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Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011 - 15:12
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Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 11:22
The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (GoRUM), the United Nations, and local and international non-governmental organizations have been working to recover the lives of the victims of the earthquake which struck eastern Shan State on 24th March, 2011 and left more than 3,000 people homeless, 74 dead and 125 injured. The earthquake affected 18,000 people from 90 villages. In the 50... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 14:53
Elie Dubois is a secondary school run by seven nuns two blocks from the presidential palace. The campus supports a vocational program and several historic buildings to be restored. The school serves about 250 students. The nuns lived on campus prior to the earthquake and currently commute across Port-au-Prince. The reconstruction of the new classroom blocks and the restoration of the historic... Read more
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 12:00
The report throws new light on current issues and challenges which national and local governments, the business sector and organised civil society are facing. On top of putting forward a number of recommendations, this report testifies to the wealth of good, innovative practice that countries of all sizes and development stages have accumulated across the region. It shows us that sustainable... Read more
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 09:39
A Brookings Institute report shows that the difference between crime in the suburbs and cities has drastically decreased, and argues that the current drop in crime rates weakens the correlation between ethnic groups and crime. In the 100 largest metro areas, violent and property crime between 1990 and 2008 decreased the most in cities. "The gap between city and suburban violent crime rates... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 11:33
As a curator at the National Building Museum (NBM), Susan Piedmont-Palladino spends her days enticing the public to think critically about the built environment. In her past exhibitions “Green Community” and “Tools of the Imagination,” the trained architect studied the use of new technologies in our design of and interaction with urban places. Now Piedmont-Palladino is at the helm of Intelligent... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 11:33
Is it a cold or a flu? Colds and flu are both highly contagious and, in the initial stages, a bad cold and a mild case of the flu might seem alike. However, flu is a serious illness that can have life-threatening complications. The table below will help you compare symptoms for the two illnesses: Symptoms Cold Flu Fever rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102° F in infants... Read more
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 13:15
Housing has a central importance to quality of life with considerable economic, social, cultural and personal significance. Though a country’s national prosperity is usually measured in economic terms, increasing wealth is of diminished value unless all can share its benefits and if the growing wealth is not used to redress growing social deficiencies, one of which is housin.   Low-income housing... Read more
Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 23:48
This paper describes the anti-urban bias in academics, public policies and international assistance, in Madagascar
Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 16:18
The LaConcorde orphanage is run by Mama Bastien (a woman now in her late 60s early 70s), her son Frantz (Director) and his two sisters. They have operated in the Carrefour location for at least 11 years. The family is originally from Jacmel. The orphanage is registered with the government, but is not a Haitian NGO or non-profit. Current Situation: i) 45 to 60 kids cared for by 4 employees, 2... Read more