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Global Buzz Report: August 2015

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ICAI Board Report:

The main event for the ICAI Board last month was the July General Assembly. Final preparations were concluded at the online Board meeting of July 8. An online GA meeting in Adobe Connect was repeated twice for two time zones on July 21, and attended by 20 representatives of 13 member ICAs. Finally, an asynchronous online poll was held by surveymonkey over 10 days to July 31, to confirm and symbolise the consensus of the General Assembly.  Nineteen representatives of 25 statutory members cast their ICAs' votes in the poll.

Four resolutions were passed by the General Assembly:

  • the 2015-16 ICAI Strategic Directions developed by the May Board meeting in Tanzania were approved
  • three new nominations for non-voting Associate membership were approved - welcome to ICAI to ORP of Korea, EPDI of Nigeria and SNCF of Uganda!
  • a recommendation of the ICAI Global Conference working group was accepted, to seek to work in partnership with Initiaitives of Change to convene a global conference next year at IofC's centre at Caux, Switzerland
  • a new global policy on ICA's Technology of Participation was adopted, following 18 months of collaborative development and consultation among ICAs worldwide led by the global ToP policy working group.
The online meetings provided a final opportunity to discuss these resolutions before the online poll. They also provided an opportunity for the Board and our volunteer web developer Robert Liverpool to share the new draft ICAI website that is under development in WordPress.  We are now testing and populating the website with content with a view to launching it publicly later in the year.

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Martin Gilbraith           president@ica-international.org

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In connection with its post-earthquake activities, ICA Nepal is working in close collaboration with ICA Japan for renovating the learning center for women and children in Changunarayan. Along with this, programs for senior citizens and children are also being planned. The learning center for women and children was built by ICA Nepal.

A great deal of household damage and many injuries were reported after the earthquake in Changunarayan. This has left many people psychologically traumatized for several months now. Hence, the current project for renovating the learning center along with support for women, senior citizens and children.

Women, senior citizens and children are those most affected. Therefore to help heal them psychologically and to provide a safe and suitable environment, ICA Nepal is planning to construct a senior day care near the learning center that senior citizens can come to during the day time and return to their home in the evening. Various engagement and psychologically supportive activities would be carried out there on a weekly basis as well. At the same place, a play zone for children will be constructed to help with the normalization of the children. This program doesn’t just focus on earthquake rehabilitation, but rather it will be for the long term support fof senior citizens and children. Similarly, the program will also include a women empowerment approach by providing income generation training for them.

ICA Nepal is working to generate resources to build permanent houses for earthquake survivors. From this perspective, we are in the process of communicating with our peer ICAs, including ICA Japan and ICA Australia. Currently, we are planning to build permanent houses in the Khatrithok village of Sindhupalchowk district. Along with that, the planning sessions for building a permanent shelter for 25 people with disabilities, are going on with ICA Australia.

ICA Nepal is also receiving varied support through its volunteers from India and the USA, this is for a new initiative in the building of Earthship homes. This would give continuation to our work at Changunaryan where we built an Earthbag home for an earthquake victim.

ICA Nepal is very grateful for all the support received during the earthquake relief and recovery phase. We would like to thank Emerging Ecology for providing donations of a significant amount after the earthquake which proved to be hugely helpful for earthquake victims. A special thanks to Peter who is helping us update our website and helped us throughout the period when ICA Nepal’s website was hacked.

Besides the earthquake rehabilitation programs, ICA Nepal is speeding up its NGO support programs which would help various NGOs grow their impact on society.

Also, check out ICA Nepal’s blog www.icanepal.blogspot.com for more updates.

Pritha Khanal           pritha_khanal@yahoo.com



Dear colleagues,

Please find an invitation to the end of year Asia Pacific Regional Meeting in India.  We would love to have representation from each and every ICA in our Asia Pacific region, as this will be a great collaborative peer-to-peer working and learning opportunity.

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues – interested members of ICA or other networks. While the focus will be on Asia Pacific, colleagues from outside of the AP region will be most welcome.
Invitation and additional information here

We do hope folk will use the expression of interest link to register interest.

Best wishes,

Shizuyo Sato, VP Asia Pacific Region  shizuyo@icajapan.org


Dear Colleagues,

In the name of ICA Spain we would like to make contact with the Global team to announce the launching of our first Crowdfunding campaign.

The campaign is aiming to create and unite a network of SUPER COMMUNITY ENTREPRENEURS, starting with 5 who come from CUBA, ARGENTINA, PERU, MEXICO and FINLAND. They have demonstrated their commitment by action in developing successful experiences and good practices in the social and solidarity economy.

Please give us your support and collaboration using the Spanish crowdfunding platform GOTEO in this link:
https://goteo.org/project/conferencia-internacional-ess/home# or share our campaign with your ICA Community and social networks …. we really would appreciate it.

If you have any questions or good ideas, please contact us!

Thank you,

The Spanish Team

ICA Spain           natalia.sanjuan@gmail.com