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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Community’s ‘fish bank’ model saving their biodiversity and fishing livelihoods
“The small initiatives taken by the Tomia fishermen community in the southeast of Sulawesi in Indonesia have succeeded in conserving the biodiversity of the area… Komunto, a community-based organization, was formed by fishermen from East Tomia and Wakatobi districts in Indonesia in response to the widespread coral damage of the Wakatobi National Park (WNP), primarily from fishing pressures. Approximately 100,000 people live within the boundaries of WNP; therefore local fishing pressure is high.
Sources:SFG January 2011 pgs. 10-11
Solar Irrigation Technology in Bangladesh
“In Bangladesh, the introduction of solar water pumps, which are manufactured using locally available technologies, will not only help poor and marginal farmers increase their yield but also bring down their agricultural production costs substantially in the next 20 years.
Sources:SFG April 2011 pgs. 6-7
Indonesia moving cocoa industry into production and not just resource extraction
“The Indonesian government plans to develop a value-added processing industry for cocoa in West Sulawesi. Indonesia is the third largest producer of cocoa in the world, after the Ivory Coast and Ghana. By 2013, the province aims to double its cocoa production to 300,000 tons from its 2010 production of 147,000 tons. The cocoa processing industry, however, is still small in Indonesia. More than 70% of cocoa seeds are exported to foreign companies like Cargill, ADM Cocoa, Aramjaro and Ecom Cocoa.
Sources:SFG April 2011 pgs. 10-11
Bangladesh utilizing IT to aid healthcare system
The digitizing of the healthcare system is still a long way off for many developing nations. Bangladesh on the other hand is moving full speed ahead with innovative uses and investments for ehealth. Below are some examples from SFG.
Sources:SFG August 2011 pgs. 6-7
Bangladesh is paying people for further training
In an attempt to combat unemployment, Bangladesh launched a training program that will pay people with high school educations to get training in particular fields, and then provide them with a 2 year employment contract at 80USD a month.
Sources:SFG August 2011 pgs. 8-9
Indonesia full steam ahead with coal-bed methane exploration
“With a potential of 453 trillion cubic feet, Indonesia has one of the largest CBM [coal-bed methane] reserves in the world. By 2015, Indonesia aims to increase its total CBM production to 100 million cubic feet per day and by 2020, to 500 million cubic feet per day. Foreign petroleum giants like BP and ExxonMobil have entered the country‟s CBM sector.
Sources:SFG August 2011 pgs. 10-11
Vertical farming newly introduced to Indonesia
Facing with increasing food prices, urban agriculture, including vertical farming is taking off in Indonesia.
Sources:SFG August 2011 pgs. 12-13
Massive Urban Renewal underway for Poor in India
"In an effort to deal with rising urbanization and urban poverty within the country, the Indian government has recently bolstered efforts to provide low-cost urban housing."
Sources:Strategic Foresight Group, Asian Horizons, Issue No: 6, August 2010. Page 4.
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Mid-day Meal Scheme fights Food Inflation & Urban Malnutrition in India
"Between 1999 and 2005, urban malnutrition in adults as well as children remained high in India, with very little change. At present, over 70% of people in urban areas consume fewer calories than the National Sample Survey Organization’s calorie norm, compared to 61% in rural areas."
"...numbers of the poor in urban areas will continue to increase over the next decade. In 2030, an estimated 91 million people will be poor in urban areas."
Sources:Strategic Foresight Group, Asian Horizons, Issue No: 6, August 2010. Page 2.
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