Re: [holistichelping] Malaria in Nyanza: how can we as a group address this?/Sustainability conference: update?
- Hello PeterAm keen to know how you intend to follow through this process of Community Analytics, you couldnt have said it any better as what actually is meant to come and alleviate suffering of the poor really never gets to this as administrative costs take upto 75% of the total budget.About MFI's a closer look reveals that most of them really are out to make huge profits from the poor and not help them ease the suffering that they are undergoing. I have been working closely with an MFI for the catholic Church in Kisumu and what they charge as interest is way up what commercial bamks do charge. If they charge 2%per month this translates to 24% in a year while commercial banks in kenya loan at between 16-18% per year.Have you also tried looking at the other option of Village Savings and Loaning amongst people in a community. The economic power might be low and growth would be very slow but i believe that this way communities will be able to develop themselves and keep all the profits to circulate within.Indeed what Munro has achieved with Jamii Bora is great and i do hope that it can be replecated all through the country. Muhhamed Yunus proved to us that the poor are the best loan repayers.Keep up the good work and do not think that you will be wasting people time in this atleast those who can volunteer to this on voluntary basis could do a lot for thier communities i being one of them.
RONALD OTIENO OMONDI
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--- On Sun, 6/7/09, Peter Burgess <peterbNYC@...> wrote:
From: Peter Burgess <peterbNYC@...>
Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Malaria in Nyanza: how can we as a group address this?/Sustainability conference: update?
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009, 9:23 AMDear Janet ... others
Google Jamii Bora Kenya and you will find a lot of material.
Chris Macrae has pulled together some thoughts about Jamii Bora and
Ingrid Munro at this URL ... http://www.jamiibor a.net/
Chris has met Dr. Muhammad Yunus several times since 2007 and Ingrid
Munro more than once this year. I joined Chris at some of these
meetings in New York.
Both Dr. Yunus and Ingrid Munro are serious about social value and
bottom of the pyramid (BoP).
I am developing a system of Community Analytics (CA) that I am hoping
will help to separate out the exploitation in poor communities from
the support for poor communities. My experience in the field over a
good number of years showed me how little of development resource
ended up doing community level value creation ... while local
initiatives like the Jamii Bora micro-up local initiatives in Kenya
(starting originally in urban slums) seem to be creating really
positive local progress.
I am applying CA to health and malaria as well as the microfinance /
micro-enterprise sector. Again the cost analysis suggests that
community level upgrading of the health infrastructure will have a
huge impact on health ... but this is not the way the donors, the
major health institutions like CDC and WHO, most of the NGOs, and the
beneficiary governments want to work.
Frankly ... the cost logic is pretty convincing for a community focus
improvement to the health infrastructure. Sadly the value chain
analysis of the prevailing system suggests that most decision makers
are better off with the status quo.
I would like to answer your question about what people in Kenya could
do that would be useful as follows ... "Become community organizers
and help to get key CA data for some pilot communities ... including
health data" ... but I am not quite ready and I do not want to waste
people's time. I am also aware that there has to be funding to do
serious work, and again, in this matter I am not ready yet either.
Maybe a step towards the goals of (1) community data and (2) getting a
development fund organized would be to get a simple "sign on" list
that simply has community name ... people name and people contact
This list would help substantiate that CA does have some contact
strength on the ground and this will eventually help with Goal 2.
I am rebuilding the Tr-Ac-Net database interface to suit the CA data
architecture and this will help me get to Goal 1 ... which also feeds
into Goal 2.
Some colleagues are working on a development fund for SME support ...
an initiative to help successful small business get to become
successful medium business. In due course I may need to identify MFIs
that know about fast growing SMEs that need financing for expansion.
But that is another project!
Tr-Ac-Net Inc ... The Transparency and Accountability Network
Community Analytics (CA)
Integrated Malaria Management (IMM)
Microfinance Focus Magazine in New York
website: www.tr-ac-net. org
tel: 917 432 1191 or 212 772 6918
email: peterbnyc@gmail. com
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On Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 11:05 PM, Janet Feldman<kaippg@earthlink. net> wrote:
> Dear Peter,
> Hello and thanks so much for this thoughtful response. It is indeed
> frustrating that the combination of factors you mention cannot unite to
> create better health outcomes as concerns malaria. Can you think of anything
> we can do, by which I mean members here?
> I would be interested to know more abt Jamii Bora is doing. Can you fill us
> in, or direct us to more info?
> With all best wishes and appreciation, Janet
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Burgess" <peterbNYC@gmail. com>
> To: <holistichelping@ yahoogroups. com>
> Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2009 4:29 PM
> Subject: Re: [holistichelping] Malaria in Nyanza: how can we as a group
> address this?/Sustainabilit y conference: update?
> Dear Janet ... Colleagues
> Malaria ... health ... is in a parlous state around the world. The
> science is great ... the use of this science is appalling.
> More and more money doing rather little is not a good solution ...
> rather upgrading the results from a good fund flow should be a
> priority. There is some good news (1) a growing number of medical
> professionals in Africa are calling for change and (2) a growing
> community of expatriates also recognize that what is going on is too
> costly, ineffective and unsustainable.
> In the USA, the idea of socialized medicine is scorned by almost
> everyone ... yet it is socialized medicine that ODA funds and African
> governments are encouraged to provide. Surprise, surprise ... the
> money runs out and health care is inadequate.
> The private sector enterprise economy and philanthropy and/or social
> business sector should be much more in play ... but to my knowledge,
> their work is not well documented. I understand Jamii Bora (Ingrid
> Munro) in Kenya has made progress in this area that is remarkable ...
> but it is small relative to the natinal need
> There is good science. There are good people. There are funds. Why do
> they not come together to get good health care outcomes for everyone?
> With regards
> Peter Burgess
> Peter Burgess
> Tr-Ac-Net Inc ... The Transparency and Accountability Network
> Community Analytics (CA)
> Integrated Malaria Management (IMM)
> Microfinance Focus Magazine in New York
> website: www.tr-ac-net. org
> tel: 917 432 1191 or 212 772 6918
> email: peterbnyc@gmail. com
> skype: peterburgessnyc