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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 3, 2008

Welcome to the weekly Canadian Social Research Newsletter,
a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

The e-mail version of this week's issue of the newsletter is going out to 1849 subscribers.

Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see some notes and a disclaimer.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Canadian content

1. Why BC's Welfare Time Limits Never Flew (The Tyee) - July 31
2. National Anti-Poverty Organization endorses anti-poverty petition - July 31

3. Québec : New welfare policy manual - July 2008
4. Name change for Alberta and BC welfare departments
5.
What's New from Statistics Canada
6. New Poverty Reduction Benefits Now in Effect (Newfoundland and Labrador Poverty Reduction Strategy) - July 7
7. Asset-building Approaches and the Search for a New Social Policy Architecture in Canada (Canadian Policy Research Networks) - Released March 27/08
8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 1

International  content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs (Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)
10. U.S.
- Third Annual Homeless Assessment ( Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) - July 29
11. U.S. - NYC Mayor Bloomberg forges ahead with a new poverty measure (NYC Center for Economic Opportunity)
12. Reforming retirement-income systems : Lessons from recent experiences of OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) - June 2008
13. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content
14. World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #116 - July 2008
15. CRINMAIL (July 2008) - (Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

Have a great week!

Gilles Séguin
Canadian Social Research Links

http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net

E-mail:
gilseg@rogers.com

1. Why BC's Welfare Time Limits Never Flew - July 31
( The Tyee)

Why Welfare Time Limits Never Flew
BC Libs aimed to cut welfare rolls 30 per cent
Not just activists but ministry insiders fought policy, documents show

By Bruce Wallace and Tim Richards
July 31, 2008
When the government of British Columbia stated in fall of 2001 that it intended to force people off welfare after a certain amount of time, it was announcing changes that were unprecedented in Canada. Changes that never happened. Before the time limits could take effect in B.C., in early 2004, the provincial government announced regulatory amendments that effectively ended the experiment. So who was responsible for the reversal? Whose opposing voice was heard loudest? How did a policy launched with such government fanfare end up scuttled so quickly? Our search for answers took us through more than 1000 pages of internal government documents obtained through a freedom of information (FOI) request as well as numerous public documents and media reports, and resulted in a report titled The Rise and Fall of Welfare Time Limits in British Columbia, published last month (see the link below). The story that emerges offers insight into the politics of policy-making, and some key players in the drama may surprise.
Source:
TheTyee.ca

Related link:

The Rise and Fall of Welfare Time Limits in BC (PDF - 294K, 37 pages)
June 2008
By Bruce Wallace and Tim Richards
Source:
Vancouver Island Public Interest Group

Also from the Tyee:

* A Welfare 'Savings' Boomerang - May 1, 2008
Campbell's cuts ended up costing BC taxpayers billions, studies suggest.

* 'Welfare to Work' Didn't Work - November 12, 2007
BC Libs sat on own report showing no real gains.

* Facebook Used by Officials to Spy on Welfare Clients - January 22, 2008
BC officers cruise social sites for fraud evidence.

* How BC Trimmed 107,000 People from Welfare Rolls - August 18, 2005
Some got jobs. Red tape, death likely knocked out far more.

* Welfare's New Era in BC - July 2004
The Tyee's special four-part series on welfare reforms under Gordon Campbell

- Go to the BC Welfare Time Limits Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/bc_welfare_time_limits.htm

2. National Anti-Poverty Organization endorses anti-poverty petition - July 31

The National Anti-Poverty Organization
endorses federal NDP poverty critic's anti-poverty petition
July 31, 2008

The National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) is non-partisan and therefore does not support or endorse any political party, politician or candidate for elected office. We will from time to time, however, commend a party, politician or candidate for elected office for anti-poverty initiatives, or relay information about such initiatives.

New Democrat MP Tony Martin is a member of the House "HUMA" (Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities) Committee holding timely hearings into the federal role in addressing poverty in Canada. Mr. Martin and his party are calling for a national poverty plan for Canada. This supports what NAPO and other organizations and networks (e.g., Campaign 2000) have been calling for for some time. A national plan could/should help (re)assert federal leadership on this issue, without which it will be difficult to make deep and lasting progress. It also would optimally serve to reinforce federal support of provincial/territorial anti-poverty plans such as exist in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, and that are expected to emerge in the coming months for some other provinces (e.g., Ontario, Nova Scotia).

Mr. Martin has initiated a petition calling on the federal government to introduce a national poverty plan. NAPO encourages you individually and (where applicable) on behalf of your organization to add your name to this petition. Please see the information below with links to the petition in English and French.

Rob Rainer
Executive Director/directeur général
National Anti-Poverty Organization

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From Tony Martin, Federal NDP Poverty Critic:

Hi,
As many of you know, momentum is building for a national poverty plan for Canada. I am circulating a petition calling on the government to introduce a national poverty plan, noting the all-party support for the current Parliamentary Committee hearings on the federal role for a poverty-reduction strategy. Your message will go to the prime Minister, HRSDC Minister Solberg and the 12 MPs on the committee. I invite you to sign the petition at this link and encourage you to circulate the news about the petition among your networks, colleagues and friends.

Sign the National Poverty Plan Petition
[ Version française ]

Information On The HUMA Hearings
(also from Tony Martin's website)
- workplan, members, witnesses, etc.

Related links:

The federal contribution to reducing poverty in Canada:
Evidence presented at Meetings of the Standing Committee
on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)
*
39th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION

Source:
Standing Committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA)
(Tony Martin is a member of HUMA)
[ Parliament of Canada website ]
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*NOTE: this source includes links to all evidence presented on this subject, but the evidence isn't summarized and there's no table of contents.
For links to specific evidence presented at six of the HUMA meetings (including a list of witnesses and the topics covered in each meeting), see:
http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm#huma

*NOTE 2: much of the HUMA testimony covers the measurement of poverty and poverty reduction strategies in Canada (Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador), the United Kingdom and Ireland.
See http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm for 400+ links to antipoverty strategies in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

3. Québec : New welfare policy manual - July 2008

Québec:

Assistance to individuals and families:
Information on the Social Assistance Program
and the Social Solidarity Program
(1.5MB, 49 pages)
July 2008
... deals with the various concepts that may influence last-resort financial assistance, such as changes in a family’s situation, the possession of certain assets, income, parental contribution, etc.
Source:
Last-resort financial assistance
[ Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
(English Home Page) ]

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Version française:

L’aide aux personnes et aux familles :
Renseignements sur le Programme d’aide sociale et le Programme de solidarité sociale
(PDF - 1,4Mo, 49 pages)
Juillet 2008
Cette brochure traite des différentes notions pouvant influer sur l’aide financière de dernier recours tel les changements de situation familiale, la possession de certains actifs, les revenus, la contribution parentale, etc.
Source:
Aide financière de dernier recours
[ Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale ]

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- Go to the Québec Links (English) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qce.htm
- Rendez-vous à la page de liens de recherche sociale au Québec: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/qcbkmrk.htm
- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm
- Go to the Provincial/Territorial Welfare Policy Manuals page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/manuals.htm

4. Alberta and BC welfare departments change names

Old wine in new bottles?

The Alberta and British Columbia governments have both recently changed the name of their Department/Ministry responsible for welfare.
- in Alberta, Employment and Immigration replaced Employment, Immigration and Industry, which replaced had Human Resources and Employment not that long ago.
- in BC, Housing and Social Development replaced Employment and Income Assistance, which had replaced Human Resources not that long ago.

Editorial comment:
Remember some years back, when an instant coffee company came up with a marketing scheme that involved pasting the words "New Look! Same Great Taste!" on each of its new, more colourful labels to suck us into paying more for the same amount of coffee? I'm reminded of that every time government departments change names.

I'm less concerned about the effective dates of the name changes (they're available from the relevant departmental/Ministry websites) than I am about the upheaval of website content and the confusion that result from frequent departmental name and mandate changes, both provincially and federally. For governments to be truly accountable, qualitative and quantitative information on their operations and programs must be available not only for the current government's mandate, but right back to the mid-nineties when governments first started posting annual reports and program information to the World Wide Web. If governments and mandates change - as they always do - then it's a governmental responsibility to ensure that their sites include links to comprehensive archival material from previous governments.
Gilles

- Go to the Key Provincial/Territorial Welfare Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/welfare.htm

5.What's New from Statistics Canada

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

This has been a slow month on the social program front at the Mother of All Statistical Agencies.
To see for yourself, click the link below to check The Daily for July:
July 2008 archives
Click the HTML link beside a date to see the releases for that day;
to see earlier months, use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the list.

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/fedbkmrk2.htm

6. New Poverty Reduction Benefits Now in Effect - July 7
(Newfoundland and Labrador Poverty Reduction Strategy)

Newfoundland and Labrador:

New Poverty Reduction Benefits Now in Effect
News Release
July 7, 2008
The Provincial Government is moving forward with a series of investments to improve social benefits and improve equality for individuals and families. Effective July 1, an additional $2 million in benefits under the Poverty Reduction Strategy are being provided to strengthen the social safety net. In Budget 2008, the Provincial Government announced an investment of $12 million in new poverty reduction initiatives. That brings the total ongoing annual investment in poverty reduction to more than $100 million.
Source:
Human Resources, Labour and Employment

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/nfbkmrk.htm

7. Asset-building Approaches and the Search for a New Social Policy Architecture in Canada - Released March 27/08
(Canadian Policy Research Networks)

Asset-building Approaches and the
Search for a New Social Policy
Architecture in Canada
(PDF -316K, 16 pages)
By Cynthia Williams
Released March 27, 2008
Canada's current social security system has been developed to address the post-war challenge of reconstructing a full-employment economy. Increasingly, social policy experts and government decision-makers reflect on the current system and ask if fundamental changes are needed to meet the challenges and stresses emerging in the 21st century. Former CPRN Senior Research Fellow Cynthia Williams explores this theme in “Asset-building Approaches and the Search for a New Social Policy Architecture in Canada,” published in 2006 by Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI) in its book, Wealth and Well-Being / Ownership and Opportunity: New Directions in Social Policy for Canada.
Source:
Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN)
[ see all CPRN publications <=== 1700+ links! ]
See also:
Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI)

- Go to the Asset-Based Social Policies Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/assets.htm

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (Toronto) - August 1

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) :

August 1, 2008

International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy
1 Aug 08
- First volume of the international journal from the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education covering various ECEC policy issues by experts from around the world.

You can’t have early learning without care:
Submission to the Early Childhood Learning Agency

1 Aug 08
- Submissions to the Ministry of Education, B.C. consultation from the Coalition of Child Care Advocates B.C. and others regarding the expansion of early learning for 3-5 year olds.

2006 Australian Government census of child care services
1 Aug 08
- Booklet from the Australian Government of findings from the 2006 census of child care services with details of child care users, staff and carers and operational details.

more WHAT'S NEW ONLINE »

child care in the news

· Schools bid conventional kindergarten classrooms goodbye, but at what cost? [CA-BC]
1 Aug 08

· Groves clings on to the controls at ABC [AU]
1 Aug 08

· 1500 day-care places needed on Laval island [CA-QC]
1 Aug 08

· 60 hours a week in child care [AU]
31 Jul 08

· Bill passed for free child care for Bermudian households under $70,000 threshold [BM]
29 Jul 08

· Mexican children ahead of Canadian, Mustard says [CA]
28 Jul 08

more CC IN THE NEWS »

Related Links:

Subscribe to the CRRU email announcements list
Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care sites in Canada and elsewhere
CRRU Publications
- briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/ecd2.htm

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(
Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S). ===> the content of this link changes twice a week
IRP compiles and distributes Poverty Dispatches twice a week. Each issue of the dispatch provides links to U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.
Each Dispatch lists links to current news in popular print media.

Latest issues of the Poverty Dispatch:

July 31, 2008
* Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
* State Children's Health Insurance Program - Utah
* Report: Families' Basic Needs and Self-sufficiency - Ohio
* U.S. Homeless Count
* Homelessness and Housing - Philadelphia, PA
* Child Welfare Programs - New York, Florida
* The Unemployed and Jobless Benefits
* Black Unemployment Rate - Ohio
* Youth Unemployment
* Full-time Jobs and Hour Reductions
* Low-income Seniors and Economic Stimulus Checks
* Opinion: Housing Bill and Low-income Housing
* Fast Food Ban and Public Health - Los Angeles, CA

July 28, 2008
* Privatization of Social Services - Indiana
* Family Success Centers - New Jersey
* State Medicaid Programs - Louisiana, Utah, Florida, Oklahoma
* State Health Insurance Plans - Oklahoma, Florida
* Food Stamp Program - Maine
* Child Welfare and Foster Care
* Editorial: Poverty Measurement
* Economic Hardship and Increasing Need for Assistance
* Utility Costs and Assistance Programs
* Tenant Advocacy and Foreclosures and Evictions
* Report: High School Graduation Rates
* No Child Left Behind and Free Tutoring
* Race, Law Enforcement, and Corrections

Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to two dispatches a week back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches

If you wish to receive Poverty Dispatches by e-mail,
please send a request to rsnell@ssc.wisc.edu

Source:
Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (A-J) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us2.htm
- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us3.htm

10. U.S. - Third Annual Homeless Assessment - July 29
( Dept. of Housing and Urban Development)

HUD REPORTS DROP IN THE NUMBER OF CHRONICALLY HOMELESS PERSONS
More resources and better reporting contribute to annual declines

News Release
July 29, 2008
WASHINGTON – Last year, nearly 32,000 fewer persons lived on the nation's streets and in emergency shelters. That's according to a new report released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that points to a 15 percent average yearly reduction in chronic homelessness since 2005.

The Third Annual Homeless Assessment
Report to Congress
(PDF - 2.1MB, 144 pages)
July 2008
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Community Planning and Development

Earlier related reports - includes the first two homelessness reports and over a dozen related reports

Overview of HUD Homeless and Housing Programs

Source:
Homelessness Resource Exchange
[ U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ]

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Related links from the Poverty Dispatch:

*Drop in homeless count seen as 'success story'
By Wendy Koch, USA Today
July 28, 2008

* U.S. reports drop in homeless population
By Rachel L. Swarns, New York Times
July 30, 2008

* Chronic homeless population down 15%, U.S. says
By Vimal Patel, Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2008

* Numbers of homeless drop, but some question data
By Michael Amon, Newsday
July 30, 2008

* Defining 'Homelessness Down'
By Nathan Thornburgh, Time Magazine
July 30, 2008

Source:
July 31 Poverty Dispatch
[ Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) ]
[ University of Wisconsin-Madison ]

- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/homeless.htm
- Go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

11. U.S. - NYC Mayor Bloomberg forges ahead with a new poverty measure - July 13
(NYC Center for Economic Opportunity)

A poor measure
Let's modernize the definition of poverty.
Better information will yield better anti-poverty results
July 25, 2008
On Thursday, workers who are paid the federal minimum wage got a little salary boost. As the second of a three-step increase that will take the nation's minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, this week's 70-cent rise brought baseline hourly pay to $6.55, only slightly closer to being a living wage. For the struggling Americans known as the working poor, the bump in pay has got to be welcome. But no one should fool himself about how much relief an extra few cents an hour will mean to lean budgets pinched tight by the rising costs of fuel, food, housing and health care. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposes to tackle the poverty problem from a different angle. In mid-July, Bloomberg's office announced the city would employ a much broader method of measuring poverty than the one used since the mid-1960s by the federal government. Congress should carefully consider the merits of the New York plan.
Source:
Houston Chronicle

Related links:

Center for Economic Opportunity
The Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was established by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 to identify and implement innovative ways to reduce poverty in New York City. The CEO works with City agencies to design and implement evidence-based initiatives, including strategies and programs, aimed at poverty reduction.

Recent release from CEO:

First Strategy and Implementation Report
In December 2007, the Center for Economic Opportunity released its first Strategy and Implementation Report. This report describes CEO’s anti-poverty agenda and its first year of operation. In 2007, CEO launched 31 innovative, new anti-poverty efforts. The report describes CEO’s commitment to implement and evaluate new approaches to poverty reduction among the working poor, young adults, and children under five. Program descriptions are also included in the appendices.
Executive Summary (PDF - 2.3MB, 12 pages)
Complete report
(PDF - 25.5MB, 153 pages)

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES
NEW ALTERNATIVE TO FEDERAL POVERTY MEASURE
First Government Ever to Reformulate Faulty 40-Year Old Federal Poverty Measure
New York City to Share New Model With Other Cities Throughout the United States
News Release
July 13, 2008
Source:
New York City website

- Go to the Anti-poverty Strategies and Campaigns page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/antipoverty.htm
- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/poverty2.htm

12. Reforming retirement-income systems : Lessons from recent experiences of OECD countries - June 2008
(Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)

Reforming retirement-income systems : Lessons from recent experiences of OECD countries (PDF - 336K, 27 pages) J. P. Martin and E. Whitehouse, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, OECD social, employment and migration working papers, n° 66, June 2008 (INCLUDES CANADA)
Summary:
Reforming pensions looms large over the policy agenda of OECD countries. This is hardly surprising since public spending on pensions accounted on average for 7 per cent of OECD GDP in 2005; and this pension spending effort is set to increase significantly over the coming decades in response to population ageing. Pension policy is indeed challenging and controversial because it involves long-term decisions in the face of numerous short-term political pressures. However, the status quo does not always win out so far as pension reform in concerned: public finance crises and the looming threat of ageing populations have proved effective spurs for reform. As a result, much has been done since the early 1990s to make pension systems fit for the future. Nearly all the 30 OECD countries have made at least some changes to their pension systems in that period. In 16 of them, there have been major reforms that will significantly affect future benefits. However, the status quo does not always win out so far as pension reform in concerned: public finance crises and the looming threat of ageing populations have proved effective spurs for reform. As a result, much has been done since the early 1990s to make pension systems fit for the future. Nearly all the 30 OECD countries have made at least some changes to their pension systems in that period. In 16 of them, there have been major reforms that will significantly affect future benefits.
Found in:
CERC Bulletin N°158 - July 21, 2008
[NOTE: click the bulletin link to access more studies and reports]

CERC Bulletin - links to all CERC semi-monthly bulletins
Subscribe - To be informed of CERC activities and to receive the bulletin

Online Information Service
Information and online resources organized under five themes: Poverty * Social minima * In-work benefits * Minimum wage * Unemployment and return to work .
- includes links and resources for Canada...
HINT: click on the links in the right-hand margin of each theme page for more content

CERC Bulletins/Reports/Studies/Working papers
- Click on the links in the left margin of the CERC website home page for access to a large collection of online resources

From the Council for Employment, Income and Social Cohesion - Paris
Conseil de l'emploi, des revenus et de la cohésion sociale - CERC [version française]

- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm
- Go to the Seniors (Social Research) Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/seniors.htm

13. Australian Policy Online Weekly Briefing - selected recent content

APO Weekly Briefing
The content of this page changes each week, and it includes links to a few book/report reviews, about two dozen new reports, a few job ads and 60 events (mostly conferences) of interest to social researchers...
Source:
Australian Policy Online (APO) - home page
With nearly 120 member centres and institutes, Australian Policy Online offers easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online.
NOTE: the APO home page includes links to the five most popular reports on the APO website, and this list is updated each week.

APO Archive
The APO archive is grouped into 23 subject areas, with entries appearing in reverse chronological order.
* Ageing *Asia and the pacific * Citizenship and the law * Disability * Economics and trade * Education * Employment and workplace relations * The environment * Foreign policy and defence * Gender and sexuality * Health * Housing * Families and households * Immigration and refugees * Income, poverty and wealth * Indigenous * Media, communications and cultural policy * Politics and government * Population, multiculturalism and ethnicity * Religion and faith * Rural and regional * Science and technology * Social policy * Urban and regional planning * Youth

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internatngo.htm

14. World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #116 - July 2008

World Bank PovertyNet Newsletter #116
July 2008
In this issue:
1) Family Planning Still a Challenge for Many Poor Women
2) World Bank Group's New Deal on Global Food Policy
3) Poverty Reduction in the New Asia and Pacific: key challenges of inclusive growth for the Asian Development Bank
4) 2008 CGAP Microfinance Photo Contest: Innovators and Entrepreneurs
5) Help Us!
6) To Receive this Newsletter

Source:
Poverty Net Newsletter <=== incl. links to five earlier newsletters and a subscription form
The PovertyNet Newsletter is a monthly newsletter that contains updates on new information and resources available on the PovertyNet web site, covering:
* poverty reduction strategies
* the World Bank's World Development Report (WDR) on poverty and development
* poverty monitoring and evaluation
* the impact of growth and inequality on poverty
* the role of human capital development in the fight against poverty
* safety nets
* social capital.

Subscribe to World Bank newsletters - links to subscribe to 30+ newsletters

Poverty Reduction Strategies
Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) describe a country's macroeconomic, structural and social policies and programs to promote growth and reduce poverty, as well as associated external financing needs. PRSPs are prepared by governments through a participatory process involving civil society and development partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Source:
World Bank
The World Bank consists of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member countries—the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Each institution plays a different but supportive role in our mission of global poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards. The IBRD focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries, while IDA focuses on the poorest countries in the world. Together we provide low-interest loans, interest-free credit and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, communications and many other purposes

- Go to the Government Social Research Links in Other Countries page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/internat.htm

15. CRINMAIL - July 2008
(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN):

31 July 2008 - CRINMAIL 1003
* NORTHERN UGANDA: Youth and Sustainable Livelihoods - Linking vocational training programmes to market opportunities [publication]
* CRC COMMITTEE: Report of the last session [publication]
* INDIA: Education programmes for minority children not working [publication]
* UNAIDS: 2008 report on the global AIDS epidemic [publication]
* SEXUAL EXPLOITATION: Preparatory and thematic meetings on sexual exploitation in Mexico, Thailand and Argentina [event]
* EMPLOYMENT - Save the Children Papua New Guinea - SOS-Kinderdorf International
**NEWS IN BRIEF**
**QUIZ**

29 July 2008 - CRINMAIL 1002
* SLOVAKIA: A tale of two schools: Segregating Roma into special education in Slovakia [publication]
* UNITED KINGDOM: Court of Appeal quashes child restraint rules [news]
* AUSTRALIA: Policy of detaining child asylum seekers abandoned [news]
* TANZANIA: Children also the target of Albino killings [news]
* UN: SA judge nominated as human rights chief [news]
* AUSTRIA: Childhood and Society II. Identity Processes in Phases of Societal Distress [event]
* EMPLOYMENT - EURONET
**NEWS IN BRIEF**

Earlier issues of CRINMAIL
- links to 300+ earlier weekly issues
, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Source:
CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/chnrights.htm


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Seventeen School Excuses from Parents

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My son is under a doctor's care and shouldn't take PE today. Please execute him.

Please excuse Lisa for being absent. She was sick, so I had her shot.

Please exscuse John from being absent Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and also 33.

Please excuse Roland from PE for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.

John has been absent from school because he had two teeth taken out of his face.

Tommy wasn't in school yesterday because he thought it was Saturday.

Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football. He was hurt in the growing part.

Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins.

Chris will not be in school today cus he has an acre in his side.

Please excuse my son. He will be out next week slaughtering goats for his manhood ritual. Thank you!

Please excuse Ray from school Friday. He had very loose vowels.

Please excuse Burma, she has been sick and under the doctor.

I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because I don't know what size she wears.

Please excuse Jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the Sunday paper off the porch and when we found it Monday, we thought it was Sunday.

Sally won't be in school a week from friday. We have to attend her funeral.

My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent a weekend with the Marines.

Please excuse Jason for being absent yesterday. He had a cold and could not breed well.

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