Getting involved in global development

Written by Mel Dunn


Australia is blessed with an incredible pool of talent and experience, across a broad range of industries, and it is this expertise that could provide significant and sustainable benefits intorepparttar communities where a development initiative is targeted.

The challenge for many firms and individuals wishing to participate in development activities is in understandingrepparttar 132150 intricacies ofrepparttar 132151 process to secure involvement. Activities through agencies such asrepparttar 132152 Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID),repparttar 132153 World Bank andrepparttar 132154 Asian Development Bank, are usually let through a public, competitive tendering process. Adding to this challenge isrepparttar 132155 fact that in almost all cases,repparttar 132156 process is different for each agency.

Myth – thatrepparttar 132157 development industry is different.

Well of course it is, as are all industries – different clients, different products, different channels to market, different cultures, different environments, different risks etc.

What makes itrepparttar 132158 same isrepparttar 132159 need to ensure client needs are met, if not exceeded, and that products and services are as desired/needed, not imposed.

So how do you get involved? Is it luck? It is skill? Is it people, products or services?

All and more I am sure.

A key step often required isrepparttar 132160 need to demonstrate experience, understanding, value, sustainability of strategies etc to those assessing a tender.

Reality Check - Successful tenders must be compliant torepparttar 132161 requirements ofrepparttar 132162 request, must be price competitive, and need to findrepparttar 132163 balance betweenrepparttar 132164 technical requirements ofrepparttar 132165 response andrepparttar 132166 selling nature ofrepparttar 132167 process.

One ofrepparttar 132168 most important aspects of development initiatives is their ability to produce sustainable outcomes intorepparttar 132169 communities within whichrepparttar 132170 activities take place. Consequently, learning from past activities assists to shaperepparttar 132171 style of future initiatives. For firms or individuals seeking participation, understanding how such learning could modify development approaches is a critical step in determiningrepparttar 132172 type and level of involvement to target.

Fact – learning from past activities continues to shape future interventions.

The Development Market Today

The following points are some key observations aboutrepparttar 132173 directions [approaches] being taken inrepparttar 132174 provision of development assistance. These directions haverepparttar 132175 potential to impact on any strategy organisations and individuals might adopt to enter, maintain, or increase their involvement:

•Funds are being diverted from government aid agencies to other government departments for sector-specific programs •There is a continuing trend to devolve more decision making torepparttar 132176 offshore post ofrepparttar 132177 donor country, away fromrepparttar 132178 ‘central’ headquarters •An increase in donor co-ordination and collaboration where, for example,repparttar 132179 USA [through USAID] and Australia [through AusAID] might align program approaches to avoid duplication and other associated impediments, into a sector-wide approach •A trend seeing more assistance being aligned to foreign policy where, for example, security and regional stability could influence aid disbursement •Bilateral donors are opening their markets, allowing for individuals and organisations to compete for once closed opportunities •There is an increasing trend for a move to larger activities, such as sector-wide approaches, as opposed to specific project interventions •Scale and global reach is likely to be an important criteria in winning and managing major programs •Relationships and networks in country with donor representatives, recipient governments, local organisations and development professionals are becoming increasingly important.

“How To Tell If Someone You Meet In An Online Profile Or Advert Is Married/Partnered Or A Troll" Article 3 of 5

Written by Murray Hughes

----------------------------------------------- Subtitle – Liar, Liar! Pants On Fire! -----------------------------------------------

Today, you'll learn about 2 yellow-flag indicationsrepparttar person onrepparttar 132148 other end of your online chat is possibly a troll (married, partnered or undesirable)..

1.Statute Of Contact Limitations

Beware, beware of anyone putting conditions on when and where you can contact them.

For example - ”Sorry, but I don’t have a land-line, only a cell-phone.”

Or ”Don’t call me on weekends or after 8:30pm”

Or ”Always let me know by email first that you are going to phone me.”

Or "Never leave a message on my answering machine."

You need to ask yourself:

”Who has a cell phone but no land-line?”

”What makes a person unavailable to speak onrepparttar 132149 phone on weekends and evenings?”

”Why would someone require forewarning before being contacted by phone?”

"What'srepparttar 132150 problem with leaving messages onrepparttar 132151 answering machine of someone you're dating online?"

Suspicious wouldn’t you agree?

Inrepparttar 132152 real-world some excuses may be plausible but unfortunately lying is much more prevelent online, so you must be more skeptical in your judgment of what you read from other people.

The exception whererepparttar 132153 above may be acceptable is ifrepparttar 132154 dater is still in a dead relationship that hasn’t officially ended because of ownership of joint assets or even marriage.

Personally, even in these cases I would still steer clear. Sometimes relationships can take a long time to end and then you may just be catching them onrepparttar 132155 rebound with a whole lot of emotional baggage to boot, anyway.

If any of these contact limitations are imposed on you I suggest you tryrepparttar 132156 following:

- confront them about it, be gentle but persistent. If they consistently say they can’t tell you why or won't revokerepparttar 132157 contact limitations then I would say “Bye, bye.”

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