One Billion Trees Planted in 2007 - But How Many in Haiti?

  • Posted on: 28 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf


According to the United Nations Environmental Program, more than one billion trees were planted worldwide.  Mexico and Ethiopia led the way.  Ethiopia, not exactly a model of good governance,  illustrates that when a government has the political will and when communities are aware of the importance of the environment, motivated to preserve it, and the resources to do it, social change can happen rapidly. 

Haiti, Go Solar! (by Denise Green)

  • Posted on: 28 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

What is happening in Haiti? Why is our economy getting worse every day? Why can’t we resolve basic issues and end poverty? I am still amazed to hear from family members that there are frequent periods without electricity that last more than a week! Can’t our government realize that is a terrible loss for a developing country? What has been done to resolve the problem of electricity?

 

Peace Corps Announces Creation of "Response Corps"

  • Posted on: 27 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
In an announcement on November 19th, the Peace Corps stated that it would bolster the already existing Crisis Corps and rename it "Peace Corps Response" to reflect its increased breadth and depth. Most are familiar with Peace Corps,  but less have heard of the Crisis Corps.  The Crisis Corps was a mechanism through which returned volunteers could serve abroad for a period of several months to a year.  

Chinese Prepare to Deploy Sixth Team of Peacekeepers to Haiti

  • Posted on: 25 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

When we write about China, it usually involves whether the government will protest renewal of MINUSTAH's mandate as a result of Haiti's pro Taiwan stance.  But let us give credit where credit is due.   China has provided well trained, and much needed, peacekeepers for the Haiti Mission.  In fact, soon China will deploy its sixth team of 125 specially trained riot police. 

 

Refugees, Conflict, and Food Distributions: Learning through Gameing

  • Posted on: 8 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

I played too many video games as a child.   This was before the age of the X-Box, Playstation, or the Wii.  My first system was a VIC 20 and then a Commodore 64.  Clearly, I am dating myself!  Like most kids, I didnt know anything about international development or humanitarian issues.  But video games might have been a good way to raise my awareness and get me thinking. 

 

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