Friday Roundup

I’ve decided to jump on another band wagon and join in on Friday roundups of the blogosphere.  So in no particular order, this week’s selection focuses on issues I’ve been thinking about this week: 1. Malawi education system needs a serious overhaul – Jimmy Kanja’s Blog 10/09/09 2. The Global Gender Gap Index – Kiwiblog…

Electoral systems, democracy and participation

[Edited when I realised that WP for iPhone failed me and lost most of the post – urgh!] Last week the New Zealand Government announced not one but the possibility of two referenda on New Zealand’s electoral system, that is the way that citizens vote in politicians to represent them in Parliament. Despite the two…

Democracy and International Development

We’ve started a little conversation over at the ActionAid news blog on democracy and international development and since I much prefer more engagement (you know me on participation, politics and international development) on these things – I’d love a few more people to join the discussion. No thought is too small!

Friday Afternoon Fun

I was reminded of this brilliant poem last weekend up in Todmorden. You Are Old, Father William “You are old, Father William,” the young man said, “And your hair has become very white; And yet you incessantly stand on your head— Do you think, at your age, it is right?” “In my youth,” Father William…

Better Late Than Never – Blog Action Day 09

So I’ve finally done it – dedicating four posts to the issue of climate change for Blog Action Day 09, although that’s only three if you don’t count the video. I have to admit to running a little late this year but I’ve been unwell, just a cold, but it had me crook in bed…