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null Globethics.net Newsletter no6/2013

June 2013

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  • The Globethics.net Libraries
    New in the Globethics.net Libraries
    GlobeTheoLib as facilitator at African Theological Institute, Kampala
    GlobeTheoLib newsletter available now
     
  • Globethics.net Network
    New Recommender system:"These documents may interest you"
     
  • Research/Projects
    African Law for all: African Law Library Workshop in Kenya
    7 Days to the Global Ethics Forum 2013 Public Forum "Equal in an Unequal World"
    World Forum for Ethics in Business, 1 July 2013, Geneva
    Youth Award: TAKE ACTION AND WIN!
     
  • Publications
    Two new books in Globethics.net Focus Series
    Globethics.net book: Why ethics in politics matters more than ever and how it can make a difference
     
  • News from the Head Office
    Welcome to new faces at Globethics.net
    Events: Workshops on Innovation Ethics and on CSR in Africa
    Mining, Ethics and Sustainability: World Mining Congress
     
  • News from the Regional Programmes
    First National Seminar on Restorative Justice Education, 16-17 August 2013
    The Asian Dimension of Teaching International Business Ethics
     
Editorial by Abaa Rosa Haenseler 

African Law Library: the baby grows

This is the story of a light that has been lit for African law and governance, of a 'baby' named the 'African Law Library' by an African father, the main sponsor of the child and founder of the African Innovation Foundation. The African Law Library was born in September 2012 at Globethics.net, the birth partner of the African Innovation Foundation working together to bring the African Law Library into the world.

The ambitious new born carries the dream of an African digital library of law and governance that will be a free public service created by Africans for Africans and for all those who are interested in law and governance in Africa.

The African Law Library has as its aim to give online access to legal texts, selected judgments and secondary literature - to strengthen justice, accountability, predictability; attract investors, reduce arbitrariness; increase the confidence of governments and administrations; finally decrease poverty and accordingly stabilise democracy.

To fulfil its mission, this child finds itself in an environment that is conducive to growth with financial partners, implementation partners, partners specialised in new information technologies, national partners, regional, etc.

For nine months I have observed the development of this new born whose name ‘African Law Library' is the pride of Africa. The African Law Library day after day mobilises African energy and is spreading in Africa. This is the result of the workshop that took place in Nairobi/Kenya from 24 to 25 May. Senior officials from six countries in Africa, from the public, academic and private sectors met to plan for the launch in October 2013. From September 2012 to this day, the baby is growing, struggling against winds and tides and currently has over 50 partners to support it. I am pleased to live day after day and appreciate the good spirits that animate all of these hardworking professionals such as the spirit of pride, the spirit of sharing, the spirit of commitment and team spirit. The spirit of sharing is the central nerve that gives a sense of personal well-being for the global good, as Isaac Mao says: "local practice, global gain". I thank our financial partner (African Innovation Foundation), implementation partner (Globethics.net), technological partner (Point Software), our national partners and our supporters, regardless of who they are, black, white or yellow, we are in the same boat for the reduction of disparities between the rich and the poor to strengthen the political, social and economic development of our beautiful continent Africa.

I end with a word of encouragement: "Keep Going", an African expression, so that our dream comes true and "Never give up", a magical expression of one of my professors that gives me energy every day.

Abaa Rosa Haenseler
Programme Coordinator African Law Library

 

African Law Library: le bébé grandit

Histoire d'une lumière qui jaillit autour du Droit Africain et la Gouvernance, préparant la naissance d'un « bébé » nommé « AfricanLawLibrary » par un Africain, père, financeur principal et fondateur de la fondation «African Innovation Foundation ». AfricanLawLibray a vu le jour en Septembre 2012 au siège de la Fondation Globethics.net basée à Genève.

Le nouveau-né est ambitieux et rêve de  la Bibliothèque numérique africaine de droit et gouvernance qui serait un service public gratuit créé par des Africains pour les Africains et pour tous ceux qui sont intéressés par le droit et la gouvernance en Afrique.

Elle vise à donner un accès en ligne aux textes légaux, des jugements sélectionnés et littérature secondaire - pour renforcer la justice, la responsabilité, la prévisibilité ; attirer les investisseurs, réduire l'arbitraire ; accroître la confiance des gouvernements et l'administration ; enfin diminuer la pauvreté et par conséquent stabiliser la démocratie.

Pour remplir sa mission, cet enfant grandit dans un environ propice composé des partenaires financiers, des partenaires de mise en œuvre, des partenaires de nouvelles technologies d'information, des partenaires nationaux, régionaux et des supporteurs.

Pendant neuf mois j'ai observé le développement du nouveau-né. Son nom « AfricanLawLibrary fait la fierté de l'Afrique. L'AfricanLawLibrary jour après jour mobilise l'énergie africaine et la contamine en Afrique c'est le résultat du workshop qui a eu lieu récemment à Nairobi du 24-25 Mai. Les Hauts responsables de six pays d'Afrique du secteur public, académique et privé ont suivi les traces de la lumière pour la planification concrète du lancement en octobre 2013. De septembre 2012 à ce jour, le bébé grandit contre vents et marées et compte actuellement plus d'une cinquantaine departenaires. Je me réjouis du développement de l'enfant et apprécie les états d'esprit qui animent tous ces professionnels assidus à savoir : L'esprit de fierté, l'esprit de partage, l'esprit d'engagement, l'esprit d'équipe. L'esprit de partage est le nerf central qui produit un bien personnel au bénéfice global en se référant à Isaac Mao : « Pratique locale, bénéfice global ».

Je remercie nos partenaires financiers (African Innovation Foundation), d'implémentation (Globethics.net), technologique (Point Software), nos partenaires nationaux et nos supporteurs, qu'ils soient noirs, blancs ou jaunes. Nous sommes dans le même bateau pour la réduction des disparités entre les pauvres et les riches et le rayonnement politique, social et économique de Notre Beau Continent L'Afrique.

Un seul mot «continuez», expression africaine, pour que le rêve devienne réalité et «Ne jamais baisser les bras», expression magique d'un de mes professeurs qui me donne l'énergie quotidienne.

Abaa Rosa Haenseler,
Coordinatrice de Programme African Law Library
 

The Globethics.net Libraries

New in the Globethics.net Libraries

•    Journal of Hebrew Scriptures
•    Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies
•    Health and Human Rights
•    Pasos

Globethics.net has a new institutional collection:
•    Philosophie.ch
This collection contains documents from the association Philosophie.ch in Berne, Switzerland. Swiss Philosophical Preprint Series is part of the collection.

There is a new restricted access Workgroup:
•    Hindu Ethics Collection
This workgroup will serve as a platform to improve the communication between those working on the Hindu Ethics collection in the Globethics.net India Regional Programme Office and the Hindu ethics experts representing a diversity of perspectives in the development of the collection.

 

GlobeTheoLib as facilitator at African Theological Institute, Kampala

Almost 90 young African theologians and church leaders from all over Africa attended the two-week African Theological Institute course in Kampala/Uganda from 26 May to 8 June 2013, to focus on and discuss from a theological perspective social issues like poverty, class struggles, political upheavals, the shackles of the colonial legacy, women's and youth empowerment, HIV/ Aids and other themes affecting the African continent. The Institute took place alongside the 50th Jubilee anniversary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) in June in Kampala and was a project for African theological leadership formation and education. GlobeTheoLib was represented at the AACC conference and the theological institute, serving as a facilitator for theological research. GlobeTheoLib was very well received and heavily consulted during the course programme of the institute. The African Theological Institute proves how useful GlobeTheoLib is for theological learning, global networking and common research. An "African Theological Institute 2013" workgroup was formed on GlobeTheoLib, serving as a platform for the participants for further discussions and exchange after the time in Kampala.

GlobeTheoLib newsletter available now

The May issue of the GlobeTheoLib newsletter can be consulted and downloaded at: www.globethics.net/web/gtl/newsletter. It contains information about the Global Directory of Theological Education, new journals, workgroups and publications and much more.
 

Globethics.net Network

New Recommender system in Globethics.net profiles

A new feature on the Globethics.net website is the listing of documents of interest to participants in their profile pages (visible after log in). Under the heading "These documents may interest you" a list can be found of documents compiled based on the interests of each participant as well as on those of others in the network who have similar interests. The purpose of the recommended documents is to help participants explore quickly more documents in the Globethics.net libraries.

The concept and software of the recommender system was developed by Indonesian, Agata Filiana during her internship with Globethics.net and its software partner Point Software in Zurich. The internship was part of her Master thesis in Data Mining with the European Erasmus Programme. We congratulate Agata for the successful completion of the recommender system and thank her for her great commitment!

Research/Projects

African Law for all: African Law Library Workshop in Kenya

Twenty-two participants from six African countries attended the African Law Library International Workshop from 24 to 25 May at the Desmond Tutu Guest House and Conference Centre in Nairobi/Kenya. The participants represented the official partners of the African Law Library in Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal and Cameroon.

On the agenda were issues to do with content, harvesting, access to documents, technical issues, scanning projects, challenges and planning for the next twelve months of the African Law Library. One of the main outcomes of the workshop was the agreement that the partners in the different countries would establish scanning and submissions projects to provide more content for the library.

                                                   
 

7 Days to the Global Ethics Forum  2013 Public Forum "Equal in an Unequal World"

All participants in the Global Ethics Forum conferences in 2009, 2011 and 2012,
members of the Globethics.net community, friends and networks
are cordially invited to attend
the Global Ethics Forum  2013 Public Forum "Equal in an Unequal World"

on 27 June from 14.30 to 18.00
in the Main Hall at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva/Switzerland.

RSVP lessidrenska@globethics.net
No registration necessary. Participation in the Public Forum is free of charge.


Prominent experts and speakers invited by Globethics.net will gather at the Public Forum in the afternoon on 27 June with the aim to share their message about the growth of global inequality issues, to discuss current best practices in addressing inequality in different parts of the world and their role in the transition to a more equal, ethical and sustainable world:

Dr Sarah Cook, Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) / Advisory Group for the Consultation on Addressing Inequalities, UK/Global
Aurélien Atidegla, President of Dynamique OSCAF, Benin / Global Ethics Forum Workgroup Francophone Africa
Prof. Liu Baocheng, Director, Center for International Business Ethics, Beijing, China and Director of Globethics.net China
Philip Lee, World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), Canada / Global Ethics Forum Workgroup Media Ethics
Abaa Rosa Hanseler, Programme Coordinator African Law Library (ALL), Globethics.net
Dr Teodorina Lessidrenska, Programme Executive Business Ethics, Globethics.net / Global Ethics Forum Workgroup SMEs & Ethics
Prof. Gedeon Josua Rossouw, Director, Ethics Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Rajiva Kumar Srivastava, Former Executive Director, Bharat Electricals Ltd., India
Prof. Christoph Stuckelberger, Executive Director and Founder of Globethics.net
Tayfun Zaman, Director, Ethics and Reputation Society, TEID of Turkey (EBEN Turkey)
Rémy Zinder, Director Department Regional Affairs, Economy and Health (DARES), Cantonal Sustainable Development Service (SCDD), Geneva, Switzerland

For more information about the Public Forum Programme and directions to the event venue see www.globethics.net/web/gef/conference-2013

The Public Forum takes place in the context of working sessions on 27 and 28 June at the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva/Switzerland. The participants in the closed Working Sessions on 27 June in the morning and on 28 June will focus on the preparation of the Global Ethics Forum 2014 Conference in Bangalore/India on 3 and 4 January.

For more information on the Global Ethics Forum and the 2014 Conference see  www.globethics.net/web/gef/global-ethics-forum-home

World Forum for Ethics in Business, 1 July 2013, Geneva

The International Association for Human Values in partnership with the World Forum for Ethics in Business invite those interested to attend their International Leadership Symposium on Ethics in Business on 1 July 2013 at the United Nations Office at Geneva/Switzerland. The conference addresses the theme of "Good governance and transparency through shared values". The dialogue will challenge existing belief systems and identify shared values as a roadmap for a sustainable future. Inspirational, international examples will be showcased providing ideas that can be scaled up for global impact.

Among the speakers are HE Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Global Humanitarian and Founder, International Association for Human Values and Mr Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Prof. Dr Christoph Stückelberger, Executive Director and Founder of Globethics.net.

To apply for participation, kindly contact office@wfeb.org.

Youth Award: TAKE ACTION AND WIN!

The Youth Award is a contest that targets the best Internet Wizards and Mobile Magicians under 30 years of age. However, performing magic is not enough. The creative use of digital technologies should contribute to change the world for the better, eradicate hunger and poverty, promote gender equality, ensure environmental sustainability, achieve universal education, combat diseases and create culture awareness.

Register your innovative projects (e.g. websites, apps, etc.) with outstanding digital content by 1 July 2013 and become an internationally recognised and celebrated Youth Awards Winner 2013!

More information on: http://www.youthaward.org or www.eu-youthaward.org

 

Publications

Two new books in Globethics.net Focus Series

All of the following Globethics publications can be downloaded for free and ordered in print from Amazon.

African Contextual Ethics: Hunger, Leadership, Faith and Media (2013)
Elisabeth Nduku / Christoph Stückelberger (eds.)
ISBN 978-2-940428-64-9
Focus Series, No 13.
This volume in the Focus series brings together articles in development ethics, political ethics, media ethics, governance ethics and business ethics developed from African perspectives, using examples drawn from Kenya and Tanzania. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 recognised the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of the members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

L'éthique des affaires au Congo. Tisser une culture d'intégrité en Afrique Centrale (2013)
Corneille Ntamwenge
ISBN 978-2-940428-56-4
Focus Series, No 11.
Ce livre est une invitation à concevoir un nouveau système commercial et une nouvelle culture organisationnelle en Afrique centrale. Le code de conduite des affaires en RDC (CDCA), projet des entreprises du secteur privé, apparaît comme un antidote contre les pratiques immorales véhiculées et soutenues par la culture dominante dans le système congolais des affaires.

Globethics.net book: Why ethics in politics matters more than ever and how it can make a difference

Amid turmoil and questioning of political structures in many parts of the world, this book affirms that ethics in politics is possible, highlighting four fundamental ethical values to achieve: limitation of power, effectiveness, accountability and justice. It develops a global and intercultural perspective, referring to Western and Eastern traditions and world religions. In a globalised, interdependent world of pluralistic societies, ethics in politics becomes a global ethics in politics. The book can be downloaded free of charge from the Globethics.net website, or purchased in print from Amazon.com. (Also available in the Amazon European stores.)
 

News from the Head Office

Welcome to new faces at Globethics.net

Cynthia Simo, originally from Cameroon and Fabrice Douti from Togo joined the Globethics.net team in Geneva in June 2013 as Research Assistants for the African Law Library.
Agata Filiana completes her internship successfully with the launch of the Recommender system. See our thanks above!

Events: Workshops on Innovation Ethics and on CSR in Africa

Globethics.net and the African Innovation Foundation will hold an experts' workshop on the "Ethics of Innovation – Innovation of Ethics" in Cotonou/Benin on 23/24 August 2013 in order to come up with criteria on which innovation is ethical and how innovation and tradition are related. Globethics.net Francophone Africa is the host of the event.

Globethics.net through its Executive Director also participates at a strategy workshop on "Corporate Responsibility and Tax Justice" in Dakar/Senegal on 4/5 July 2013, organised by OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, organization of French speaking countries) and Dynamique OSCAF, the partner of Globethics.net Francophone Africa.

Mining, Ethics and Sustainability: World Mining Congress

Montreal, 12-14 August 2013
The 2013 World Mining Congress is being hosted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in Montreal. CIM has invited the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), a partner of Globethics.net to broaden the traditional focus of mining conferences on the technical, engineering and financial dimensions of mining to include the social, environmental and ethical issues and challenges that are now central to mining operations worldwide. CBERN, a cross-sectoral network with a strong focus on the ethics of resource extraction, welcomed the opportunity and assumed responsibility for organising a programme stream on "Mining, Ethics and Sustainability".

The stream has attracted remarkable interest, with more than 50 scholarly and industry-generated papers submitted. The programme from 12 to 14 August 2013, will feature two distinguished keynote speakers:
•    Professor Saleem Ali, Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at The University of Queensland, will speak on 12 August on the theme of "Mining and Sustainability"; and
•    Dr Ted Moses, former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Officer of the National Order of Québec, will launch a discussion on "Mining, Economic Development and Aboriginal Rights" on 13 August.
Each keynote address will be followed by a distinguished cross-sector panel and open plenary discussion.

Additional highlights of the programme include:
•    14 sessions between the "Mining, Ethics and Sustainability" stream and "People and Communities" co-stream, dedicated to discussing critical topics such as Social License to Operate, Voluntary versus Legislated Codes and Standards, and Mining and Health.
•    An innovative and challenging workshop on "New Directions in Mining Management Education" led by Richard Ross, Executive in Residence, former Inmet CEO and Director of the new Schulich School of Business program in Responsible Mining Management.
•    A plenary on the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industry Development (CIIEID), where civil society leaders will engage leaders of CIIEID in a lively conversation about the new institute's form and function.

The full programme can be accessed at http://www.wmc-expo2013.org/.

News from the Regional Programmes

First National Seminar on Restorative Justice Education, 16-17 August 2013

16-17 August 2013, Manila/Philippines

Globethics.net National Contact the Philippines, Yolanda Sebastian-Lira is co-organising the first National Seminar on Restorative Justice Education in Manila/Philippines on 16 and 17 August 2013. The Seminar, on the theme ‘Towards the Integration of Restorative Justice in Criminal Justice Education' is being held under the auspices of four committed organisations namely, the Integrated Correctional Association of the Philippines, the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines-ECPCC, Professional Criminologists Association of the Philippines and Globethics.net Philippines.

The concept of restorative justice (RJ) is seen increasingly as either an alternative or a complementary way of resolving conflicts and preventing crimes in the Philippines. The purpose of the Seminar is to acquaint participants with the operating RJ framework and prepare students in the implementation of participatory and restorative justice government programmes

For more information and the invitation to the Seminar see here.

The Asian Dimension of Teaching International Business Ethics

4th Educational Seminar: the Asian Dimension of Teaching International Business Ethics
Focus: Environmental Responsibility

30-31 August 2013
Dumaguete City, the Philippines

The Center for International Business Ethics (CIBE) at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), together with the College of Business Administration of the Silliman University, the Gov Jose B Fernandez Jr. Ethics Center at the Ateneo de Manila University, and the Association of Asian Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the Asia-Pacific Region (AJCU-AP), are pleased to announce the 4th Educational Seminar: the Asian Dimension of Teaching International Business Ethics for educators and practitioners of business ethics in the East Asian and Southeast Asian regions. With the increasing concerns from the public on environmental protection and sustainable development within Asian economies, this year's educational seminar will focus on "Environmental Responsibility" and will take place at the Silliman University in Dumaguete City, the Philippines, on 30-31 August 2013.

Please read here the presentation letter as well as the full Call for Papers with instructions and contact details.

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