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Things were quiet in Nicaragua last week, a good change from the previous week’s earthquake-filled excitements. They were quiet for another reason, too. This was holy week, a time when Nicaraguan life in general slows down to allow reflection about this meaningful time in the Christian church. There are celebrations and observances and worship, of […]
The word came out of Nicaragua on Thursday evening that an earthquake had rumbled through an area near the capitol city of Managua.  (I heard the news from my colleague there; news from Nicaragua is very rare here in the U.S. since the days of our illegal war via the Contras.)  While there were no […]
I just need to vent a little. I receive a number of newsletters and communications from organizations who have a presence in Nicaragua.  It’s very helpful to know about the initiatives and successes being created, and within the development community it’s often valuable to hear what is working through the efforts of others; good ideas […]
I was asked recently about my most memorable encounter in Nicaragua.  I didn’t really have to think very long about the question, despite the fact that I have traveled there several times each year since 2006 and had experienced an earlier introduction to the country in 1990.  I have had many wonderful, frustrating, inspiring, motivating […]
Innovation leads to productivity, the greatest challenge in the era of sustainable development The experience of the “sandal clad innnovators”[1] René Mendoza V. and Edgar Fernández[2]   Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth. Archimedes (287-212 ac) Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein […]
The image of indigenous peoples: Beyond development? René Mendoza V. and Edgar Fernández   Today is loaded with yesterday, yesterday with the day before, and tomorrow with today Mayan Thought   The day they have poisoned the last river, cut down the last tree, and murdered the last animal, they will realize that money cannot […]
René Mendoza V.[1]   Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead   Why do institutions like NITLAPAN exist? What is the purpose of the people working in such institutions? Why do people go to institutions of higher education? […]
“Business women? They are storefront owners, cookie makers, and beauticians, they are not business women,”stated the Mayor. The woman business leader responded, “If nacatamales do not work, they do tortillas filled with cheese, and if that doesn´t, they do something else, they search carefully, they are business women! Note that the Mayor uses the concept […]

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WPF concept paper final Jan 2014

For an introduction to this Concept Paper,
see CEO Steve Sheppard’s Jan. 31, 2014 blog post titled
The Difficult Work of Bridges.