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Demand for Tracibility from Food Produced in Southeast Asia Provides Opportunities at Regional Level, Perils for Small Farms

According to Noviscape, ASEAN member countries will soon have to make the food they export traceable "from farm to fork" to meet market demands. This will require coordination between ASEAN countries, which is challenging in itself, but could pay off in the long run with increased revenue. However, the region's poor may not see benefit and, instead, suffer.

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Noviscape_July2011 page 8, 9, 10:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_July2011.pdf#page=8

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New data reveals rising role of non-Western foreign aid providers

AidData, a project which tracks tracks official development assistance [ODA] flows from governments and multilateral organizations, has recently released information on aid commitments from 36 non-Western donors, including Saudi Arabia, Poland, Chile, and Kuwait. While the new data reveals that non-Western governments are increasingly active aid providers-- Kuwait committed nearly $670 billion in development assistance in 2007-- data do not cover aid flows from major donors including China, as well other forms of non-ODA assistance such as military aid and subsidized loans.

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Certified sustainable timber on rise in Ghana

Ghana has made a concerted effort to improve forestry practices by guaranteeing that timber for export to Europe be sustainably harvested:

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 6:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=6

Http://www.businessdayonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3952:the-need-tocheck-deforestation-in-west-africa&catid=117:news&Itemid=349
http://www.cepf.net/Documents/final.guineanforests.upperguineanforest.ep.pdf
http://www.profor.info/profor/sites/profor.info/files/publication/2009-PROFOR-progressreport-part1.pdf http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org/xp/Hotspots/west_africa/Pages/default.aspx#indepth
Http://ipsnews.net/africa/nota.asp?idnews=37198

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Nigeria not ready/willing for ICT in general elections

The Center for Democracy and Development writes,

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The Center for Democracy and Development, April 2010, page 3: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_Apr2010.pdf#page=3

Universal Democracy? Prospects for a World Transformed - Larry Diamond, Joanne J. Meyers (http://www.cceia.org/resources/transcripts/4398.html)

A comparative series of national public attitude surveys on democracy, markets, and civil society in Africa - Afrobaromete. (http://www.afrobarometer.org/)

Democracy as a Universal Value - Amartya Sen (http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~dcrocker/Courses/Docs/Sen-Two%20Pieces%20on%20Democracy.pdf)

The Nation: http://thenationonlineng.net/web2/articles/38300/1/The-cost-of-democracy-in-Nigeria-since-1999/Page1.html

http://www.indian-elections.com/electoralsystem/electricvotingmachine.html

Electoral Commission of India: http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/faq/evm.asp

ISS: http://www.polity.org.za/article/cote-divoire-whose-election-is-it-anyway-2009-11-11

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Signs of Ghana stabilizing its democracy

The Centre for Democracy and Development writes,

"Putting behind the long history of military involvement in politics, Ghana has conducted three impressive elections in 2000, 2004, and 2008. What stood out in these elections is the ability of this West African nation of about 20 million inhabitants to conduct relatively free and fair elections with each election seen to be an improvement on the previous one."

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The Center for Democracy and Development, April 2010, page 4: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_Apr2010.pdf#page=4

Jibrin Ibgrahim; Transforming Elections in West Africa into Opportunities for Political Choice, Nordic Africa Institute, 2006.

African Elections Project: http://www.africanelections.org/ghana/

Interview with Dr. Abdel Fatua Musa, West Africa Insight, Vol. 1.

The Electoral Commission of Ghana: http://www.ec.gov.gh/

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Bottom-up surveillance on Kenya's Parliament

SID writes,

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The Society for International Development, May 2010, page 4: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SIF_May2010.pdf#page=4


http://www.mzalendo.com/

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Australia Laws to Promote Building Efficiency

"Owners of large commercial buildings in Australia will have to disclose energy efficiency information when putting buildings up for sale or lease, under new laws introduced in parliament. Building owners will need a building energy efficiency certificate when they put office space up for sale or lease. The certificates will spell out an energy efficiency rating, information about the efficiency of the lighting used and information about how energy efficiency could be improved. "

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Science and Technology Scanning: Asia Pacific (pg. 7) —
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/NISTPASS_Aug2010.pdf#page=7
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