Localise the global MDGs – Listen to the real experts on the ground

A UNDP Policy Adviser on Poverty, MDGs and Human Development has an interesting story to tell. Several years ago, at a conference on the Darfur conflict, after the experts presented their research findings and contradicting suggestions, a Darfur pastoralist stood up and asked what they, the locals, should do. Came the reply from another local wise man: ‘Stop listening to the experts and outsiders.’ Continuing his story, the UNDP advisor says that, when it comes to MDGs acceleration, for example, views of those directly affected are important. A number of countries have successfully progressed in their MDG journeys by unlocking the bottlenecks of their existing strategies rather than developing new ones by listening to external experts. The MDG journeys should be guided by the real experts on the ground, he concludes.

 

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Original story http://www.developmentprogress.org/blog/2013/09/25/art-possible-listening-real-experts

MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

 

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These young men (and women) are from India’s Marsh

At 26, Arun Krishnamurthy, an eco-warrior concerned about water, has 17 lakes against his name. His ‘army’ of 50 EFI (The Environmentalist Foundation of India) volunteers have so far cleaned 17 polluted lakes in India. Just as he wanted, his foundation has become ‘an agency that drives people’s participation.’ For example, in last August, he motivated over 100 school children to take part in a lake clean-up, collecting over 100 sacks of garbage in the end! In another instance, his group’s inspiration drove a community to pool in money to restore their local lake. So active are the girls within the EFI that they have set up a group called ‘The Environmentalist Foundation for Women’ to encourage women’s participation. Besides cleaning lakes, the group drives their cause in a variety of ways, such as awareness creation through street plays, and is setting up biodiversity parks in local schools.

 

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Original story http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/men-are-from-marsh/article4698864.ece

The website of The Environmentalist Foundation of India http://www.indiaenvironment.org/

 

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‘Pouring’ light onto the bottled-up lives of Manila’s poor

The empty plastic bottle, earlier thrown away as ‘waste,’ is now pouring light onto the bottled-up lives of the Manila’s poor. Their slums are often packed so tightly that they have no windows, forcing them to live in near darkness day and night. Now the ‘Solar Bottle Bulb’, a recycled plastic bottle containing bleached water that is fixed into holes in corrugated iron roofs, is illuminating their lives. Sold and installed for around $1, it provides 55-watts worth of light. It is cheaper, safer and more sustainable. The bottle bulb, inspired by engineer Amy Smith from the D-Lab in MIT, was introduced to the Philippines by Illac Diaz of My Shelter Foundation through the project ‘A Liter of Light.’ According to its website, the bulb has so far shed light to 28,000 homes and 70,000 lives in Metro Manila alone.

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Original story: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/08/30/eco.philippines.bottle/index.html?_s=PM:WORLD

‘A Liter of Light’ on My Shelter Foundation website http://aliteroflight.org/

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Self-educated Malawi windmill boy’s battle for water and energy

In 2002, Malawi faced a severe drought that killed thousands and teenager William Kamkwamba’s family, like many others, were threatened with starvation. Unable to afford fees any more, he ended schooling at 14 but his dream lived on – the dream of bringing electricity and running water to his village. For education, he turned to the local library, where he came across a tattered text book with a wind mill. Soon, using waste such as plastic pipes and a tractor fan blade, he built a 5-metre windmill, bringing electricity to his community. In 2006, he built a more powerful windmill to pump water for irrigation. Eventually, he became the subject of a book published in the US, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Today, in twenties, William aims to bring power, not just to the rest of his village, but to his nation, where only 2% have access to electricity.

 

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Original story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8257153.stm

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061730320

 

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Child refugees in Middle East dance their way to empowerment

In the refugee communities in the Middle East that the charity Bidna Capoeira works, psychosocial symptoms such as aggression, violence, hyperactivity and depression are common and children and youth need help most in order to leave behind their painful memories of conflict. To assist them to move towards empowerment and hope, the charity employs capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines dance, music, sport and play. Social capoeira builds a sense of community and belonging and also teaches life skills such as communication, co-operation, anger management, responsibility and respect. It not only transforms the young but also provides them with a space to discuss their issues, such as anger and gender. In its six years of work, over 7,000 have benefited from its ‘dancing therapy’ in Syria alone.

 

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Original story: http://positivenews.org.uk/2013/community/youth/12884/dance-hope-child-refugees-middle-east/

The charity Bidna Capoeira: www.bidnacapoeira.org

 

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A survival message from Columbia’s ‘elder brothers of humanity’

Twenty-five years ago, one of the world’s last, lost tribes – the Kogi – emerged from their remote mountainous region in Columbia to share a warning about humanity’s future. In 2008 they surfaced again, this time with a powerful new message, captured in Aluna, a groundbreaking documentary film. The Kogi possess a wealth of indigenous knowledge, which we may need in our current battle for survival in a changing climate. Showing us the delicate interconnections in nature, they paint the blood and breath of a thinking, feeling Earth. They want to change the way we see our planet. The tribe, who identify themselves as the ‘elder brothers’ of humanity, have now returned to their mountain. If we, their ‘younger brothers’, want to grow up or indeed survive, we need to change the way we see the Earth – from a set of separate habitats to a complex of interdependent systems….

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Original story: http://positivenews.org.uk/2013/culture/media/13816/they-show-thinking-feeling-earth/

Aluna, the movie: www.alunathemovie.com, www.facebook.com/alunamovie

Eradicating Ecocide campaign: www.eradicatingecocide.com

The Tairona Heritage Trust, www.taironatrust.org, a charity set up by Alan Ereira to help the Kogi community buy, and restore, land near their home

 

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