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Entrepreneurship means economic recovery
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Women and Entrepreneurship
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the successes, the emerging new applications and the strategies
that inform one of the fastest growing technology sectors:
interactive leisure facilities. The authors interviewed 70 leading
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New, unimagined models continue to emerge – innovation is key.
The Estelle Trust is a small charitable fund which works with others on schemes to improve education, health and governance in Africa and runs a small number of its own projects in Zambia. Ashgate donates a proportion of its profits to the Trust each year, and Ashgate/Gower staff members are also involved in supporting the Estelle Trust through various fund raising activities. Recently, Eleanor Hill, Ashgate’s e-books Administrator, went one step further. She spent a week with Project Luangwa in Zambia, helping them with database design for their child sponsorship and building project management. This is her account of her visit.
The Estelle Trust has close links with Project Luangwa in Zambia. The Trust funded the building of a library for Mfuwe Secondary School which is now built and stocked with books but not yet open pending the cataloguing of the books by a volunteer. Karen and Dave (who run Project Luangwa) are particularly delighted to be seeing this volunteer again as they know him, and know that he will do a thorough and accurate job! He will also be doing some training of both staff and students before the official opening of the library.
The purpose of my visit was to analyse and design a couple of databases to help with the administration of the Project. One will help Karen with the Sponsorship records, currently held in 134 separate spreadsheets and the other will help Dave administer his building projects and allow him to produce more accurate estimates for each new school block or teachers house they build. Having succeeded in producing the designs I will now have plenty to occupy my evenings and weekends turning the designs into working databases.
I had been told to expect views of wildlife across the lagoon outside the office window but hadn’t expected the wildlife to be quite so up close and personal!
I couldn’t be more impressed with the work that Karen and Dave do in providing educational opportunities for orphans in rural Zambia. AIDS is not the only killer out there and there are huge numbers of orphans who would have no hope of an education if it weren’t for the work they do. And, as if poverty were not enough of a handicap, the girls have to overcome even more obstacles to get the chance to achieve their potential, which is where the Mfuwe Secondary School Girls’ club comes into its own. This is a wonderful group of girls all from problem backgrounds, who are determined to improve their lot. I attended their weekly meeting where they had a guest speaker – the delightfully down to earth, unshockable and entertaining local western doctor whose brief was to answer any questions the girls wanted to ask – Karen and I both learned things there too. At the end of the meeting there was great excitement as Karen had some T shirts and knickers to hand out to the girls – see below:
If you want to find out more about the sort of lives and problems the girls can look forward to in this area do take a look at the following link http://www.projectluangwa.org/gendersupport
If anyone is interested in making a donation to the very worthwhile work that Karen and Dave are doing in Zambia, you can find more information here: http://www.projectluangwa.org/library
Investors keenly await an end to Indonesia’s political limbo
It was the former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson who reportedly asserted that “a week is a long time in politics”. For many who have been following the recent Indonesian Presidential Election, the two week period between Election Day (9th July) and the anticipated announcement of the official result on 22nd July feels like an eternity.
Many Indonesians quip that their country currently has three presidents: the incumbent and outgoing president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, plus the two contenders – Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto – who have both claimed victory.
This current fortnight of political drama and limbo is the finale in a protracted political drama. It has long been known that 2014 would be a year of change: under Indonesia’s constitution, President Yudhoyono is obliged to stand down this year after two terms in office. However, the ‘change’ that would ultimately be on offer to the electorate had long been a topic of speculation, right up to the final months before the election. Would Jakarta’s popular Governor, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stand or not? Would the incumbent president’s party (Partai Demokrat) be able to field a candidate or not? In the end, it wasn’t.
For many foreign investors, statements from the two candidates to date have provided a rather hazy mix of cautious optimism and mild concern. Neither candidate has indicated a radical shift in policy towards foreign investment. Both have a background in international business and in one form or another have acknowledged the contributions FDI has made to the Indonesian economy. However, both have also taken care to acquiesce to nationalist sentiments by talking a negative stance on certain foreign investment activity:
Earlier in the year, Jokowi’s party (the PDI-P) stated in its economic platform for 2014’s two elections (legislative and presidential) that “we are facing a situation in which our economic sovereignty and policies are being dictated by foreign powers.” Meanwhile, Prabowo has indicated plans to renegotiate contracts with foreign companies to get better terms for the Indonesian state.
The degree to which such rhetoric actually evolves into hard policy once the president is sworn in is questionable however. Fauzi Ichsan, Senior Economist at Standard Chartered, recently asserted that “the rhetoric during the political campaign is likely to be thrown out of the window the moment either [candidate] is elected president.”
In the case of Jokowi, some recent actions reassuringly seem to trump the less encouraging rhetoric. Infrastructure is widely regarded as both the impediment and key that will unlock much of Indonesia’s investment potential and ease of doing business. On this, Jokowi has an encouraging track record as mayor of the Javanese city of Solo and more recently as Jakarta’s Governor, where after years of inertia despite the economic boom times, the capital has finally begun the construction of a long-awaited mass rapid transit (MRT) system, with other major transport infrastructure projects in the pipeline.
For his part, Prabowo’s credentials as a businessman with significant overseas interests lead some to believe and hope that he would maintain an investment-friendly business environment. However, the high-profile case of the UK’s Churchill Mining and its long-running dispute with Indonesia’s Nusantara Energy (which is affiliated to Prabowo), has lingered in some investors’ minds.
Whatever the outcome that’s announced on 22nd July, there’s widespread hope among international political and business leaders alike that the new administration will keep Indonesia on the path of reform and openness with the global economy. With a population nearing 250 million and a growing, urbanised middle class eager for new, innovative products and keen to build careers in increasingly sophisticated industries, Indonesia’s new leadership will owe its people nothing less than the vast economic and professional development opportunities that can come from attracting targeted, value-added FDI.
Daniel Nicholls is author of Foreign Direct Investment.
Daniel Nicholls is a London-based Consultant at the economic development consultancy OCO Global where he works on a variety of consulting and training assignments for clients and industry associations. With a background in marketing and communications, Daniel has lived and worked in various European countries over the past decade and is currently on assignment in Indonesia.
Gower Author Gary Lloyd regularly writes on his double Loop blog.
Here is the beginning of his latest post but do pop along to Double Loop to read more.
When I tell people that I specialise in Lean Project Management, they often ask:
“Is that the same as Agile?”
“Is that a version of Agile?”
My answer is:
“It could be but usually it isn’t”
One could get drawn into a long discussion, comparing and contrasting the 5 Principles of Lean Thinking and the 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto but let’s be honest, it would be pretty boring.
So what, in my experience, differentiates Lean Project Management from most Agile implementations?
The key difference is that most Agile implementations are based on the “push” of requirements, rather than the “pull” of business value.
This blog post written by Gower author Gijs van Wulfen can be found on InnovationManagement.se site.
“The fuzzy front end is the nickname for the start of innovation or ideation phase. Getting innovative ideas is a vague process. It’s considered as hard to do. That’s exactly why I like to unfuzzy it. I wrote more than a dozen blogs on this on Innovationmanagement.se. In this blog all my advice come together in 20 tips for ideation excellence.”
Gower author, Phil Driver is CEO of OpenStrategies PRUB strategy system, which offers a different way of doing strategy.
Merron Simpson has been involved with OpenStrategies for around 5 years and believes it is quite possibly the best strategy system in the world.
It adopts a purposely simple logical path and plain language that allows many stakeholders to share, understand and own strategies in common, so that they can integrate not just their high level ambitions, but also what they do, effectively. It offers a dynamic strategic planning process so it can be added to and altered as the circumstances change, in real time.
More information about OpenStrategies, what it does and how it can help you, can be found on Merron’s blog http://www.newrealities.co.uk/blog
The new book, Validating Stategies by Phil Driver, CEO of OpenStrategies, has just been published by Gower.
The Emirates Literature Festival takes place in Dubai on the 4th – 8th March 2014.
Gower author Andy Lake, of Smart Flexibility will be presenting/speaking in three sessions at the Festival. His sessions will consist of a main presentation, a panel, and a session with university students as part of their education programme and are titled: Can You Change Your Life?, Smart Flexibility and The Art of The Microstory. More information about Andy’s sessions can be found here.
The festival will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City.
To find out more about the Emirates Literature Festival, click here.