The latest buzzword in town for some Governments begins with the word “Open”, such as Open Government, Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Communications, Open Solutions and what have you! As a matter of fact, the World Bank website has started a new blog category called “Open Development” which serves as the Bank's monitor in the pursuit of openness and transparency on its various initiatives. Google's office in NY likewise also participated in this endeavor, hailing the “Power of Open” throughout the globe. However, we raise these questions: What is it to Open? With Whom? How Open Is It? How … Continue reading Governments Opening Doors To The World: How open is “Open Government Partnership”
Last week, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) convened a high-level meeting to discuss critical issues, particularly on how to address the global problem on HIV and AIDS. As mentioned in earlier blog article under MDG (Millenium Development Goals) category, one of the targets (Target #6) ) included in the UN-MDG is to combat HIV-AIDS by halting and reversing the spread of the disease by 2015 via adoption of various strategies. The said meeting lasted for three days and Government leaders and its representatives in attendance reaffirmed previous commitments and came up with resolutions which shall serve as guidelines of … Continue reading UN Zeroing In On Zero Targets For HIV/AIDS : HELLO?
Is Microfinance an effective financial strategy to eradicate poverty particularly in developing economies? I would blog on this as briefly and pragmatic as possible, as some of you may know that this topic is quite broad and would require empirical data/analysis to support any findings and recommendations. In its simplest terms, microfinance involves extending loans to a group of borrowers or individuals, specifically the marginalized sector of society involving poor people encountering difficulties to transact business with private and government banking institutions. In other words, these are the poor people throughout the world numbering over 1 billion living in rural areas … Continue reading Microfinance – A Hype or An Effective Financial Tool For the Poor?
This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the International Women’s Day. As tribute to women from all walks of life, I posted a brief article on the subject early this year, specifically on how women throughout the globe commemorated the said event. Before 2010 concludes, there are two interesting “voiceless” events this year which need a chock-full support: one is in October which is for Domestic Violence Awareness and another in November which pertains to the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I am neither an activist nor a feminist, as a matter of fact I can be submissive under … Continue reading “Women Empowerment” – Does It Ring A Bell to Victims of Domestic Violence?
Two months ago, I met Ana from Bulgaria in one of the mentor-mentee training sessions organized by a non-profit organization dealing with employment related issues. Ana has been here in the U.S. as an immigrant for 4 years now and is still looking for a “good” job in a dynamic city like NYC. I would say Ana is both academically competent and functionally well-equipped. She obtained her PhD in engineering and held senior technical job positions in the same and related fields in her homeland for many years. Her work experience is exceptional and she speaks German, English and her … Continue reading The Saga Of An Underemployed Immigrant: A Quest for Her Dream – Tips and Thoughts On The Impact Of The U.S. Bleak Job Scenario
I was just starting my working career in my early tweens when I was given the privilege to embark on my first solo official trip abroad. It was a three-month stay for a short course jointly offered by the Pakistan Government and its State Bank. The venue was in the heart of Karachi, Pakistan’s financial and commercial capital. Despite the apprehensions about the situation and being a newbie in a foreign land, it was not difficult for me to adjust because of the warm welcome and genuine hospitality that the Bank’s management and staff have accorded us for the duration … Continue reading A Time To Cry For Help – Pakistan Flood Aftermath, et al
Now the buzzword in the blogosphere for Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), P3s have re-emerged as a result of the global economic crisis and as one of the fiscal reforms adopted by certain Governments throughout the globe, primarily to expand needed infrastructures and generate revenues for priority expenditures, among other objectives. I came to know P3s when I used to head an office on an ad-hoc basis which serves as a technical staff to the Chairman of a cabinet-level policy making body overseeing privatization related matters. It was during this time when the non-performing assets under the first wave of privatization have been … Continue reading P3s: What Does It Mean To The Poor-A Quick Glimpse- Tips and Thoughts
I can understand why formulation of “anti-corruption” policies is never mentioned in the targets or indicators of the UN MDG’s, in correlation to poverty and economic growth. I presume the subject matter may not be within the realm of UN’s aims, duties and functions, as provided for in its charter. However, there is a vague reference to it wherein one of the targets included in MD Goal No. 8 is a commitment from the world leaders to “good governance”, by supporting, among others, transparency and accountability at all levels but said indicator is specifically geared towards allocation and spending of … Continue reading Corruption – A Dreadful Disease With A Simple Cure – Tips and Thoughts
While this is not my first involvement as one of the bloggers of Bloggers Unite (BsU), a month ago, I was invited via email by one of the organizers to participate in the campaign to make some noise for the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Briefly, UN MDGs cover a broad spectrum of policy framework adopted by the world leaders in 2000 and is spearheaded by the UN with certain “ambitious” end goals and indicators to achieve. Said development goals include, among other things, 1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; 2) achieve universal primary education; 3) promote gender … Continue reading Making Noise for UN’s Millennium Development Goals – Series of Tips and Thoughts