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Ethiopia is one of Norway’s 12 Focus Countries

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 in PfC in the news |

Ethiopia is one of Norway’s 12 Focus Countries

Statssekretær Hans Brattskar innledet på Partnership for change sitt Etiopia-seminar om næringsutvikling og investeringsmuligheter i et av Norges fokusland. Takk for invitasjonen til å delta på dette seminaret. Etiopia er et viktig og spennende land i rivende utvikling. Jeg besøkte Etiopia senest i fjor høst. Tema for dette seminaret er svært aktuell og sto sentralt da Etiopias utenriksminister besøkte Oslo i oktober. Etiopia har opplevd robust og stabil økonomisk vekst de siste ti årene. Landet har en ambisiøs grønn vekststrategi og er et foregangsland på klimaspørsmål internasjonalt. Etiopia er også en viktig regional aktør, både som vertsland for Den afrikanske union og i den regionale samarbeidsorganisasjonen Igad som er en sentral aktør i arbeidet for å stabilisere land som Somalia, Sør-Sudan og Sudan. Samtidig er det store utfordringer knyttet til demokratisk utvikling og sivile og politiske rettigheter. Situasjonen er sammensatt, og vi følger utviklingen i landet nøye. I dette innlegget vil jeg konsentrere meg om regjeringens beslutning om å velge Etiopia som et fokusland. Read more here. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ State Secretary Hans Brattskar attended Partnership for Change’s Ethiopia seminar on business development and investment opportunities in one of Norway’s focus countries. Thank you for the invitation to participate in this seminar. Ethiopia is an important and exciting country in rapid development. I visited Ethiopia recently last fall. The theme for this seminar is very timely and was central when Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister visited Oslo in October. Ethiopia has experienced robust and stable economic growth in the past decade. The country has an ambitious green growth strategy and is a leader on climate change internationally. Ethiopia is also an important regional player, both as the host for the African Union and the regional cooperation organization, Igad, which is a key player in efforts to stabilize countries like Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. Meanwhile, there are major challenges related to the development of democracy and civil and political rights. The situation is complex, and we are following developments in the country closely. In this post I will focus on the government’s decision to choose Ethiopia as a focus country. Les mer...

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The forgotten inequalities

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in News, PfC in the news |

The forgotten inequalities

PfC Board Member and President of the University of Oslo, Ole Petter Ottersen, discusses inequalities in global health as well as the recent report in The Lancet that found that five billion people – two thirds of the world’s population – do not have access to safe and affordable surgical treatment when they need it. This article was published before the PfC Conference Oslo 2015 where the key message was sustainability- in terms of economy, environment, medicine and health. You can read the complete article...

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PfC Conference Oslo 2015 – Innovators gathered for a sustainable future

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 in News, PfC in the news |

PfC Conference Oslo 2015 – Innovators gathered for a sustainable future

The PfC Oslo Conference 2015 was a huge success! More than 250 international participants gathered to discuss climate change, extremism, financial crises, food shortages, natural disasters, and more in order to find solutions to some of today’s problems. It is the biggest conference for social innovation in Norway, and is working to create sustainable communities in all parts of the world. Read the full article published on 3in.no here....

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Student interviewed about his experience at PfC Myanmar

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 in News, PfC in the news |

Student interviewed about his experience at PfC Myanmar

John Erland, a recent intern at PfC Myanmar and a student at Northeastern University, was interviewed about his experience working with poverty related issues in Myanmar. It is a nice article that shows a young student going outside of his comfort zone to do something different. The experience has engaged him to continue working with poverty related issues in his home country, the United States.

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Norway heading towards a “giving trend”

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 in News, PfC in the news |

Norway heading towards a “giving trend”

The last few decades have seen a significant increase in wealthy families and billionaires in Norway. The result has been a trend of donations made for societal benefit, claims Norwegian expert Karl Henrik Sivesind. In the article PfC Founder, Ingrid Stange, comments that, it is particularly the younger generation up to 35-40, who seek to support but also engage in social/environmental goals and projects.

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PfC Founder profiled in Hegnar Media in relation to WED

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 in News, PfC in the news |

PfC Founder profiled in Hegnar Media in relation to WED

Read about PfC Founder Ingrid Stange’s thoughts on the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day in Oslo, Nov. 19th. “Building a global network for female entrepreneurs”.

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PfC present at Parliament to discuss digital learning

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in News, PfC in the news |

PfC present at Parliament to discuss digital learning

Initiated by member organisation mYouTime, Business Association of Norwegian Knowledge and Technology enterprises, Abelia, gathered a range of actors for a meeting with parliament representative Torgeir Knag Fylkesnes, from the education committee. The topic of discussion was obstacles and possibilities for digital learning. Our Executive Director, Tonje Kulseng-Hanssen, took part in the discussion. She explained plans for the development and inclusion of digital learning in the expansion of PfC’s Nyaung Shwe Middle school in Myanmar. Read more about the meeting here. Photo credit:...

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Young Democracy PfC Speaker in the news

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 in News, PfC in the news |

Young Democracy PfC Speaker in the news

On July 14, 2014, the Hastings Star Gazette in Minnesota, USA, published an article about Roman Polishchuk, the Ukrainian college student who participated in PfC’s May 2014 conference. The article highlighted Roman’s participation in the session entitled, “Democracy During Conflict”. He gave the keynote speech about the conflict in his home country and participated as a panelist. Roman’s co-panelists included US District Court Judge, John R. Tunheim, and Tom Hanson, a diplomat in residence at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and former foreign service officer with the US Department of State. The Hastings newspaper noted that Roman lived in Hastings as a high school exchange student during the 2012–2013 school year. Roman is currently enrolled in the International Economics Department at Lviv National Ivan Franko University in Ukraine. The online article can be found here....

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Myanmar women project makes local news

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in News, PfC in the news |

Myanmar women project makes local news

Together with Project Hub in Yangon PfC runs a program called Project W, which was featured in the Myanmar Times. Project W seeks Myanmar women with great ideas and the motivation to make them reality. The women must go through a selection process to ensure they have what it takes to be successful. The course lasts six months, which provides support, training, mentoring and basic business skills. At the end of the program all women get the chance to pitch their business idea to investors. The motivation for the project is that more and more Myanmar women wish to start their own businesses, but lack the tools to do so. Read the an interesting article about Project W containing the stories of two inspiring women currently in the program.  ...

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The PfC Team – “A peace operation in itself”

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in News, PfC in the news |

The PfC Team – “A peace operation in itself”

– A group of young boys from 10 tribes currently at war in their home country can be called a “peace operation in itself”,  commented journalist Tomm Kristiansen on NRK Dagsrevyen July 20th. The PfC Team from South Sudan taking part in Norway Cup caught substantial media attention during their stay in Oslo. Their journey was described as special and important to send a message of peace to their home country. Team Captain Martin Domnic said: “Mr President, we need your support” when asked about his experience in Norway – and his wish for more football in a peaceful country.  Even the South Sudan sports minister was present to support the team saying: “As a government we have a big role to play to bring the people together”. On the pitch the boys performed well and seemed to enjoy every moment, in spite of numerous challenges. No doubt they gained a great sense of achievement taking part in this popular tournament.  Never before had they played as a team and even the green fields  were a novelty. When asked by TV 2’s reporter on their biggest challenges, the young players answered “playing on grass”. But there was no lack of ambition. – I want to try my best to be just like Messi. South Sudan can also show talent in football, not just war, commented on of the youngsters. The team was sad not to reach the final play-offs of the tournament, but ended with a good experience which has left a desire for more. “It is not the end of life, but we are sad, I wish I could just continue to play football. I will try my best to play football”, was the final comment by the Team Captain.    ...

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