The changing face of humanitarianism – Jacinta O’Hagan

Source: The Malaysian Insider

There was some good news for some of the world’s most desperate over the weekend, with the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report showing that donations rose to a record high last year.

Donors gave US$24.5 billion (RM92 billion) in 2014, with all of 2013’s largest donors giving more. However, with the good news there was some bad, the report also noting that despite the increase, it still wasn’t enough.

And it gets more depressing, with 2014 also setting a new record for refugees. According to the UN Refugee Agency’s annual report, there are now 59.5 million forcibly displaced people across the globe. Of these, 13.9 million were forced to flee their homes in 2014. No wonder they are calling it a record year in human misery. Read more

A not-so-imaginary case study – Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

BY AZMI SHAROM

Azmi Sharom - file pic

Azmi Sharom – file pic

ONE of the methods that we use in university when teaching is to give our students a scenario and have them try and solve the problem based on what they have learnt.

So, for a bit of fun, let’s try it here. Pretend you are a student and below is an assignment question.

There is a university and it is facing some difficulties. The campus has been having water supply problems – namely water is not reaching the various residential colleges.

There are 13 colleges and their water supply has been erratic. When there is a supply, the water is oftentimes dirty. Read more

Microsoft-powered crowdfunding portal to aid human trafficking victims

Source: Digital News Asia

  • Public can support cause, victims assured of protection and privacy
  • ‘6Degree is about connecting individual users with individual human stories’

 

MICROSOFT Corp and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have announced the launch of 6Degree.org, a crowdfunding portal that would enable the public to directly support the voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of individual human trafficking victims.

Backed by the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing platform, 6Degree was developed by IOM’s human trafficking awareness campaign, IOM X, which is carried out with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and working in collaboration with independent software vendor AvePoint, Microsoft said in a statement.

According to UN estimates, 20.9 million men, women and children are victims of human trafficking and exploitation worldwide. Read more

Get serious about fighting corruption – Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Source: The Star Online

BY WAN SAIFUL WAN JAN

Wan Saiful Wan Jan - The Star Online file pic

Wan Saiful Wan Jan – The Star Online file pic

We must separate the roles of the Attorney-General as legal advisor to the Government and Public Prosecutor who prosecutes cases in court.

IT has become fashionable for critics to express dissatisfaction every time the Auditor-General presents his report to Parliament. So when the second report this year was tabled on June 15, the reaction was generally expected.

But the reaction from Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed is particularly important. Nur Jazlan, who is also Ideas’ Council member this time, says that he is disappointed with the performance of many Government agencies because they have failed to improve. Read more