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Archive: June 2016

Sidney Moss - Blog 2: An Interview with Sukrit and Swathi on Urban Sanitation and Governance in India

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First of all, I would like to apologize for my raspy voice that decided to make an appearance on the day of this interview. My immune system has proven to be less than sufficient over the past few weeks. Regardless of this, I have been trying to figure out the best way to structure my first blog post. This has been unexpectedly challenging for me - not in that I did not have enough to say, but in that I had too much that I wanted to tackle.

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Zachary Brabazon - Blog 2: My Storyteller's Crisis

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Hello dear readership! Thank you kindly for endeavouring to read my first set of reflections on life in Dhaka.


My first post is all about the stresses of sharing my Dhaka experience, and how I might try to mitigate the things that make me uncomfortable. I have always fancied myself a bit of a storyteller, but this facet of my personality has been challenged by a sort of  existential ‘storyteller’s crisis’ that I have encountered while going about assembling this first blog.

Sophia Mayen - Blog 3: An Education in Yokohama City's Waste Resources and Recycling

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I was lucky enough to have been taken on a tour of the waste resources and recycling facilities in Yokohama City to learn about the City’s process in waste disposal, recycling, and management. The site visit showed me that there is more to garbage than what I had initially thought. Previous to this I hadn’t put much thought into how we treat our garbage and whether it could be viewed as an important resource.

Kenda Chang-Swanson - Blog 2: Beginnings and Reflections

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Hello, Kenda here from New Delhi, India where I am interning with PRIA as a program assistant through CAPI. Here's a podcast after my first month here with a little introduction to PRIA, the two projects I am working on and a few othe reflections from the beginning of my time here! 

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Elena Lopez - Blog 2: Mega Games and Labour Migration

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In June 2016, I began my stay with the organization Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI) in their regional Asia & Pacific office located in Malaysia. In this blog, I introduce BWI's mega games campaign. International sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup depend on the construction sector, and often involve migrant workers coming to the host countries to build infrastructure. These mega games provide an opportunity to organize workers and put pressure on the host countries to respect labour rights. 

 

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Emma De Vynck - Blog 3: "Humble" - Exploring language and its resonances

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A lot has transpired since my last blog post! There are many things to explore. I've chosen to discuss "humble" and its complexities at this point in my journey. 

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Leanne Dixon Perera - Blog 6: Sample Brief on Labour Recruitment for MFA

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In February 2016, I was afforded the opportunity to conduct research with MFA's members and partners in Bangladesh surrounding migrant labour recruitment between Bangladesh and Malaysia. During my stay, both governments signed a "Government-to-Government-Plus" or "G2G+" agreement, expected to recruit 3 million migrant workers from Bangladesh to Malaysia over 3 years.

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Jesse Baltutis - Blog 4: Water in the Sky: An Exploration of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase 2

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This is the final in-country blog I will write from my field research in Southern Africa. The blog is a reflection of the field research I conducted in Lesotho - a land-locked mountaneous country set entirely within the borders of South Africa. Known as the Mountain Kingdom, Lesotho's vast mountains and sweeping valleys are breathtaking in their beauty and isolation. Yet, the country faces incredible developmental challenges, including one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the world.

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Danae Zachari - Blog 1: Privilege and What Laws Mean to Different Individuals

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My socio-economic privilege and the fact that I hold a Canadian passport give me the freedom of mobility that the majority of the world’s population may not have. Many are using their life earnings to take on this journey in hope for a better future, while I have the freedom and privilege to be planning trips for personal pleasure. When I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, the border control officer asked how long I intended to stay and was not even concerned about the purpose of my trip, as it was likely assumed that I was a tourist.

Claire Horwood - Blog 2: Lost in Translation: An Introduction to the Malaysian Social Research Institute

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It is late Friday afternoon when I climb the stairs in the medical services and community support building for the Sahabat Support Centre (SSC). The building itself is unmarked, with a run of the mill business underneath which diverts attention away from what happens on the 2nd and 3rd floors. My feet are heavy in the narrow stairwell, as beads of sweat congregate at my temples, along my hairline, streaking salt into my eyes. Sunlight dapples in, through grimy windows, and voices carry into the echo of the vast space.

I am nervous.