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NEWSLETTER December 15, 2010

Inside this Issue Facilitator Corner

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Stand Up Events

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Other Projects

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Conferences

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Regional updates: Africa

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Asia

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Europe

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North America

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South America

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UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR SOCIAL ACTION RESEARCH UCP-SARnet is a growing global social network that was created at Arizona State University in 2008. It is governed by students and young community activists. Its mission is to empower new generations of community leaders to become actively involved in the realization of the UN Millennium Development Goals. Utilizing the recent advances of Information and Communication Technologies, UCP-SARnet offers a platform for the multicultural exchange of visions, ideas and best practices aimed at achieving MDGs.

Collaborating 15 Knowledge Partners Photos of our Team

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Advisory Board

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Member Organizations

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Directory

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Get Involved

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Newsletter Editors: Christine Williams Marianne Shively John Mabey Dorav Kumar Marek Wosinski

We engage university faculty and students in partnerships with community organizations, local governments and socially responsible corporations. Creating a powerful educational environment for students preparing themselves to become leaders, we also bring about a sustainable social change in their communities.

Our Sponsors


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UCP-SARnet Members and Friends,

Facilitator Corner

This issue of the Newsletter is released at a moment when our Network is at another turning point of its development. We are closing the year 2010 proud of the many accomplishments about which you can read in this issue. We‟ve strengthened our partnerships with numerous organizations worldwide and increased the numbers of individual and organizational members. We‟ve created an ICT Team and new Leadership Team whose members represent all regions of the world. We organized STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY events in Arizona, China, India and The Gambia, reorganized our Advisory Board and organized two “Bridging the World” conferences. We‟ve also registered the first NGO created by the team of Regional Coordinators in The Gambia.

Dr. Marek Wosinski

We are even more excited by the plans we have for the year 2011. We will be present at the CU Expo in Canada as one of the coorganizers of the event.

Our Sponsors

UCP-SARnet committed to organize STAND UP events in all countries where we have our members. Our vision of support for the implementation of MDG eNabler was accepted by the Global Alliance for ICT and Development and presented to the participants of the GAID Global Forum in Abu Dhabi. We plan to organize new virtual conferences “Bridging the World” and co-organize the Global Leadership Summit in China. We expanded collaboration with the UN Foundation, our mission in Africa and South America, and we plan to involve our Regional Coordinator Teams in the realization of all these tasks. Finally, we are in the process of another upgrade of our portal, hoping to release it at the beginning of 2011. Thanks to the new features provided by the new IGLOO software, we can make our website more user friendly, interactive and alive. We hope that the new portal will inspire our members to become more active. We also hope that it will attract both individuals and organizations to collaborate with us on educating the new generations of community leaders. On behalf of more than 900 members in our network, I kindly invite you to spread the world about our mission and projects and invite members of your communities to join us in our efforts. M.W.

Creating a better future for communities through research Founded in 1982, CCBR believes in the power of knowledge to impact positive social change. They are passionate about bringing people together to use knowledge to provide real and innovative solutions to community needs. Their approach to research is participatory and action-oriented in a way that mobilizes people to participate as full and equal members of society.

www.communitybasedresearch.ca IGLOO's social software solutions help organizations create vital connections between people, processes and information through the creation of online business communities. Companies use online communities to improve collaboration, knowledge sharing and drive employee engagement across geographically dispersed project teams, departments and business units inside and out.

http://www.igloosoftware.com/ Turning theory into practice Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities/SWPS was founded in 1996 by former professors of the Institute of Psychology and the Polish Academy of Sciences. Ever since its foundation, the University has been continually growing and developing and now consists of 8 faculties located in five academic centers in Poland (Warsaw, Wrocław, Sopot, Poznań and Katowice). SWPS is committed to the highest academic standards as well as to the transfer of practical knowledge and skills. http://www.swps.pl/english/index.php


Page 3 After the successful STAND UP events described below, UCPSARnet has decided to organize in the year 2011 STAND UP events in all countries where it has its members. Please follow this link for details:

http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/su

Youth Alliance, United Planet, NAYD (Gambia & Cameroon) In The Gambia members signed a petition, the "STAND-UP" PLEDGE, stating their commitment to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The event was held at Daddy Jobe Comprehensive School Campus, MDI Road. It brought together the government represented by the Executive Secretary (National Youth Council, Ministry of Youth and Sport), UN Representative, youths from diverse organizations country wide, journalists, leadership representatives and social workers. They united their voices to support leaders gathering at the United Nations for the MDGs Review Summit.

Sias University, Zhengzhou (China) World Academy for the Future of Women at Sias Campus organized the Stand Up Event in Zhengzhou, China. Over 500 individuals, groups and faculty participated. Sias students and the outstanding staff of interns at the World Academy arranged an evening performance of collective talent that were eager share in song from the WAFW Freshmen, the Sias English Choir, Hip Hop groups, Ballroom Dance Club, Salsa dancers, traditional Kung Fu, Tai Chi, videos and speakers.

Amity University, Delhi (India) Organized in collaboration with AASRA Charitable Trust (ACT), the Stand Up event was held on the Amity University Campus. Round table meetings with local youth groups and NGOs were held. Strategies for their year long campaign were discussed and they already started preparations for Beyond MDG 2015, a conference which will be held on September 2012 in Delhi.

Arizona State University, Tempe (USA) UCP-SARnet, the ASU Department of Psychology, and members of WHEAT (World Hunger Education, Advocacy and Training) took action at the Memorial Union at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. Capoeira Brazil Arizona and Samba Dancers performed on stage to help stand up for the MDGs. ASU students came to support the event by participating in Samba dancing and pledged to take a stand against poverty. The whole event was streamed live worldwide by Positive Spin, an award winning monthly news and public affairs television program.


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OTHER PROJECTS

We encourage your collaboration on these projects! Please contact us if you would like to get involved!

UCP-SARnet Based Courses We invite instructors teaching community related courses to include UCP-SARnet into their educational offer as one of the resources for students, as well as the place where they can publish their community related semester projects, honors thesis and other student assignments. Faculty members who are involved in community based research are invited to post on our site information about their projects. Thus far, the following UCP-SARnet courses have been offered at the Arizona State University: Multicultural Perspective on Community Leadership, Community Psychology, Introduction to Community Research and Action, as well as courses based on individualized instruction. For details please visit:

http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/guide/communityr

MDG eNabler For the last year the Global Alliance for ICT and Development has been working on the MDG eNabler, intended to be a onestop shop with a pool of informational plus decision-support tools which could be useful for all individuals (ICT and non-ICT) involved in development of countries. When fully operational (early 2011), the eNabler could also enhance transparency and provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge/experiences among different players. It will also help governments in the strategic integration of all policy matters related to the use of ICT in national development strategies. MDG eNabler was presented at the Preparatory Meeting of GAID in New York and later at the UN Summit in September 2010 where it received full support both from members of GAID and from the United Nations. It has been further discussed at the Global Forum of GAID at Abu Dhabi in December 2010. UCP-SARnet has a unique capacity to reach out with MDG eNabler to universities, local governments and community organizations worldwide. In addition, interactive features recently provided to our portal by IGLOO make it a perfect tool for educating future community leaders about how to implement MDG eNabler. Recently, UCP-SARnet created an ICT Team with the task to enhance the impact of our network through efficient use of ICT. UCP-SARnet has prepared a proposal of its support for the process of implementation of MDG eNabler. The proposal was discussed both with the GAID Secretariat, and with participants of the Global Forum in Abu Dhabi, and it was very well received. We will continue working on the details of this project in collaboration with Prof. Umar, coordinator of the team developing the software, as well as with other stakeholders. For details please visit:

http://www.un-gaid.org/Home/tabid/1335/Default.aspx

Virtual Meetings “Bridging the World� The events bring together community activists and community leaders from various countries to talk online about their community projects and to discuss these projects with the audience attending the meeting at the hosting institution. So far we have organized two such conferences in China, and next year we plan to organize more of them in Cameroon, Canada and Poland. For details please visit:

http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/ve

Global Leadership Tours In year 2011 we plan to organize bus tours for students and community activists from different countries to visit universities, community organizations, and local governments to learn more about the impact of social, economic, and cultural context on realization of community projects. This will allow for meaningful and diversified discussions about the UN Millennium Goals and challenges being encountered in their achievement. The first tour is to be organized in China in Fall 2011.


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CONFERENCES

Community-University Expo 2011 Ontario, Canada This is a Canadian-led Conference, inspired by the MDGs, that will platform Community-University partnerships from all around the world in order to bridge innovative ideas and perspectives on strengthening our local communities. CU Expo 2011 will be held in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada on May 10-14 2011.

makers, and all others passionate about community-university partnerships. The deadline of accepting proposals to attend the conference has passed, but there are still opportunities to organize networking meetings.

To learn more about the conference please visit:

www.cuexpo2011.ca or contact Bonnie McCutcheon (Conference Facilitator) at 519-741-1318 ext. 226 or by email;

The conference is expected to have over 1,000 people worldwide: community leaders, researchers, students, funders, educators, policy

bonnie@communitybasedresearch.ca

GAID Global Forum 2010 Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) On December 5-6, 2010 in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) the Global Alliance for ICT and Development held a Global Forum that brought together the ICT and development communities. The meeting provided an opportunity to perform a collective "reality check" on the progress made thus far in using ICT to achieve the MDGs and what still needs to be done to ensure that ICT fulfill their vast potential for accelerating achievement of the MDGs. The main goal of the Forum was to identify what needs to be done to move decisively and productively from advocacy to action. UCP-SARnet submitted the following recommendations for GAID: 1. Regarding gender equality, GAID needs to work in two directions: (a) inspire education of women in ICT and (b) promote gender equality using ICT. 2. While implementing ICT in gender equality education, we need to remember that providing information is not enough to change people's behavior. We need to change attitudes and shape values by using content and a format that will address not only cognitive spheres of the mind, but also emotions and value systems. 3. We should recognize that to implement MDG eNabler effectively we need to first disseminate knowledge about its existence, then convince people of the value of its use and finally train them how to use it. 4. To include youth in the process of realization of MDGs, we need to involve young people into active participation in projects implementing ICT to promote the content related to MDGs. Projects created in a particular country can be replicated in other countries. We can also create such projects through international collaboration. 5. In the process of implementation the MDG eNabler, GAID should utilize potential offered by other local and global organizations involved in the realization of MDGs. 6. GAID should actively invite local and international organizations involved in gender equality issues and in working with youth to contribute relevant content for the MDG eNabler. 7. GAID should carefully listen to the grass-root level end-user's voice. The further developments of MDG eNabler should be aimed toward REAL community needs and expectations regarding the particular MDGs. Based on these inputs, GAID should identify indicators that can be used as measures of the impact MDG eNabler has on the realization of particular MDGs.

2012 Conference on MDG in Henan Province (China) This conference is to be organized by the SIAS International University in Zhengzhou in collaboration with the Municipal Government of Zhengzhou, Government of Henan Province, University-Community Partnership for Social Action Research, Association of Universities of Asia and Pacific, and Global Interactions, Inc. The topic of the conference is “UN Millennium Development Goals for Henan Province� and the focus is the implementation of information and communication technologies to achieve environmental sustainability, gender equality, combating AIDS, and developing global networks and partnerships.


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Africa Regional Updates Osée Roméo Tcheupgoum Njacheun Assistant Facilitator for Africa

Osee is a lecturer of French and German and has more than ten years of experience in cultural, social, educational and humanitarian activities. Since 2005 he has been serving as the President of United Planet of Cameroon. In 2007, Osee Romeo founded a New Technology Learning Centre for Youth in Cameroon. He also co-founded with Dan Golfier a youth association called La Communauté des Sceaux in France. Its purpose is to promote the rights of the child, support youth projects in Africa and Asia, as well as initiate needs assessments and new programs in Central/West Africa and Asia. Osée Roméo has been involved in various volunteering work with international organizations such as UATD-quart Monde, UN, UNV Programme, and Compétences Solidaires. Most recently, he served as an Assistant - Administrative Officer of the Edinburgh's Award Organization in Gabon under the supervision of the Ministry of Youth. In Central African Republic, he supervised the educational project and assisted the Country

Coordinator in the process of plan development and its implementation. Since 2008, as a Regional Coordinator for Cameroon and Gambia, Osée Roméo has been implementing UCPSARnet‟s mission by familiarizing community activists, leaders, government members, faculties and community-based organizations with the status of the MGDs. He was able to coordinate actions with other Regional Coordinators and exchanged information, knowledge and best practices focused on addressing local issues. Recently, during his Internship with the UCP-SARnet Executive Team, he‟s held multiple workshops for ASU students and local community conferences. He has been working with members of the Team on plans for the year 2011.

Cameroon UCP-SARnet has been present in Cameroon since 2008, and has made great strides. The Regional Coordinator of UCP-SARnet has been involved in many socio-educational and cultural celebrations and has actively participated in many community projects in order to create points of access for people of all backgrounds, nationalities, ages, and socio-economic classes.

In Cameroon, UCP-SARnet is promoting the social, cultural, and economic development of the country by initiating a diverse range of educational activities and offering support to local government and all the partners involved in the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UCP-SARnet has recently initiated a project with Gilbert Highlands School in Chandler (AZ, USA) to help young people from schools and orphanages in Cameroon access information through communication technology . In February 2011, in collaboration with United Planet Ambassador Club of Cameroon and La Communaute des Sceaux from France, UCPSARnet will organize Cultural Awareness Project (CAP). The activities will include painting, theatre performance, dance, percussion and fundraising planning aimed at supporting a community farm project in Batoum. Educational workshops on child exploitation, environmental protection, and girl‟s education will be organized in three schools and two orphanages. The key point of the project will be a one day virtual conference "Bridging the World” (February 15.)


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Ghana The UCP-SARnet in Ghana organized, in close collaboration with UNDP-Ghana and the Achievers Foundation of the University of Ghana- Legon, a round table discussion on achieving the MDGs in Ghana. It was attended by members of UCP-SARnet Ghana team, students of the University of Ghana and representative of UNDP-Ghana. The program was aimed at involving University students in the debate so as to get them to take action in favor of achieving the MDGs in Ghana. At the end of the day students present at the meeting resolved to go back to their communities with initiatives that promote sustainable development in their areas. The program was facilitated by Mad. Simran Singh, Head of MDGs at UNDP-Ghana, Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo Regional Co-ordinator for Ghana-UCP-SARnet and Kofi-Ako Owiredu, The President Achievers Foundation and University of Ghana-Legon.

FROM LEFT: Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo Regional Coordinator for Ghana, Kofi-Ako Owiredu-The President Achievers Foundation-University of Ghana-Legon. (Middle) and Mad. Simran Singh, Head of MDGs at United Nations Development Programme – Ghana

Progress with Millennium Development Goals In 2000 Ghana joined 189 countries in adopting the UN Millennium Declaration, which lays out eight time-bound development goals that have come to be known as the Millennium Development goals. Ghana showed a great deal of commitment by anchoring and mainstreaming the MDGs into the Ghana Poverty Reduction strategy (GPRS) I and II, and recently, into the draft for Ghana shared Growth and Development in 2010-2013. It is no wonder then, that at the 2010 UN General Assembly in September, Ghana was selected among few countries to gather evidence for international analysis on the MDG progress, good practices and experiences, as well as the challenges and opportunities for acceleration. Progress on achieving the MDGs in Ghana has been slow but hopeful. While the country seems to be on the course toward achieving some goals, in other areas progress has been slow. There have been disparities among geographical areas and genders. For instance, Northern Ghana seems to be lagging behind regarding many of the goals compared to the southern parts of the country. These issues have heightened anxiety that the country may miss out some important goals and human development indicators by 2015, or backslide on some of the goals that have already been achieved. International organizations like the UNDP have been active in creating the platform for MDG promotion in Ghana. They have been working in selected districts to promote the localization of the MDGs at the community level. To assist in monitoring Ghanaâ€&#x;s progress towards the MDGs, UNDP supports the preparation and circulation of national MDG Reports. Hopefully, all these efforts will give Ghana a further push toward achieving most of the MDGs and ensure a better life for all Ghanaians by the year 2015.

Introducing Regional Coordinator for Ghana Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo graduated from University of Ghana, Legon with a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Political Science. He also holds an international certificate in Jungian Psychology from the institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Gavle University (Sweden) and a Diploma in Financial Management from CIM (UK.) Tsonam is the co-founder of Vision Institute-Ghana. He was the Vice President of Achievers Foundation and General Secretary of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Legon Chapter. He is the CEO of Golden Investment Group and he serves as a Director of Eagles Foundation and collaborates with the Project Consultant for Focus Youth Development Foundation (FYDF).


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Gambia Training of leaders

In March 2009, Osée Roméo (Assistant Facilitator for Africa) was invited to the Gambia in order to undertake consultancy work that will assist in building the new Gambia branch of the United Planet Ambassador program. Osée helped to organize regular meetings, community services, fundraising events and especially training of the leadership team and executive board of the United Planet Ambassador Club Program at the University of the Gambia.

Participants of the trainings and their awards (certificates of attendance) At the public health centre of Serrekunda, he assisted with the process of implementation of community health programs by delivering advocacy lectures aimed at eradication of poverty and reduction of the current trend of Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

“UCP-SARnet The Gambia” registered as a local non-profit and charitable organization UCP-SARnet The Gambia was successfully adopted by the Gambia Government and registered as a local NGO, a non-profit and charitable organization in accordance with the Company Act of 1955 in the Gambia. The purpose of registering UCP-SARnet in the Gambia as a local NGO was to engage community activists in finding simple solutions for the complex health, social and economic problems in the country. The new organization, with the assistance of UCP-SARnet, will search for appropriate answers to social issues from the perspective of local communities. We believe that with the tools and opportunities provided by the UCP-SARnet platform, the new organization will provide many practical suggestions of how to carry out activities and projects related to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will be able to effectively secure relevant funding for community projects. To learn more, please visit:

http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/pageunderc/organizationalmembers/ucpsarnetthegambia


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Asia Regional Updates Birendra Kumar, Assistant Facilitator for Asia Birendra Kumar is an Assistant Facilitator of UCP-SARnet, coordinating and supervising the work of Regional Coordinators in Asia and the Pacific Region.

"If you're crazy enough to come up with an idea, make sure you're crazy enough to act on it". Birendra Kumar

Till the end of November 2009 he was working as a State Programme Manager with PRATHAM Council for Vulnerable Children. He is the founder of AASRA Charitable Trust (AASRA means hope and shelter) that advocates Universal Human Rights, the Rights of the Child, the UN Millennium Development Goals and focuses on equality, fraternity and tolerance. It combats sectarianism and discrimination because of caste, color, health status or gender. Since 2001 he has been coordinating International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day (Global Health Council Initiative) . At present he is working towards MDG and Vision 2020 . He is also a Regional Representative for Student World Assembly and National Leader of Student Global AIDS Campaign.

China The WAFW is a bold and rigorous leadership training program for women committed to acquiring the skills and confidence to develop as campus, community, national and global leaders. The Academy is coordinated by Kim Eagles (member of the Advisory Board for UCPSARnet). The purpose is to promote and accelerate the advancement of women worldwide. The year-long certification program engages female university students in discovering their purpose and passion in life and inspiring, informing and instructing them to find their individual paths to success. The Academy has successfully completed the first year in association with UCP-SARnet and is looking to expand. The members took part in a Bridging the World from SIAS Virtual event May 25-26, 2010 and organized a Stand UP event in October, 2010. Two local members of UCP-SARnet (Zhu Yunlong and Abner Yu) and one member of the Executive Team (Quihong Li) are assigned to assist participants of the Academy in utilizing UCP-SARnet in their projects. In addition, interns from the ASU English Department will assist students in editing their projects before publishing them on the UCP-SARnet portal. The training modules will be facilitated by Ann Grim, Lisa Thonack, Danita Rios, Lynda Bishop, Kumi Ritchey, Laurie Westley, Liz Anderson, Joanie Freeman, Shirley Osborn, Kelly Ryan , Cyd West , Kathie Duff Wilson, Joan Michelson, Alanna Levenson and Angie Wong.

Moderators will facilitate the following training modules this year: Creating Possibilities Passion and Purpose Community Building Capacity Building Project Development Project Implementation Powerful Presentations for Community Engagement Legacy of Leadership


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ASIA Regional Updates Continued India

New Member Organizations Dr. Marek Wosinski and Birendra Kumar met Dr. Kiran Bedi on October 2, 2010 to discuss collaboration between UCP-SARnet and two organizations founded and led by Dr. Bedi: India Vision Foundation and Navjyoti India Foundation. Kiran Bedi, Ph.D., is India's first and highest ranking (retired in 2007) woman police officer. Her experience and expertise include more than 35 years of tough, innovative and welfare policing. She has worked with the United Nations as the Police Advisor to the Secretary General in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She has represented India at the United Nations and in International forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women's issues. Her initiative Safer India became a model for promotion of community policing. Dr. Bedi will have an opening keynote speech at the C-U Expo in Canada in May 2011 (see p. 5)

India Vision Foundation was created in 1994 focusing on prisons. They aim toward development in woman empowerment, prison improvement, occupational training, education, rural development and sports promotion. One project they have worked on is Crime Home Children which helps educate and reconnect children with parents in prison. Another project involves rural development and empowerment through poor villages. Support and counseling services are made available for men addicted to drugs and their families. Working together with Navjyoti Foundation, they have created 55 education centers in the slums of Delhi, India.

In 1988, Dr. Kiran Bedi created Navjyoti India Foundation (NIF) which has a main focus of endorsing welfare policing. Working with over 12,000 people, NIF has also made considerable contributions to women empowerment, education, family counseling, rural and urban development, HIV/AIDS, health and environment.

http://www.navjyoti.org.in/


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ASIA Regional Updates Continued India Dream Rainbow Project: Gandhi College of Social Work The Gandhi College of Social Work will be located at Bhitiarwa Ashram, Gaunaha, Narkatiaganj, West Champaran, Bihar, India. The Dream Rainbow Project was implemented with the goal of providing theoretical training for social workers and development professionals; a working plan for the development of the college has been created and the vision is for the first students to begin their studies at the IGNOU Learning Centre in 2011. The following organizations have committed to collaborating with the Gandhi College of Social Work:

The Vishwa Manav Seva Aashram will assist with the development of a community school model and looms with charkha (spinning wheel) for poor women, which will allow them to generate an income and livelihood.  All India Regional Rural Bank Employee Association will participate in creating self-help groups and networking with NABARD AND CAPART  Solar India Online has agreed to provide solar energy-related assistance and project management; this includes

training and collaboration for solar mission implementation at village level.  Cooperative Pacs has agreed to work with farmers and villages to provide and promote cooperative marketing, industry, and banking. At this point we envision the following units [a] Community College [b] Health centre [c] Communication Centre [d] Community bank [e] Community School [e] Grain Bank [f] Knowledge Centre If you are interested in becoming a part of this project please contact: Birendra Kumar at gandhicsw@gmail.com

Collaboration with Amity University As a result of arrangements made by Birendra Kumar (Assistant Facilitator of UCP-SARnet) and Karunesh Rai (President of Beam Foundation and student of this university), Dr. P.C. Sabharwal, Director of Amity School of Rural Management, invited Dr. Marek Wosinski to present a workshop on "Partnerships and Networking for the UN Millennium Development Goals." The purpose of the workshop was to introduce UCP-SARnet to Amity University and initiate a discussion on creating a partnership between the two organizations. The audience was composed of graduate and post graduate students from MBA for Rural Management, Urban Management, Natural Resource Management programs, as well as Social Sciences and Psychology. In addition to Dr. Sabhrawal, the following Amity faculty members participated in the panel discussion: Maj. Gen.R.K. Dhavan (Senior Vice President and Director of International Affairs Division), Mr. H.A. Arfi, (Ritnand Balved Education Foundation) , Er. A.K. Srivastava (Director of Amity School of Urban Management) and Dr. S, K. Pachauri (Director of Amity School of Good Governance and Social Sciences).

Ecofest 2010 From October 10-15, 2010 Beam Foundation along with Jaipuria Institute of Management in Lucknow organized the first annual Ecofest that aimed to increase awareness of the community about environmental issues. They focused on how going green could significantly change the world for the future generations. Through three major events during the five day event, Beam Foundation made a vast difference.

The three major events involved a sign-up campaign for people to pledge to go green and more than 400 people signed up. A painting and photography competition for college students with the theme of „going green‟ was a success, along with an Adopt-a-Park program where students committed to maintain the community parks.


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Europe Regional Updates

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Gansewar Sahoo, Assistant Facilitator for Europe Ganeswar Sahoo is an Assistant Facilitator of UCPSARnet and is in charge of coordinating and supervising the work of Regional Coordinators in Europe and representing UCP-SARnet and expanding its presence in this region. He is in touch with organizations that focus on UN Millennium Goals and social action research as their main agenda and anticipates receiving positive responses from a number of organizations in Italy, Germany, Spain and France. His next plan is to find sponsors who can sponsor community projects in Europe, Mr. Sahoo is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Economics at the University of Trento, Italy. Before coming to Italy he had over five years of work experiences in the Indian corporate sector. He is pursuing an International master diploma in development, Innovation and Change at University of Bologna (the oldest university in the world). Gansewar‟s personal motto is to “Dream big to get big results.''

Italy Our New Knowledge Partner World for World Organization created a knowledge partnership with UCP-SARnet. WFWO‟s mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world‟s poorest people to gain the hope for a better future and improve their quality of life through access to food, security, drinking water, health, education and overcoming poverty.

The Netherlands John Mabey, Assistant Facilitator for Volunteering John Mabey is in charge of consulting strategic activities, coordinating volunteering matches, and editing proposals of collaboration and other documents. Currently, he is coordinating the Global Volunteer Match, a feature on UCP-SARnet‟s website that connects community organizations with potential volunteers worldwide. The Volunteer Match is a great opportunity to get involved and provides links to detailed information about volunteer opportunities all around the world (this includes South America, North America, Europe, Australia and Oceania, Asia and Africa). We encourage community organizations to become an organizational member of UCP-SARnet and post on our website their volunteering needs. If you are interested in opportunities or promoting your organization, please follow this link:

http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/contact/registercommunityorganization


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North America Regional Updates Randi Burggraff, Assistant Facilitator for North America Randi Burggraff is the Assistant Facilitator for the USA. She is in charge of coordinating work of the Executive Team: strategic planning, fund raising, search for sponsors, supervising the process of preparing and signing MOUs with new knowledge partners, and developing a system of documentation for UCP-SARnet activities. She is currently finishing her undergraduate work with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Family and Human Dynamics. She graduates Spring 2011.

Canada Adam Euerby is the Assistant Facilitator for Canada and has been a coordinator of the ICT Team since late October. Working with the ICT Teams, he has developed plans for major improvements to the UCP-SARnet Homepage. This is all a part of his Masterâ€&#x;s Thesis that he is completing at the University of Waterloo. So far, he presented a proposal which includes two main objectives: The first objective of his thesis is to describe how the ICT Team impacts and progresses the UCPSARnet community as a social networking platform. The second objective is to provide guidelines that can support the ICT Team in developing and successfully achieving short and long term goals for UCP-SARnet.

To accomplish these two objectives, Adam together with the ICT Team will check and observe site statistics, analyze social networking, gather key membersâ€&#x; views on the UCPSARnet site, and finally write a result of the analyses in his thesis. With UCP-SARnet, he hopes to uncover how emerging leadership networks can use online social networking tools to grow their communities. Soon, he will be asking the UCPSARnet leadership team to complete a survey that will help him to determine if ICT team was successful in upgrade of the UCP-SARnet website.

USA

The Mission of WHEAT is to educate, advocate, motivate and empower individuals to action in the fight against hunger. In 1979, starting off with 19 different faith communities, WHEAT (World Hunger, Education, Advocacy & Training) grew into a productive organization focused on motivating, advocating, empowering, and educating individuals to fight against hunger.

http://www.hungerhurts.org

WHEAT provides and spreads information on the cause of hunger and the available resources that can be used to end hunger. They also supported and joined UCP-SARnet for the Stand Up event this year at ASU.


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South America Regional Updates Susana Pesis, Assistant Facilitator for South America Susana Pesis is in charge of coordinating and supervising the work of Regional Coordinators in South America, representing UCPSARnet and expanding its presence in this region. As at this point, UCP-SARnet‟s presence in South America is minimal, and we hope that Susana and her colleagues will help to create a strong network there, as well as to develop a part of our portal in Spanish. Susana is the President and founder of TESA Foundation, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. TESA Foundation is extremely eager to enhance their collaboration efforts as well.

TESA (Argentina) “TESA is currently conducting its yearly trip to the Israel/ Palestinian Territories. This will be the 6th trip in 6 years made by the foundation, each time with a different delegation of professionals, politicians and opinion-makers. Each

“Spread a Message of Peace and Ultimately Understanding”

much of the Israeli territory is extremely safe; the people are happy active citizens who certainly do not live in fear, as the news would have us believe. Also, this year we have seen the advancement of other projects. One project created by TESA is called, "EMERGENCY! Evacuate the School!" This is a didactic game which teaches children how to safely evacuate a school-building during an emergency; nobody wins until everyone is safely out of the building. This endeavor has been recognized by and shared with the United Nations. We are also working on projects to increase governmental transparency in Argentina, to make citizens aware of their water consumption, and to make environmentally friendly choices in consumption of goods and services; the list goes on and on. We will be in Canada in May at the CUExpo to give presentations on three of these projects. We appreciate the opportunity to share our work on this platform and look forward to advancing the work of UCP-SARnet as well.”

time we advance, each time we make new contacts, and each time we reach higher in the political strata of the area. This year, we were able to sit and talk with the President and Nobel Prize-Winner Simon Peres (pictured above). We are personally invited to the city of Ramallah by Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the National Authority of Palestine. We have met with more than 10 politicians in varying areas of government with different opinions and views being expressed on all sides. It is our goal to spread a message of peace and ultimately of understanding. This area of the world is given bad press, almost daily. What the world is largely unaware of, though, is that Tel Aviv and

http://www.fundaciontesa.org/


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Collaborating Partners Centre for Community Based Research brings people together to share knowledge in order to impact positive social change. http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/ Comunitaria provides technical support and tools for community and psychosocial intervention programs. Four professional psychologists run this organization. http://www.comunitaria.cl/ Community-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions, and other partnership strategies. http://www.ccph.info/ The Community Toolbox provides resources for community leaders. http://ctb.ku.edu/en/default.aspx?404;http://ctb.ku.edu:80/en/default.aspx Global Interactions, Inc works with professionals to interact with domestic and global counterparts to increase exchange of practices, technologies, and research. www.globalinteractions.org/ Leadership Learning Community identifies, evaluates, and applies ideas and practices in leadership development in order to make leadership more effective. http://leadershiplearning.org/community-connections Orbis Institute develops global leaders through programs that advance awareness, critical thinking, and action. http://www.orbisinstitute.org/index.php?id=141&no_cache=1 SIAS International University combines Chinese educational philosophies with Western educational models to develop professionals who are prepared to meet the demands of trans-national corporations and enterprises. http://www.sias.edu.cn/en/ SoReCom conducts and disperses research that focuses on social issues relevant to Europe and its policies. www.europhd.eu/html/_onda03/01/00.00.00.00.shtml

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United Nations Foundation advocates for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. http://www.unfoundation.org/ The Video Voice Collective: brings academic researchers, filmmakers, technology mavens, social justice champions, and community leaders together to improve the health conditions of underserved communities. http://video-voice.org/

The Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities is a private university that educates students in psychology, philosophy, humanities, and social sciences. http://www.swps.pl/english/ India Gandhi National Open University (India) offers 338 programs of study through over 3,500 courses to a cumulative student strength of over 30 million students. http://www.ignou.ac.in/ Amity University (India) is one of the best private universities in India with over 50000 students. http://www.amity.edu/ Jagiellonian University (Poland) is the second oldest university in Europe located in Krakow. http://www.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/

World for World Organization (Italy) is an Italian-based non-profit organization, operating in Italy and internationally. http://www.worldforworld.org/


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Meet members of our Executive Team


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Introducing members of our Advisory Board The following distinguished colleagues agreed to serve on our Advisory Board: Robert Cialdini, Arizona State University (USA) Liz Cunningham, University of Brighton (England), Kim Eagles, Grassroots Activist (USA), William A. Foster, Foster and Brahm Management Consulting (USA), Grazyna Prawelska-Skrzypek, Jagillonian University (Poland), Rajesh Jangareddy, Vitesse Semiconductor (India), Joanna Ochocka, Centre for Community Engaged Research (Canada), Jan Sadlak, Warsaw School of social Sciences and Humanities (Poland), Jerrie Ueberle, Global Interactions, Inc (USA), Christopher Zambakari, Student Representative (USA). In each issue of our newsletter we will introduce two members of the Board.

Robert Cialdini, Ph.D. Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence, earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation. His books, including Influence: Science & Practice, are the results of years of study into the reasons why people comply with requests in business settings. Worldwide, Influence has sold over 2 million copies and been published in twenty-five languages. His most recent co-authored book, Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive, has been on the New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Best Seller Lists. In the field of influence and persuasion, Dr. Cialdini is the most cited living social psychologist in the world today. Dr. Cialdini received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina and post doctoral training from Columbia University. He has held Visiting Scholar Appointments at Ohio State University, the University of California, the Annenberg School of Communications, and the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. Currently, Dr Cialdini is Regentsâ€&#x; Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University. Dr. Cialdini is President of INFLUENCE AT WORK, an international consulting, strategic planning and training organization based on the Six Principles of Influence. Dr. Cialdiniâ€&#x;s clients include such organizations as Google, Microsoft, Washington Mutual Group of Funds, Bayer, Coca Cola, KPMG, AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Kodak, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide Insurance, Pfizer, AAA, Northern Trust, IBM, Prudential, The Mayo Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, Harvard University - Kennedy School, The Weather Channel, the United States Department of Justice, and NATO.

Jerrie Ueberle Jerrie Ueberle is Founder and President of Global Interactions, Inc., a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization whose purpose is to connect U.S. professionals with their international counterparts to share best practices, research, and technologies that will develop sustainable partnerships to further worldwide communication and understanding. For over two decades, Global Interactions has worked with professionals from over 40 countries, developed and convened over 100 conferences, symposiums, and forums in 5 countries. The major focus of this work has previously been in China engaging thousands of professionals and youth. Since 1984, Jerrie Ueberle has been to China over 95 times and has brought thousands of Americans to learn from Chinese experts. Jerrie Ueberle is also Board Member and Trustee of Sias International University Foundation Board of Directors (University is located in Xinzheng, Henan Province, China.). She is a Vice President of the Phoenix Parks and Conservation Board, whose purpose is to create and maintain parks and environmentally nurturing areas for the city of Phoenix, Arizona, residents and visitors. She also serves as a Board Member of the Institute on Environmental and Social Responsibility, the first institute of its kind in China, housed on SIAS University Campus.


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Member Organizations ACT is a non-profit advocating for universal human rights and childrenâ€&#x;s rights. Phone: 0612-3290987 Mobile : 09560509688 E-mail: aasra@aasraindia.org, website: http://www.aasraindia.org/ Ann Foundation empowers people who live with the daily challenges of vision impairment, hearing loss and other disabilities in some of the worldâ€&#x;s most impoverished places. Phone: 516-570-0088, website: http://www.AnnFoundation.org Beam Foundation provides needy children in the developing world with school uniforms and necessary school supplies. E-mail: info@beamedia.org ,website: http://www.beamindia.org/

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice works towards a civil justice system that is accessible, effective, fair and efficient. Phone: 780-492-2513 Fax: 780-492-6181 E-mail: cjforum@law.ualberta.ca, The Centre for Community Research and Action, Laurier works to advance community knowledge, social policy, and practice for community wellness and social equity. Phone: 519.884.0710 x 3494 Fax: 519.884.1020 E-mail: tmitchell@wlu.ca, website: http://www.wlu.ca/homepage.php? The Community University Research Alliance explores new ways of providing community mental health support. Phone: 519-741-1318 Fax: 519-741-8262 E-mail: general@communitybasedresearch.ca website: http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/takingcultureseriouslyCURA/ Ecuador Volunteer Foundation volunteers for social, community, educational, healthcare, and ecological projects throughout Ecuador. Phone: (593-2) 2557749 - 2226544 E-mail; info@ecuadorvolunteer.org; website: http://www.ecuadorvolunteer.org/ Global Thinking Women empowers women of all ages throughout the various stages in their lives. Phone: 8615837143756 E-mail: kim_eagles@msn.com, website: http://www.odatsglobaltrainingandrecruitmentservice.com/index.html Helping Lives International: a non-profit focusing on eradicating poverty. Help youth gain employment and to work as Ambassadors and leaders. Phone: +220-7719958, +220-6554080 E-mail: helpinglifesinternational@yahoo.com, website: http://www.helpinglives.7p.com/ LUKMEF helps Cameroon to embrace peace, non-violence, social justice, and sustainable development in order to alleviate poverty. Phone: +237-33.33.28.60 E-mail: info@lukmefcameroon.org, website: http://www.lukmefcameroon.org/ Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition (NYCC) is focusing on climate change and collaborates with collaborating with youth, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Phone: +2347062199449 E-mail: oyelakintaiwo@gmail.com, website: http://nigerianyouthclimatecoalition.blogspot.com/ Students Travel and Exposure South Africa (STAESA) is a non-profit organization promoting and enhancing cultural exchange and development in Africa. Phone: (+27) 119 104 095 Cell: (+27) 737 292 944 Fax: (+27) 119 10-4095 E-mail: info@staesa.org, website: http://www.staesa.org/ TESAis a nonprofit organization aimed at researching, training researchers, outlining an implementing projects for the promotion of sustainable economy. Email: rachel.lysak@fundaciontesa.org website: http://www.fundaciontesa.org/ Unreasonable Institute: supports globally-minded social entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to pressing issues Email: wisdom@unreasonableinstitue.org, website: . http://unreasonableinstitute.org/ UCP-SARnet The Gambia undertakes a diverse and creative range of educational, humanitarian, and peace -building initiatives in to help achieve MDGs.. Phone: (00220) 6548963/7953521/3438 808 /6717761 E-mail: oseeromeo@yahoo.ca , joebongay@hotmail.com , mmendy01@hotmail.com


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Directory HEAD OFFICE Arizona State University Department of Psychology P.O. Box 871104, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA Tel. 480-965-6253 Email: ucpsarnet@gmail.com FACILITATOR Executive Officer Dr. Marek Wosinski Email: dr.marek@asu.edu ASSISTANT FACILITATOR FOR AFRICA Osee Romeo Tcheupgoum Email: oseeromeo@yahoo.ca ASSISTANT FACILITATOR FOR ASIA & PACIFIC Birendra Soni Email: birsoni@gmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR FOR EUROPE Ganeswar Sahoo Email: gs.oneworld@gmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR FOR NORTH AMERICA Randi Burggraff Email: burggraffrandi@gmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR – SOUTH AMERICA Susana Pesis Email: susanapesis@gmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR John Mabey Email: johnmabeyadvisor@hotmail.com ASSISTANT FACILITATOR Robby Uppal Email: ROBBY.UPPAL@gmail.com COORDINATOR OF INTERNATIONAL EVENTS Andy Chen Email: guohuiandy@163.com ICT COORDINATOR Adam Euerby Email: aeuerby@engmail.uwaterloo.ca ICT ASSISTANT COORDINATOR Dorav Kumar Email: dkumar6@asu.edu

ICT TEAM Adam Euerby Uttam Bhat Rajesh Jangareddy Smitha Kamath Dorav Kumar Nikhil Sridhar Robby Uppal EXECUTIVE TEAM Dr. Wayne Goulet Dr. Eric Hartman Jennifer Planck Dr. Eva Szeli Marianne Shively Mohamed Camara Talitha Collins PolyAnna Crum-Queen Charlene Hertenstein Kamana Khadka Michelle Knag Francesca Mercurio Eean Patterson Christine Williams Quihong Li Amanda Meyers Shannon Monn Jacqueline Rogers

CANADA Contact Person: Adam Euerby Candidate M.ASc. Systems Design Engineering B.ASc. Systems Design Engineering University of Waterloo Advanced Interface Design Lab 1.519.888.4567 x34904 aeuerby@engmail.uwaterloo.ca USA Contact Person: Randi Burggraff Department of Psychology P.O. Box 871104, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA Tel. 480-965-6253 Email: ucpsarnet@gmail.com SOUTH AMERICA Contact Person: Susana Pesis Email: susanapesis@gmail.com

ASVISORY BOARD

REGIONAL OFFICES AFRICA Contact person: Osee Romeo Tcheupgoum No. 1 Ansumana Ceesay Street, Dippakunda UCP-SARnet -The Gambia (Non-Profit & Charitable organization) P.O.BOX 2192, serekunda, KMSD. The Gambia Tel. (00 220) 6548963/7953521/3438 808 /6717761 Email: joebongay@hotmail.com , mmendy01@hotmail.com, oseeromeo@yahoo.ca

Robert Cialdini, Arizona State University (USA) Liz Cunningham, University of Brighton (England) Kim Eagles, Grassroots Activist (USA) William A. Foster, Foster and Brahm Management Consulting (USA) Grazyna Prawelska-Skrzypek, Jagillonian University (Poland)

ASIA & THE PACIFIC Contact Person: Birendra Kumar University Community Partnership for Social Action Research Network. UN Commission on Sustainable Development (Youth and Children Major Group ) Tel. +91-9910711112 Email: birsoni@gmail.com

Rajesh Jangareddy, Vitesse Semiconductor (India)

EUROPE Contact Person: Ganeswar Sahoo via s cosma e damiano 103 trento, tn 38122, italy Tel. +39 3319782685 Email: gs.oneworld@gmail.com

Jerrie Ueberle, Global Interactions, Inc (USA)

Joanna Ochocka, Centre for Community Engaged Research (Canada) Jan Sadlak, Warsaw School of social Sciences and Hummanities (Poland)

Christopher Zambakari, Student Representative (USA)


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Educating, Empowering and Engaging Communities

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