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We *Should* Read the Back of the Brownie Box

Just by coincidence, I learned about how “controversy swirls around harsh anti-obesity ads” in Georgia, part of a five-year, $25 million anti-obesity effort and hosted at strong4life.com. Then I read about a consultant explaining to board members of the Natural

Posted in Climatechange, Publicparticipation, Sustainability, USA

Oil vs. Wind vs. Pipelines vs. Solar, etc.

Op-Ed in the NYT — “A Shortsighted Victory in Delaying the Keystone Pipeline” – outlines some of the tough trade-offs that will be forced upon decision-makers thinking about energy. Who decides? Intuitively, one would say “democratically elected government”, but federal, state

Posted in Climatechange, Publicparticipation, SEIA, Sustainability, USA

Cash For Everyone

How Africa can extract big benefits for everyone from natural resources – cash transfers, so the Guardian post says. I am a bit skeptical that this would provide any quick fixes either for poverty alleviation or reducing corruption, and sparsely

Posted in Cashtransfers, Communitydevelopment, Sustainability, Transparency

TEDx Brussels 2010 – Paul Collier

Here’s the punchline of the talk: “There is no substitute for building a critical mass of informed citizens within each of the societies that have these valuable resources and are currently poor.” TEDx Brussels 2010 – Paul Collier – How

Posted in Publicparticipation, Sustainability, Transparency

CommDev (and In-Flux)

A missed gem on my Resources list. I came across CommDev again when I found this relatively new (slow blogging plagues me)  resource on the massive challenge of in-migration and in-flux on major projects: A Handbook for Addressing Project-Induced In-Migration.

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, HIV/AIDS, Humanrights, Migration, Publicparticipation, Sustainability

Big Dams: Bulldozers and Sustainable Development 101

The debate for me isn’t electricity or no electricity for the Gilgel Gibe III Dam in Ethiopia, recently highlighted on the BBC’s Crossing Continents. It is about electricity with appropriate study of the impacts or electricity that makes the same

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, Dams, Ethiopia, Humanrights, NGOs, Publicparticipation, SEIA, Sustainability

China vs. West in Africa

So my heading is a bit over dramatic. This is an interesting development. Being interested in sustainable development, I don’t think it is important to worry about the nationality of the investment. But I do worry about how responsible it

Posted in China, Corporateresponsibility, Guinea, Humanrights, Sustainability

More WRI Resources on Engagement

The World Resources Institute has recently published a report called “Breaking Ground: Engaging Communities in Extractive and Infrastructure Projects”. The report is a well-referenced follow on from a previous report, “Development Without Conflict: The Business Case for Community Consent”, and

Posted in Publicparticipation, SEIA, Sustainability

OK! Resources Cause Conflict – Now What’s the Business Role?

While I guess it can’t hurt to have an additional paper drawing attention to the role of natural resource managment in peacebuilding, I was somewhat disappointed with the lack of emphasis on the private sector in the UN Environmental Programme’s

Posted in Conflict, Liberia, Sustainability

ICMM Case for Partnerships at Local, National and Global Levels

Catching up on overdue reading over the weekend… ICMM’s Kathryn McPhail won the Bronze Award for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/Financial Times (FT) essay competition for her essay, “Sustainable Development in the Mining and Minerals Sector: The Case for Partnership

Posted in Communitydevelopment, Corporateresponsibility, Livelihoods, Socialinvestment, Sustainability, Transparency