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Amnesty International: Crazy Leaders

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The crazy leaders that have grown out of the mess this planet has become during the last decades finally found some activities adequate for their personalities and talents.

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Development Aid: The Investment Banks of the Humanitarian Sector

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We had some discussions during the last weeks and a few times we ended up with the same question:

Are there institutions / instruments in the Humanitarian / Non-Profit sector that could be compared to the mess in the banking sector specifically with the Investment banks - a species which in that habitat by today got almost extinct.

And yes we found them.

Created during the last decade on the back of the MDG, many have been installed with targets like deregulation of development funding (yes this did happen – aka budgetary aid aka the thin line along institutionalized corruption), avoidance of regulatory frameworks (e.g. via PPPs), avoidance of multi-national oversight across geo-political blocks (to go around the UN) or to just create the illusion of acting / transparency.

And these organizations share many properties with private sector Investment banks:

Fancy names – most of them answer to names like global, facility, fund, emergency plan. They are almost completely unregulated and their activities are at best opaque…

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FSF: High Priority Free Software Projects

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The Free Software Foundation has published a list of software projects that are considered high priority – “…that are important for increasing the adoption and use of free software and free software operating systems…

The projects on the list are not maintained by the FSF but are entirely supported by the free software community…

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AIDS: Condom ringtones

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A new Anti-AIDS campaign in India is utilizing a quite unusual approach to overcome the reluctance of Indians to use condoms.

Supported by the BBC World Service Trust and the Gates Foundation the campaign provides a ringtone for mobile phones called “condom a cappella” that – when the phone rings – is loudly advertising the use of condoms. The objective of the campaign is to make condoms more socially acceptable and…

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Environment: WWF – It’s a beautiful day

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A new clip for the WWF to raise awareness about Global Warming. We are shown – with black humor – how people have adapted to the changes in weather patterns and natural disasters.

A couple taking a stroll with their baby during a Hurricane, campers out in the “wilderness” that has become a burning forest and the “good people” still washing their cars on the weekend even while they’re drowning in the flood.

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Data-Visualization: OpenStreetMap London Progress

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You might have heard about the “OpenStreetMap” project that creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to everyone. What most users of mapping software and services don’t know – there are often license or technical restrictions how you can use data and maps available commercially or by other providers. That’s what OpenStreetMap is trying to overcome.

Particularly with mapping data from the UK, where the government agency in charge…

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