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The word on the street (and in the New York Times) is, or at least was, that after all that effort and gardening, the Ambanis don’t live in Antilla. No one knows for sure. People still whisper about ghosts and bad luck, Vastu and Feng Shui. Maybe it’s all Karl Marx’s fault. (All that cussing.) Capitalism, he said, “has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, that it is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.”
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We have much to celebrate as we introspect on the gains of the past three decades in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.  We applaud the UN - and your predecessors in this august assembly - for having provided the space for women to gather globally, for listening to our voices, and responding to our various calls for your collective action for the empowerment of women throughout the world.  We particularly appreciate your role – sometimes willing and sometimes reluctant!
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The Challenges of 'Measuring Development, Holding Infinity In the knowledge economy: The theory-practice divide is very porous Researchers and practitioners work together to develop new ideas, products, processes Applied knowledge generates huge profits and economic – political power: new drugs, cosmetics, weapons, intelligence, software, etc. Result assessment is goal-oriented, flexible-dynamic, and critical (sales targets, market shares)  
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The past two decades witnessed the emergence of a new range of transnational social movements, networks, and organizations seeking to promote a more just and equitable global order. With this broadening and deepening of cross-border citizen action, however, troubling questions have arisen about their rights of representation and accountability—the internal hierarchies of voice and access within transnational civil society are being highlighted.
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Over the past fifty years of development history, we have seen the repeated distortion of good ideas and innovative practices as they are lifted out of the political and historical context in which they evolved and rendered into formulas that are “mainstreamed”. This usually involves divesting the idea of its cultural specificity, its political content, and generalizing it into a series of rituals and steps that simulate its original elements, but usually end up without the transformative power of the real thing.
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ActionAid International USA and Just Associates’ research, networking, and advocacy planning process, Forging a Global Movement: New Education Rights Strategies for the US & the World, brought 25 education advocates, analysts and activist scholars together for a Roundtable Discussion in Washington, DC in July 2005, as a first step in building internatonal solidarity for an education rights agenda.
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A two-part case study of India's peasant- and worker-led Right to Information Campaign, connecting livelihood struggles with rights advocacy.
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Underneath questions of injustice and inequality is the question of power. Because people often see power negatively, it is a subject that can be uncomfortable and thus, many of us are reluctant to probe. However, our task in advocacy is to identify the negative uses and dynamics of power and transform them to constructive ends. For that reason, this section begins with some conceptual information that can help to clarify and deepen understanding of how power works.
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The readings in this literature review provide an overview of the ideas andapproaches that are considered useful in shaping new approaches to assessment and learning that strengthen the very processes of transformation that are their focus. The choice of readings has been strongly shaped by discussions held with the
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It’s not an individualist but a collective feminism that we need, one that measures success not by how high a woman can climb, but by the condition in which most women remain, says Shereen Essof
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