Author: Jennifer Lentfer, May 28 2013 My main concern with an increasing reliance on big data is that the space for possibility and the need for control or certainty too often operate in an inverse relationship. In international aid and philanthropy, our work is often focused on unanswered questions. But there are some unanswerable questions?
From Adnan R. Amin: 'What we started seeking in Shahbag - we found in Savar', quipped Farah Ahmed, a quiet, reflective university-goer. She was referring to the amazing show of youth spirit and activism during the building-collapse tragedy at Savar.
As we know, 80 percent of the population of Pakistan is living in rural areas, and the overall literacy rate is not more than 45 percent. Keeping in view the above facts, most of the population have sufficient knowledge about the Malaria, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B (HBV)& C virus, but, unfortunately, a very large number of Pakistani population know less about Polio!
By Manuel Manrique Castro, April 19 2013 I met Luis Fernando Gómez nine years ago. We first met in a small meeting room at IDEA (the Antioquía Development Institute), to talk about the Uno Más Uno Foundation, which he had founded a few months earlier. He was searching for institutions that could help support his efforts to prevent blindness and other types of visual impairment in children. He himself had been condemned to blindness due to a delayed diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa.
With compassion, commitment, and courage, members of the Rotary Club of Peshawar, Pakistan, recently helped immunize children in one of the most remote and dangerous parts of the world.
Members of the club took part in the country's 15-17 September  Subnational Immunization Days, reaching children in a federally administered tribal area in North-West Frontier Province near the troubled Pakistani-Afghan border.
Balochistan is 45% of the geographical area of Pakistan and only 5% of the population. More than 75% of the population of Balochistan lives in rural areas, and it has one of the weakest healthcare infrastructures in the country. The tertiary care hospitals in the provincial capital Quetta are considered crucial settings for the polio eradication initiative. Mobile teams are deployed in the hospitals during polio campaigns, and each of these hospitals has an immunization center where children can get polio drops and routine immunization shots.
Few issues are present in the collective consciousness with an assessment as favourable as education. As time passes, this privileged perception only grows and multiplies because within it is supposedly contained the economic solution for the poor or the continued success for those of greater fortune.
In keeping with that belief, the state and institutions of all kinds are on the same path, consigning to education much of the responsibility for our future and, in particular, equitable and sustainable development that we have not yet reached.
Before we work for development, we should ask ourselves where the development should lead to, where does our own development lead to, where does the traditional development of the other country lead to, and which values have made their development different from ours?
By Manuel Manrique Castro, February 22 2013 Where will be the children of Edison Flores, the young man who died ten years ago lying on a steep street of Comuna 8, one of the leaders of the bloc of the AUC Metro [El Bloque Metro - a paramilitary organisation reported to be of the extreme right that organised itself in the late 1990s in Medellín]?
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