If you only read one thing this week…

Girls and Boys by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
December 8, 2009, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Articles, conflict, Development theory

So coincidentally I went to two different sites this week – one looking at boys and the other girls:

1. GIRLS:  Until recently I had only got as far as the slick video published by the Nike Foundation on the Girl Effect. My explorations this week led me further into their website and I found the “Your Move” section of their site useful in giving some practical tools and structures for thinking about how to include a girl-focussed approach in programs. In particular I liked the approaches to finding girls in the community on page 10 and the self assessments to allow different types of organizations to understand the degree to which they are including girls in their programs (page 19 onwards). I’m still looking for some materials that talk about how this fits with an overall youth approach but it gave me some food for thought.

2. BOYS: A recent World Bank paper finds a correlation between countries with high numbers of under-educated boys and violence and tests five hypotheses relating to education and young men. The full report is published here or you can get a summary from Foreign Policy here.   Our attention is drawn in particular to the challenges for Sub-Saharan Africa which faces the youngest age structure and the lowest educational attainment levels.


Can Cap and Trade Save our Climate? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
December 3, 2009, 12:06 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Annie Leonard (of The Story of Stuff) thinks not. If you only watch one video about our last chance to save the planet this week, it should be this one

The video is about 8 minutes long, and a lot of fun.

If you want more, you can read Annie’s blog post on climate and consumption here.

The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about cap and trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you.