Even though I was born and raised in Dhaka, an urban jungle of almost 15 million people, and where traces of greenery is now almost non-existent, like all other Bengalis when asked where I am from, I identify myself as coming from a small village in northern Bangladesh – a place where my father was born and where we still own… Continue
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 17, 2010 at 7:00pm —
The outlook for food security situation in Tajikistan is rather bleak and has been for a while now. The UN classifies 54% of the total population as living in unfavorable Continue
food security situation. Of this population
group, the WFP lists 9% to be in severe food insecurity, while another 22% to
be in moderate insecurity. Numerous studies evince that most of the population is
spending more than half their income on food (for the most vulnerable…
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 16, 2010 at 10:00pm —
According to a recent government decree, from January 2010 no one in the City of Dushanbe can have livestock including live poultry in their house. The reasoning being such practices were leading to high incidence of flies, which according to the Ministry of Health can cause and transmit disease. The KGB or what used to be the KGB is actively enforcing the decree strictly penalizing violators. Laudable or laughable, you decide.
Live animals in households are a common sight… Continue
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 16, 2010 at 8:26pm —
Food Deprivation: percent of total population
Chronically food insecure 10%
Highly vulnerable 17%
Borderline* cases 27%
*- easily becomes food insecure when affected by shocks such as natural disasters, crop failures, debts, etc.
Diet Composition: (Share… Continue
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 15, 2010 at 8:07pm —
People in developing countries often look to the West for examples of progress and innovation instead of looking at their own backyard. Many can easily name the tallest building in Chicago without a blink of an eye but fall from the sky if you tell them that the architect of the building was a Bangladeshi, a man whose design since has revolutionized construction of skyscrapers.
A few years back when we first started talking about Corporate Social Responsibility… Continue
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 10, 2010 at 8:47pm —
My next steps is a three-pronged approach:
- LEARN: acquaint myself better with the issues of Solid Waste Management.
- ACT: start a Facebook group on Solid waste management related issues
- IMAGINE: aspire to someday creating the ultimate information clearinghouse on the subject
And, where did I get this inspiration - Alchemy take a wild guess!
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 10, 2010 at 6:04pm —
Simply griping away about trash is not going to solve the problem so why not do something about it now! Taking up Agent Tsangaris's challenge I went out to my yard and dug up a h*** and from now on will dispose off the non-meat organic waste from my household into this h***.
No longer will my veggies, fruits or similar waste be put into small shopping bags and carried to the dumpster (next to the middle school), where inevitably someone riffles through the bags hoping to… Continue
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 10, 2010 at 5:44pm —
While browsing the database for Ashoka Fellows from my country, I was surprised to find that there Continue
were several heroes listed whom I have met over the course of my work, and now know
many of them personally. The fact that these acquaintances are Ashoko Fellows is not what surprised me most but rather the fact that this was a fact about them that I was not aware of…
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 8, 2010 at 8:00pm —
Out of the 33 very compelling secrets of social innovation, my favorite is Ethan Zuckerman's "Embrace market mechanisms (giving stuff away for free rarely works as well as selling it)". Without a doubt the other 32 factors are all necessary, however, my years of working in developing countries have taught me the importance of respecting market principles.
In the "development sector" when designing and implementing projects, the importance and benefits of… Continue
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 6, 2010 at 5:17pm —
Nobody likes waste. Nobody likes to waste. Yet sadly, industrialization, urbanization and waste generation seem to be directly correlated. Most of the urban centers in developing countries are facing increased population pressure as more and more people move to cities in search of gainful employment - the net result of which is further increases in the quantities of waste generation – pushing the already inadequate waste management systems into disarray.
Mountains of trash are not a…
Added by Iftekar Ahmed on March 5, 2010 at 7:26pm —