Florence Cassassuce, who won a DM2006 grant ($170,310) for her UV buckets to disinfect water in rural Mexico, shared her on-the-ground experiences during this morning's opening ceremonies.
Ricardo Hernandez Murillo, Senior Environmental Specialist with the World Bank in Mexico, is the winner of the DM2008 Project Advisor Award.
Global Development Marketplace 2008 kicked off this morning with a warm welcome by Katherine Sierra, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank, to the 100 finalists representing 42 countries and event visitors.
Shree Krishna Updadhyay, Executive Chairman of the finalist Support Activities for Poor Producers of Nepal (SAPPOS-Nepal), and his colleague Govind Koirala appear to have logged the longest travel times to DM2008.
Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairwoman of the Global Environment Facility -- the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment and one of the funders of Development Markektplace 2008 -- talked about GEF's role in the grant competition.
Q. GEF deals with multimillion-dollar programs. DM2008's projects are in the $200,000 or less range. Why are they important to GEF?
The project implementation of lighting for the Kondh tribes, was one speckled with many a issue. There were issues with production of light to the maintenance and user fee collection.
I was greatly excited when the DM team suggested that I join the blog and share my experiences on the subject of ‘Lighting for the poor” and the Development Marketplace.
Communication is not just about communicating, at least not in the development context. My personal experiences, where I applied communication in a number of projects in different areas, such as agriculture, environment, rural development, etc., confirm what is cited also in relevant studies. Many of the failures in the development context can be attributed to two major factors: the lack of or insufficient involvement of stakeholders from the beginning of the initiative and the lack of or insufficient use of communication in the project activities.
Less-developed countries need many things – but, in most cases, nothing greater or more urgent than productive agriculture. Most of the world’s poorest people -- the 2.6 billion who try to survive on less than $2 a day – are family farmers whose small plots are unproductive and generally cut off from growing export markets. If these families could make the leap from subsistence to market-driven farming, world poverty would decline exponentially. It’s a big "if."