Mopeds taking over public transportation in West Africa
Due to poor infrastructure and declining economies, many West African countries have seen a large rise in Moped transportation.
“The moped revolution is one of the most evident expressions of informality in contemporary West Africa. It economics is straightforward. The Chinese economy is capable of delivering motor-cycles at affordable prices so people buy and use them. The conditions under which they do so are however very problematic.
Sources:CDD November 2011 pgs. 7-11
Charitable religious organizations changing their role
“Religious charities in Indonesia are changing the way they conduct themselves. As an Islamic state, much of Indonesia’s charitable work is done by faith-based organizations in the country. However, the role and the type of work conducted by religious organizations, is changing to fit better with the times.
Sources:SFG January 2011 pgs. 14-15
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Wardana, Amika. “Religions decline and proliferate”. The Jakarta Post. 12 November 2010.
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‘Muhammadiyah Empowers Rural Farmers’. Indonesian Philanthropy Project Blog. 04 April 2010.
‘Revitalizing Primary Health Care Country Experience: Indonesia’. South East Asian Regional
South American countries experience a changing health profile
South American countries are seeing a change in epidemiology profiles, that is to say, fewer cases of communicable disease, primarily associated with poverty, and increased cases of chronic diseases that require more costly long-term interventions and are often associated with richer communities.
Sources:FORO January 2011 pgs. 4-5
Cultural Stigma Trumps Government Policy on HIV/AIDS Infected Kids' Right to School in Vietnam
"Under Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS laws, no child can be denied access to a school if either they or any of their family is living with HIV or AIDS. Vietnam’s laws on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control are comprehensive but are not widely known. Public prejudice against HIV/AIDS infected people also stems from the fact that historically, it has been associated with drug users and prostitutes. Combined with the public attitude and lack of awareness, this has led to children with HIV being discriminated against in schools.
Sources:SFG Feb 2011:
Bedouin Women's Health Empowerment via Mobile Phone
"In Jordan, Bedouin women are consulting doctors via mobile phones. These women are not culturally empowered to seek help without their husband‟s permission. Therefore, mobile phone has provided them access, although limited, to health care."
Implications from SFG:
Sources:The Strategic Foresight Group, Middle-East Edition, May 2011, page 3: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_May2011.pdf#page=3
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„Wataniya Mobile IPO Open Now For Subscription.‟ Palestine Investment Fund. 7 November 2010.
„Text Messaging helps Thousands of Iraqi Refugees in Syria Receive UN Food Aid.‟ ICT Statistics Newslog. 5 October 2010.
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State Gov to Upgrade Water Supply and Sanitation of Mumbai
"The state government of Maharashtra is working on a plan to upgrade Mumbai’s water supply and sanitation department to be on par with other international cities. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will submit a report wherein the 15 current state of water supply and sanitation will be mapped. The mapping process will involve a survey asking citizens about water supply and sanitation, as well as their suggestions. The report is due to be submitted by June. The mapping process will take approximately one year after starting."
Sources:Intellecap May 2011 page 14:
Inequality is main factor behind continuing poverty
"While conditional cash transfers by governments have a clear effect on poverty reduction, a more sustainable and resilient to economic crisis impact could be achieved by taking into account the multiple dimensions of poverty and applying more spending, targeting and scaling up government efforts. Inequality —by gender, ethnicity and access to education and health services— is the main factor behind continuing poverty.
Sources:FORO, October 2010, pg. 2: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/FORO_Oct2010.pdf#page=2
CEPAL (2010), “El progreso de América Latina y el Caribe hacia los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio. Desafíos para lograrlos con igualdad. Capítulo II. La erradicación de la pobreza y el hambre: una tarea urgente”. Page 1. Available: http://www.eclac.org/cgi- bin/getProd.asp?xml=/publicaciones/xml/1/39991/P39991.xml&xsl=/tpl/p9f.xsl&base=/tpl/top-bottom.xslt.
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Motorcycle Ambulances save mothers’ lives in Guinea
"As stated earlier, infrastructural problems such as impassable roads during rainy seasons in rural areas do limit access to healthcare facilities. In the face of this challenge, some rural communities in the Kissidougou region of southeastern Guinea have found an innovative solution that is proving to be effective in combating both maternal and child mortality. They are using a system of 'motorcycle ambulances;' these are three-wheeled motorbikes outfitted with small trailers that can carry one health worker and a reclining patient.
Sources:Searchlight Centre for Democracy and Development, Jun 2010, pg 7:
Female genital mutilation continues to threaten mothers in Benin
“…cultural norms that in part prohibit women from seeing male doctors and many prefer herbalists and practitioners of traditional medicine.
Sources:Searchlight Centre for Democracy and Development, June 2010, pg 6:
Civil war leaves Cote d’Ivoire health in shambles
“Cote d'Ivoire's civil war wiped out the health sector in the rebel- held north, dramatically reducing the number of available doctors and health workers. The departure of health staff and the decline of functioning clinics and hospitals are believed to have led to an increase in maternal mortality rate in the country. A study said that in addition, nearly 80 percent of health facilities in rebel territory were looted or destroyed and remaining clinics lacked equipment and essential drugs.”
Sources:Searchlight Centre for Democracy and Development, June 2010, pg 5:
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