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Deadline extended for Lighting Africa Report Entries

We just learned that:
"The Lighting Africa- GSMA Development Fund Green Power for Mobile "Charging Choices:" Report is now accepting contributions!! The deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Friday the 26th of June: 5pm EST."
Click here to learn more & participitate in the publication

Beyond Guantanamo: China's Uyghur Muslim Minority

Via the Stanley Foundation, a rare inside look at the plight of Uyghur's in China.  Watch for a special appearence by The Atlantic's James Fallows. 

When success is softball...

Not everyone, evidently, is as unconvinced as we are that Ban Ki-moon is "the world's most dangerous Korean." Pegging off the rather tendentious Jacob Heilbrunn FP piece of that title, Michael Keating at World Politics Review concurs that Ban's tenure at the UN has not been far short of failure.

Climate Week NYC

Earlier this week in New York, the Secretary General and Mayor Bloomberg announced that the UN and the City will host Climate Week NY˚C, from September 21 to 25, as hundreds of business and government leaders from around the world converge on the City for a series of high-level meetings, events and activities designed to raise awareness about the critical issue of climate change.

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Invisible Children

Invisible Children

CountryUganda, United States
RegionAfrica, North America

Programme Summary

Motivated to raise awareness of "the unseen war" in Northern Uganda, 3 young filmmakers from the United States are using the power of stories in an effort to promote international advocacy to sustain the peace process and garner support programming for children and families living through the conflict.

First day back home

We have a few visitors with us from the US joining us for a little. They’re a team from General Mills, very generous contributors and donors to OLPC and OLPCorps particularly. They came to see first-hand what OLPCorps will be doing, and we’re very grateful and blessed that we got to share our Grahamstown story and perspective with them!

On the financial crisis summit underway in New York

The BBC's Laura Trevelyan offers a very good rundown of the (h/t UK Foreign Office) three day summit at the United Nations General Assembly on how the financial crisis is affecting poor countries. 

A Response to the Lancet

Ed Note:  Last week, The Lancet published an editorial and two studies about the current state of global health initiatives for the developing world.  The following is a response to The Lancet from Andrea Gay, Exeucitve Director of Children's Health at the United Nations Foundation and Dr. Dan Carucci, Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation. 

St Mary’s and Holy Cross

Here’s a little look into the premises of the 2 after-school programs we’re working with. First is St Mary’s Day Care Centre. I've talked a little about them in my last post, but here's a little more official description from the centre:



RegionSouth Asia

Programme Summary

Katha is an Indian organisation working to transform children into community leaders through education. It was started in 1988 with a children's magazine ("Tamasha!") and was fully registered as a nonprofit organisation in 1989 (serendipitously, on World Literacy Day, September 8). Katha connects grassroots work in education, urban resurgence, and story to address social injustice and economic poverty in urban India.

TED: Dan Ariely asks “Are we in control of our own decisions?”

I just watched another TED video since it came up during a discussion at university today. Here’s the summary: Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.


First off, these little laptops are called XOs cos of the little kid icon! (We don’t want anyone to be confused you see :)I don’t think we’ve talked about the functions and adaptations of the XO as yet. As you can tell from the first picture, the laptops are small and efficient (see the comparison between a regular laptop). In fact, OLPC’s introduction of the XO has lead the commercial market to begin to produce smaller personal laptops, such as the notebook/ebooks in the market. (pic)

Brad, Angelina team up with FrontlineSMS project in Cambodia

Researchers from the University of Canberra are working with the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation (MJP), an organisation founded by philanthropists Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, to trial a cost effective text-messaging system. The project with the University of New England is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research to help improve the lives of some of the poorest people in Cambodia.

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