Wednesday, November 10, 2010

[socialactionfoundationforequity:9122 Rescuing Teens from Sex Trafficking Motivates Research

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Rescuing Teens from Sex Trafficking Motivates Research
http://www.newswise.com/articles/rescuing-teens-from-sex-trafficking-motivates-research

Released: 11/9/2010

Source: University at Buffalo

Newswise — When University at Buffalo School of Social Work doctoral
candidate Bincy Wilson tried to rescue teenage women from sexual trade
slavery working the streets of Goa, India, she was the frequent target
of threats made by the pimps -- some of them family members of the
women -- whose livelihood relied on keeping these women in sexual
servitude.

"Threats, oh yes, they were part of the job," says Wilson, who
recently finished two international conferences in which she presented
on the need for trans-cultural holistic interventions for women
exiting the sex trade, and the traumatic experiences of women in the
trade. "You don't stay put fearing for your own life when there is a
need to rescue others. We worked in this field because we were
passionate about what we did, and the smile of hope on the emancipated
victims' faces is worth the risk taken."

Wilson, 27, has tapped into the experiences of her young life for her
study at UB. A native of Bangalore, India, Wilson spent three years in
Goa assisting women in finding alternatives to working in the sex
trade. More recently as a therapist at "SAGE," an agency with a
similar mission in San Francisco, she was able to address the
traumatization in this prostitute population -- which has fueled her
interest and sense of urgency in her research.

She intends to use the knowledge gained from her research to help
organizations develop good interventions and other ways to provide
services to victims of sex trafficking.

Essential in Wilson's research is the fact that sex trafficking is
both a worldwide and dramatically increasing problem. A 2010 report
prepared by the U.S. Department of State Government concluded the
numbers of people -- mostly women -- involved in human trafficking had
increased by 59 percent in the past two years. The International Labor
Organization estimates that there are at least 12.3 million adults and
children who are trafficked for forced labor, bonded labor and sex
trade. And the problem extends across the globe, from developed to
developing countries, according to Wilson's research.

"Sex trafficking is a global social justice issue," Wilson said in her
presentation, "Developing Interventions for Women Exiting the Sex
Trade: Societal Perspectives," that she and Barbara Rittner, associate
dean for external affairs in the UB School of Social Work, delivered
at the annual Conference on Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex
Work held at the University of Toledo. "Whatever attention it receives
is driven by the rapidly increasing numbers of people being trafficked
internationally and by (medical and health) concerns about sexually
transmitted disease such as HIV/AIDS associated with the trade."

"Working with Bincy created an important shift in my thinking," says
Rittner. "Most of my work has been with children in foster care in the
states, many of whom had mothers in the sex trade, and many of my
female adolescent foster children were runaways recruited into the sex
trade from the streets.

"The work Bincy and I are doing has helped me think differently about
how women enter the trade, why they stay in the trade and why what
works in the West to encourage exit may not be workable in the East or
subcontinent India. This is what makes working with international
doctoral students so exciting."

Wilson's two academic presentations, including a recent presentation
in Atlanta, tapped into her unique mix of scholarly expertise and
experiences. They were lessons from the years she and her coworkers
intervened in the lives of young women -- many still in their teens --
trying to escape lives of prostitution and exploitation from pimps,
who sometimes were their husbands and family members. She was program
manager at an Indian organization Arz, which translates to "Life
Without Injustice," in the Indian coastal city of Goa where she worked
as a counselor rehabilitating young women forced to work in the sex
trade for money.

"You see exploitation of these women in every way," says Wilson, who
came to Buffalo with her husband who also enrolled in a doctoral
program at UB. "Not only is the trauma associated with their
experience while in the sex trade, but it is also attached to their
past, even before they enter the trade. Most of them are coming from
lives of abuse, neglect and abject poverty, situations in which they
do not have a square meal or basic resources.

"The debilitating impact of being in the sex trade is visible not only
when they are in the sex trade, but also when they are trying to exit
the trade. You find them getting addicted to drugs or alcohol in order
to cope with the experience of sexual trauma, their health takes a
major toll on them with multiple abuses, abortions, miscarriages,
menstrual and gynecological problems. Most of the girls suffer from
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTSD, dissociation,
depression, suicide attempts and severe anxiety. They experience
difficulty having a normal relationship because of their traumatic
sexual experience. When they are in a relationship with someone they
love, it becomes difficult for them to get intimate due to the sexual
trauma experienced while in the trade. They are often viewed as mere
sexual objects by men, and none care to know who they really are
within."

While working for three years as a program manager in Goa, Wilson
helped establish an automatic laundry to give the sex trade workers an
alternative for making a living and a chance to be together for
support. She and her coworkers saw many success stories, she says, but
it's the failed ones that often linger most in her mind.

Three years ago, when she was 24, Wilson was working to rehabilitate
women working in the sex trafficking business in the infamous red
light district of Goa, a traditional destination for Indians and
international jetsetters. Thanks to their close ties to the community,
Wilson's colleagues heard about a young girl accompanied by a man who
had recently come to town, and the community identified the man as the
girl's husband.

A staff member brought the couple into Wilson's office, and the
husband told workers how they came from a poor background and were in
desperate need of money; that's why the girl was working as a
prostitute. Wilson's colleagues offered the cooperative laundromat as
an alternative, and at the same time contacted police to prosecute the
husband for trafficking his wife.

But there were delays in getting the police involved, Wilson
remembers. "The man wanted to leave and not have anything to do with
us," she says. "Then he said he wanted to take the girl to the doctor.
So I said I wanted to accompany them to the doctor. And he kept
insisting on me leaving on the way. But I knew once they left, we
would not have any trace of where they were going.

"I started going along with them. And the girl kept insisting I leave
because the husband was pressuring her and telling me to leave. All
the time, my colleagues were trying to get the magistrate and anti-
trafficking unit to come and catch these two."

On the way to the doctor's, the man said he needed to stop at his
house because they needed to get something there. So Wilson waited
outside and watched while the two went inside. "They exited through
the back door of the house," Wilson says. "By the time the anti-
trafficking force came, they had already escaped and we had no trace
of them."

Wilson never saw either of them again.

"I keep seeing that picture of the girl's face in my mind," Wilson
says. "Even now when I talk about it, I have a very strong image of
that girl looking so helpless and asking me to leave. She had this
look of fear, not only for herself but also for me, for something
happening to me, because I was traveling alone with them.
"She was very young, obviously a minor, very small build. She had this
jazzy lipstick on, trying to make her as attractive and marketable as
possible."

There are other stories, some much more successful. Wilson knows her
very first rescue victim is doing well. "She's getting married, she
has a baby girl," she says. "The last time I was in Goa I saw her.
It's really nice to see them leading a better life, one that is not
exploitative."

Success or disappointment, what she saw on the streets remains a major
motivation in her work at UB.

"Research is a product of my experience and the time working in the
field," says Wilson. "Whatever services are provided, something is
still missing because I see some women relapsing back into the same
life. I am really interested in exploring that missing factor."

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York
system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than
28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in
1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of
American Universities

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9121 Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO

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Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66919

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

India and Global Fund have signed the following agreements relating to
prevention and control of HIV/AIDS under which Global Fund grants are
received as external aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS. These are
Global Fund grants and not US grants:

(i) GFATM Round – II (01.05.2004-30.04.2009) for implementation of
programme for Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission(PPTCT) of HIV/
AIDS totaling US $ 92.70 million;

(ii) GFATM Round – III (1/12005-31/12/2009)for HIV/TB collaborative
activities totaling US $ 14.82 million;

(iii) GFATM Round – IV (01.09.2005-31.03.2010) for provision of Anti-
Retroviral Therapy (ART) to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)
totaling US $ 122.66 million;

(iv) GFATM Round – VI (01.07.2007 – 30.06.2012) for providing Care,
Support & treatment services to people living with HIV/AIDS for an
amount of US $ 161.72 million;

(v) GFATM Round – VII (01.09.2008-31.08.2010) for establishing rural
out-reach through Link worker scheme (LWS) at a cost of US $ 8.33
million;

(vi) RCC- II(Dec 09-Nov 2012) for continued support for scaling up of
Integrated Counseling and Testing Services(ICTC), PPTCT and HIV/TB
collaborative activities for US $ 128.40 million.

These agreements with the Global Fund are based on mutually agreed
physical targets and budgets. Disbursements under these grants are
initially made in advance and subsequent advances are regulated based
upon the utilization reported.

These grants are not in the form of loans and as such do not bear
interest nor is repayment required.

This information was given by Minister of State for Health and Family
Welfare Shri Dinesh Trivedi in written reply to a question raised in
Rajya Sabha today.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9120 Anandwan

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Anandwan
http://www.anandwan.in/default.html

Maharogi Sewa Samiti is a nonprofit organisation in Central India
helping socially retarded people to enhance their livelihood
capabilities through self-discovery and empowering them to contribute
back to the society.

It was founded in 1949 by internationally known human rights activist
Baba Amte, to better the plight of the marginalized leprosy patients
and people with disabilities through treatment, training and active
inducement in self managed communes. The unique approaches of
individual development consists of helping the marginalized break free
from the past and regain their lost sense of dignity by engaging in
production oriented trades to let them live an economically productive
life.

MSS has a firm belief in giving a 'Chance' and not just charity to the
socially outcasts who have lost sense of self-respect. It gives them
opportunities to self discover the worth of their hidden ability and
thus eliminate their dependence on others.

Today MSS shelters rather unusual cohort of 3500 people spread in four
districts of Central India consisting of leprosy patients, people with
disabilities like the hearing and, visually impaired and
orthopaedically handicapped, orphans, senior citizens and socially
backward people like tribals. MSS aspires to make each of its
differently-abled inmates self-reliant by imparting value based
training thus enabling them to live their life with dignity.

MSS work on wide spectrum of activities ranging from provision of
basic healthcare and rehabilitation, development of land and water
resource, enhancement of incomes and sustainable livelihoods,
imparting formal and vocational education and sensitization of youth
on environmental and socioeconomic issues. MSS strives to couple
innovative tools and technology with the above activities for
environment friendly means of coexistence.

MSS has been a pioneer in medical treatment and rehabilitation of
leprosy patients in the world. Till date around 80 thousand people
have benefited through its activities. It is fast becoming a focal
point from where the quintessence of new paradigms of social work and
developmental activities is spreading far and wide. The institution
has grown over the last five decades to become an internationally
renowned institution and perhaps the largest community of leprosy
afflicted and people with disabilities in the world.

Vision
Help socially retarded people to enhance their livelihood capabilities
through self-discovery and empower them to contribute back to the
society.
Create a self-sufficient, democratic village community of socially
retarded people through harmonious blending of science and technology
with indigenous techniques.
Mission
The mission of MSS is to enable the social rejects through 'Creative
Humanism'. With following objectives in mind, MSS is forging ahead
towards a bright future.

Discover a unique approach that would integrate the socially retarded
people in the society, giving them new outlook and purpose in life and
help them to look forward with assurance and courage to the future.
To empower socially retarded people to fight prejudice, sarcasm,
loneliness and hatred with self-respect, confidence and perseverance;
To promote development of intra-disability and inter-disability
relationships for nullifying the factors like social stigma, ostracism
or sympathy offered to them on the account of their handicap.
To sensitize the society towards the problems of socially retarded
elements and promote a healthy outlook.
To secure the redress of the grievances of needy people through
negotiation, reconciliation, arbitration and if necessary, social
action.
To prevent the deterioration in natural resources and environments
through local community awareness campaigns.
To develop and transfer of eco-friendly technologies suitable for
rural and urban societies.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9122 Sex racket busted, 6 auto drivers held

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9121 Sex racket busted, 6 auto drivers held

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9113 Sex racket busted, 6 auto drivers held

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9123 Warkaris oppose anti-superstition bill

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Warkaris oppose anti-superstition bill
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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9113 Warkaris oppose anti-superstition bill

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9113 We'll stall your houses if you ignore us: CJ to govt

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We'll stall your houses if you ignore us: CJ to govt
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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9122 Lawyer to undergo psychological tests

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9120 Lawyer to undergo psychological tests

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9113 Glamour's Women of the Year Awards 2010

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Glamour's Women of the Year Awards 2010
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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9113 Lawyer to undergo psychological tests

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9120 Lawmakers vow fix for alternative tax

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9113 Lawmakers vow fix for alternative tax

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9113 69 child prostitutes freed in sweep

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9100 Rescuing Teens from Sex Trafficking Motivates Research

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http://www.newswise.com/articles/rescuing-teens-from-sex-trafficking-motivates-research

Released: 11/9/2010

Source: University at Buffalo

Newswise — When University at Buffalo School of Social Work doctoral
candidate Bincy Wilson tried to rescue teenage women from sexual trade
slavery working the streets of Goa, India, she was the frequent target
of threats made by the pimps -- some of them family members of the
women -- whose livelihood relied on keeping these women in sexual
servitude.

"Threats, oh yes, they were part of the job," says Wilson, who
recently finished two international conferences in which she presented
on the need for trans-cultural holistic interventions for women
exiting the sex trade, and the traumatic experiences of women in the
trade. "You don't stay put fearing for your own life when there is a
need to rescue others. We worked in this field because we were
passionate about what we did, and the smile of hope on the emancipated
victims' faces is worth the risk taken."

Wilson, 27, has tapped into the experiences of her young life for her
study at UB. A native of Bangalore, India, Wilson spent three years in
Goa assisting women in finding alternatives to working in the sex
trade. More recently as a therapist at "SAGE," an agency with a
similar mission in San Francisco, she was able to address the
traumatization in this prostitute population -- which has fueled her
interest and sense of urgency in her research.

She intends to use the knowledge gained from her research to help
organizations develop good interventions and other ways to provide
services to victims of sex trafficking.

Essential in Wilson's research is the fact that sex trafficking is
both a worldwide and dramatically increasing problem. A 2010 report
prepared by the U.S. Department of State Government concluded the
numbers of people -- mostly women -- involved in human trafficking had
increased by 59 percent in the past two years. The International Labor
Organization estimates that there are at least 12.3 million adults and
children who are trafficked for forced labor, bonded labor and sex
trade. And the problem extends across the globe, from developed to
developing countries, according to Wilson's research.

"Sex trafficking is a global social justice issue," Wilson said in her
presentation, "Developing Interventions for Women Exiting the Sex
Trade: Societal Perspectives," that she and Barbara Rittner, associate
dean for external affairs in the UB School of Social Work, delivered
at the annual Conference on Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex
Work held at the University of Toledo. "Whatever attention it receives
is driven by the rapidly increasing numbers of people being trafficked
internationally and by (medical and health) concerns about sexually
transmitted disease such as HIV/AIDS associated with the trade."

"Working with Bincy created an important shift in my thinking," says
Rittner. "Most of my work has been with children in foster care in the
states, many of whom had mothers in the sex trade, and many of my
female adolescent foster children were runaways recruited into the sex
trade from the streets.

"The work Bincy and I are doing has helped me think differently about
how women enter the trade, why they stay in the trade and why what
works in the West to encourage exit may not be workable in the East or
subcontinent India. This is what makes working with international
doctoral students so exciting."

Wilson's two academic presentations, including a recent presentation
in Atlanta, tapped into her unique mix of scholarly expertise and
experiences. They were lessons from the years she and her coworkers
intervened in the lives of young women -- many still in their teens --
trying to escape lives of prostitution and exploitation from pimps,
who sometimes were their husbands and family members. She was program
manager at an Indian organization Arz, which translates to "Life
Without Injustice," in the Indian coastal city of Goa where she worked
as a counselor rehabilitating young women forced to work in the sex
trade for money.

"You see exploitation of these women in every way," says Wilson, who
came to Buffalo with her husband who also enrolled in a doctoral
program at UB. "Not only is the trauma associated with their
experience while in the sex trade, but it is also attached to their
past, even before they enter the trade. Most of them are coming from
lives of abuse, neglect and abject poverty, situations in which they
do not have a square meal or basic resources.

"The debilitating impact of being in the sex trade is visible not only
when they are in the sex trade, but also when they are trying to exit
the trade. You find them getting addicted to drugs or alcohol in order
to cope with the experience of sexual trauma, their health takes a
major toll on them with multiple abuses, abortions, miscarriages,
menstrual and gynecological problems. Most of the girls suffer from
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTSD, dissociation,
depression, suicide attempts and severe anxiety. They experience
difficulty having a normal relationship because of their traumatic
sexual experience. When they are in a relationship with someone they
love, it becomes difficult for them to get intimate due to the sexual
trauma experienced while in the trade. They are often viewed as mere
sexual objects by men, and none care to know who they really are
within."

While working for three years as a program manager in Goa, Wilson
helped establish an automatic laundry to give the sex trade workers an
alternative for making a living and a chance to be together for
support. She and her coworkers saw many success stories, she says, but
it's the failed ones that often linger most in her mind.

Three years ago, when she was 24, Wilson was working to rehabilitate
women working in the sex trafficking business in the infamous red
light district of Goa, a traditional destination for Indians and
international jetsetters. Thanks to their close ties to the community,
Wilson's colleagues heard about a young girl accompanied by a man who
had recently come to town, and the community identified the man as the
girl's husband.

A staff member brought the couple into Wilson's office, and the
husband told workers how they came from a poor background and were in
desperate need of money; that's why the girl was working as a
prostitute. Wilson's colleagues offered the cooperative laundromat as
an alternative, and at the same time contacted police to prosecute the
husband for trafficking his wife.

But there were delays in getting the police involved, Wilson
remembers. "The man wanted to leave and not have anything to do with
us," she says. "Then he said he wanted to take the girl to the doctor.
So I said I wanted to accompany them to the doctor. And he kept
insisting on me leaving on the way. But I knew once they left, we
would not have any trace of where they were going.

"I started going along with them. And the girl kept insisting I leave
because the husband was pressuring her and telling me to leave. All
the time, my colleagues were trying to get the magistrate and anti-
trafficking unit to come and catch these two."

On the way to the doctor's, the man said he needed to stop at his
house because they needed to get something there. So Wilson waited
outside and watched while the two went inside. "They exited through
the back door of the house," Wilson says. "By the time the anti-
trafficking force came, they had already escaped and we had no trace
of them."

Wilson never saw either of them again.

"I keep seeing that picture of the girl's face in my mind," Wilson
says. "Even now when I talk about it, I have a very strong image of
that girl looking so helpless and asking me to leave. She had this
look of fear, not only for herself but also for me, for something
happening to me, because I was traveling alone with them.
"She was very young, obviously a minor, very small build. She had this
jazzy lipstick on, trying to make her as attractive and marketable as
possible."

There are other stories, some much more successful. Wilson knows her
very first rescue victim is doing well. "She's getting married, she
has a baby girl," she says. "The last time I was in Goa I saw her.
It's really nice to see them leading a better life, one that is not
exploitative."

Success or disappointment, what she saw on the streets remains a major
motivation in her work at UB.

"Research is a product of my experience and the time working in the
field," says Wilson. "Whatever services are provided, something is
still missing because I see some women relapsing back into the same
life. I am really interested in exploring that missing factor."

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York
system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than
28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in
1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of
American Universities.

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Press Review for November 10, 2010

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This summary is prepared by the External Affairs Department of the World Bank. All material is taken directly from published and copyright wire service stories and newspaper articles. The daily summary and other news can be found on the World Bank's external website at http://www.worldbank.org/news. For inquiries call (202) 473-7660 or send a written request to the News Bureau.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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Today's Headlines:
  • Asia Must Spur Private Infrastructure Investment, Zoellick Says
  • South Africa Says Capital Flows Hitting Developing Countries
  • IEA Urges G20 To End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies
  • World Bank Approves $1.25 Billion For Mexico Program_______________________________________________________________________________

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Asia Must Spur Private Infrastructure Investment, Zoellick Says.
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"Asia needs to spur private investment in infrastructure and increase the efficiency of government spending on such projects to support growth, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said. Governments need to attract infrastructure funding in more industries as the world's urban population expands, Zoellick said at a World Bank conference in Singapore Wednesday. The number of people in Asia's urban centers will probably double by 2030, he said...." [Bloomberg]


Straits Times adds that "...Asian economies should change capital inflows into long term investments into infrastructure, Singapore's Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam said.... Investing in infrastructure can contribute not just to raising economic activity, but the spillover effects include spurring urbanization and also private consumption, Tharman said. Infrastructure can therefore be a key enabler of domestic demand across a broader span of activities, he added...." [Straits Times (Singapore)]

Channel News Asia writes that ".... Zoellick and Shanmugaratnam joined senior public and private sector leaders from Asia to launch an Infrastructure Finance Center of Excellence (IFCOE). The center will assist regional governments in their efforts to tap private capital for infrastructure. The IFCOE is a specialized unit established under the World Bank-Singapore Urban Hub (Singapore Hub), which was set up in June 2009.... The objective of the center is to develop a deal pipeline for downstream investors...." [Channel News Asia (Singapore)]
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South Africa Says Capital Flows Hitting Developing Countries.
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"South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who will be Africa's only representative at this week's G20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, said on Tuesday that the rapid movement of capital flows is affecting the currencies of developing countries....Gordhan said the world needs to deal with these rapid flows which are affecting the competitiveness of South Africa and many other nations...." [Xinhua/Factiva]

Reuters adds that "...emerging market currencies, including South Africa's rand, have soared in value as investors faced with minimal interest rates in crisis-hit developed economies seek higher returns elsewhere. The rand has gained about 28 percent against the dollar since the start of 2009.... In its medium term budget statement last month, the Treasury said Africa's biggest economy had few options to devalue the rand in the face of increased capital inflows...." [Reuters/Factiva]

Mail and Guardian reports that "...the solution does not lie only in developing countries defending their currencies. 'The answer lies in finding a multilateral formula which would enable us to have actions taken at the source of these funds that are flowing around the world, and also at the destination of these funds,' Gordhan explained.... He said the world was beginning to realize that job creation, imbalances between major economies, development and poverty eradication could not be seen in isolation...." [Mail and Guardian (South Africa)]

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IEA Urges G20 To End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies.
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"The International Energy Agency (IEA) wants to wean the world off fossil-fuel subsidies that it says artificially inflate global energy demand. The agency is urging G20 nations to slash their estimated $312-billion in annual support. G20 leaders...have committed in the past to phase out subsidies, but governments find it difficult to meet that pledge when it results in higher fuel prices or reduced economic activity.

The IEA contends that's a short-sighted approach. 'Fossil-fuel subsidies result in an economically inefficient allocation of resources and market distortions, while often failing to meet their intended objectives,' said the agency in its 2010 World Energy Report released Tuesday. Reducing those subsidies would have a 'dramatic effect' on global demand...." [CTV (Canada)]

Deutsche Welle adds that "...oil subsidies were limiting the scope for higher prices to choke off demand and change consumer habits, the IEA said.... 'If subsidy policy does not change, with increasing price assumptions, these $312 billion in subsidies for 2009 will reach $600 billion in 2015. That's huge,' IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol said...." [Deutsche Welle (Germany)]

The Independent writes that "...oil prices will rise beyond $200 a barrel as global supplies, strained by rising demand from China, India and other emerging economies, near their peak in 2035, the IEA predicted. Ahead of that, the IEA 2010 World Energy Outlook also forecast prices of more than $100 a barrel in 2015.... Birol said that in the absence of government action, prices would rise even faster than forecast...." [The Independent (UK)]

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World Bank Approves $1.25 Billion For Mexico Program.
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"The World Bank said Tuesday it approved a new loan of $1.25 billion for Mexico's main anti-poverty program called Oportunidades. This was the second credit from the Bank in less than two years, after a $1.5 billion loan approved in April 2009. The program aims 'to improve the health, education and nutrition of the poorest families,' the Bank said in a statement...." [Agence France Presse/Factiva]

El Universal adds that "...Opportunities, helps 5.8 million vulnerable households in the country to improve their living conditions. The loan will have a repayment term of 17 years and will be paid in one installment in January 2027...." [El Universal (Mexico)]

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that "...a second loan [from the World Bank], due in 2022, is worth $100 million and will support the National Water Commission 'through institutional strengthening, optimization of its management model and the creation of instruments for the generation and analysis of information.'..." [Reuters/Factiva]

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Also in This Edition, Briefly Noted...
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An explosive outbreak of polio is taking place in the Congo Republic, with 201 cases of paralysis found in two weeks and 104 deaths, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. [The New York Times]

The World Bank has cautioned Zambia against reckless borrowing from the international market, saying this may plunge the country into another unsustainable debt. Zambia's debt reached unsustainable levels of $7.2 billion until it was written off in 2007 when the country reached the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) completion point. [Xinhua/Factiva]

Spaniard Maria Dolores Arribas was appointed as representative of the World Bank to Ecuador Tuesday, replacing Eduardo Somensatto. [Xinhua/Factiva]

A cholera epidemic has spread into Haiti's capital, imperiling nearly three million people living in Port-au-Prince, nearly half of them in unsanitary tent camps. [The Wall Street Journal]

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most unequal region in the world, the UN Development Program (UNDP) said on Tuesday. [Xinhua/Factiva]

The illegal trade in tiger parts has led to more than 1,000 wild tigers being killed over the past decade, according to Traffic International. [BBC News]

Montenegro has made significant progress towards opening formal talks on EU membership, the European Commission says. The Commission says the EU should grant Montenegro candidate status. [BBC News]

International Labor Organization (ILO) staff will meet on Wednesday to consider their first global industrial action, alleging the ILO does not uphold the standards it is urging others to meet. [Reuters/Factiva]

[socialactionfoundationforequity:9122 Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO

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Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66919

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

India and Global Fund have signed the following agreements relating to
prevention and control of HIV/AIDS under which Global Fund grants are
received as external aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS. These are
Global Fund grants and not US grants:

(i) GFATM Round – II (01.05.2004-30.04.2009) for implementation of
programme for Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission(PPTCT) of HIV/
AIDS totaling US $ 92.70 million;

(ii) GFATM Round – III (1/12005-31/12/2009)for HIV/TB collaborative
activities totaling US $ 14.82 million;

(iii) GFATM Round – IV (01.09.2005-31.03.2010) for provision of Anti-
Retroviral Therapy (ART) to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)
totaling US $ 122.66 million;

(iv) GFATM Round – VI (01.07.2007 – 30.06.2012) for providing Care,
Support & treatment services to people living with HIV/AIDS for an
amount of US $ 161.72 million;

(v) GFATM Round – VII (01.09.2008-31.08.2010) for establishing rural
out-reach through Link worker scheme (LWS) at a cost of US $ 8.33
million;

(vi) RCC- II(Dec 09-Nov 2012) for continued support for scaling up of
Integrated Counseling and Testing Services(ICTC), PPTCT and HIV/TB
collaborative activities for US $ 128.40 million.

These agreements with the Global Fund are based on mutually agreed
physical targets and budgets. Disbursements under these grants are
initially made in advance and subsequent advances are regulated based
upon the utilization reported.

These grants are not in the form of loans and as such do not bear
interest nor is repayment required.

This information was given by Minister of State for Health and Family
Welfare Shri Dinesh Trivedi in written reply to a question raised in
Rajya Sabha today.

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9121 Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO

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Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66919

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

India and Global Fund have signed the following agreements relating to
prevention and control of HIV/AIDS under which Global Fund grants are
received as external aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS. These are
Global Fund grants and not US grants:

(i) GFATM Round – II (01.05.2004-30.04.2009) for implementation of
programme for Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission(PPTCT) of HIV/
AIDS totaling US $ 92.70 million;

(ii) GFATM Round – III (1/12005-31/12/2009)for HIV/TB collaborative
activities totaling US $ 14.82 million;

(iii) GFATM Round – IV (01.09.2005-31.03.2010) for provision of Anti-
Retroviral Therapy (ART) to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)
totaling US $ 122.66 million;

(iv) GFATM Round – VI (01.07.2007 – 30.06.2012) for providing Care,
Support & treatment services to people living with HIV/AIDS for an
amount of US $ 161.72 million;

(v) GFATM Round – VII (01.09.2008-31.08.2010) for establishing rural
out-reach through Link worker scheme (LWS) at a cost of US $ 8.33
million;

(vi) RCC- II(Dec 09-Nov 2012) for continued support for scaling up of
Integrated Counseling and Testing Services(ICTC), PPTCT and HIV/TB
collaborative activities for US $ 128.40 million.

These agreements with the Global Fund are based on mutually agreed
physical targets and budgets. Disbursements under these grants are
initially made in advance and subsequent advances are regulated based
upon the utilization reported.

These grants are not in the form of loans and as such do not bear
interest nor is repayment required.

This information was given by Minister of State for Health and Family
Welfare Shri Dinesh Trivedi in written reply to a question raised in
Rajya Sabha today.

--
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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9120 Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO

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Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66919

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

India and Global Fund have signed the following agreements relating to
prevention and control of HIV/AIDS under which Global Fund grants are
received as external aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS. These are
Global Fund grants and not US grants:

(i) GFATM Round – II (01.05.2004-30.04.2009) for implementation of
programme for Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission(PPTCT) of HIV/
AIDS totaling US $ 92.70 million;

(ii) GFATM Round – III (1/12005-31/12/2009)for HIV/TB collaborative
activities totaling US $ 14.82 million;

(iii) GFATM Round – IV (01.09.2005-31.03.2010) for provision of Anti-
Retroviral Therapy (ART) to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)
totaling US $ 122.66 million;

(iv) GFATM Round – VI (01.07.2007 – 30.06.2012) for providing Care,
Support & treatment services to people living with HIV/AIDS for an
amount of US $ 161.72 million;

(v) GFATM Round – VII (01.09.2008-31.08.2010) for establishing rural
out-reach through Link worker scheme (LWS) at a cost of US $ 8.33
million;

(vi) RCC- II(Dec 09-Nov 2012) for continued support for scaling up of
Integrated Counseling and Testing Services(ICTC), PPTCT and HIV/TB
collaborative activities for US $ 128.40 million.

These agreements with the Global Fund are based on mutually agreed
physical targets and budgets. Disbursements under these grants are
initially made in advance and subsequent advances are regulated based
upon the utilization reported.

These grants are not in the form of loans and as such do not bear
interest nor is repayment required.

This information was given by Minister of State for Health and Family
Welfare Shri Dinesh Trivedi in written reply to a question raised in
Rajya Sabha today.

--
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. - Mohandas Gandhi

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9113 Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO

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Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66919

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

India and Global Fund have signed the following agreements relating to
prevention and control of HIV/AIDS under which Global Fund grants are
received as external aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS. These are
Global Fund grants and not US grants:

(i) GFATM Round – II (01.05.2004-30.04.2009) for implementation of
programme for Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission(PPTCT) of HIV/
AIDS totaling US $ 92.70 million;

(ii) GFATM Round – III (1/12005-31/12/2009)for HIV/TB collaborative
activities totaling US $ 14.82 million;

(iii) GFATM Round – IV (01.09.2005-31.03.2010) for provision of Anti-
Retroviral Therapy (ART) to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)
totaling US $ 122.66 million;

(iv) GFATM Round – VI (01.07.2007 – 30.06.2012) for providing Care,
Support & treatment services to people living with HIV/AIDS for an
amount of US $ 161.72 million;

(v) GFATM Round – VII (01.09.2008-31.08.2010) for establishing rural
out-reach through Link worker scheme (LWS) at a cost of US $ 8.33
million;

(vi) RCC- II(Dec 09-Nov 2012) for continued support for scaling up of
Integrated Counseling and Testing Services(ICTC), PPTCT and HIV/TB
collaborative activities for US $ 128.40 million.

These agreements with the Global Fund are based on mutually agreed
physical targets and budgets. Disbursements under these grants are
initially made in advance and subsequent advances are regulated based
upon the utilization reported.

These grants are not in the form of loans and as such do not bear
interest nor is repayment required.

This information was given by Minister of State for Health and Family
Welfare Shri Dinesh Trivedi in written reply to a question raised in
Rajya Sabha today.

--
Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth. - Mohandas Gandhi

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[socialactionfoundationforequity:9100 Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO

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Signing of Agreement on Funding of NACO
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=66919

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

India and Global Fund have signed the following agreements relating to
prevention and control of HIV/AIDS under which Global Fund grants are
received as external aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS. These are
Global Fund grants and not US grants:

(i) GFATM Round – II (01.05.2004-30.04.2009) for implementation of
programme for Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission(PPTCT) of HIV/
AIDS totaling US $ 92.70 million;

(ii) GFATM Round – III (1/12005-31/12/2009)for HIV/TB collaborative
activities totaling US $ 14.82 million;

(iii) GFATM Round – IV (01.09.2005-31.03.2010) for provision of Anti-
Retroviral Therapy (ART) to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)
totaling US $ 122.66 million;

(iv) GFATM Round – VI (01.07.2007 – 30.06.2012) for providing Care,
Support & treatment services to people living with HIV/AIDS for an
amount of US $ 161.72 million;

(v) GFATM Round – VII (01.09.2008-31.08.2010) for establishing rural
out-reach through Link worker scheme (LWS) at a cost of US $ 8.33
million;

(vi) RCC- II(Dec 09-Nov 2012) for continued support for scaling up of
Integrated Counseling and Testing Services(ICTC), PPTCT and HIV/TB
collaborative activities for US $ 128.40 million.

These agreements with the Global Fund are based on mutually agreed
physical targets and budgets. Disbursements under these grants are
initially made in advance and subsequent advances are regulated based
upon the utilization reported.

These grants are not in the form of loans and as such do not bear
interest nor is repayment required.

This information was given by Minister of State for Health and Family
Welfare Shri Dinesh Trivedi in written reply to a question raised in
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