Recent Readings

Past Perspective (1977)

posted Jan 15, 2012, 9:44 AM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Jan 15, 2012, 10:51 AM ]

Foreign Affairs Officials: Professionals without Professions?
William I. Bacchus

"To a casual observer, the Foreign Service of the United States may appear to be among the best established governmental professions, with its high visibility and extensive traditions. This is a doubtful conclusion, since today serious questions exist about its ability to adapt to changing circumstances, the degree to which it is able to establish or retain exclusive functions, and therefore about its future role."

Public Administration Review
Vol. 37, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 1977), pp. 641-650 
(article consists of 10 pages)

Overselling Broadband

posted Jan 12, 2012, 11:01 AM by Jeremy Lambeth

A Critique of the Recommendations of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
Charles Kenny, Center for Global Development
Image credit: rpongsaj
"The Broadband Commission for Digital Development is an ITU (UN International Telecommunications Union) and UNESCO–backed body set up to advocate for greater broadband access worldwide. The commission’s Declaration of Broadband Inclusion for All and other reports call for governments to support ubiquitous fixed broadband access as a vital tool for economic growth and to reach the Millennium Development Goals. Examining the evidence, however, shows that the benefits of broadband are being oversold."

Rebuild Léogâne: Rekonstwi

posted Jun 28, 2011, 5:44 AM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Jun 28, 2011, 6:18 AM ]

On  March  15-­‐18,  2011  a  four  day  planning workshop  was  held  in  Léogâne,  Haiti.    The purpose  of  the  workshop  was  to  bring  together approximately  200  community  members, government  representatives,  and  international non-­‐profit  organizations  to  begin  to  develop  a vision  and  plan  for  the  rebuilding  of  Léogâne.

University of Notre Dame Haiti Program -
University of Florida Social Learning Community -

Sustainable Development Through Efficient Energy Use

posted Aug 17, 2010, 2:55 PM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Aug 17, 2010, 3:37 PM ]

Impact Assessment of the OSRAM Off-Grid Project in Kenya - Gerhard Mair

In Sub-Saharan Africa no more than 8% of rural households are connected to the electric grid, in Kenya 4.6% and in the study area, Suba District, only 0.5%. 93% of the households use kerosene for lightning. A regenerative alternative for lightning, communication, as well as, drinking water supply, is therefore evaluated. Through a redesigned and locally adapted use of photovoltaic technology in OSRAM Energy Hubs, costs and amounts of energy services used in households, business and the fishing sector can be reduced.

West Africa's Youth Employment Challenge

posted Aug 8, 2010, 6:59 AM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Aug 8, 2010, 7:57 AM ]

This report will examine the large and complex youth employment challenge in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire, where there is an “urgent need to create employment for 4.5 million youth” and where over half of all youth lack proper work. Mindful that much of the region’s youth cohort is restive and unemployed, Liberia’s ‘rebel behavior’ and ex-combatant youth among them, the report will also consider the implications of providing ‘productive and decent work’ for youth; that is, work that promises to put youth on the road towards acquiring respect and professional development as well as compensation. The report will conclude with a description of an employment programme for some of the region’s most marginalized and overlooked: poor, unemployed urban youth.

Marc Sommers, Consultant 
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Associate Research Professor 
Humanitarian Studies Institute of Human Security 
The Fletcher School 
Tufts University 
Medford, MA U.S.A.

LDC Ministerial Plan of Action 2009

posted Jul 28, 2010, 8:38 AM by Jeremy Lambeth

"The latest conference of the LDC Ministers of Industry and Trade held on 3-4 December 2009 in Vienna, Austria discussed the following questions: (i) how LDCs have been affected by the crisis and (ii) to what extent they can expect further repercussions in the short and medium term."

WTE facility Spittelau/Fernwaerme Wien GmbH

posted Jul 28, 2010, 8:21 AM by Jeremy Lambeth   [ updated Jan 4, 2012, 9:51 AM ]

"On December 22nd, 2005, Werner Sunk of Columbia University/WTERT/EEC visited the WTE facility Spittelau in Vienna, Austria. He met Herbert Heindl, administrator of the plant ( on site to discuss his questions and see the operating facility."

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Solid Waste Management c2000

posted Jun 13, 2010, 8:38 AM by Jeremy Lambeth

Public and Private Partnership in the Urban Infrastructures - Pradeep Kumar Monga

"The solid waste arising from human activities is one of the major environmental problems in urban areas causing extensive pollution and posing a threat to human health. In recent times, the problem of solid waste disposal - both domestic and industrial - has become very acute in almost every city in India because of the lack of resources, unplanned growth and limited disposal facilities. As a result, solid wastes are being dumped in a haphazard manner in various parts of the cities causing severe environmental problems. Urban solid waste management has, therefore, become a nation-wide concern in India."

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