For years the government has sought to encourage more Singaporeans to volunteer, and even though the focus is now on “volunteering over a sustained period of time” (ST, Dec. 1), no significant breakthrough has been achieved in recent years. Besides the lack of useful information about volunteer patterns and their impact – beyond the “Individual Giving Survey” conducted by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre and the more recent “World Giving Index” by the Charities Aid Foundation, both of which rely on survey data, or the anecdotal feedback gathered by the National Council of Social Service – strategies to get more individuals involved in the non-profit sector must be more specific, more targeted. Continue reading
News from China and the United States makes the headlines this week, and in this vein questions about the global world order – perhaps moving from American unipolarity to a bipolar configuration, shared by these two countries – have emerged. In the United States, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama delivered their final speeches, respectively offering encouragement for an uncertain future and urging young Americans to fight for their own future, as the world awaits the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. And amid the two waves of protectionism and climate-change scepticism and a trainwreck presidential press conference in the United States, President Xi Jinping will be the first Chinese head of state to address the World Economic Forum, and his country is also spending hundreds of billions on renewable power sources to dominate one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.
Times, they are a-changin’. Continue reading
A short review of Martin Meredith’s “The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence”. Continue reading