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Is there any data base to get the figures of total NGOs operations worldwide? Can you suggest some references?
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This is a very difficult question. There isn't a global registry for the NGOs worldwide. I think that in the more developed countries there are national registries that are organized either for crisis management reasons or for the control of the tax exemptions. The legal status also of the NGOs is different from country to country. You could use as an indicator the database of the CSOnet and DGC.
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<Which commodities/elements of the agricultural sector are most likely to generate inclusive growth?>
The question is quite timely to ponder over, especially in the context of economies and regions that lag behind in terms of agriculture growth and the inclusiveness of such growth outcomes. While all agricultural commodities (food and non-food) may have linkages with inclusive growth, the strength and sustainability of the linkages would depend on several factors, such as: (a) price of the commodity accrued by the producers domestically and internationally; (b) the extent of value addition and its redistribution back to the producers and workers; (c) the factors retarding growth and expansion of the commodities, including agro-environmental factors, extreme climatic conditions affecting the growth; (d) the effectiveness of the policies and institutions (including trade related) that facilitate/ promote growth, etc. In short, the question needs to be addressed (understood) with respect to all the above factors and with specific reference to the economies and regions of the world.
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I am still in the early stages of this, however I am thinking of exploring the potential football has, as a means to aid the integration of Venezuelan refugees in countries like Peru and Columbia. I am reading that similar to Europe, refugees are subject to racism and resentment. While also in Europe, football clubs have started to partner up refugee forums to help. UEFA recently wrote a report of their commitment to helping the cause. I also wonder if CONEBOL could implement the same action. Early indictors suggest their is a gap in the literature, when it comes to refugees and football in South America.
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Dear Dr. Ben David Anthony Bird, As a topic for a potential PhD, I think it's a great idea. Currently there are already footballers in Serie A.
To get an idea, take a look at the following page:
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Any research available on 1st, 2nd & 3rd Wave of COVID-19, and different economic responses by Top 3 Suffering Countries (USA, Brazil & India) ?
I am looking for Economic Responses in Each Wave by the top COVID-19 suffering countries,
How it lead them to prepare for the another wave ( In Economic terms)
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Dear Prof. Masood Ahmed!
You pointed to an essential problem - the need for brand new datasets on the socio- economic factors impacting countries during this ongoing pandemic:
1) Anser, M.K., Yousaf, S.U., Hyder, S. et al. Socio-economic and corporate factors and COVID-19 pandemic: a wake-up call. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-021-15275-6 Free access:
2) Anser, M.K., Khan, M.A., Zaman, K. et al. Financial development during COVID-19 pandemic: the role of coronavirus testing and functional labs. Financ Innov 7, 9 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40854-021-00226-4 Open access:
Yours sincerely, Bulcsu Szekely
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I haven't found Gini coefficient of US counties at census website. Is there any other website that provide comprehensive data of Gini coefficient of all counties of the United States?
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The University of Wisconsin still operates the County Health Rankings / County Health Facts page supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. You can download a tremendous amount of county-level data from their website at the following link: https://www.countyhealthrankings.org/explore-health-rankings/rankings-data-documentation
There are download links to various formats (.xlsx, .csv, and for SAS).
Although they do not expressly call their income inequality measure the Gini Coefficient, you may be able to use it. Feel free to look at their description below this response. Also, you can use their website to find data from the last several years by U.S. County. You may find some of their other variables useful.
[BELOW TEXT IS VERBATIM FROM THEIR DIGGING DEEPER TABLE]
Income Inequality is a Ratio
Income Inequality is the ratio of household income at the 80th percentile to that at the 20th percentile, i.e., when the incomes of all households in a county are listed from highest to lowest, the 80th percentile is the level of income at which only 20% of households have higher incomes, and the 20th percentile is the level of income at which only 20% of households have lower incomes. A higher inequality ratio indicates greater division between the top and bottom ends of the income spectrum.
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The numerator is the 80th percentile of median household income in a county. Income, defined as “total income,” is the sum of the amounts reported separately for wage or salary income; net self-employment income; interest, dividends, or net rental or royalty income or income from estates and trusts; Social Security or Railroad Retirement income;  Supplemental Security Income (SSI); public assistance or welfare payments; retirement, survivor, or disability pensions; and all other income. Receipts from the following sources are not included as income: capital gains, money received from the sale of property (unless the recipient was engaged in the business of selling such property); the value of income “in kind” from food stamps, public housing subsidies, medical care, employer contributions for individuals, etc.; withdrawal of bank deposits; money borrowed; tax refunds; exchange of money between relatives living in the same household; gifts and lump-sum inheritances, insurance payments, and other types of lump-sum receipts.
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The denominator is the 20th percentile of median household income in a county."
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I am working on improving the use of digital innovations at scale globally. Most of the innovations I work with provide relevant knowledge on improving the performance of projects, programs, and organizations working on social impact sectors such as agriculture, health, environment, education, etc. However, the number of decisions influenced by the knowledge is much lower than the developers' expectations and sponsors of the innovations.
I am looking for empirical studies or reviews providing evidence and insights on the factors that influence the success of knowledge in influencing decisions in social impact sectors. Could you advise publications on this?
Many thanks for considering my request.
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I am doing text mining on the performance on research for development interventions in low income countries. I need some standard dictionaries and typologies to map the content of the paper in a standardized way. Can you the international standards you are aware of? Thanks in advance.
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applied, unapplied, Economically feasible, Not economically feasible,
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Is there research on which INGOs / NGOs / CSOs have refused donor funding, with which donors, and for what reasons? If not collected systematically anywhere, could you share examples you know of?
(note: by this, I do not mean governments disallowing NGOs to accept funds from certain donors or foreign funding, but INGOs / NGOs / CSOs making these choices outside of those political directives).
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Thanks Saswatik Tripathy refusal of corporate donations is another good example. Here are a few that I know of:
Others you know of?
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The Investment Redistributive Incentive Model (IRIM).
Tourism holds the hopes of many in creating job opportunities for the masses of the unemployed globally. The poor growth of economies has failed to address the problems of unemployment, poverty and inequality. For growth to be impactful, foreign direct investment is considered one of the sources of the required impetuses. It is possible to incentivize both foreign (direct) and local investments. This paper, which was prepared using secondary sources of information, argues that it is possible to introduce incentives linked to investments in what is posited as the Investment Redistributive Incentive Model (IRIM). The IRIM rewards companies that support local ownership and control of enterprises through an incentive system en route to total liberation/local control of enterprises in whole geographic areas as the ultimate goal. The IRIM uses investment incentives such as tax cuts, breaks or relief as redistributive instruments to effect change through the reconfiguration of the management and ownership structures of companies. IRIM could be applied in any company, large or small, for equity and social justice. Foreign investors could also be linked to educational institutions in relation to facilitating the supply of skilled workers. Redistributive formulas become imperative to avert the various forms of societal dissonance because current trajectories are not sustainable where only a few get rich while the majority remain poor in a world trapped in a capitalistic and narcissistic modus operandi.
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I think the topic of investment and inequality is very interesting and relevant. It is also interesting to consider the relationship between investment, economic growth and economic inequality at national and regional level.
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I'm conducting research on the development and underdevelopment of third world countries.
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Hi Olu,
The above responses definitely provide some good avenues! And it is certainly a "depends who you ask" kind of question, as Nathan points out.
A few people have mentioned the Human Development Index (HDI), which is a composite including economic, health and educational measures. Artur is correct that the measure has issues, and therefore I'd recommend using the newer Inequality Adjusted HDI (http://www.hdr.undp.org/en/content/inequality-adjusted-human-development-index-ihdi)
You could also use an even broader composite indicator, such as the Social Progress Index (SPI), which takes into account a much wider array of categories and variables (https://www.socialprogress.org)
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Hi everyone
I'm doing some research for my (second) Master's Thesis regarding the role of NGOs in Botswana's development, and I would need individuals working in or with Botswana's NGO sector (e.g. NGO staff/volunteers, funders, government officials, researchers) to answer this short questionnaire (ca. 10 minutes).
If you, or anyone in your network meets that criteria, please answer this survey and/or it with others.
All the best!
Louis
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Good luck with your research..I did something similar, but only with secondary data( the role, importance and marketing of non- profit sector in transitional economy; available on RG). This m8ght give you an idea.
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The general public relies increasingly on mobile applications for day-to-day services. Beyond sharing data sets, it is more and more important for agencies such as the Asian Development Bank, USAID, the World Bank, etc. to satisfy the communications needs of their clients, audiences, and partners (not to mention those of their own employees) by the same means. Across the project cycle, meaning, the various stages from country programming to project completion and evaluation, where might there be opportunities for cheap, effective, and low-maintenance mobile applications à la "build-once, deploy-anywhere"?
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An interesting development concept of using new online information and communication media in connection with the Internet of Things technology. The current development of mobile devices, mainly smartphones and their applications to international communication and information transfer, enables the improvement of information logistics. Therefore, the use of new media technologies and advanced information processing technologies, ie typical of the current technological revolution, Industry 4.0, can significantly increase the efficiency of communication processes between cooperating members of national and international working teams in institutions and enterprises.
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I haven't been able to find any scholarly sources that explain or even mention this question. However, in the field, I've noticed that the community development organisations I have worked for have preferred to use more traditional evaluation methods. I just want to find a paper that has noticed the same thing!! Please help! Thank you!
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Thank you very much both of you. Jo Barraket I have read your papers! They're great! I'm looking at small NGOs so your paper on small social enterprises was really useful.
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Hi there,
We're building an evidence base for both positions (pro and against) the increased uptake of big data tools in development. Would love to know your thoughts or any data you have that supports either position
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If you use it and if the team like to work with it yes!! Big data tools can absolutely make the life of the employee very easy. One example is the virtual chat boot.
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What do you think about the role of international financial institutions in the process of reducing development disparities between countries and in the issue of supporting sustainable development?
What is your opinion on the assessment of the activities of international financial institutions in reducing development differences between countries, reducing income disparities, supporting poorer and developing countries?
Do international financial institutions adequately support investment projects developed according to the concept of sustainable pro-ecological development?
Please reply
Best wishes
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Funding role is key concerning International Non Governmental Organization (INGOs) on Sustainable Development.
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The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs were launched by the international development assistance community in September 2015. The policy sciences, on the other hand, were introduced by Lasswell and Lerner more than half a century ago during the so-called First Development Decade. Does the policy sciences narrative jive with today's SDG narrative? Are the policy sciences still relevant as tools in achieving the SDG's. Does existing literature or current research support this?
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Dear Professor Flor,
it took me some time to understand, that this thread is used for teaching which I highly appreciate.
Therefore I excuse myself to featuring the only UN publication on the political issues of the SDGs such as their interlinkages, their costs and as well their allocation, e.g. Goal 1, 10 an 16 are not supported by the donors.
Secondly I'm currently one of the very few social scientist contributing the UN IATF on Financing for Development:
Imagine that any contribution of Political Sciences to achieving the SDGs has to get into the debate and decision making which takes five to ten years and doesn't happen in a teacher-pupil relation. Therefore all my colleagues retired from the Global SDG process to mention Prof. Giovannini and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In 2016 the HLPF stopped the participation of Academia in the IAEG on SDG and I was among the last ones that were allowed to comment the indicators for the SDGs.
As you can see in the Excel attached, the indicators used to assessing the SDGs are entirely redundant.
Of course that would be an issue for Political Sciences: How can we define new indicators?
Of course the heads of the UN, of World Bank and the UN Ambassadors all believe to being committed to the SDGs that they signed.
But that doesn't mean that there is any action.
So please Professor flor and your students: read our recent papers and start to bringing new ideas and perspectives to the SDGs!
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I have done some research work related  Kosovo SME in International Trade, so if you are interested to doing a research with transition countries and specially emerging countries like Kosovo I would be glad to cooperate with you.
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I am looking for evidence on social development. Although, many researchers including Brundtland Commission Report (1987) defined sustainable development  as development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, is this definition is only limited to physical aspects of development?
If so what about the social aspects of development? 
Can the social development too sustainable? If so how?
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Development in any areas is sustainable as this demands a working progress for every human beings . Development i s to go on it can not be a restricted faculty & as such the progress of development is everyday working for every human being s of the world & this development makes a sustainable progress for the human beings & also for the society of the world every where.
With this there is no doubt that with the regular process of social development it is certainly to be sustained as it is the regular line of development in various areas speaking for the entire world .
This is my personal opinion
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The question may be answered with regards to the future of these policies.
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Dear Angad,
Maybe the following papers will help you:
Rode J. Renewable Energy Adoption in Germany - Drivers, Barriers and Implications. Department of Law and Economics of Darmstadt University of Technology [Dissertation]. Darmstadt: 2014. http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/4082/1/Rode_2014_Dissertation.pdf
Ali A, Li W, Hussain R, He X, Williams BW, Memon AH. Overview of current microgrid policies, incentives and barriers in the European Union, United States and China. Sustainability. 2017;9(7):1146. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/9/7/1146/htm
Wirth H. Recent Facts about Photovoltaics in Germany. Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. Freiburg: 2017. https://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/content/dam/ise/en/documents/publications/studies/recent-facts-about-photovoltaics-in-germany.pdf
Los Angeles Business Council Study: DESIGNING AN EFFECTIVE FEED-IN TARIFF FOR GREATER LOS ANGELES. http://www.labusinesscouncil.org/files/Reports/Designing-an-Effective-Feed-in-Tariff-for-Greater-Los-Angeles-040110.pdf
All the best,
Martin
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actualy, im doing a small research about how can urban agriculture like greenhouses  promotes urban development and tourism 
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Thank you so much Mr Suresh K Malhotra  . 
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I am conducting a research on national level spatial modelling of deforestation in Sri Lanka and need to understand the gaps and improvements required in this sector.
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I suggest you access the CAPES Thesis bank <http://bancodeteses.capes.gov.br/banco-teses/#!/>
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Agricultural development is the goal of every economy of the world. What are the recent issues in agricultural sector that can lead to sustainable agricultural development in our world today.
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Low carbon emission, carbon neutral or negative carbon agriculture are trending, as well as biofuels. Also, the bio/organic production is attractive. Green labeling, certifications, or tradeoffs of higher yield lower land use can be interesting topics. Adaption to climate change, forecasts impacts for local economies have significant new developments.
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While creating a composite index of deprivation (area-based) integrating social determinants of health, the question about age and sex standardisation came up. In an equity perspective, some think that it should not be standardised in order to measure the direct effects of population characteristics (age and sex) on income, employment rate, etc. Others insist that standardisation is needed when resource allocation (funding and human resources) is based on the deprivation index in order to help regions with higher needs.
What arguments (with reference if possible) would you use for either option?
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Thank you all very much for your helpful replies. I understand that I didn't give many details. I have now added an update which contains a file showing the potential layout of the index.
The index is based on a principal component analysis of all the indicators and will be calculated for 3 age groups because we assume that not all indicators are relevant for all age groups. The distribution by sex is not really a problem because we only anticipate differences in the health domain.
My question about standardisation is due to a practice in the public health field: when populations have quite different demographic profiles (some regions having much higher proportions of children or older persons than others) the measures of health outcomes (such as mortality rates, cancer rates, etc.) cannot be compared directly with each other due to underlying population structures affecting those outcomes. Usually, in epidemiology and public health, a population structure of a reference population (or simply the mean population structure of all regions) is attributed to regional populations and only then those health measures are calculated. Traditionally, the index is calculated for each of Quebec's 18 sociosanitary regions and standardisation had been applied to make health measures comparable. However, this new index includes mainly socio-demographic indicators for which age and sex are important stratifiers. In my opinion, it is important to keep the effects of age and sex visible when regions are compared because they help explain observed deprivation. Standardisation would give the regions artificial population structures and thus potentially under- or overestimate deprivation. I haven't found any work about standardisation in socio-demographic indicators (such as unemployment rates or educational attainment). Are you aware of such practice?
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Sustainability is mainly consists of three things such as environment, economic and social. It is mandatory to assess framework by following those aspects. How do develop the framework of sustainability? Please suggest any useful methodology and framework.
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According to my research palm oil is used to produce variety of plastic products in Malaysia. It is a great achievement with so much demand and feasible and economic trend.
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it is the strategy slogan for branding israel
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Dear Mirna
I think the slogan "full of life" is great for a place or country. It conveys the idea that many things, events, emotions can be expected there. However I think it is a relatively usual phrase in several contexts. That is why a country that wishes to associate (positioning) with this idea must make an extensive campaign. Interesting also that you have chosen as one of your areas of work the macromarketing.
Greeetings.
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The project focus fits my own research agenda (i.e. youth guarantee and EU semester).
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Dear Thill
thank you very much for your interest in the project. There will be a call for papers on how to go beyond methodological nationalism and on how to best study New Economic Goverance and labour politics at the end of the year. Just follow us on Tritter and register to our mailing list on our project website. www.erc-europeanunions.eu if you would like to respond to our  call.  In the meantime, do. not hesitate sending us your publications in the area. 
Kind regards 
Roland 
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Historical climate change has had a profound effect on current biogeography, so we can expect our ongoing and rapid climate change, to have a great impact on human beings life. Climate change has important implications for almost every aspect of Human life on Earth , And effects are already being felt day by day, everywhere and everybody ..
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Dear Emad,
I am agree with you! Yes, the climate change causes many problems for human person. 
Thanks a lot for your comments!
Sincerely, Bashkim
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I am doing research on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and its potential for socio-economic development. Over and above assessing the contribution of ASM is to socio-economic development e.g. job creation, poverty alleviation etc. I would like to get a sense of the impact of ASM as a livelihood option to the wellbeing of the miners (their families and communities). I have been looking at frameworks for assessing well-being e.g. OECD but still struggle as to what questions or how should I structure the questionnaires in order to make sure I get the right data that would allow me to paint the right picture.
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 Thank you all for your inputs. I am reading the paper suggested by Lilian. 
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I intend to establish the linkage between the food security status of farmers and their Production efficiency. I will like to create a econometric approach based on theoretical and empirical link. i will appreciate any ideas on this. 
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Interesting paper Mr. Kay, Determinants of Household Level Poverty and its Impact on Farm Productive Efficiency: the Case of Eastern Ethiopia
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Please if you do not have a theoretical framework put your answers in bullets.
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The crisis of rising expectations and the failure of the new, young leadership to bring any changes sparked events, but despite the fact that each country suffered from the same problems, their situations brought different results.  Gamal Mubarak was promising, but then disappointed.  Saif Ghaddafi, Bashir Assad and King Abdullah II are also in those molds.  However, the make up of society in Egypt is not that in Tunisia, or Libya, or Syria or Jordan.
Hence, while we can easily categorize and generalize about the causes (Iran included), the results cannot be so easily put into a theoretical model.
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Dear FW BON members
In the GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks, it is clearly emphasized that developing countries are a special focus in monitoring and conservation effort and capacity building. However as I see, BON networks are mostly comprised by people and organizations of developed country with limited access and knowledge of information and situations in developing countries. Personally I had an attempt to build contacts with GEO BON networks without success. In the profiles of the projects such as FW BON, there are authoritative members posting high impact articles, case studies and guides, however I do not think that this help in achieving the goals of the projects. Could you please explain more details about the project, and how the people can be involved or collaborate as to make the declared goals feasible?
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I don't think you are at all alone. This is a challenge especially for the global south.
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Does anyone know of reports/publications that analysis university spin-outs and the royalty rates agreed with the parent University or Institution? Any case studies or meta-analyses would be helpful to us.
Also, an associated question.  If a university holds equity in the spin-out, how much does that reduce royalty rates?
I know these are difficult questions, but I am thinking that someone may have compiled examples, which would be helpful to us. 
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thanks Idaver, the CMU document is really useful
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Dear friends
Last weeks, thousands of persons around the worl protested against the regression of the consideration for scientific research in the world. Indeed, even in developped countries, politics consider less and less science and scientists. Is it the case in your countries?  how can we improve this consideration?
Looking forward your feedbacks
Best regards
B.B.
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The cult of backwardness is evident in some research sectors as small producers motivated by ideology in Brazil.
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This case related to business and social welfare 
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Business: An employee's sick leave cost, the new hiring cost, including training cost if needed, medical insurance premium increase cost (need asks insurance professional for their formula), the company productivity loss due to an employee cannot perform his job due to sickness, etc.
Individual: Medical cost, loss income, hire extra labor to help are easy to calculate. But, the worry, the whole family productivity loss, patient's life quality difference may be hard to evaluate. 
Extra medical loss: To compare the right treatment vs the wrong treatment medical cost. It's complicated. Need to correct a big date. The data is not only from insurance companies. But, may be more directly is pick up a chronic disease to compare with the private, independent clinic that does not accept insurance. Usually, they charge more but have more effective treatments.
The right treatment healer's loss: Use me as an example, to save lives, I invested all of my retirement funds, lost decades accumulated assets, under debts still need to save lives. So, I am considering canceling my license. In order to save lives, I spend time on RG to talk. If convert the time to make money on my other talents, it's an uncountable loss to me.
Social loss: To share the cost of the medical research cost, health care professional cost, social benefits paid to the patient of the wrong treatments without invest to the other useful items such as education for all levels, poverty's help, public constructions to maintain or invest, environmental pollution and its induced diseases, environmental damages, odd research to add painful life or live under scaring of the other creatures that are under lab test, etc.,
An easily treatable disease can be well treated with limited visits. But, under prescription drugs become lifelong treatments and the patient ended in organ failures, tubes are inserted, how to evaluate the differences? To the patient, it's heaven and hill's differences
Please go to drugs.com to look at each drug. The drug treats high blood pressure can have the side effect of high blood pressure plus many other symptoms. For the new induced symptoms, need to add more drugs..... Prevent liver cancer drug can cause liver cancer. Are they smart and ethical research?
Can the universe accept the unreasonable treatments in the long run without any karma? Can any of the researcher and health care professional on the wrong side without his conscious blame? Once the patient's health is getting worse, why not looking for the right treatment for the patient? If the MD gets the same disease, why he does not use his treatments to treat himself but uses a different way to naturally end his life?
Confucius said that anything if you do not want, why add to the others? Why do not ask self, do you meet this request to treat the patients? If not, consider how to correct it to make up the other's loss ASAP.
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To all RG friends,
Please see the attached file containing the agenda.
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I had a brief look at this agenda. It seems promising. The problem of such types of agendas is their implementation, especially when there is little or no political will.
''Sustainable development is the peace policy of the future.''
--Klaus Töpfer
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I do not manage to download it anymore. 
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The background would be invocation of the BIT within a civil law country whereby investor has exited, however, completion of the process hindered for need of a decree. Host government unable to assist without a decree and investor continue to incur cost due to non-completion of process.
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Hi Rob,
thanks for your reply, I had the same lingering question on the decree. This could possibly be just custom and not law. Will read the proposed article and revert.
--julia
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Dear friends, please help me share our conference information: the 3rd Global Teacher Education Summit in Beijing. http://www.gtes2017.org/En/Default
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You can send POP material to  revistaorbis@gmail.com and fundacionunamuno@gmail.com
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Can you help me credit this widely-circulating piece of information?
Best Regards,
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Here is the source that cites the 173,000 terawatts of solar power:
Professor Yehia Khalil, Yale University, USA
Fellow of the University of Oxford, UK
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Let it be blank.
Make it full and fill it frank.
Draw that picture as you think
With your imagination-brush and intellectual ink!
Discover your noosphere
which rises above pollution, raises against pollution
Discover your noosphere that discovers the solution
to the problem of noospheric pollution
as sole source and fountainhead of all pollutions
and resource draw down
with the double trouble our Mother Earth is now dying and down!
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Dear Jayanta
thanks alot for answer.
I know Biosphere, hydrosphere but Noosphere is new for me.
regards
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I am seeking to conduct research on the issue of businesses becoming more sustainable.  Anyone who wants to help please feel free to advise.  I know that my subject matter is still very broad.  I am trying to find a gap in the literature from which to work.  Thanks everyone.
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concept of sustainability
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The debate on EL-Nino (ENSO) and its effects on Iran, especially the northern latitudes of the country is still working on my mind. I have gone through most of the existing research literature which show least effects, indirectly. But there are many postgrad theses complied in this country proving the direct and exact effects on Iran and I think these look like to be wrong answers to wrong questions. Any idea?
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Thanks dear Asim.
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Which Financial Economics and Econometrics Conferences are you attending in US and Europe this year? in Asia?
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 I am attending Hofstra University/Marriott in NY for the Global Finance Conference in May presided by Ed Altman. I haven't heard yet about my paper from FMA
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I headed the diplomatic phase of UNDP's Tunmen River Area Development Programme (a multilateral trade facilitation and infrastructure development project) and have first hand knowledge of the DPRK ports.
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Dear Cesar, I will actually be in Brussels on 4 May as I am on the Erasmus+ Expert Panel.  I have not yet finalised my flights, but could, for example, return through Paris if you are not on holidays then.  That should be before the big French summer shut-down.  Regards, Michael
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Global capture fisheries has leveled off since the beginning of this century and the need for animal proteins is ever on the increase to meet up with the needs of the increasing global population. Since the terrestrial origin food and animal proteins are becoming limited  there is need for substitution through increased production through aquaculture.
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What we need is technological interventions to make aquaculture practice more cost effective and simplified. There is vast scope in co-operative farming, especially in India. The diversification of livelihood is necessary. Deep sea farming will only be possible if infrastructure such as off-shore wind mills, oli exploration shall be wisely utilized for developing aquaculture. There is equal opportunity in education - the short term courses such as diploma etc might able to create trained manpower with specialized skills  needed for aquaculture industry.    
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Work percentage of women/ workload borne by the women/ access and control over agriculture resources by the women
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Women make up about 33% of cultivators and about 47% percent of agricultural laborers but In India only 14.9% of households are female headed. Women face difficulties in obtaining credit for agriculture. 
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Working in the field of Climate Change and Sustainability I would like to get some information about the potential consequences of humanity and countries fulfilling the 17 SDGs and COP21 agreement by signing the specific agreement that exist (not what they could be if everyone were great people and amazing companies). I would like to have as much scientific and empirical evidence as possible to avoid opinions or specific good or bad examples that do not represent the overall reality that these agreements bring. Thank you for your support. All the best, Gil
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Dear Gil, I have to say about my experience living in Mexico-USA border, since 1995, NAFTA recently signed, the volume of cargo trucks in the border increased so high. To 1999, was developed the first and only Air Quality Plan of Mexicali, Baja California (INE-SEMARNAT) among other border cities. Since then, was diagnosed a huge pollution caused by cars, made it possible those imports and trades. To check volumes of northbound and southbound traffic, please see transportation plans of San Diego area by SANDAG.
Later in 2001, two bigger energy companies (SEMPRA and SHELL-INTERGEN) arrived to the border due to a national mexican concession by CFE. Foreseeing later energy crisis of California, those companies installed a gas and residual water process (combinated cicle) to generate 1000 MVA of electricity from Mexico to California. Plants comply mexican environmental regulations, but no EPA regulations. NAFTA never planned the fact that border issues involve shared basins, nor only through pipelines, desalination plants, regasification plants, installed in Mexico border in late 2000-2010.
I think those examples represents some issues in environment, thanks to NAFTA trading. Hope this help to your research.
Best regards,
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Dear All, I am dealing my research in Education and educational gender in DRC, I wish,I got some information about it.
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It depends which country you wish to look at since there can be different criteria for girls and women to get access to different levels of education depending on the country. This can relate to the level wealth in the country and also ideas about the role of women. In some countries access to sanitary protection for adolescent girls might mean they miss school which hinders their education. Early marriage can also be something that stops education early.  Here is one article by Nigerian academics:
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Hi Nothando
not sure if I understand you correctly but you are looking for negative outcomes of managerial responsibility with regards to CSR?
The obvious ones would be environmental damage (e.g. electrical waste in Ghana), political influence (oil companies in Nigeria), working conditions in sweatshops etc.
Kind Regards
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The global burden of cancer is becoming high in particular double burden in the developing country. I wish to propose a project on cervical cancer in Africa but I need a collaboration and facilitation. In this case can We get a fund to tackle cervical cancer in Africa? do you have some sponsoring organization?
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Thanks Gabre for this question, expressing concern about a health problem in Africa meriting great public health attention!!
I think you could go ahead and propose a multi- centre programme involving several African countries,  jenya included, then we seek collaboration, of which mine institution would be interested!! We can then send a concept note for a buy-in  AU, Nepad, WHo, Sida, EU,  Bill and Melinda Gates, among others, for prtnership/ support!!
Just some thoughts!!!
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As today it is clear that successful management of nuclear disaster in Fukushima by means of mainstream science and technology is hardly possible, the solution, if any, should come from outside of the Standard Model. Can a "spin-torsion" stuff help us?
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Without QM, no theoretical (today very powerful) chemistry, no laser, no MRT, no XRF analysis. Just to name a few. Lots of applications. 
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A study of empirical evidence of women enterprise risk   management issues from 1950  to present.  Challenges and future prospect.
 The topic is based  on evidenced work  of academic and none academic researchers on Enterprise Risk Management and women in management positions.  From late 1950  to  present.
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I have written a review which is currently under review which touches on this (Conference poster attached).  I have attached some literature which may (or may not!) be useful.  Good luck!  I would be interested to see what work comes out of your research and happy to talk about the topic more.
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The APEF forum in Economics and Finance seems to be well backed and invites both industry and academics. What is your review of it from your Network. Even if your friends and Colleagues have had any good or bad experiences with it please mention. 
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Would you send web link to the Forum, pls?
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Can any one share the 10 Year Statistical Economical figures which support the communities and nation to build up this natural resource a new livelihood options and income in future?
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Dr Binoy, Internationally INBAR should have information as this only main agency for specific purpose. For Indian scenario you can see Forest statistics of ICFRE , Dehradun publication, FSI for area and MoEF. But to predict for future economics the demand and supply data will be required from industries or Forest corporations. 
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Al-Qaeda and ISIL (aka Islamic State) are some of the leading transnational terrorist groups who have very strong corporate level media production capabilities.    Internet research data so far is minimal on the linkage of these groups to hacking/criminal organizations, that on a daily basis make a living by hacking for profit. 
Looking for some alternate scholarly data stores - research hints on this subject.  
Thank you
Regards
Vic Ratermanis
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Sorry, I don't have it. But you could try with Prof. Ruediger Lohlker, also Univ. of Vienna.
With my best regards, OH
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I would like to collaborate with anyone doing a work in the field of Responsible Tourism, SDGs Global Goals 2030
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Dr Potdar studied sustainable tourism development in western ghat and in kokan region 
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Hi there. I want to conduct a study that identifies the reasons why international students choose a destination to pursue their study abroad semester. Is a factor analysis the best way to go? The literature give us a set of push/pull factors. We want to know which determine their choice of Mexico to study.
Thanks!!
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Structural Equation Modelling would be one of your best approaches since you seem to have a set of potential factors.  Could use Confirmatory Factor Analysis (rather than exploratory FA) but that seems like overkill.
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Joel Bennett has done a great deal of work in the Wellness arena... and bottom line, if the Corporate culture does not support general wellness in their policies... not Wellness Program, no matter how well planned will work...
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Hi Frieda,  Can't remember if my comment above is in response to someone else's question..... I have followed Joel Bennett's work on Wellness in the Corporate Arena probably for close to 20 years.... My opinion having done research in the EAP, W/L and Wellness arena for about 25 years... is that Joel has been ahead of the curve in helping others understand the need to look at the whole picture..... the culture of whatever industry we are discussing.... in order to understand how best to "nudge" them towards a Wellness Culture.... And yes quite familiar with the role of Acupuncture in that context.... Your profession has helped many individuals & would be fascinating to apply that to the concept of Corporate Culture....
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The ministry of higher education plans in GCC important to become or on line with Five-year plan of these countries or will face big problem in future called unemployment among the graduates instead on unskilled unemployment. 
This problem it will happen because of  incompatibility between the plan of MOHE and the five-year plan .
I am working right now on research related on this point mentioned above  in Oman, I need your value opinion on this matter .
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The old methods in higher education are lecturing, exams and thesis. That is mechanical teaching.
The higher education institutions shoud improve their activities to increase their external impact. Please see the attache articles on innovation pedagogy.
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To make the question to facilitate the understanding of the question my local populace Can I reframe a standard question from positive to negative and vice a varsa?
Example:
(Rijsdijk, Hultink, and Diamantopoulos, 2007)
Standard scale is - "The product is complicated for a lot of people".
Instead of reversing the scale to know the east of using,
can I reframe the question as "The product is easy to use by alot of people"?
 I fear that if I ask a standard question, people may fail to understand it.
Thank you in advance,
Azhar
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First, it is important to say I have no knowledge about automobile's market. But, considering only the methodological aspect of your research, here what I would do:
If the literature support that consumer are technical illiterates, then you should treat it as your null hypothesis. That because (1) you should assume that the literature is right; and (2) that will cause less harm if people are not technical illiterates and you assume they are, then if they are and you assume they aren't.
So, if you want a null hypothesis as negative, you question should be something like that:
"Are consumer technical literates?"
Hypothesis 0 = No, they are no technical literates, therefore they are technical illiterates;
Hypothesis 1 = Yes, they are technical literates, therefore they are no illiterates.
I hope I helped.
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Certification schemes are emerging in the fisheries sector, considered as a consumer-driven solution for the sustainability of the fisheries sector (with known objections and limitations). While many fisheries and fleets worldwide are attaining certification by different eco-labelling schemes, in the Mediterranean few fisheries and fleets are certified (at least by multiple attribute eco-labels rather than single attribute eco-labels.
Do you think that this is because of the multispecies fisheries character of the Mediterranean fleets that can not line with the assessment principles and criteria of the schemes or is because such changes and improvements are not profitable given the total catches and revenues from the Med fisheries??? 
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hi ioannis - good question. eco-labelling of the relavant and solid variant - which in fisheries is largely embodied by a single certification scheme (MSC) - can be expensive and onerous to maintain. however, in the case of MSC, it does provide solid assurances that the fishery which is certified is managed and exploited in a sustainable manner. it would appear that the smaller the fishery, the more difficult to maintain MSC certification - for reasons relating to cost. a good example for this is the south pacific albacore fishery, which in fiji is carried by less than a handful of companies that struggled a couple of years ago to re-new MSC certification - because the fishery was underperforming and MSC -costs were important.
Another type of certification which can work very well though, and which has recently been instrumental in turning around the largely mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery, is the the catch documentation scheme (CDS) - in that particular instance operated by ICCAT. when it was introduced in 2008-2009, estimated misreporting of catches fell from >100% TAC to around 0%. and in the lapse of 7 years, the bluefin tuna stock has recovered from the brink of economic extinction to being very productive again.
so to me it is important to bearing in mind that certification can come in various forms, and that all of these have their merits and limitations. you can check out some of the recent papers on this under my profile, if interested!
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United Kingdom is the biggest exporter of electronic waste is Nigeria, according to the e waste Nigeria report from UNEP. How the UK commitment on environmental issues, as the ex dirty man of europe.
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try OECD database and its green growth flagship programme
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Does anyone have any idea whether there has been done research on the role of mothers in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war?
I am looking for anything, research wise or in the form of documentaries.
Hoping for response on this! Thanks in advance!
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Super! Thank you!
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I am in Beijing (China) now a days doing PhD in Business Management. I want to explore the impact of psychological contract fulfilment on the perception of Foreign workers (From Western countries) who are working in china either part-time or full-time work assignments in private and government sector.
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As a masters student with no funding or collaboration, I need a thesis focus on the above named area of interest without spending on my entire income.
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Some of the countries have already been incorporating the sustainability measures in the zoning/building regulations and have already formulated the guidelines and implementation mechanism for the same, but the developing countries like India are yet to formulate an effective regulatory mechanism for the same. My question is has there been any further changes/modifications/amendments or some new developments in some countries in this regard in wake of UN SDG (Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) or the Paris Summit on climate change (COP 21).
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Hello Abdesselem,
I also agree that Town Planning Projects or city planning is a mechanism to mitigate the effects of climate change in an urban area.... but if we descend down to the micro-level and also for implementation of the master plans then we have the mechanism of zoning or development controls or building regulations. so my question here is aimed at identifying the various changes or amendments in these guidelines to incorporate various measures of sustainability if they were not there, or some enhancements have been done in the existing regulations.
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Fuzail 
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What data can be used to work with international humanitarian aid?
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Thank you very much for answering,  Mohamed! I will check.
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I often see publications and articles saying that South-South Cooperation (SSC) is a partnership among equals, or a least that is how it should be.
But I am interested to know if it really is? Does any one have something interesting that questions this or even disproves that SSC is not always a developmental paradigm between equals?
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South–South cooperation is something of an umbrella term that describes the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries. (To my mind, even if cooperative agreements are commonly framed as a means to enhance strategic resources, the more important rationale is always the intent to learn.) This said, asymmetries between parties do (naturally) exist, which of course explains why they partner in the first place. Knowledge-related asymmetries, for example, fall in three categories: (i) information, (ii) knowledge, and (iii) learning. Capabilities in each will have a different effect on the individual performance of partners, the realization of objectives, and the stability of the cooperative agreement. And so, yes, South–South cooperative agreements should not be sold as if they were partnerships of equals. Therefore, the least that partners should do is to be conscious of that so they may, proactively, work together to resolve variegated differences and enhance overall effectiveness.
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Have neoliberalism policies failed?
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Whether neoliberal policies have failed or not depends on your criteria of success and failure and the specific policies you are referring to. Are you interested in aggregate benefits, such as economic growth, or an egalitarian distribution of benefits? How do you factor in the environmental costs involved in promoting economic growth, for example, in China, India, and the Amazonian regions of Brazil and Ecuador? What time frame do you employ? For example, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa stagnated in the 1980s and 1990s, but saw an economic upturn from 2002 to 2010 during the commodity boom. Did it take 20 years for neoliberal policies to work, or alternatively, was this just an old-fashioned commodity boom that derived only in part from some neoliberal policies? And what do you include under neoliberal policies? Do you, for example, include policies to promote macroeconomic stability as neoliberal or not? If you do, then tamping down inflation in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere in the 1990s is an achievement of neoliberalism. And how about financialization, is that an implicit neoliberal policy agenda? If so, the effects on democracy and log-term inclusive development have been negative.So, when you decide on your assumptions and the parameters of your question, it will be possible to answer it.
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Only academic sources to read up on a this issue.
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You will find this book also useful:
Trade Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific: Developments and Future Challenges
Sanchita Basu Das, Masahiro Kawai, editors
Date of publication: 2016
Publisher: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
Number of pages: 359
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It said a developed nation is all encompassing in terms of technology, food and basic necessities to make good human comfort. However, with the global trend of economic imbalances can the latter definition hold?  
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Access to education and health, clean drinking water, sanitation and housing for all citizens.
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The society is demanding to the Universities a new profile of citizen, not just as professional skills but with another set of principles and values that should encourage global citizenship. Actually the Curricula include a new aims but, How can we be sure that the results are being achieved? Or at least how can How can we check that we are in the right direction?
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Volunteering in international development  becomes a vast area. Actually you have to act  as per local issues i.e. social, economical, geographical, cultural and political situation of the area. It varies from village to village, block to block, country to country etc. It is difficult for the development worker to grasp all such conditions. Hence, there is a need of depth study.
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Several times recently I have come across statements to the effect that ‘small-scale farmers produce 70 per cent of the world's food’. Although I find this claim quite plausible, I'd like to find an authoritative source for the number and to understand how it was calculated.
I'm intrigued by the fact that I'm finding it quite difficult to trace the original source for the 70 per cent claim. I’ve carried out some Google and Google Scholar searches as well as some fairly basic searches in academic databases, without finding what I'm looking for.
I’d really appreciate it if anyone out there can shed some light on this. Do you know the original source or can you provide information about how the 70 per cent figure was reached?
I hope someone out there can help with this query. I’ll really appreciate your help. Please drop me a line if you need any additional information from me.
Here’s a bit of background information:
It also appears in several documents published by NGOs, such as this position paper from the Dutch NGO HIVOS: www.hivos.net/content/download/.../Hivos-KP-FoodSecurity-FINAL.pdf‎ - just one examples among various others.
In most instances, the statement is not attributed to a source. However, it may originate with the IAASTD's Agriculture at a Crossroads report, vol. V http://www.unep.org/dewa/agassessment/reports/subglobal/Agriculture_at_a_Crossroads_Volume%20V_Sub-Saharan%20Africa_Subglobal_Report.pdf
Here, the statement relates specifically to sub-Saharan Africa: “In SSA, 70% of agricultural production is subsistence farming and little commercialized farming occurs” (p. 22). However, again, an original source for this statement is not given there.
Looking forward to reading your replies!
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Hi all, I passed a relevant paper on to Dominic privately earlier (as it was still under review), but it has recently been published (see link below). Please take a look at a paper that finally uses data to estimate how much of the world's farms are in family farms (but pay attention to how they define family farms, and further how they actually derive the data in the supplement). They also estimate how many calories are produced by these farms. In any case, no matter whether you agree with the definitions or quality of data, here is a transparent publication on the topic finally.  
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I'm doing a master on the NGOs in Montréal, Canada. I'm trying to understand how they create their program, how they visualize the human's rights and the respect of the local traditions and how they see their political implication. Up to now my research has been pretty varied and I would like to know different opinions for the research community.
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NGOs have different ideologies: some are welfare oriented (e.g running an orphanage), others are for incremental development (e.g facilitating sustainable agriculture development), a third category is rights based group (which work on ensuring that rule of law prevails) and a fourth are advocacy and network based groups. Some NGOs combine different approaches. The welfare oriented ones create projects with client groups. The development ones may engage directly with clients or through CBOs/federations or through local governments. The rights based NGOs may work through people's organisations, building them in areas where there are none. They may also work  through union  The advocacy and network NGOs may have as their partners the smaller development and rights based NGOs- advocating with state or with private sector which violate rights. I have argued in my coauthored book "Indian NGOs and their capacity enhancement in the 1990s" that the NGOs that go beyond welfare (other than in situation of disaster) and combine the other three approaches are the most effective. Ranjani 
See Book: Addressing Poverty: Indian NGOs and their Capacity Enhancement in the 1990s
Ranjani K. Murthy · Nitya Rao
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01/1997; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung., ISBN: ISBN: 9788174400451
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I need your contribution for compiling project proposal for Balochistan province having below three themes:
Information exchange
Technology transfer
Capacity
Your valuable comments will highly be appreciated
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Contact Dr. José Esquinas Alcazar (Universidad de Cordoba-Spain).
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Could anyone direct me to any current or recent research and/ or articles with regard to TVET in Sri Lanka? I would also be interested in articles discussing how development theories (dependency, capability, etc.) relate to either TVET or Sri Lanka.
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and also: http://www.ugc.ac.lk and follow relevant links
In the former site, following its link to publications, I saw two highly technical publications (in engineering and medicine) one of them only an abstract presented at AIT, Thailand. The same cite provides information about the training programs available.
I presume that you are only looking for articles regarding the TVET process in Sri Lanka, but not the technical papers coming out from such training. Good luck!
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The desire to grow entrepreneurial society in Nigeria has led governments, international development organizations and multinational enterprises to undertake enterprise development programmes, especially in areas generally flagged as entrepreneurially inactive. After over 10 years of intervention, it is time to take stock and measure impact. Is there any best practice in this line of research you can suggest?
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You probably would benefit from the evaluations of Microfinance initiatives.
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Reality check shows that policy makers never read the communication from the citizens. In fact, under this New Public Management, they treat the citizens as customers. Therefore, when the citizen's request help, they always send them to the customer service agents or other "John Doe." Policy works are contracted out to the think tank groups that have connections with the politicians. If you want to close the gap between policy makers and the citizens: 
First, they have to treat the citizens as citizens, not customers.
Second, policy works should not be contracted out to the private parties or the think tank groups. The quality of the policy work done by these groups is questionable, tend to be one sided and short-minded.
Third, the policy makers should be the doers of the tasks, not simply giving out policy ideas orally then argue and debate in the chamber.
Fourth, but the most important is the policy makers must go through special training for policy work. They do not have the intellectual training for policy work and do not have job descriptions. They also do not have training about the government, its roles and functions. In order to close the gap, they must go through the development process and learn about the government and its roles and functions.
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Literature lists out some factors:
1. Prior exposure to the diseases
2. Poverty
3. Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth (SBBO)
4. Intestinal Helminths
5. Others
What is your opinion?