Archive for May, 2014

Self-Determination

Self-determination, as the basis of good governance, meant that indigenous peoples were equal to all other peoples, the Forum stated. Indigenous forms of governance must be supported as they often complied with indigenous peoples’ identity, customs, rituals and rights to their territories, it stated, calling for more coordination between the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR and indigenous peoples through their representative institutions.

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RCI REPORT ON SABAH’S ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HANDED TO PM, AGONG – ESSCOM TIMES

KOTA KINABALU,( May 19 ) — The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah has submitted the outcome of its investigation to Yang DiPertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

RCI chairman Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong, who is also former Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, told reporters that it was up to the government to decide on the report which was completed early this year.

He declined to elaborate further.

“All I can say is, the public will know when the report is released,” he said after leading the RCI panel on a courtesy call to Yang DiPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin at Istana Negeri here Monday.

The Commission set up on Sept 21, 2012, called 211 witnesses including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before closing the case on Sept 20 last year.—BERNAMA

via RCI REPORT ON SABAH’S ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HANDED TO PM, AGONG – ESSCOM TIMES.

What is asset-based community-driven development (ABCD)? | Sustaining Community Engagement

Asset-based community-driven development (ABCD), or just asset-based community development, is a bottom-up way of working with communities that focuses on community strengths and assets. In another post I spoke about two communities. One was a ‘community in crisis’; the other was one with strong community relationships and bonds. Of course these two communities were the same community – it all depends on what we decide to focus on.

If we ask people to look for deficits, they will usually find them, and their view of situations will be coloured by this. If we ask people to look for successes, they will usually find them, and their view of situations will be coloured by this (Kral, 1989).

GlassABCD focuses on the half full glass. The half empty glass represents the notion that communities are deficient and have needs. The half full glass represents the notion that communities (and the people who live there) have many strengths, capacities and assets. It is the half full glass that gives us something to work with.

ABCD is built on four foundations (Kretzmann, 2010; Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993; Mathie & Cunningham, 2003):

It focuses on community assets and strengths rather than problems and needs

It identifies and mobilises individual and community assets, skills and passions

It is community driven – ‘building communities from the inside out’ (Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993)

It is relationship driven.

via What is asset-based community-driven development (ABCD)? | Sustaining Community Engagement.