Renting out roofs for water harvesting
“Funded with Dr. B P Agrawal’s first World Bank Development Marketplace Award, Aakash Ganga (AG), or River from Sky, is a rainwater harvesting system currently installed in six drought‐prone villages in Rajasthan, the driest state in India.
Sources:Intellecap May 2010, page 9
Farmer/Pastoralist conflicts expected to increase in frequency
When climate change and growing populations combine forces, pastoralists have a harder and harder time finding viable grazing places their livestock. This is due to erratic rain patterns as well as farming areas encroaching on former grazing grounds. These all too common conflicts may be taking a new turn in the not too distant future.
Sources:CDD May 2010, page 11
Cultural Industries: the new frontier for development efforts?
The use of national cultural goods as sources of revenue is an intriguing area, with benefits ranging from increased income to the preservation of national identities and different cultures. FORO further explains the importance of "cultural industries."
Sources:FORO July 2010, pg. 3
Media, ICT as a Tool for Minority Empowerment in Morocco
"Morocco’s newly launched Tamazight TV channel aims to incorporate minority communities into mainstream culture and communication. The channel will conduct programs in the Berber dialect (Tamazight) which has been largely excluded from public and private institutions. As much as 28% of the country’s population only speaks Tamazight and the launch of this particular TV station points toward a larger trend in using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to represent the voice of the marginalized."
Sources:SFG-ME Dec 2010 pgs. 2-4
Facebook Therapy in Zambia,
"Social networking sites appear to be growing in appeal beyond their traditional use as platforms to inform people about what’s on and what’s happening. Given the growth of mobile technology in Africa, these platforms offer cheap and easy access to therapy/counselling/advice for many people, especially the rural poor, who often need it (for HIV/AIDS advice, domestic violence issues, etc) but don’t have access to traditional opportunities e.g. face-to-face counselling."
Saudi Government Invests in Women/Girls' Education
"Saudi Arabia has invested large sums of money in the education sector, and has recently begun placing more emphasis and importance on improving the conditions of female education in the country."
"There are several constraints in furthering female education that are prevalent in Saudi society, and the government is partnering with other sectors to change the situation. Local customs and traditions and early marriages for girls is the biggest cause for drop-outs amongst girls, especially in secondary school. The curriculum in girls’ schools has not been revised in over 20 years."
Turkish/Islamic Traditions of Charity Driving Formation of NGOs/Philanthropic Orgs
"The practise of charity is deep rooted in Turkey owing to Islamic teaching, and giving alms to the poor was the main activity of the time. While this practise has continued, it has emerged in new forms, where tradition, culture and religion provide an important base for philanthropic endeavours. According to some surveys, 66 per cent of individual donations are given to non-religious organizations. A correlation has been found between an increase in income and increase in donations, specially in Central Anatolia and Western Turkey."
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:
Bibliotheca Alexandrina: A Knowledge and Cultural Beacon in the Middle East
“During the recent uprising in Egypt, the city of Alexandria witnessed fierce violence including the burning down of the provincial government building and state security headquarters. However a rare point of agreement between anti-regime protestors and the government security apparatus was to protect the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA). The images of a human barricade shielding the BA during the protests highlight the importance of this institution.
Sources:SFG-ME April 2011 pgs. 9-11
Promoting Islamic Art and Culture
Islamic countries have been busy with “the promotion of Islamic art and culture, from a historical perspective, in new and innovative methods. While this has been useful in breaking down cultural barriers and showcasing Islamic history in a new light; these efforts also aim to foster a sense of pride in the youth of the region by focusing on positive lessons of Islamic heritage.
Sources:SFG-ME July 2011 pgs. 11-13