global development http://kplu.org en What’s making us sick ... and what’s not http://kplu.org/post/what-s-making-us-sick-and-what-s-not <p></p><p>In 2012, it’s more likely to be obesity than infectious disease, even in many so-called "poor" countries.</p><p>People around the world are living longer – but they're also more likely to get sick from diseases that are common in America. These trends are highlighted in an ambitious Seattle-based project to track health and sickness in countries around the world.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7350 at http://kplu.org What’s making us sick ... and what’s not Extreme makeover: toilet edition (courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates) http://kplu.org/post/extreme-makeover-toilet-edition-courtesy-bill-melinda-gates <p>When you flush the toilet every day, you probably aren&rsquo;t thinking much about where your waste goes. But Seattle&rsquo;s Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation is putting that question on the international agenda.</p><p>They&rsquo;re donating more than three and a half million dollars in grants and prize money to help developing countries take advantage of new waste treatment technologies. A &ldquo;Reinvent the Toilet Challenge&rdquo; fair kicked off yesterday.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:01:13 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5982 at http://kplu.org Extreme makeover: toilet edition (courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates) Prof. says Africa can feed itself, and the world, through science http://kplu.org/post/prof-says-africa-can-feed-itself-and-world-through-science <p>The Harvard University professor of international development is author of &ldquo;The New Harvest,&rdquo; a book (<a href="http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/20504/new_harvest.html" target="_blank">free online</a>) in which he makes his case for how agricultural reforms offer the most promise for positively transforming African economies.</p><p>Juma, though entertaining, doesn&rsquo;t mince words &mdash; &ldquo;Africa is already doing organic farming &hellip; and it isn&rsquo;t working very well.&rdquo; He describes himself as a bit of &lsquo;techno-optimist,&rsquo; a believer like the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation in the fundamental power of science and technology to transform agriculture in poor countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/05/calestous-juma-says-africa-can-feed-itself-and-the-world-by-harnessing-new-science/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 20:10:58 +0000 Tom Paulson 4970 at http://kplu.org Prof. says Africa can feed itself, and the world, through science The desire for the latest e-gizmo is poisoning the poor worldwide http://kplu.org/post/desire-latest-e-gizmo-poisoning-poor-worldwide <p><em>&ldquo;This is against international law but not against the law in the U.S.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The media love-fest with digital gizmos is moving from the high-pitched holiday phase (electronic devices are always the top gifts for Christmas) into a smaller, but more intense hysterical phase this week with the opening of the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-consumer-electronics-show-20120109,0,2512360.story" target="_blank">Consumer Electronics Show</a> in Las Vegas Tuesday.</p><p>When we buy new gizmos, we usually want to get rid of the old ones. Electronic waste (aka <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste" target="_blank">e-waste</a>) is a surprisingly large, toxic and growing burden inflicted, like many such afflictions, mostly on poor people in poor countries.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/01/is-our-desire-for-the-latest-e-gizmo-poisoning-the-poor-worldwide/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a> </strong></p><p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 23:02:18 +0000 Tom Paulson 3650 at http://kplu.org The desire for the latest e-gizmo is poisoning the poor worldwide World population soon to hit the 7 billion mark ... will we survive? http://kplu.org/post/world-population-soon-hit-7-billion-mark-will-we-survive <p>Sometime around Halloween, we&rsquo;re told, the world&rsquo;s 7th billion living person will be born.</p><p>Whether you should celebrate this milestone, recoil in horror or shrug depends upon your perspective regarding global population growth.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/10/world-population-soon-to-hit-the-7-billion-or-so-mark/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:32:33 +0000 Tom Paulson 2987 at http://kplu.org World population soon to hit the 7 billion mark ... will we survive? Can Seattle Save The World? Preview tonight's Town Hall event! http://kplu.org/post/can-seattle-save-world-preview-tonights-town-hall-event <p><strong>UPDATE: Advance</strong> <strong>ticket sales have ended. However, additional tickets are available at the door tonight for $10 - cash only, starting at 6pm. </strong></p><p>For those who would like to use Twitter to follow and participate, or even suggest questions now, see #SEAsaves and chime in. My colleague Charla Bear has graciously agreed to live-blog the event on Humanosphere and KPLU.</p><p><i><b>Here are a few thoughts in advance of tonight&#39;s event...</b></i></p><p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:00:00 +0000 Tom Paulson 988 at http://kplu.org Can Seattle Save The World? Preview tonight's Town Hall event! Five Millennials on global health http://kplu.org/post/five-millennials-global-health <p>Global health is a big deal in Seattle.</p><p>As a matter of worldwide significance, it is of course a big deal everywhere &mdash; by definition. But what I mean is that global health is today the cause célèbre for Seattle and throughout the region. It&rsquo;s especially popular among the Millennials.</p><p>&ldquo;Global health is the movement of our generation,&rdquo; said Kristen Eddings, a program associate at the Washington Global Health Alliance and one of the primary organizers of a big global health shindig in Seattle coming this June known as <a href="http://www.wghalliance.org/content/party-purpose-0" target="_blank">Party with a Purpose</a>.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/04/millennials-on-global-health/">Read more: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 20:24:21 +0000 Tom Paulson 1186 at http://kplu.org Five Millennials on global health Supermodel Christy Turlington on maternal health & cause celebrities http://kplu.org/post/supermodel-christy-turlington-maternal-health-cause-celebrities <p>I caught up with supermodel Christy Turlington Wednesday night as she walked from the Andra Hotel over to the Cinerama Theater for the Seattle screening of her documentary on the global problem of maternal deaths and disabilities caused in childbirth: &ldquo;<a href="http://www.everymothercounts.org/film" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">No Woman No </a><a href="http://www.everymothercounts.org/film" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Cry</a>.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Turlington met with a number of local luminaries and experts on matters of global health, like the UW&rsquo;s Chris Murray (who minutes before closed out a major global health meeting. See Horton post below), at a VIP reception sponsored by the World Affairs Council and the Washington Global Health Alliance.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Didn&rsquo;t have much time, but I asked her two questions:</p><ul style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: disc; list-style-position: initial; list-style-image: initial; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><li style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 30px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Is the increasingly common practice of having celebrities champion causes (like&nbsp;<a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/03/sean-penn-charlie-sheen-head-to-haiti-next-week-/1" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Charlie Sheen going to help Sean Penn&rsquo;s philanthropic work in Haiti</a>) actually a symptom of our culture&rsquo;s misplaced values?</li></ul><ul style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: disc; list-style-position: initial; list-style-image: initial; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><li style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 30px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Does the high-profile attention given to maternal health as the&nbsp;<em style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">cause célèbre</em>&nbsp;of global health send the wrong message &mdash; that the primary concern for women is their reproductive ability, as opposed to health overall?</li></ul><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">I was somewhat disappointed to discover that she was very friendly, well-spoken and gracious despite my attempt to get her to display the kind of behavior more expected of a supermodel. Here&rsquo;s an audio clip of me chasing down Christy Turlington on the streets of Seattle.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/christy-turlington-on-maternal-health-cause-celebrities/">Read More</a></p><p> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:08:57 +0000 Tom Paulson 1031 at http://kplu.org Supermodel Christy Turlington on maternal health & cause celebrities Eco-farming best for poor, UN expert says, not Gates Foundation approach http://kplu.org/post/eco-farming-best-poor-un-expert-says-not-gates-foundation-approach <p>One of the Gates Foundation&rsquo;s primary goals is to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa by helping improve agricultural productivity.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">On Tuesday, the United Nations issued a report that appeared to challenge the Seattle philanthropy&rsquo;s approach.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">The Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation have launched what they are calling a new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.agra-alliance.org/section/about" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Green Revolution for Africa</a>. It is a multi-pronged&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/agriculturaldevelopment/Pages/overview.aspx#" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">strategy that tends to favor scientific and technological solutions&nbsp;</a>and that some see as too heavily dependent upon Western-style, industrialized farming techniques.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">This week, the UN issued a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srfood.org/index.php/en/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1174-report-agroecology-and-the-right-to-food" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">report urging &ldquo;eco-farming&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;as the best strategy for improving farming in the developed world. In it, the author appears to challenge the wisdom of the Gates Foundation&rsquo;s approach in agricultural development.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/eco-farming-could-feed-the-world-un-expert-says-challenging-gates-foundations-approach/">Read More</a></p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:53:05 +0000 Tom Paulson 970 at http://kplu.org Eco-farming best for poor, UN expert says, not Gates Foundation approach Gates Foundation has given BBC $20 million to “shape” stories on maternal, child health http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-has-given-bbc-20-million-%E2%80%9Cshape%E2%80%9D-stories-maternal-child-health <p>The Puget Sound Business Journal&rsquo;s Clay Holtzman reports that the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2011/03/gates-discloses-media-grant-after-report.html?ana=twt" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Gates Foundation made its largest ever donation to a media organization, the BBC</a>, in December but didn&rsquo;t publicize the $19.9 million grant.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">As Clay reports, there has been a lot of media attention given lately to the Seattle philanthropy&rsquo;s funding of media &mdash; most recently a comprehensive review of the potential conflicts-of-interest inherent in this practice by the&nbsp;<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014280379_gatesmedia.html" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Seattle Times</a>. Clay notes:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">When the Seattle Times published a lengthy profile of the Gates Foundation&rsquo;s grants to professional journalists on Feb. 19, the foundation apparently never disclosed that it had already approved its largest award ever to a media organization.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">I&rsquo;ve written plenty about the&nbsp;<a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/tag/media/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Gates Foundation&rsquo;s support for media,&nbsp;</a>about the potential for good as well as the potential problems given that the philanthropy often IS the story when it comes to global health and development.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/03/bizjournal-gates-foundation-has-given-bbc-20-million/">Read More</a></p><p> Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:16:13 +0000 Tom Paulson 925 at http://kplu.org Gates Foundation has given BBC $20 million to “shape” stories on maternal, child health Five reasons why microfinance is in crisis – and why it matters http://kplu.org/post/five-reasons-why-microfinance-crisis-%E2%80%93-and-why-it-matters <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955093.mp3</p><p>The popular anti-poverty scheme of providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, generally known as&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfinance" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">microfinance</a>, is in crisis.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&ldquo;In one sense, you could say it&rsquo;s a coming of age,&rdquo; says Alex Counts, CEO at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grameenfoundation.org/" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">Grameen Foundation</a>, a leading non-profit microfinance organization with offices in Seattle and Washington D.C.. &ldquo;Controversy often comes along with growing in size and impact.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">You could also say microfinance is actually suffering from several different crises: An external appearance of a crisis based on a damaged public image; a related, but slightly different, internal &ldquo;identity crisis&rdquo; and, at least according to one leading observer, a cash crisis in reverse &mdash; too much money.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><em style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; font-style: italic; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><strong style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">Here are five reasons for the crisis:</strong></em></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/02/five-reasons-why-microfinance-is-in-crisis-and-why-it-matters/">Read More</a></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:28:59 +0000 Tom Paulson 893 at http://kplu.org Five reasons why microfinance is in crisis – and why it matters World Vision under fire for Super Bowl “loser” clothing donations http://kplu.org/post/world-vision-under-fire-super-bowl-%E2%80%9Closer%E2%80%9D-clothing-donations <p>Ever wonder what happens to all those Super Bowl “champions” shirts and hats that are printed up in advance, but for the <em>losing</em> team?&nbsp;</p><p>Given this,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/20110201-Super-Bowl-gear?OpenDocument" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; " target="_blank">World Vision for the past 15 years</a>&nbsp;has been collecting this loser gear left over from the Super Bowl and distributing it to people in poor countries:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">World Vision identifies countries and communities in need overseas who will benefit from the gear. This year’s unused Super Bowl merchandise will make its way to Zambia, Armenia, Nicaragua, and Romania in the months to come. On average, this equates to about 100 pallets annually — $2 million worth of product — or about 100,000 articles of clothing that, instead of being destroyed, will help children and adults in need.</p></blockquote><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">So don’t be surprised if you see lots of folks in southern Africa, eastern Europe or Central America mistakenly believing the Pittsburgh Steelers won.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">It may sound like a nice enough thing to do, but a lot of folks think it’s actually harmful and even immoral: donating clothing.</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 15px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; outline-width: 0px; outline-style: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: transparent; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; "><a href="http://www.humanosphere.org">Read More</a></p><p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:15:56 +0000 Tom Paulson 765 at http://kplu.org World Vision under fire for Super Bowl “loser” clothing donations New website wants your failures (and for you to admit you've had them) http://kplu.org/post/new-website-wants-your-failures-and-you-admit-youve-had-them <p>It's uncommon to hear dialog about failure in our society, including among the leaders and agencies who work in the field of global health and development. Those organizations rely on funders who are banking on success to further international missions,&nbsp;<a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/">according to Humanosphere's Tom Paulson</a>:&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:27:52 +0000 KPLU News Staff 552 at http://kplu.org New website wants your failures (and for you to admit you've had them)