From the Economist: Foreign AID Foodchain

Potter's Weal

So the little NGOs get eaten up by the mega-international NGOs like The Nature Conservancy, WWF, etc. . .  and THEY get displaced by the international consultants.

. . . . . and everything just keeps getting better and better. . . .

from the print edition of The Economistfor May 6 to 12th, 2017: <http://www.economist.com/news/international/21721635-they-need-diversify-growing-share-aid-spent-private-firms-not-charities>

Doing good and doing well — A growing share of aid is spent by private firms, not charities

But they need to diversify

“THE gold rush is on!” That is how a cable from the American ambassador to Haiti described the descent of foreign firms upon Port-au-Prince in early 2010. An earthquake had flattened the city and killed hundreds of thousands. But a deluge of aid presented an opportunity. The message, released by WikiLeaks, noted that AshBritt, a Florida-based disaster-recovery firm, was trying to sell a scheme to restore government buildings…

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The Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC)

 

Caribbean economies suffer from some of the highest electricity prices in the world.

Despite their abundance of renewable energy sources, Cayman has a relatively low level of renewable energy penetration; the economy continues to spend a large proportion of its GDP on imported fossil fuels and residents and businesses continue to pay some of the highest electricity bills in the region. This is a common situation among island nations.

There is a clear opportunity for Cayman to emerge as a regional leader in developing solutions to address climate change through the adoption of renewable energy which will reduce the dependency on fossil fuels and provide key environmental, social and economic benefits.

With the Cayman Islands National Energy Policy now in place, a framework for transition is complete and seizing upon that vision will be critical to affecting positive change for the Cayman Islands and all those who follow.

The recent achievements for islands at COP21 provide a strong driver for action focused on carbon reduction goals. Given that Cayman ranks highly among islands as carbon emitters, it is critical that we position ourselves as leaders in carbon reduction and meet the goals set out in the National Energy Policy and the Paris agreement.

Cayman seeks to stand with other islands in the region and across the world to embrace a low carbon future and to stand on the front line of demonstrating solutions to climate change while delivering cheaper, secure, reliable and economically feasible energy solutions.
Who should attend?

Be part of Cayman’s low carbon future by joining an event which seeks to set out our vision, renewable road-map and opportunities.

The event will bring together delegates from public, private and non-profit sectors, underlining our collaborative approach to a sustainable future- government officials, project developers, manufacturers, investors and key players across the non-profit landscape.

Join government official and industry leads and participate in interactive panel discussions that seek to establish what the journey ahead looks like and how we address the challenges and maximise the opportunities.

Make the most of key networking opportunities, bringing together local, regional and global participation.
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Choking the Families of Prisoners. By Miko Peled

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18058100_10154275026195806_2721853246925116826_n Writing history with water and salt – two essential items for the hunger strikers. By permission from Mohammad Sabaaneh.

As thousands of Palestinian prisoners are engaged in the painful self-sacrifice of a hunger strike, the recent draconian move by Israel’s Defense Minister declaring the Palestinian National Fund a terrorist organization deserves attention. This fund is the conduit by which financial support is provided to thousands of Palestinian families who had or have loved ones in Israeli jails. We should mention that it is estimated that more than one million Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel since 1967 alone and Palestinians are considered the most incarcerated nation in the world. All of this a result of Israeli policy of arresting political activists, leaders, intellectuals and fighters and lumping them into a single category of “terrorists.”

There is a process by which prisoners and former prisoners are provided financial support and the…

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Carribean Transitionary Energy Conference 2017 – Cayman Islands

WHY CAYMAN? WHY NOW?

Caribbean economies suffer from some of the highest electricity prices in the world. Despite their abundance of renewable energy sources, Cayman has a relatively low level of renewable energy penetration; the economy continues to spend a large proportion of its GDP on imported fossil fuels.

The Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference (CTEC) is about building our resilience as a small nation, about diversifying our energy sector and the way that we do business.

It is about ensuring sustainable social and economic growth through strong leadership, recognising the threat of climate change and the vulnerability of islands across the world and voicing our commitment to take the measures that we can take now. For more Information and Registration

OECS Commission Hosts First Sub-Regional Dialogue in Eastern Caribbean with Green Climate Fund

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OECS Commission Hosts First Sub-Regional Dialogue in Eastern Caribbean with Green Climate Fund

The OECS Commission, in partnership with the Governments of Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda, and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is hosting the first Sub-regional Structured Dialogue in the Eastern Caribbean in Grenada from April 24-26, 2017 under the theme “Accelerating Direct Access to Climate Finance in the Eastern Caribbean.”

The dialogue is targeting several stakeholders in the region including: National Designated Authorities (NDAs) for the GCF and national climate change focal points, Ministries of Finance and Planning, climate change experts from civil society, potential accredited entities, implementing entities, and the private sector.

The overall objective of the meeting is to accelerate the Eastern Caribbean’s direct access to the GCF funding, in the context of the recently-adopted GCF Strategic Plan and GCF Board decisions that provide support for the development of concrete funding proposals and projects, as well as for readiness support and dedicated funding for National Adaptation Planning.

The dialogue is…

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My path to becoming a Volcanologist – Richie Robertson and the 1979 eruption on St Vincent

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Guest post by Richie Robertson, Director of University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre

La Soufriere volcano looms largely in the consciousness of most Vincentians.  Although it occupies the northern third of the island and is often shrouded in clouds, it does not take very much to command our attention.  There have been numerous instances in the past when the occasional smell of sulphur, thunderstorms over the volcano and the spurious observation of someone visiting the summit crater, have led to rumours of an eruption.  It is, therefore, not surprising that the most recent eruption of the volcano still remains fresh in the minds of those of us who experienced it.

St Vincent in eruption, April 1979. Photo credit - Steve Sparks. St Vincent in eruption, April 1979. Photo credit – Steve Sparks.

My own path to becoming a volcanologist and current leader of the regional volcano monitoring organization in the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean began with the 1979 eruption.  I…

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