September 2009

Mark Thirlwell presents a summary of the impact the rise of India and China is having, as part of the Lowy Institutes Global Trends presentation.

Thanks to Daniel Araya for the link:


About the Report

Places do well when they promote transformations along the dimensions of economic geography: higher densities as cities grow; shorter distances as workers and businesses migrate closer to density; and fewer divisions as nations lower their economic borders and enter world markets to take advantage of scale and trade in specialized products. World Development Report 2009 concludes that the transformations along these three dimensions–density, distance, and division–are essential for development and should be encouraged.

The conclusion is controversial. Slum-dwellers now number a billion, but the rush to cities continues. A billion people live in lagging areas of developing nations, remote from globalization’s many benefits. And poverty and high mortality persist among the world’s “bottom billion,” trapped without access to global markets, even as others grow more prosperous and live ever longer lives. Concern for these three intersecting billions often comes with the prescription that growth must be spatially balanced.

Complete Report

Table of Contents & front matter

Complete report Part 1Part 2

Geography in Motion: The report at a glancespacer
Geography in motion: The Report at a Glance – Density, Distance, and Division



Micro CDS/ISIS is an advanced non-numerical information storage and retrieval software developed by UNESCO since 1985 to satisfy the need of organizations to streamline their information processing activities by using modern (and relatively inexpensive) PC technologies.

The new report, entitled World of Work Report 2008: Income inequalities in the age of financial globalization, produced by the ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies contain a number of assertions in relation to education investment for development. I sometimes wonder if assertions like this are verifiable in all cases

When spending on primary and secondary education is low in comparison to spending on tertiary education, children from low-income households will have
fewer chances to obtain the secondary education that is a prerequisite for attending university. (p. 25)

From Preface to World of Work Report  2008:

Income inequalities are pervasive and growing in virtually all countries. Public debates and policies have focused on this challenge. Opinion surveys illustrate how people link the downsides of globalization to rising income inequalities. It is only appropriate therefore for the International Institute for Labour Studies to apply its analytical expertise to a trend of direct relevance to the world of work. The outcome is a comprehensive overview of key factors underlying unbalanced
income developments. It shows that income inequality has risen more than can be justified by economic analysis and entails major social and economic costs. What emerges is an evidence-based critique of the way financial globalization has occurred so far. The findings assembled here provide analytical support to the ILO’s view that the growth model that led to the financial crisis is not sustainable. It confirms that a rebalancing between economic, social and environmental goals is vital both to recovery and also the shaping of a fair globalization. (p. vii)

Thanks to Gabriela Walker for the link

Footage of activists in Pittsburgh organizing against the G20 Summit, including labor, fair trade, living wage, community, and socialist organizers. The 2009 G20 Summit in Pittsburgh will be held September 24th and 25th attended by leaders from the most powerful countries. This footage was filmed on September 23rd, 2009 at the Teach-in at the Steelworkers headquarters in Pittsburgh and at the Mounumental Baptist Church ‘Tent City’ in Pittsburgh’s The Hill district. Filmed and edited by Jeb Sprague, for the Inter Press Service (IPS).

This is a very useful site to find articles, conference papers and the latest research on Educational Technology: The Ed/ITLib Digital Library

For instances a list of Journals included in their Website  are:


ISSN 1522-192X

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The following article from the Feb. 2008 International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning by Caswell, Henson, Jensen & Wiley provides a good overview of the opencourseware history and the importance of OER for any project of universal education. [read full article here]


The role of distance education is shifting. Traditionally distance education was limited in the number of people served because of production, reproduction, and distribution costs. Today, while it still costs the university time and money to produce a course, technology has made it such that reproduction costs are almost non-existent. This shift has significant implications, and allows distance educators to play an important role in the fulfillment of the promise of the right to universal education. At little or no cost, universities can make their content available to millions. This content has the potential to substantially improve the quality of life of learners around the world. New distance education technologies, such as OpenCourseWares, act as enablers to achieving the universal right to education. These technologies, and the associated changes in the cost of providing access to education, change distance education’s role from one of classroom alternative to one of social transformer.

Keywords: OpenCourseWare; distance education; access; new technologies

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