Archives for August 17th, 2006

THE SLOW RACE

Book News, PublicNet: 17 August, 2006

By Melissa Leach and Ian ScoonesMoves to combat poverty through innovations in science and technology are being hampered by a reliance on top down imposition. The authors argue that innovation should be citizen led, with development and use of technology designed around specific local needs. The science races are on. After decades of relative neglect, science and technology are again seen as vital tools for international development. Governments, companies and philanthropists are racing to help poor people benefit from research and development in rich countries. But the two races that generate most excitement – the race to global economic success and the race to find a universal fix for the problems of developing countries – raise some difficult questions. Where will they take people? How will they maintain their momentum? Who will win the prizes and who will be left behind?

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EVOLUTION AND DEVOLUTION IN ENGLAND

Book News, PublicNet: 17 August, 2006

By John Healey and Chris LeslieBuilding on decentralisation and devolution in Scotland, Wales and London, the authors suggest a new approach is needed to reflect the evolving role of local government, Regional Development Agencies, regional assemblies, Parliament and Government itself. Seeking to take the debate on regionalism forward, the pamphlet argues for greater devolution to the regions and local government, and greater collaboration within city regions without imposing fixed models or new governance structures on our towns and cities.

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GREEN DOCTOR GIVES ENERGY SAVING PRESCRIPTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 August, 2006

GREEN DOCTOR GIVES ENERGY SAVING PRESCRIPTION

 

The Green Doctor project was set up three years ago to tackle fuel poverty in the deprived wards of Leicester through free visits to low-income households. It is operated by Environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork Leicester & Leicestershire, which works in partnerships with Leicester City Council, NPower and NHS Primary Care Trusts.

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COUNCILS AND THIRD SECTOR GET CASH FOR INNOVATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 August, 2006

COUNCILS AND THIRD SECTOR GET CASH FOR INNOVATION

 

HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office are encouraging local authorities and the third sector to jointly develop innovative approaches to service delivery. The encouragement takes the form of a 13.5 million pound budget to support partnership projects. The motivation for this spend is the belief that the third sector, through its flexibility and the richness of its diversity, is sometimes better placed than the public or private sectors in reaching certain groups within society. Consequently, partnerships between public, private and third sectors are seen as key to improving service delivery.

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