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Urban Practice: a new profession

“India’s urban population will increase from 300 million to 800 million in the next 50 years, according to the Indian Institute of Human Settlements. The institute plans to start a university devoted to urbanization and settlement issues with a view to build a body of specially educated professionals to manage this urbanization.

“The proposed university is likely to be located in Bangalore and will offer a four‐year Bachelor’s program and a two‐year Master’s program in Urban Practice.”

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Intellecap February 2010, page 11
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Intellecap_Feb2010.pdf#pg=11

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India finds success in ‘affordable private schools’

“Achieving universal primary education is listed as goal two in the Millennium Development Goals. Yet, the debate on who should deliver this service is still open. Education is seen widely among development professionals as deliverable by the State. Most developing countries, and particularly India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, have a public education system in place to provide education to the poor, but by most accounts, this system has not lived up to expectations.

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Intellecap October 2009, pages 4-6
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Intellecap_Oct2009.pdf#pg=4

- Baird, Ross. Private Schools for the Poor. Grey Matters Capital, 2009. Tooley, James and Pauline Dixon. Private Schools for the Poor – A Case Study from India, CfBT Research and Development, 2003.

 Maleka Khatoon School: http://school4poor.com/docs_pdf/the_story.pdf

- Mati School: http://www.betterplace.org/projects/903-mati-school-education-for-extremely-poorchildren

 Private schools in Pakistan: http://www.yespakistan.com/education/private_schools.asp

 Clive Crook, The Ten-cent Solution, The Atlantic, http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200703/crook-schools

 Richard Garner, Professor given $100m to save world's schools, The Independent,
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/professor-given-100m-to-saveworlds-schools-436574.html

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Muslim institutions and child beggars in Western Africa

For families living in extreme poverty, figuring out how to feed your kids can be the ultimate challenge. From this perspective, sending your child into the capital to beg for food might become the rational option. In the chaos and hardship that comes along with a life wherein a mother sees a great chance for her child to survive begging in the streets as opposed to living at home, a religious institution that may as well abuse children becomes a more secure, orderly, and structured option.

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United Nations University launches a short-term scholarship program in biotechnology in LATNAM

“The Biotechnology Program of the United Nations University (UNU) has called for applications to its short-term scholarship program and several academic initiatives for 2011. The application process is from June 1st to September 30th. The program includes: (i) climate change and biotechnology, (ii) control of vectors and biotechnology; (iii) biotechnology in human health; (iv) industrial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, and biotechnology applied to art conservation; and (v) copyright and technology transfers in biotechnology.

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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.

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SFG January 2011 pgs. 14-15
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_Jan2011.pdf#pg=14

Elfahmi. “Empowerment of the Poor in Religion”. RETURN. 01 November 2010.
http://muttakhidulfahmi.com/archives/118

Wardana, Amika. “Religions decline and proliferate”. The Jakarta Post. 12 November 2010.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/12/religions-decline-and-proliferate.html

Ali, Muhamad. ‘Role of religious philanthropy in reducing poverty’. The Jakarta Post. 19 June 2004.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2004/06/19/role-religious-philanthropy-reducingpoverty.html

‘Muhammadiyah Empowers Rural Farmers’. Indonesian Philanthropy Project Blog. 04 April 2010.
http://www.hilmanlatief.net/2010/04/muhammadiyah-empowers-rural-farmers.html

‘Revitalizing Primary Health Care Country Experience: Indonesia’. South East Asian Regional
http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/Conference_INO-13-July.pdf

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New Digital Education Device in South Africa Doesn't Need Broadband, Steady Power Supply

"A South African company, The Content Company, has piloted a device that will help rural scholars bridge the digital divide. The purpose is to connect
underprivileged schools to live online information, without the problems normally associated with using modern computers in these areas. The innovation is called Streetwise and does not require broadband, good access to power, decent infrastructure nor significant technical support to work and keep working. The devices communicate via GPRS enabling them to work everywhere."

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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."

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School Food Programs in Middle East Successful, Have Additional Benefit of Boosting Enrollment, Gender Equity

"The success of school feeding programmes in Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia has inspired poor countries such as Yemen, Syria and Iraq to introduce similar initiatives for improving the health, nutrition and education of school-age children. The provision of food fortified with micronutrients provides nutritional support and alleviates short- term hunger for school children in the most food insecure areas of these countries."

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Free mobile chat service helps learners prepare for exams

“The popular South African mobile chat service MXit, often the source of controversy, is now helping learners to prepare for exams. The service has added a tutoring and quiz portal, QuizMax, for maths, physical science and life sciences learners. A group of teachers developed a suite of free mobile learning tools, including exam-level quizzes that are compliant with the National Examination Guidelines for Grade 12s.

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South Africa Node of the Millenium Project June 2011, pg. 10
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SANode_June2011.pdf#page=10


http://www.mxit.com/

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Private Sector Partners with Jordanian Government to Improve National Education

In what must be a fairly innovative move the Jordanian government has partnered with the private sector, among others, to improve national education levels. Having seen the importance of a well educated populace for increased profits, which will lead to more development, and in turn even more profits, the private sector has seen investing in education as part a long-term growth strategy.

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SFG-ME July 2011 pgs. 2-3
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG-ME_July2011.pdf#page=2

“Higher Education and the Middle East: Building Institutional Partnerships.” The Middle East Institute. December 2010.
http://www.mei.edu/Publications/WebPublications/Viewpoints/ViewpointsArchive/tabid/541/ctl/Detail/mid/1623/xmid/1494/xmfid/11/Default.aspxwww.strategicforesight.com

Ghazal, Mohammad. “Education Reform Project Enters Second Stage.” Jordan Times. 29 July, 2010. http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=28725

Nassej-Community Youth Development Initiative.
http://www.naseej-cyd.org/index.php

Madrasati: Queen Rania Initiative.
http://www.madrasati.jo/site.html

His Majesty King Abdulla Official Website. http://www.kingabdullah.jo/index.php/en_US/initiatives/view/id/81.html
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