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We are excited to announce the newest confirmed speaker at this year’s annual conference, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley.
Ambassador Bagley was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to lead the Global Partnership Initiative as the Special Representative for Global Partnerships. At her swearing-in ceremony earlier this year, Ambassador Bagley set out her emphasis on partnerships, saying
“We must now make the transition to 21st Century Statecraft, engaging with all the elements of our national power – and leveraging all forms of our strength. That is where partnerships come in. Our private sector is an extraordinary source of innovation, talent, resources, and knowledge; and in the past, we have only scratched the surface.”
Ambassador Bagley stated that through the Global Partnership Initiative, “we are making the Secretary of State’s emphasis on opening our doors to the private sector a rallying cry for change and a platform for smart power.” We are honored to welcome her and to learn about developing cross-sector relationships to further our global development work. Read More
by Global Washington Policy Coordinator Danielle Ellingston
This week the Nobel Prize is causing a lot of excitement in the blogosphere. No, I’m not talking about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. I’m talking about the Nobel Prize in Economics being awarded to Elinor Ostrom. Ostrom was awarded the Nobel Prize “for her analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm,” according to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. “Elinor Ostrom has demonstrated how common property can be successfully managed by user associations,” challenging “the conventional wisdom that common property is poorly managed and should be either regulated by central authorities or privatized.”
In other words, community problems can be solved by the communities themselves at the local level. Not the national or state government. Not private sector businesses. This idea holds a lot of potential for international development. Indeed, many development problems are solved communally, especially in management of community resources, such as water and sanitation.
And when community resource problems are addressed by foreign governments and other actors like NGOs, they should take local institutions into account and use them whenever it makes sense. Where local institutions to solve local problems don’t exist, the emphasis should be on creating an enabling environment for community action. Or at least finding out why the community hasn’t found a solution, before plowing ahead with something imposed from outside the community.
Women’s Enterprises International is a Global Washington member that works with women’s groups in Kenya, Benin, Guatemala, and Indonesia to get clean water, education for children, and income-generating projects. The Kenya project in particular is a good example of an NGO working with local community groups who are already organized to work on community problems.
Do you know of other organizations in Washington State that use a community Read More
Some people are calling it a blessing. Others are calling it a curse. Nicholas Kristof is calling it premature. Check out his recent article at the NYT and let us know your thoughts on what Obama’s recent award means for global development.
On The Ground: Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize