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August 2010

Finding Beauty in Nepal's Third Gender

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The winner (National HIV/AIDS Ambassador) Sandhya Lama with film maker Catherine Donaldson. Photo credit Vincent Claeson.


What creativity that emerged from a competition on reducing the HIV related stigma and discrimination! In 2008, the South Asia Region of the World Bank put out a call for proposals for innovative ideas that tackle stigma and discrimination associated with HIV. Proposals had to target vulnerable populations such as transgender, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, sex workers, and people living with HIV and AIDS. From the resulting 1,000 submissions, 75 finalists were identified and 26 winning projects were awarded funds for an 18 month implementation period. Projects used numerous creative ways to decrease discrimination through the use of theater, songs, new businesses and even a beauty pageant! Whoa, a beauty pageant, in development? This made me stop in my tracks. I had to find out more.

New York Times review of the FailFaire on ICT in Development...

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So here's another view of the gathering last week, from New York Times and International Herald Tribune reporter Stephanie Strom...  Interesting how she appreciated the humor and relaxed nature of the FailFaire -- she's right, making people comfortable when they are talking about frustrations and deadends is important.

Hacking Away at Crisis Response Times

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Fridays can be incredibly quiet at the World Bank, but Friday, July 16, was a completely different day.  The World Bank visitor’s center and lobby were buzzing with energy and enthusiasm. This was the day that the East Asia and Pacific and Latin American and Caribbean region Disaster Risk Management Teams, along with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), hosted the first-ever International CrisisCongress(In photo above, participants express themselves through sign language.) 

The event was organized by the CrisisCommons – a Volunteer Technical Community (VTC) of software developers, engineers, and technology enthusiasts who are using innovative methods and tools to help save lives in the aftermath of natural disasters. The event brought together dozens of people eager to use whatever skills they possess – technological and non-technological – to ensure tomorrow’s world is one where people don’t die because of a lack of technological assistance in disaster relief and rehabilitation.