimiou has been working in the UK voluntary sector for
over 25 years, in paid and unpaid positions, as a fundraiser,
volunteer, trustee and most recently as Training Manager at CAF,
where he has been in post for seven and a half years. He delivers
training for CAF, the Institute of Fundraising and a number of other
charitable, public and commercial organisations throughout the UK.
The CAF training programme is focused mainly on the areas of tax
effective giving but also covers regular giving, promotion strategies
and online donations.
His main focus is fundraising, but he has also worked extensively in
many other areas including: governance, trade unionism, motivation
The training workshops he will be delivering in India will take an in-
depth look at Give As You Earn, Selling to Corporates and motivating
yourself and others! They will be fun, interactive and engaging and
will endeavour to equip people with the skills they require to take
their fundraising, selling and motivation to the next level. They
will include PowerPoint presentations (available to all) small group
work, action planning and role-play.
Ausdance Queensland and World Dance Alliance β Asia Pacific, in partnership with
Brisbane Festival 2008, Creative Industries Faculty of Queensland University of Technology,
Queensland Performing Arts Trust and Ausdance National
WORLD DANCE ALLIANCE
BRISBANE, 13-18 JULY 2008
DANCE DIALOGUES: CONVERSATIONS ACROSS CULTURES, ARTFORMS AND PRACTICES
Β· Dance Dialogues with internationally renowned cultural thinkers and performers
Β· Master Classes with leading dance practitioners and choreographers
Β· Choreolab conducted by Lloyd Newson and Boi Sakti
Β· International conference with papers and performances from 23 countries
Β· Evening performances by Expressions Dance Company, Queensland Ballet and Reeldance (on screen)
Β· World Dance Alliance Global Assembly
REGISTER NOW ON-LINE
for this significant global gathering of artists, educators and scholars
Associate Professor Cheryl Stock (Dance) PhD
Creative Industries Faculty
Queensland University of Technology
Z2/202, Creative Industries Precinct
Kelvin Grove Qld 4059
Tel: +61 (0)7 3138 5904
Tel: + 61 (0) 414 643 423
Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee invites application for its various projects for the following posts:
ACCOUNTANT Consolidated salary of Rs. 5,000/-. Qualification: B. Com (Hons.) and must have computer knowledge of various financial packages (latest version) with at least two years experience of working in an NGO sector.
FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR Consolidated salary of Rs. 12,000/-. Qualification: B. Com (Hons.) with at least ICWA (Inter) or MBA (Finance) and must have computer knowledge of various financial packages (latest version) with at least three years experience of working in an NGO sector.
COUNSELLOR Consolidated salary of Rs. 6,500/-. Qualification: MSW or Post Graduate in Social Science with computer knowledge and at least one year experience of working in an NGO. To be posted in Kolkata and various districts of West Bengal.
MEDICAL OFFICER (Part time) Preferably lady. Qualification: M.B.B.S. Post Graduation in Dermatology will be given
preference. To work in various clinics in Kolkata and Howrah.
NURSE Qualification: Graduate with Diploma in Nursing Training. To be posted in various districts of West Bengal.
STATE COORDINATOR (Jharkhand, Bihar) (2 Posts) Consolidated salary of Rs. 8,000/-. Qualification: MSW or Post Graduate in Social Science with 2 3 years of working experience with computer knowledge and good oral and written skills in English and Hindi.
ACCOUNTANT (Jharkhand, Bihar) (2 Posts) Consolidated salary of Rs. 6,000/-.
Qualification: B. Com (Hons.) with 2 3 years of working experience in the said field with computer knowledge of various financial packages preferably Tally (latest version) and good oral and written skills in English and Hindi.
ADVOCACY OFFICER (Kolkata) Consolidated salary of Rs. 8,000/-. Qualification: Post Graduate in Social Science or Mass Communication with skills and expertise in liaison and networking with 2 3 years of working experience, must have
computer knowledge and good oral and written skills in English, Bengali and Hindi and is willing to travel extensively. Will have to undertake Market Survey and develop linkages with different corporate houses and industry.
DOCUMENTATION OFFICER (Kolkata) Consolidated salary of Rs. 8,000/-. Qualification: Post Graduate with 2 3 years of experience in similar field. Must have skills in Documentation, Report Writing, Facilitation and able to design, develop and maintain Websites. Must have good oral and written
skills in English, Bengali and Hindi and is willing to travel extensively.
Please apply within 7th April 2008 by post to The Recruitment Board, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, 44 Balaram Dey Street, Kolkata 700006 or by Email to dm_sc@...
Ms. Bharati Dey
Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee
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Apologies for Cross Posting
Third Annual GigaNet Symposium.
2 December 2008 - Hyderabad , India .
Hyderabad International Conference Center (HICC).
Call for Papers.
CFP URL on GigaNet website: http://tinyurl.com/ynsuuf
The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) is
community that promotes the development of Internet governance as a
interdisciplinary field of study and facilitates informed dialogue on
issues and related matters between scholars and governments,
the private sector, and civil society.
Each year, GigaNet organizes a one-day research symposium in
the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and in the same
After the first two editions in Athens, Greece (October 2006) and Rio
Janeiro, Brazil (November 2007), the third GigaNet Annual Symposium
held on December 2, 2008, in Hyderabad, India, the day before the 3rd
meeting. Attendance at the Symposium will be open to all and free of
Symposium will be at the same location as the IGF and registration with
as an IGF participant may be necessary to gain entry to the building.
This is a call for papers from scholars
interested in presenting an original research paper at the conference.
In addition to papers on methodological aspects of Internet
studies, this year's Symposium particularly encourages submissions on
following themes, which are described in more detail below:
1. Comparing Internet Governance to other Global Governance Domains
2. Networked Governance Theories and the Institutionalization of
3. The Role of NGOs, Social Movements and Civil Society in Internet
4. Year 3 of the UN Internet Governance Forum: Assessing its Structure,
5. Law and Jurisdictions in Internet Governance
6. Copyright Protection, Internet Service Providers and Technical
7. Internationalized Domain Names: Expanding Access or Tower of Babel ?
Applicants should submit:
1) an abstract of 800-1000 words, in English, of the
proposed paper that describes the main research question(s), methods
and the paper’s relevance and value to the thematic area; and
2) a one page summary curriculum vitae listing in particular
the applicant’s current institutional affiliation(s), advanced degrees,
scholarly publications relevant to Internet governance, and web sites,
Submission materials should be emailed directly to the chairperson of
Program Committee, Dr. Meryem Marzouki, at Meryem.Marzouki@...
by no later than July 15, 2008, midnight GMT.
Members of the 2008 program committee will review submissions according
same criteria. In order to ensure fairness of the evaluation process,
submissions that do not conform to the requested format will not be
The Program Committee will notify applicants of its decisions via email
September 15, 2008.
A full paper upon which oral or poster presentation will be based must
delivered to the same address by October 10, 2008, midnight GMT in
the author(s) to be included in the program.
While GigaNet asserts no copyright to authors’ work, it is expected
the version of the paper presented orally or as poster will be made
for posting on the GigaNet website.
Travel scholarships for a few outstanding accepted papers may be
scholars who would otherwise be unable to attend. Applicants who are
will be informed of these opportunities after September 15.
2008 GigaNet Symposium Program Committee:
- Ana Abreu, Labeurb/Unicamp and Paulista University, Campinas (SP),
- Slavka Antonova, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
- Meryem Marzouki, LIP6/PolyTIC-CNRS Laboratory, Paris, France (Chair)
- John Mathiason, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs,
University, Syracuse (NY), USA
- Milton Mueller, Syracuse University School of Information Studies,
- Max Senges, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
- Rolf H. Weber, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
- 15 July 2008: abstract submission deadline (to be sent to: Meryem.Marzouki@... )
- 15 September 2008: notification to applicants
- 10 October 2008: full papers due
- 15 October 2008: 2008 GigaNet symposium program finalized
- 2 December 2008: 2008 GigaNet symposium, HICC, Hyderabad , India
1. Comparing Internet Governance to other
Global Governance Domains
The concept of global governance has flourished in a number of fields:
security, environment, development -- as well as Internet. However,
general analyses of global governance ignore global Internet
Conversely, very few Internet governance analyses are conducted through
comparative frameworks. Submissions are invited to help frame Internet
governance in a broader, global governance perspective. What could be
from experiences of global governance in other fields? Are there any
instruments and methods of global governance, irrespective of the
it addresses? Could some similarities or invariants of a global
process be identified?
2. Networked Governance Theories and the
Institutionalization of Internet Governance
The global policy discourse on Internet governance involves more
and newly created institutions. There is a need to explore the dynamics
changing institutionalization process through theoretical and empirical
analysis. Recent work explores network forms of organization in
governance contexts, at national and international levels, most notably
the concept of “transgovernmental networks” to solve
sector-specific problems. We call for papers that apply, test and
ideas of “networked governance” in the context of global Internet
governance. We encourage submissions that analyze collaborative
in related institutions and interactions between them. We are
interested in papers that critically analyze these forms of governance
of fairness and accountability and their relationship to democratic
Can presently excluded or minority communities enhance their
Beyond the expert discourse and the interplay amongst dedicated
can networked governance represent people, rather than just established
interests and agencies? What are the available tools and practices to
facilitate their participation and deliberation, in terms of discourse,
collaboration and decision-making?
3. Role of NGOs, Social Movements and Civil
Society in Internet Governance
Important but subtle transformations have occurred in the
participation of non-governmental and non-business actors in the 6
the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). WSIS witnessed a
situation, where organized social actors participated from inside the
through structured non-governmental organizations, and social movements
exercised some more radical pressure from the outside. Since the
the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), this mode of participation has
into a “consensus-based cooperation”, where civil society actors
are supposed to contribute on equal footing with governments and
actors, in most cases in their individual capacity and rather
social movements. We seek papers that analyze the evolution of involved
actors and their structuring, especially with regards to the historical
evolution of the concept of civil society, and to explore in which ways
what extent these transformations may be related to the move from
4. Year 3 of the UN Internet Governance
Forum: Assessing its Structure, Process and Impact
The WSIS created and mandated the IGF to address critical, value-adding
Internet governance functions that cannot be entirely performed by any
institution. This includes: highlighting emerging issues, assessing the
embodiment of WSIS principles, and strengthening the participation of
in Internet governance mechanisms. Furthermore, the IGF was defined as
“multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent” body;
it has been structured through a Secretariat, a multi-stakeholder
group (MAG), and a special advisory group to the MAG’s chair; and for 3
years, it has been operating as an open discursive space, prepared
consultation sessions. Submissions are invited to explore whether the
fulfilled its mandate at this step, which difficulties can be
how they could be solved. Has the IGF structure, management and
mechanisms proven to be adequate and compliant with the WSIS Tunis
requirements? What strengths could be reinforced and weaknesses
5. Law and Jurisdictions in Internet
The Internet must now be considered a major factor when elaborating
principles to deal with the circulation of content and data and with
protection of the general communications infrastructure. This is not an
task because of its implications on the respect for universal human
fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, where States differ widely on
implementation of these international standards, even among coherent
entities. The task becomes even more complex due to conflicts of
among overlapping jurisdictions. We seek papers that identify and
conflicts among national laws and attempts to harmonize them. We also
papers that explore the relevance to the global Internet of public and
international law currently in force or being considered in ongoing
international negotiations. Submissions analyzing the role and
various players in these processes are also encouraged.
6. Copyright Protection, Internet Service
Providers and Technical Mechanisms of Control
We encourage papers that examine attempts to impose
copyright protection on the
Internet through the intermediary of Internet service providers. This
the topics of network neutrality and intellectual property, inspired by
incidents, such as a Belgian ISP’s order by a court to use deep packet
inspection to catch copyright infringement in transit, and Comcast's
interference with BitTorrent, which also was probably stimulated in
copyright protection concerns. Papers can explore the feasibility and
“state of the art” of packet inspection and other relevant
techniques, analyze copyright industry and ISP industry interactions
political economy standpoint, or examine appropriate policy responses
and powerful packet inspection techniques.
7. Internationalized Domain Names: Expanding
Access or Tower of Babel ?
We encourage papers on the economic, cultural and compatibility issues
by the migration to a new standard for Internet domain names that
to reflect non-Roman scripts such as Chinese or Cyrillic.
domain names (IDNs) have a double-edged effect: they widen access for
or ASCII readers by making domain names easier to use, but they also
compatibility problems among people communicating across language
as one party may not know how to read or input the address of the other
There are also interesting questions of competition policy, as the
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) must decide whether
new generic top level domains (TLDs) in IDN scripts to incumbents
ASCII TLDs with similar meanings, or to new competitors. Issues of
confusion and cross-linguistic disputes can also arise.
IT for Change, Bangalore
Bridging Development Realities and Technological Possibilities
www.ITforChange.net | Ph: 91 80 2665 4134 / 2653 6890 | Cell: 91 98454 37730
INSIGHT Study Circle invites you for a public meeting on the issue of 'Manual Scavenging'
Guest Speakers: -
1. Mr. Saptarshi Mandal - Law Student , National University for Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata
2. Mr. Raj Kumar - Young Activist working on the issue of Manual Scavenging in Haryana
3. Ms. Seema - Young Activist working on the issue of Manual Scavenging in Haryana
Venue: - Indian Social Institute (ISI), [10, Institutional Area, Lodi Road, New Delhi]
Time: - 11 am to 1 pm
Date: - 6th April 2008 (Sunday)
The Government of India's 'Manual
Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993', had
promised the eradication of a pernicious practice that only certain Dalit
sub-castes were subject to and thereby the restoration of dignity to the
individual as enshrined in the Preamble to the Constitution. It was enacted as
a uniform law for the whole of India
to abolish manual scavenging by declaring employment of manual scavengers for
removal of human excreta an offense, and thereby ban the construction of dry
However, due to lack of political
will and social consciousness, lakhs of Dalits (12 lakh approx) are still
destined to clean and carry the human excreta with their bare hands in almost
every part of the country, especially in the urban and semi-urban areas. Dalits
involved in manual scavenging have been one of the worst sufferers of social
exclusion and economic exploitation.
Mr. Saptrishi Mandal will present a paper on 'Manual
Scavenging and the Legal Discourse'
Mr. Rajkumar and Ms. Seema will share their experiences about working on the issue of manual scavenging in Haryana.
INSIGHT: YOUNG VOICES
is an English bimonthly Dalit Youth Magazine. Since inception, it has
been organizing meetings and public talks on the issues related with
the Dalit community both inside the campuses and outside.
of the prime objectives of the INSIGHT group has been to create a
platform for Dalit students and youth to share their views and to
interact with scholars, academicians, activists and organizations that
have been working on the issues related with the Dalit community.
Towards this objective, INSIGHT Study Circle organizes meetings on any one particular issue on the First Sunday of every Month.
Through this we are aspiring to bring Dalit students, youth, activists,
professionals, scholars and researchers on one platform to interact
with each other.
We encourage young Dalit students/researchers/activists to share their work with us during the meetings of Study Circle.
For more information please contact our Study Circle Coordinators: -
Dr Ajita Rao [ajita_nav@...]Anoop Kumar [anoopkheri@...]
Two exciting training programmes to pick up skills on qualitative
research in social sciences, particularly for development contexts,
are on offer for South Asian academics and development workers:
1) Qualitative Inquiry (Part I): Designing and collecting data (June
2) Qualitative Inquiry (Part II): Analysing data using software and
(16-18 September 2008)
Both training programmes are organised in workshop modules with an
emphasis on skill-enhancement and hands-on learning. There will be
opportunity to interact with experienced researchers on issues of
First come, first served, and limited seats!
More details at:
Research Methods Team
we are on the urgent look out for someone
who can translate 30 minutes of runtime from Gujarati to either English
or Kannada and help with a film subtitling/translation project. Would
greatly appreciate any contacts towards this!
Please do call us on 94480 41063 (Sanjana)
or 94483 67627 (Deepu).
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Junior FilmCamp - a filmmaking workshop for children
FilmCamp.TV is an organization that focuses on teaching, producing and screening new Indian cinema. As part of the teaching initiative, FilmCamp.TV is conducting Junior FilmCamp, a summer filmmaking workshop for children, ages 8-16. At this workshop, children will write, shoot, enact, direct and edit two minute films over a two-week period. This activity is collaborative with children working in groups not exceeding 5, each group making a film.
The workshop consists of 6 sessions, each session lasting two hours. The method of instruction is a combination of informal interactive sessions with children, encouraging active participation in groups, hands-on demonstrations of equipment and the screening of clips from Hollywood films to illustrate the filmmaking process.
In the first two sessions, children will get a brief introduction to how cinema is made (the Hollywood way) using clips from films. They will initially write treatments (the story in three paragraphs) followed by a script. They will be introduced to the camera, how to operate it and how to use it with a tripod.
In the third and fourth session they will breakdown their scripts into a storyboard. They will learn how to bring the script to screen using frames (close-ups, medium-shots, long-shots). They will learn how to use overlapping action to create continuity in cinema. They will prepare for the film shoot by rehearsing shots from the storyboard and enacting them.
On the fifth session, they will actually shoot their films in 2-3 hours. In the 6th session, they will edit the film to complete their production. The editing session will also be done in the park using Apple computers. FilmCamp.TV will fine-tune the edit, add music and have an outdoor screening of the films to which the public is invited. All students will be given a DVD copy of their film.
FilmCamp.TV has conducted 14 one-day workshops for adults in 5 cities - Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore, Hyderabad and Trivandrum. Over 200 individuals have participated in our workshops producing over 30 films. Check out www.filmcamp.tv to view these films.
More details about the workshop is here: http://www.filmcamp.tv/FilmCamp.TV/Junior_FilmCamp_Workshop.html
The details are:
Workshop Begins: 8th Apr 2008,
Sessions: 6 sessions (on alternate days) over two weeks,
Workshop Ends: 18th Apr 2008
Venue: Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
For more info visit: www.filmcamp.tv or Call: 0-92434 22797 / mail: direct@...
FilmCamp.TV workshops are intended as media-empowerment for the common man. FilmCamp.TV conducts non-profit workshop which is dedicated to the underprivileged and economically backward sections of society. FilmCamp.TV aims to use digital tools and the internet to demystify the filmmaking process and make it available to all.
Global Concerns India and ASTRA in collaboartion with OPI invite you to be part of a 2 -days celebrations to commemorate "Going Back to School"
Date:26th & 27th April 08, Saturday
Time:11 AM to 4 PM
Venue: To be confirmed.
This is an open invitation to Organisations to the exhibit their work at the
"Gallery of our work with Children and Education" organized by GCI, ASTRA and OPI (A chartered accounts call centre)
- We are organizing a 2 days celebration to commemorate "Going Back to School" involving an exhibition on the 26th of April and a walkathon on the 27th of April 2008 with all the children from various organizations as well as celebrities who endorse- 'Going back to School' .
- We intend to bring together the various organizations from across the city who are working towards keeping children in school, extend various forms of education for them and are involved in various activities with children & women; Ultimately showcasing the efforts of all who are making that space and option available for children to not be part of a labour force and the efforts of women/parents in encourging their children to refrain from joining the labour market.
26th April 2008, Saturday
- Various stalls will be put up for the interested organizations who can display their work in the form of Charts, posters, banners, slide shows, LCD presentations along with craft/food/furniture/ cards/embroidery/ or any of the items or articles that the organsiations engage their children/women in.
- The exhibition will be open from 11 AM to 4 PM. The venue is yet to be confirmed.
- The stalls are free for organizations and will be provided to applications on a first come first serve basis.
- Organisers will make arrangements for the slide/ LCD presentations and the stalls
- The organizers will be putting up various stalls for children to play games and win prizes
- Food will be available at a nominal cost of Rs.6/-per person
- Interested organizations are requested to confirm participation with the required information (list given below) to the organizers immediately.
- We also invite various kala thandas/street theatre groups to perform at the event on the issues pertaining to child labour, school drop outs, with a specific theme of 'Going back to School'.
- The organisers will pay a nominal professional fee of Rs.5000/- per group.
- Interested groups may kindly get in touch with the organizers on the numbers given below
- The groups will be shortlisted on a first come first serve basis.
27th April 2008:
In order to express our solidarity in the issue we are dealing with, a walkathon of all the children from organizations and their supporters is being organised from OPI office on Whitefield road to Marathahalli main road.
This will be flagged off at 11 am on the 27th of April . We invite organizations to bring the children they work with to participate in this along with the organisation's animators/staff/volunteers
- Transport will be organized for children and volunteers.
- Lunch has been organized for all participants.
Organisations interested in participating are requested to apply to us by sending the following information latest by 5th April 6.00 pm or just call us at the numbers given below.
Please Contact: Chandan-9886138323, Preethi- 9886648508, Brinda - 9845518138
- Name of the organisation
- Participating on 26th or 27th or both days
- How many children and staff participating for the 26th and what are their requirements- lcd/slide projector?
- Confirmed number of participants/ children from your organization participating for the walkathon on 27th April.
- Where would you require transport from, to pick the participants
- Contact person and Telephone number
- Kala thanda/street theatre group- Please give details about the theme of your show
Please feel free to call us for any clarifications or with any suggestions.
With kind regards
Brinda, Preethi, Chandan
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Apart from our monthly third saturday screening at our workplace, this April we
are organising two evenings of screenings at India Habitat Centre ...we look
forward your confirmations and attendance!
19th April, 5.15 pm at Kriti team workplace:
Waters of Despair
by Srijan (30 mins/ English)
29th and 30th April, 6.30 - 9 pm @ Amaltas, India Habitat Centre
Birth in the Squatting Position
Produced by Polymorph Films in association
with MoysA(C)s and Claudio Paciornik, 1979 (10 mins, Brazil)
The Business of Being Born
by Abby Epstein (83 mins, USA)
by Naoli Vinaver (10 mins, Mexico)
Born at Home
by Sameera Jain (60 mins, India)
*The Child Birth films at IHC are not open for under 18s!
Call 26033088/ 26027845 or email space.kriti@...
for your confirmation and more details!
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Workshop on Understanding Corporate Responsibility
Chennai Date April 24-25,2008
Venue: Dakshina Chitra,East Coast Road Muttukadu Chennai Pin : 600 118
Ph 044 27472603, 044 27472783
The Third CR Essentials Workshop on Understanding Corporate
Resonsibility is being organized in Chennai at Dakshina Chitra on
April 24-25,2008. The Workshop is being organized jointly by CRBiz and
Ma Foi Foundation.
The course will highlight the benefits of engaging with social and
environmental issues, involving staff and other stakeholders.
Participants will be guided through the fundamentals of CSR, examining
the development of Corporate Social Responsibility in India. Using
case studies and practical examples participants will be provided an
understanding of the basics of CSR.
The programme will help participants to increase their awareness of
the CSR and its various components. They will also learn how to design
their programmes keeping in mind the interests of the company's
stakeholders, including employees and local communities and enable
them to make value added contributions towards building the company's
brand image and reputation.
CRBiz, India's first, and so far only
print publication of CSR, has already organized two, two day
workshops in New
Delhi and Hyderabad. Almost 40 participants from Corporate Houses,
NGOs and students attended each of these workshops. Among the business
houses represented were Xansa India, CSC, Jindal Steel, Avera T & D,
Jubilant, Flex, IOC, ONGC, NMDC, Stayam Foundation, Byrraju
Foundation, Dr Reddy's Foundation, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam,, Population
Services International, Alpha Foundation etc.
Speakers at these workshops included Dr Vikas Goswami, Lead CSR
Microsoft, Niranjan Khatri, ITC Welcomgroup, Dr K.Vijaya Lakshmi,
Anshu Gupta, GOONJ, Dr Uddesh Kohli, Senior Aviser Global Compact,
Mathew Cherian, Executive Director, HelpAge India, Rati Misra,
Resource Alliance., Dr Balaji Utla, Satyam, Ms Survana Gandham,
Oikcredit, Dr Mazher Hussain, Cova etc
Attached are details regarding the workshop at Chennai and
the Registration form. The workshop is targeting mid level management
personnel, SMEs, NGOs and students who are usually left out of
workshop organized by the larger business associations. The idea is to
spread the message about CSR among all levels for better
The Organisers: CRBiz is the media wing of the Global Gandhian
Trusteeship & Corporate Responsibility Foundation, a registered Trust.
It is presently the only print publication on Corporate
Responsibility in India and Asia. CRBiz is a not for profit social
enterprise. In addition to the publication the Foundation is actively
involved in increasing awareness about Corporate Responsibility
through workshops and seminars. Two well attended CR Essential
workshops have been organised in New Delhi (October 2007) and
Hyderabad (January 2008)
Set up in July 2006 the Ma Foi Foundation, the CSR wing of India's
largest HR services provider, Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd. helps
disadvantaged communities achieve economic independence by building an
integrated support system that provides education, training and
entrepreneurial mentoring by partnering with community based
organisations and corporates.It undertakes community welfare
programmes through Sornammal Education Trust (SET) and Confederation
of Indian Organisations of Service & Advocacy (CIOSA) a network of
Voluntary Organisations, corporates and volunteers.
Why You Cannot Afford to Miss This Event CSR is not just about
building schools or poviding scholarships. It is about doing business
that companies do not regard as being an obligation. CSR is an
extension of efforts to foster strong corporate governance. It is
about ensuring sustainability of business. This event aims to equip
the participants with proven strategies to maximise returns on the
company's social investments through ethical business practices and to
enhance the company's bottom line.
Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility in India
Speaker: Ramasubramanian, Samanvaya
Corporate Responsibility: What is it ?
The How of CR, Measuring Impact
Speaker: Suresh Kr Pramar, Editor CRBiz
Reaping the Benefits of CSR by Making
the Right Social Investments
Building NGO Accountability
Managing CSR Along Supply Chains
Speaker: Suresh Kr Pramar, Editor, CRBiz
11.30-12.45 Sixth Session
Engaging the Environment:
Its Relationship with the Bottom Line
The importance of Socially Responsible Investment
04-00-05.30 Round Table on Workshop/ Networking/
Winding Up/High Tea
Faculty: The programme has been designed by experienced trainers with
several years experience in Corporate Responsibility. It will be
conducted by practicing CR personnel working with well known national
and transnational corporates in India.
Cost and Registration:The cost of the course per participant is Rs
4,500 for corporates, Corporate sponsored Foundations and Funding
Agencies, Rs 3,000 for SMEs, and NGOs and Rs 1,500 for MBA, post
graduate and research Students and Rs 1,000 for under graduate
students. No refund will be allowed on cancellations made after April
10, 2008 Full fees should accompany the registration form
Cheques should be made out favouring CRBiz The fee includes morning
and afternoon refreshments, Lunch, and conference material/
stationary. The fee does not include accommodation and transport.
Dakshina Chitra has residential rooms and domintory accommodation: Rs
900 for AC Rooms, Rs 600 for Non AC and Rs 150 per bed in the
dominatory. Booking should be done directly with them.
Applications for Registration should be sent by April 15, 2008 to
Suresh Kr Pramar, Editor, CRBiz, 3 A Nilgiri 3, Sector 34, Noida
Email: suresh.pramar@gmailcom; shashikala.crbiz@...
Signature of Participant
Cheque/Draft No : .
For all those who can attend this important national level
conference on Water Quality, please do come.
First Floor, Nursery School Building
C-3, Nelson Mandela Marg
New Delhi – 110070
Tel: 46084444(Direct), 46084400
Please prefix 0091-11 when
calling from outside Delhi/India.
Diarrhoea kills thousands everyday, especially
children. Hand-washing at critical times can significantly reduce incidence of
diarrhoea. WaterAid India has launched a Nation wide Handwashing
Campaign. Your support can make a difference.
Safe Drinking Water in Rural Areas: Community Based
April 08-10, 2008
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
of the conference
is life, is a new reality we live in today. A few decades ago, there was no
distinct category as “drinking water,” now we are buying drinking
water in both rural and urban areas. Ground water that was once considered safe
and secure, is increasingly found to be contaminated with bacteriological and
chemical pollutants. Technological interventions alone are becoming inadequate
to address safe, affordable and sustainable drinking water access for the
common people. There is a real risk of false Malthusian interpretations
(putting the blame on current water quality problems to increasing populations
and water stress) becoming a norm.
We have destroyed
aquifers and river beds in large tracts of India, on a large scale, by
indiscriminate industrial pollution and urban sewerage dumping. Reverse dumping
of dangerous chemical industrial waste in ground water aquifers in some parts
of India is shocking and irreversible damage to our environment.
When water quality
problems first emerge, their impact is felt on people’s health. However,
it is only when health problems become compounded, the potential link with
water quality is considered and monitoring is done to establish causal
relationships. To correlate, isolate and identify the cause-effect of a
Integration of health and
water quality however, remains a challenge and a growing concern. It has been
found that bacteriological contamination is a silent killer, poor communities
spend a considerable sum of their earnings on treating water borne diseases and
other diseases from stagnant waters and bad sewerage. Contamination from
Fluoride and Arsenic has visible physical impacts and deformities. General
medical practitioners and medical systems are not able to cope up with
diagnosing and treating water contaminated ailments from Fluoride and Arsenic.
Public health systems and infrastructure is also falling apart.
Food consumption and
dietary diversification is an important consideration, when considering
mitigation measures for water quality. However poverty induced low calorie and
mono food diets for a majority of our people, further exacerbate the effects of
water contamination on poor peoples health. Poor people in rural areas as well
as urban slums, are therefore more at risk by poor quality drinking water, than
the well off. Highlighting water quality problems through monitoring and not
doing anything to mitigate the problem, demoralizes the community.
There are many
organizations, individuals, experts and NGOs that are working with great dedication
and energy, on different aspects of water quality problems and their solutions.
While each one of us have
strengths, we believe there is a need for urgent engagement by all of us in the
three core areas of water quality surveillance, monitoring and mitigation today
- Strengthening community based water quality monitoring and
mitigation, to address some of the burning water quality issues on a
- Improve water quality surveillance and monitoring systems at the
state level. To make this effective and for the results of this work
(data) to be available in the public domain
- Review Water Quality Standards that are appropriate for India(the
economic and dietary context of our people)
Partner organizations of
WaterAid India have been working on monitoring water quality in all the
programme areas and building capacity of local communities to do regular water
quality monitoring. In the past two years, WaterAid India has built an
inventory of water quality data in the project areas where we have been
working, undertaken capacity building of partners and communities in community
based water quality monitoring and mitigation measures and gained experience of
larger issues in water quality monitoring.
In preparation to the
National Conference, two regional water quality workshops were organized in
Konark and Lucknow by WaterAid India and our partners. Problems and experiences
shared by practitioners and experts, and recommendations emerging from these
workshops, form inputs to the national conference. We are pleased to have over
60 contributions for this conference from all over India and some from abroad
as well. The three day conference is organized on six main themes, across nine
sessions and has a valedictory session at the end. There is an exhibition of
product manufacturers and agencies dealing with water purification products on
the first day.
We are grateful to the
Honourable Minister Rural Development, Mr. Raghuvansh Prasad for providing the
The national conference
will aim at the following results;
- Bringing on one common platform, various organizations and
individuals who have done pioneering work on community based water quality
monitoring and mitigation, organizations and experts who have worked on
technical and institutional aspects of safe drinking water and policy
makers and service providers to come and share their experiences and
arrive at key directions and actions.
- Identifying critical gaps in the present water quality
surveillance, monitoring and standards – in relation to health and
socio economic conditions in India.
- Identifying concrete mitigation actions and interventions.
- Recommendations for improving community based water quality
monitoring, improving systems of water quality monitoring at state and
district levels and its integration with health systems.
- Setting up an Advisory Group – a team of experts and
practitioners on water quality. To develop recommendations and to provide
guidance and support at the national level for atleast one year.
The conference will
provide a learning opportunity and networking among stakeholders from community
organizations, government, NGOs, research institutions, private sector
organizations and experts from the field of health and engineering. We are
confident that this Conference will contribute towards the immediate and long
term goal of making safe drinking water a right for all citizens of our
country. That we will forge partnerships of ideas and action and a commitment
- Dr. Indira Chakravarty, Director, All India
Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkatta, West Bengal
- Dr. K J Nath, Chairman Arsenic Task Force,
Kolkatta, West Bengal
- Dr. Arunabha Majumder, Emeritus Professor Jadavpur
University, West Bengal
- Dr. AK Suseela, Executive Director, Fluorosis
Research and Rural Development Foundation, New Delhi
- Dr. J.K. Bassin, Regional Director, NEERI, New
- Dr. A K Ghosh, Professor, AN College, Patna, Bihar
- Ms. MV Shashirekha, Chief Chemist, Department of
Mines and Geology, Bangalore, Karnataka
- Dr. Ravi Chopra, Director, People’s Science
Institute, Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal
- Dr SS Meenakshisundaram, Deputy Chairman, Karnataka
State Planning Board, Bangalore, Karnataka
- Dr Seetharam, SVYM, Mysore, Karnataka
- Dr B S Garg, MGIMS, WARDHA, Maharashtra
- Apoorva Oza, AKRSP (I), Ahmedabad, Gujarat
- Gayatri Parihar, VASUDHA, Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh
- Saurabh Singh, Inner Voice Foundation, Balia,
- Mr. Panigrahi, Chief Engineer RWSS, Orissa
- Mr. Rajendra Prasad, Chief Engineer RWSS,
- WaterAid India
S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research
In collaboration with
the 4th Training Program in Resource Mobilisation & Management
This program aims at building capabilities of individuals/
organisation in the domain of Fund Raising & Resource Management.
The number of organisations seeking to mobilise resources & raise
funds has grown rapidly in the last few years.
International donors, private foundations and international NGOs have
all been decentralising their operations and there have been dramatic
shifts in thematic and geographic focus for aids.
There is a huge shortage of professionally trained resource management
and resource mobilisation personnel.
S P Jain Institute of Management & Research and Resource Alliance,
U.K., has stepped in to fill this gap.
SPJIMR- Center for DOCC
The Centre for Development of Corporate Citizenship (DOCC) has been
established in the year 2001 based on SPJIMR's philosophy of "Value
based growth" and "Influencing practice". Through DOCC we aspire to
create a movement to:
· Build the managerial potential of the institute's
participants and faculty to make them sensitive to Indian ethos and
· Act as a medium to create a network of ngo's and the
corporate sector for sustained and enhanced impact of development
processes on society.
Resource Alliance, U.K.
The Resource Alliance is an international network, whose mission is to
build the fundraising and local resource mobilisation capacity of the
voluntary sector worldwide. Resource Alliance is a UK registered
charity and has 501c3 status in the US. Resource Alliance's vision is
of a strong voluntary sector throughout the world, working to the
highest ethical standards of accountability and stewardship.
Program Objectives :
The specific objectives of the program are:
· To provide a quality program of training in Resource Mobilization
· To provide systematic, sustained and professional input that is
accessible, yet affordable and internationally recognized.
· To provide value to all stakeholders - participants, sponsoring
organizations, SPJIMR, Resource Alliance, U.K. and society and
community at large.
Program Output :
By the end of the program, the participant will be able to:
· Establish and communicate a case for support for their organization
· Plan, budget, implement and analyse a resource mobilisation activity
· Manage themselves effectively and create productive working
relationships with others
· Identify the resourcing requirements of their organisation and
establish appropriate strategies for meeting these needs
This training has been designed as a participatory programme that
would build-upon the experiential learning of participants. The
pedagogy focuses on interactive group learning and aims both at
knowledge development and skill upgradation through peer learning.
Case Studies, readings and reflection are an important component of
Course Structure and Content :
The course will cover the following topics:
· Role and relationships of state, business and voluntary sector
· Public policy environment within which non-profits operate
· Main sources of non-profit funding and support
· Donor motivations and trends in giving including individual
philanthropy and faith based giving
· The basic principles of fundraising the fundraising cycle
· Relationship between organizational mission and plans and the
· Ethics, accountability and transparency
· Relationship between organisational communications and resource
mobilisation image, visibility, credibility
· Principles of good communication
· How to effectively communicate what the non-profit does and needs
using a range of techniques including print, telephone, face to face,
· Working with the mass media
· Donor prospecting and research
· Basic introduction to databases
· Fundraising techniques including face to face, mail, internet,
events, corporate partnerships, grant seeking, and working with
· Mobilising and working with volunteer support
· Generating revenue through business type activities
· Planning, budgeting, implementing and analysing resource
· Strategic planning, including financial planning, monitoring and evaluation
· Managing self (self-awareness, time management, stress management)
and others (suppliers, volunteers, staff)
The program will be modeled on " The work place as a laboratory".
Classroom sessions will be held at SPJIMR campus twice a week for a
period of four months.
Friday Evening - 3 hours (5-8 pm)
Saturday Full Day - 6 hours (10am 4pm)
Total contact hours: 108 hours
No of days = 24 days
Duration = 4 months
There will be one-week gap after the completion of each module for
home based assignments.
Learning from classroom sessions will be implemented and practiced in
the work place as a continuous experiential learning process.
This Program is meant for staff, volunteers and individuals from any
nationality, involved in Fund Raising & Resource Management activities
in the social sector.
· Bachelor's Degree in any discipline
· Experience of either 2years fulltime, or 3 years as a volunteer in
· Basic Computer literacy
· Fluency in the English language
· Good Communication Skills
The fee for the 4-month training program is Rs 15000. The fee is
inclusive of the following:
· Tuition fee
· Course Material
· Presentation Handout
· Reference material
· Case study copies
· Lunch on Saturdays during the contact.
· Library membership fee for four months
· Examination Fees
SPJIMR faculty, experts in Fund Raising from NGOs and visiting
Application Forms will be available at SPJIMR Centre for DOCC, Bhavans
College Campus, Munshi Nagar, Dadabhai Road, Andheri(W), Mumbai - 400
058 .Tel no: 2623 0396/2401/7454,Ext: 465,mcrmm@....
Application forms can also be downloaded from
For Further details
Contact: Ms Nirja Mattoo,Chairperson-DOCC,SPJIMR , Ext 460
Ms Shaoli Chakravorty- Coordinator-DOCC, SPJIMR , Ext 465
Please go to the following link for further details.
Some members of the group may be interested in the blog below on a
strategy - a strategy of `Subversive Rationalization' - to pull
Africa toward respect for basic human rights, including religious
freedom rights, and toward some form of distinctive modernity. Any
Jacques L. Hamel
"The world we have created is the product of our thinking. It cannot
be changed without changing our thinking" Albert Einstein
"Science is a way of thinking much more than a body of knowledge"
The objective of this blog is to share ideas on a strategy - a
STRATEGY OF SUBVERSIVE RATIONALIZATION - for uncovering modernity in
Africa. The strategy emphasizes the internalization of the scientific
method and rational modes of thinking as well as the assimilation of
crucial scientific knowledge, as the epistemological foundation of
any kind of modernity. It also stresses the necessity of renovating
conformist, traditionalist or totalizing belief and knowledge
systems, worldviews and cultures, that stand in the way to essential
changes on the road to modernity - a mega-project of autonomization,
individuation, rationalization, demystification and feminization
processes (less patriarchal forms). Modernity is also a project of
democratization, liberalization, secularization, trans-
nationalization, systematization, technocratization and humanization
The strategy relies on scientific knowledge, which offers only
incomplete and patchy theories of the real but nonetheless possibly
the best models of reality, for reordering and reconstructing the
African reality and for engaging it with up to date, robust and
economically efficient technical know-how. More generally, it relies
on calculative thinking and on the scientific tradition as the most
viable civilizational horizon of a budding region, whose tortuous and
uncertain transition to modernity may necessitate an imaginative
strand of thinking and a complementary strategy. Triumphant techno-
scientific dogmas need not lead inevitably to the devastation,
excesses and wastefulness of post-industrial consumerist cultures.
They need not to be a model for an African modernity, which can avoid
being exceedingly obsessed, enframed or ordered by technology.
Humans, knowledge and technology are co-emerging, co-evolutive and
mutually co-constitutive of each other. And as soon as we are born we
enter into a corrupted reality: corrupted by ancient customary
thinking, viewpoints and taboos; corrupted by ancestors' tyrannies,
norms and ideals; corrupted by the veiling visions of pre-
contemporary cosmologies, revelations and prophecies; corrupted by
inherited alien religious canons and credos including those of
Constantinian Christianity and Imperial Islam, which from a
scientific perspective can be assimilated to blind lotteries
(confirmed by statistics) of self-confirming systems of medieval
prejudices; corrupted by lies, mis-information and deceptions;
corrupted by spirits, divinities and other similar cultural
paradigms; and, more universally, corrupted by conventional modes of
thinking, knowing, understanding and being.
The strategy of Subversive Rationalization aims at
freeing, `uncorrupting' or modernizing mentalities and mindscapes,
thus opening the way to the emergence of some brand of original
modernity on the African continent, going further than the simple
ownership and display of modernity's most visible technological
signs. It aims at reforming the technological code with key
technologies: of the self, of sign, of freedom, of change, of
creativity, of power and of truth. These technologies are fundamental
for guiding the `rebirth' of the self, or for cultivating
the `reborn' Afro-self as a more modern self; for enlarging the
freedom necessary for the required societal transformations; for
evolving effective technological symbols and meanings, such as those
of a generous and mobilizing vision of a modern Africa; for designing
and manufacturing appropriate material artefacts; for innovating in
processes of change, including technologically-induced socio-cultural
change; for reordering power configurations; and for uncovering,
producing or reconstructing truth an essential technology in a sea
of lies, half-truths, self-delusions, clichιs, cock-and-bull stories,
and an important constitutive element of modernity.
If `ideas shape the course of history' (Keynes) or if `imagination
shapes history' (Napoleon) then access to modernity entails going
past inflationary rhetorical discourse, utopian dreams and ceremonial
entertainments. It requires subversive ideas and actions and a
methodology that can engineer radical and terribly complex
adjustments in the intricate inner working of African communities.
It calls for critical thinking, dialogue, self-examination, `self-
exorcism' and outright `war' against the conservative supremacy of
the status quo and the authority structures that maintain it. This
cannot be achieved through somewhat academic, elitist and
reductionist policies. The basic choice facing the region is between
customary religio-mythic, idolatrous or astonishingly over-religious
rules established on pre-modern methods, on the one hand, and
enlightening development regimes substantiated by controlled
experiences, on the other hand.
The relative bottom position of most African countries in the techno-
scientific global order is beyond dispute and current STI strategies
may leave half the region as deprived as ever, blown by the fierce
winds of technologization and globalization, locked into scientific
and technical dependency and unable to meet key MDGs. In these
circumstances, a strategy of Subversive Rationalization may be
helpful for putting in place new foundational power-knowledge
frameworks and configurations, and for improving the African
The African problematic of low exploitation of science and technology
is well known in details and is often understood as the main reason
behind the region's poor socio-economic performance. In this low
techno-scientific environment, attempts to give substance to the idea
of an African Renaissance and comparable initiatives, such as
Nyerre's Ujamaa, Mobutu's Authenticitι, Sengor's Nιgritude, Nkruma's
Conciencism, Kenyata's Harambee, Wade's Omega, Bouteflika's Ennahda
Movement, Mbeki's `Call to Rebellion' (1998) - let alone the vision
of the Commission for Africa and other similar initiatives - have
mostly been successful at developing, justifying and communicating
specific ideas of modernization. But they also all have been
failures because they have not only under-estimated the colossal
effort required for achieving the necessary makeovers but they also
ignored the most important changes to bring about: the painful
modernization of the mythological landscape, including pre-modern
Abrahamic, Shamanic and Animist mythologies. That means a shift
toward scientific ways of observing, questioning, analyzing and
knowing or toward science as the latest myth or the new religion of
the time that can propel the continent into some kind of modernity.
Rationalization refers to a maturation process guided by the
scientific method and by instrumental reason, more than by fairy tale
legacies, superstitions, revealed or divine knowledge, as
historically envisioned by prominent Enlightenment philosophers and
scientists of the 16th and 17th centuries. This rationalization
enables better control and more accurate calculation of means to
achieve precise ends, resulting in superior technological or
technical effectiveness and flexibility, and in greater industrial
advance. Modernizing nations are more ideologically open or keener
to mathematize and channel the forces of nature for their own
benefit. And they are more oriented toward the corrosion of doubt -
believing in things that can be empirically supported -- and toward
improving lives in this world (rather than in the after-life). In
these mindsets, there are no place for Jonas-in-the-whale type of
spellbound stories, amazing archangels, absurd limbos, far-fetched
miracles, occult forces and providential intrusions. Reality is what
is perceived through technological means. This results in developing
societies being progressively subverted into essentially
more `advanced', enlightened or disenchanted ones.
Subversion refers to a process of overthrowing or overturning systems
of principles and convictions as well as forms of dominance, control
and power that are incompatible with or are not sustained by
instrumental rationality and renovation processes. These processes
result in the uprooting of totalizing, oppressive or terror
structures that obstruct the way to modern manners of grasping
reality - from terrorizing gods and demons, authoritative
governments, phallocratic ecclesiasts, polygamous masters, mystifying
medicine men to cloistered women, domestic slaves, mutilated girls
and abducted brides. A strategy of Subversive Rationalization,
therefore, means clearing the way toward more pragmatic, empirical
and mechanical worldviews and at critically challenging pre-modern
systems from un-enabling governance structures, including commanding
husbands, as well as from constraining cosmological and ideological
formations, whether home-grown or alien.
The strategy of Subversive Rationalization intends to probe the
knowledge-powertechnology gaps with modern / scientific modes of
perceiving. Filling this gap necessitates not only acquiring new
types of information, such as scientific, technical and business, but
also abandoning some habitual or pre-scientific types of knowledge
that stands in the way to progress and modernity. As much endeavour
may be required to unlearn or deconstruct a pre-modern reality
acquired through acculturation and socialization, than to learn new
scientific and technical knowledge and a new version of reality.
Scientific proficiency is by far the trickiest to achieve since it
often comes in conflict with long-established traditional knowledge
edifices, which may not be seriously altered without social and
political struggles. Undeniably, pre-modern spiritual constructions,
including those originating from the Middle-East and ancient Arabia,
tend to mesmerize, domesticate or subjugate African societies,
leaving little room for true scientific ways of viewing, judging,
behaving, existing and living. These scientific ways must gain
ground over non-scientific ways.
In a strategy of Subversive Rationalization, medieval faith-based
representations, infrastructures and institutions, such as the
institution of Heaven / Hell amongst the most powerful
establishment regulating the lives of Africans are superseded or
supplanted by new thinking, unleashing the power of efficient
systems, such as successful innovation systems. Indeed, Evangelical
and Qur'anic models, although of relatively recent human
construction, may lack decisive values for accessing modernity, such
as democratic governance; the complete utilization of feminine
talents and aptitudes; affection and care for nature; a concern for
the future; superiority of scientific methods and hypotheses
over `gaseous' or prophetic knowledge; a strong focus on life before
death and a less fatalistic attitude toward the lifeworld and
poverty all indispensable preconditions for uncovering modernity.
In many circumstances mytho-religious texts and documents - promoted
by a pervasive and expanding physical and human infrastructure (not
exactly a hotspring of fresh worldviews) - may constitute a virtual
owner's manual for one's life. This is especially so for Africans-of-
one-book, which under certain conditions may not be conducive to
paradigmatic innovation. Only techno-scientific knowledge can sustain
the deep transformations to modernity.
Subversive Rationalization requires pushing back fabulous or pre-
scientific beliefs formations in order to clear a space or a pathway
for more scientific views and practices. The central tussle is being
played between various categories of knowledge - from scientifically
founded to unfounded. This could be the crucible where a meaningful
African modernity could emerge, through a redefinition of cultural,
social, economic, ideological, mythological and political
relationships with science and technology.
Technology is more than a tool or an instrument at our disposal. It
is also an organizing activity in which humans themselves are
organized. The more technologies evolve and become ubiquitous the
more humans are themselves transformed into resources, raw material,
system components, toys, cogs and devices (if not sex organs) and
optimized for the sake of system efficiency the essence of
technology. The outcome is easier and more secure and prosperous ways
of life, but dominated and regulated by the rigorous disciplinary
order of technical systems. In this framework, the African youth
struggles to become `efficient' resource in the global job market,
while technology mainly reveals Africa as collection of folkloric
curiosities, and an immense fuel station coveted for powering the
global technological engine.
A techno-scientific renewal through a strategy of Subversive
Rationalization could be helpful in promoting Pan-African integration
and in responding to the special needs of the region. It could be
supportive in revitalizing, refreshing, unifying and integrating
knowledge systems in African territories. These systems are greatly
fractured, compartmented, `medievalized' and largely unscientifically
founded (Muslim / Christian division and exclusive possession),
balkanized (by six colonizing powers), fragmented (+ 1000 idioms and
worldviews), and mythologized (with indigenous and foreign
superstitions). Knowledge is also sometimes monopolized (non-sharing
knowledge practices and ethos), atomized (not part of advanced
international knowledge networks), decontextualized (uprooted,
transplanted from the technologically-advanced areas), unused or
underused (scientists as taxi drivers), misappropriated (by power
hungry sources), under or mis-professionalized (shamanic knowledge),
misapplied (ecocidal), misinterpreted or ignored (disregarding
scientific revolutions). African knowledge is also somewhat being
eroded (extinct or dying knowledge), canned (ready-made shipped in a
pre-packaged fashion), drained (brains seeking greener pasture),
rarely rented (against royalty payments) and always plagued with
Western and phallo-centricity. A strategy of Subversive
Rationalization would provide an enhanced ordering of knowledge and
Current science, technology, innovation and knowledge policy
approaches remain hopelessly naοve and basically adjunct to the
actual working of knowledge economies. They do not address the issues
specifically related to a region a bit `stained' with pre-modern
habits of mind, languages and views of the universe and life. They do
not put enough emphasis on the structural-constitutional issues that
have stabilized many African spaces into pre-modern technological
ways of life (with some growing islands of imitative modernization).
These spaces can graduate into some sort of modernity through a more
intensive, rational, unfettered and popular use of avant-garde
science, technology and knowledge and with the requisite mental or
intellectual costumes of modern times.
Free-thinkers, scientists, policymakers and stakeholders could be
influential in contextualizing and supporting a strategy of
Subversive Rationalization in the African region. In line and in full
support of NEPAD, they could commit themselves to building
competences for acquiring and incorporating vital techno-scientific
knowledge in strategic areas and to encouraging and utilizing science
as a way of thinking, which fortunately or unfortunately, is highly
injurious and detrimental to time-honoured traditional or pre-modern
myths, prejudices, doctrines, tenets, precepts, credos, faiths or
A strategy of Subversive Rationalization could entrust opinion makers
and the scientific and entrepreneurial communities to sound courses
of action such as strengthening capacities for converting or
revamping existing traditional knowledge systems, including faith-
based systems, and for restructuring or recreating reality. These
could include Africanizing, decolonizing, indigenizing, liberating,
re-cosmologizing, re-mythologizing, re-charlatanizing, re-
prophetizing, re-sacralizing and re-deifying processes for a
different African adventure, driven by thriving methodical ways of
thinking and scientific practices.
In summary the strategy of Subversive Rationalization uses the power
of scientific thought to launch a counter hegemonic offensive for
subverting disabling traditional and repressive knowledge-power
orders that stand in the way to a new realism, or to the rejuvenation
and reconstruction of reality. The strategy may be valuable for
bringing about a post-totemic, post-enchanted, post-Abrahamic, post-
phallocratic, post-colonial and post-fragmented regional space and in
moving Africa forward into a distinctive, creative, secular and
authentic form of modernity.
Details regarding the strategy can be found in a draft website -
http://jachamel.googlepages.com - (600 pages).
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