The Scent of Democracy

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Hundreds of tents and yellow umbrellas have covered roads, walkways and pavements around the government and legislative buildings in Admiralty area of Hong Kong since September 26, 2014. The Occupy Central movement for democratic rights, to elect one’s own representatives through universal franchise, has been the focus of much speculation and excitement not only in […]

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Training of Enumerators and Field Supervisors On SLB Connect – Conducting Citizen Feedback Surveys Using Innovative Mobile-to-Web System

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Date: 18-21 November, 2014 Venue: CECOEDECON, Jaipur Facilitators: PRIA and WSP Four-day training for enumerators and field supervisors on SLB Connect – Conducting Citizen Feedback Surveys Using Innovative Mobile-to- Web System was successfully conducted from 18th to 21st November, 2014. At the outset, the training’s outcomes were clearly defined and communicated to every participant as: […]

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Learning Exchanges at the Festival of Learning, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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The ASPBAE Festival of Learning, was organized from 18-21 November 2014 at Yogyakarta, Indonesia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASPBAE. The main objective of the Festival was to discuss the Education agenda beyond 2015 and to discuss a framework of action during the World Education Forum in May 2015 in Incheon, Korea. The Festival […]

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International Knowledge Transfer Conference APAC Innovation Summit (AIS)

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The International Knowledge Transfer Conference Began in Hong Kong on December 1, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention Centre with nearly 300 delegates. Speaking in the inaugural plenary, most University Presidents and government leaders equated knowledge transfer to technology transfer, and rarely mentioned exchange. It appeared that the convention’s main aim is to exhort Hong […]

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No Place To Run – 30 Years Later!

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No Place To Run – 30 Years Later! On the fateful night of 2-3 December in 1984, the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal manufacturing MIC gas spewed such strong fumes inside and outside the factory that it killed thousands and maimed hundreds of thousands in a matter of days. Known as the Bhopal Gas Disaster, […]

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An Event of Pride

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For the first time, 20 sarpanches along with their panches came together to sign a pledge on zero tolerance to violence against women in front of youth from their villages, asha workers, anganwadi workers and other community leaders at an event held on 23rd November at OP Jindal university, collaborating partners of KBC. In a […]

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Festival of Learning – Postcards from Yogyakarta

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By Sanjukta Basu, Senior Program Officer Festival of learning – what a beautiful idea, this idea was the way we concluded the year-long celebration of ASPBAE’s 50th anniversary at the beautiful city Yogyakarta, Indonesia. ‘We’ as in the long term friends and partners of ASPBAE, one of them being, PRIA. Opening of the Festival of […]

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To recognize and celebrate the spirit of voluntarism

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By Manoj Rai, Director PRIA I am writing this from the meeting hall at 21st floor of UNV head quarter in Bonn. The attached photograph was taken from the window just behind my chair where I am sitting now. It shows the then Parliament of erstwhile West Germany, Rhine river and part of the beautiful […]

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101 on the jigsaw puzzle of multi-stakeholder cooperation

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By Sharmila Ray, Sr. Programme Officer (WSP Team) While walking into office on the 12th of November I was obsessively making and editing my bucket list of things to do for the day. I had a nagging doubt at the back of my mind- how I was supposed to meet my deadlines and attend a […]

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Black or White?

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Governance of Global Flows to NGOs There has been a raging controversy in India these past months around ‘recovering black money’ stashed abroad. All kinds of legal and political battles are being fought on the size, significance and ownership of black money kept abroad by Indians. Do NGOs have black money? Do international flows to […]

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