Tag Archives: Sustainable development

Climate Change and migration: what we need to be doing right now

Climate Change is happening, but we do not seem to realise it. The socio-economic impacts of Climate Change are enormous and the implications for human well-being are frightening. Erin Nash tackles the tricky landscape of Climate Change and migration, unpacking the concept of 'climate refugees'. Who are they? Where will...
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The paradigm shift that needs to be made for sustainable development – who needs to make it?

In her second post, as part of a 3-post series, Erin Nash describes and outlines the ‘moment’ in the world’s evolution that will be provided by Rio+20, which starts today. This 'moment' is a paradigm shift of universal proportions. She argues that a shift needs to be made at Rio+20,...
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Africans Feeding Africa: using social enterprise for success

“We learned that free has no value.” Tanya Cothran interviews Rachel Zedek, founder of Backpack Farm in Kenya, to learn more about how this social enterprise hosts trainings for small-scale farmers in East Africa and sells them green agriculture technologies and supplies– all in a backpack....
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Hope for sale

Guest contributor Janet Newbury observes the growing power of corporations in the social realm. Of central concern are the messages strategically presented to young people suggesting positive social change is inherently linked to the social responsibility of multinational corporations. ...
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The push for land reform in PNG and Melanesia

Sam Porter explores the controversial land reform agenda being pushed by AusAid, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank across PNG and Melanesia. Processes of land reform benefit foreign investors and promote a type of economic growth that impedes the ability of communities to determine their own development futures....
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Social business and the limits to growth

In this article, guest contributor Donnie Maclurcan responds to the concept of 'social business' as articulated by Dr. Muhammad Yunus. Acknowledging the successful model of development as implemented by the Grameen Bank, Donnie challenges the long-term sustainability and environmental impact of economic growth-based approaches to development. Profit, growth and consumption...
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Waging war on development

In this feature, Brendan Rigby suggests that a systemic weakness of the international community is a lack of co-ordination in approaches to development. Current approaches are modelled after traditional military campaigns, which are outdated and ineffective. New approaches to development need to be modeled on approaches which are inclusive of,...
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A gendered look a disaster response and recovery: post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia

Ross Wortham is graduate of the Masters of Social Development program at UNSW and Steering Committee member. In this essay, Ross takes a pluralist feminist approach to examining the post-disaster relief and reconstruction efforts in Aceh, Indonesia. His critical reflection reveals that these efforts did not sufficiently include or focus...
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