February 10, 2007

Feb. 10, 2007: More Global Doing Good ...

Natives ... International ... North South Partnerships ... UK / UN ... Agencies, Government, CIDA ... Save the Children ... all selflessly doing good

Several people wrote comments; this is one example only.

A slap in the face of every Canadian

Commentary worth reading
Feb. 3, 2007, Globe and Mail

[....] Canadian In Motown from United States writes: Cut the cultural crap and get to the issue. There is no Native middle class. They are dirt poor or upper middle class. To use a Chris Rock line, "when was the last time you were in a Red Lobster and saw a family of Indians?" We give them handouts to disappear from sight and wonder why their community is a disaster. Living in Saskatchewan for 27 years desensitizes a person to the abject poverty and hopelessness they live in and have made me so bitter towards anyone who thinks I should apologize for their problems. Not to say we don't have a role in their poverty, we have misdirected all our energies into such noble causes as free university tuition but we don't care a lick about them before they're in university. We give them their own school but the programs are geared towards government jobs, not private sector jobs. While learning about their heritage is important, it's hardly going to land a Native with a solid 60k a year job in a bank or hospital. Ever heard the stories of the Band farms? The government throwing money at them to try and farm, no training, no experience, just money and they bought a combine, put it on the ice and sold raffle tickets on when it would fall through. Did we expect any different? That's like getting asking a person who's never driven a car to win the Daytona 500. But hey we tried eh? Maybe getting some of the few middle class, private sector Natives to throw some ideas together, leave the social workers, Band elders, government agencies and university profs out of the discussion, they've let everyone down too many times. By the way, anyone ever notice how the government employees overseeing Indian Affairs make like ten times what an average Native makes in a year, it doesn't make much sense to me. How about you?

* Posted 05/02/07 at 3:07 AM EST



Memory Lane: re: ex-Indian Affairs Minister Andy Scott, Keesekoose

Frost Hits the Rhubarb November 16, 2005
Stolen Keeseecoose $$$ -- No Forensic Audit Info from Min Scott -&- Wikipedia -- Blogging Tories -- Act!


frosthitstherhubarb.blogspot.com/
2005_11_13_frosthitstherhubarb_archive.html

Money stolen from First Nations community on Liberal watch

http://
www.conservative.ca/EN/
news_releases/
money_stolen_from_first_nations_commun
ity_on_liberal_watch/?&tpid=1979

Over $600,000 stolen from education account without interference from government

OTTAWA– Official Opposition Indian and Northern Affairs Critic Jim Prentice said that over $600,000 has been stolen from the Keeseecoose First Nation’s education account, but the Liberal government refuses to produce a forensic audit on the matter.

Keeseecoose is a small First Nations community in Saskatchewan. In the time between 1995 and 2001, over $600,000 was systematically looted from their school account, draining the community’s education funds. [. . . . ]

Despite Minister Scott’s refusal to answer the question, [Jim] Prentice continued to press the government over its inability to produce a forensic audit, noting the RCMP and the Department of Indian Affairs had been notified in 2002 of financial irregularities on the reserve’s education account. However the Department claims it has no idea of how much was stolen or where the money went. [. . . . ]

Search Hansard for [then] Min. Andy Scott and [current Minister] MP Jim Prentice [....]


More Global ... Doing Good ... this time for Natives on reserves ... Ontario

May be related to previous posts, particularly, Feb. 7, 2007: Natives - Internationals Doing Good:

Feb. 7, 2007: Plans ... interruptus?
Feb. 7, 2007: Whose fault is this?
Feb. 7, 2007: Natives - Internationals Doing Good



Search: northsouthpartnership.com / North South Partnership

UN-NGLS Millennium Development Goals


Re: Natives , Reserves , Save the Children in Britain , Ontario's official child advocate

A reserve is unlikely turf for international aid workers, but Ms. Ammirati is here with Nicholas Finney, emergencies deployment adviser with Save the Children in Britain [more below], to start work on an unprecedented partnership between northern first nations and southern social agencies. It's a project launched by a handful of child-welfare leaders whose frustration with a legacy of government failure on reserves had finally boiled over.

The two visitors, along with seven Canadian specialists, are spending a week conducting the sort of rapid-fire economic and social assessment of Webequie and the even more troubled Mishkeegogamang First Nation [....]

Judy Finlay, the province's [Ontario's] official child advocate, co-founded the project [....]



UN , North-South Partnerships , Save the Children , UK , BOND

What constitutes learning in the south-north partnerships? A Discussion Paper compiled by Roger Drew, Health and Development Consultant April 2003 -- or here

www.bond.org.uk/pubs/lte
/nsworkshopdiss2.pdf

A Discussion Paper
Submitted to BOND/the Exchange Programme
By
Roger Drew
Health and Development Consultant
April 2003

CONTENTS....................................................................................................................... 2
[....]
Does Learning Promote Uniformity or Diversity? .................................................. 15
MECHANISMS OF LEARNING ................................................................................. 16
Informal, Fortuitous and Purposeful Systems ......................................................... 16
Promoting Learning.................................................................................................... 18
Barriers to Learning................................................................................................... 19
Sharing Learning ........................................................................................................ 22
[....]
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
AIDS
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
ALPS
Accountability, Learning and Planning System – used by Action Aid
BOND
British Overseas NGOs in Development

DFID
Department for International Development
NGOs
Non-Governmental Organisations
NNGOs
Northern

1
NGOs
PPA
Programme Partnership Agreement
SAR
Specific Actionable Recommendation
SNGOs
Southern NGOs

UN
United Nations
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme


1
For a detailed discussion of the terms ‘North’ and ‘South’ see Poudyal, R. Bridging the North South Divide: Linkages and Learning Between the South and North, Save the Children, Knowledge Working Paper, No. 24, 2001, pp.11-1

[....]

Types of Partnership

Amongst UK-based NGOs, the term partnership is most commonly used to describe
relationships with organizations (usually NGOs) in the South. The focus of the workshop and this document is therefore partnerships of this nature. Workshop participants pointed out that many different types of relationships may exist even within this kind of partnership, for example, there may be a difference between NNGOs which have their own in-country presence and those that do not.

Although dealing with this type of partnership allows a relatively clear focus, there are many other forms of partnership within which learning may occur. A few examples of these are:

• Partnerships between UN agencies (GLNP, 2002)
• Partnership between the Commonwealth Of Learning and Development Agencies (COL, 2002)
• The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP, 2002)
• Partnerships between the World Bank and a variety of organizations working on
indigenous knowledge (World Bank, 2002a)
• NGO partnerships with bilateral agencies, e.g. PPAs with DFID (DFID, 2002)
• NGO partnerships with academic institutions (Roper, 2002)

However, as such partnerships either do not involve NGOs or are largely North-North in nature, they are not considered in detail in this paper. Similarly much might be gained by considering learning within South-South partnerships, particularly as the importance of this is affirmed in the BOND statement of principles (BOND, 2002c). Also learning may occur multilaterally, that is between multiple organizations, i.e. within networks or alliances. Some such networks focus solely on promoting learning. One example is the Regional AIDS Training Network in Kenya which is supported by a range of northern organizations and works with 17 Southern partner institutions (UNAIDS, 2001). [....]




Related: Frost Hits the Rhubarb Jan. 28 2007 to Feb. 3, 2007 which leads to more than one pertinent item -- or link to the specific post here: Frost Hits the Rhubarb Jan. 29, 2007: More selflessly doing good

frosthitstherhubarb.blogspot.com/2007/01/
jan-29-2007-more-selflessly-doing-good.html

More selflessly doing good -- organizations, NGO's, institutes, non-profits, university departments, forums, international network(s), professional association(s), training institute(s), community colleges, coordinating committee, umbrella organization for Canada's international education agenda [webpage dated ] ... and the list of those doing good goes on and on. -- under the aegis of CIDA's Office for Democratic Governance ...

www.acdi-ci
da.gc.ca/President/CanadaCorps.nsf/
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OpenView&Start=1&Count=
1000&ExpandAll

Search: CIGI , research , poverty , CanadaCorps

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en&gl=ca&ct=
clnk&cd=10 [....]

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