Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Positioning Youthink! To Compete Favourably In A Reformed And Transformed World Bank

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma

On April 14th, 2010, the President of the World Bank Group, Mr. Robert B. Zoellick, delivered a paper in which he announced that the Bank had “…launched the most comprehensive reforms in the institution’s history.” The paper entitled The End of the Third World? Modernizing Multilateralism for a Multipolar World was delivered at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He also announced the launch of “…a corporate scorecard so we can be held more accountable.”

Therein, Mr. Zoellick stated that the Bank was reforming (i) to become more representative and legitimate; (ii) to become more effective, innovative, and accountable; (iii) to sharpen its strategic focus where it can add most value; (iv) to modernize its products and services; and (v) to focus on results, strengthening its governance and anti-corruption efforts. The President was convinced that, “Taken together, these reforms are transformational.”

He said that these reforms are meant inter alia for a new world that requires identifying mutual interests across a much wider spectrum of countries than ever before and institutions that are fast, flexible, and accountable, that can give voice to the voiceless with resources at the ready.

In effect, the World Bank is undertaking ambitious steps to effectively meet its mandate of eliminating global poverty. In assessing the Bank’s capacity, the test is whether it is efficient enough by getting things done at the right time and for the right people. In my opinion, these reforms inevitably set the Bank’s different departments and organs into a state of internal competition against one another such that the question is, how prepared is Youthink! to compete favourably in a reformed and transformed World Bank and therefore, what should be our role as its fans in helping to position it there?

Deliberating upon these issues, requires us to have viable aims and the starting point for us (authors, editors and readers) to note is that we have some work to do in order to achieve them. Considering that Youthink! is purposely a young people’s information site with an apparently huge knowledge-hungry audience, the duty incumbent upon authors and editors is ensuring that good quality information is supplied to our esteemed readers. This should be in so far as it nurtures young people’s character in a humane and civilized manner i.e. to value and respect others and equips them with skills necessary to living responsibly and happily in this complex world.

As for our readers, their role is to scrutinize published information showing that it is valued and meaningful. The relevancy of any author’s and editor’s publications is judged from the impact it has on its intended recipients, basing on the comments and reactions of those who consume it. Positive and objective scrutiny will boost morale to avail better material we need one another in this noble enterprise.

President Zoellick also said that there is need to “provide a larger voice for Africa.” As Africans, we appreciate and commend this. But my advice is that we shouldn’t take it as a given but as an opportunity to exploit maximally by demonstrating that it is deserved by doing our utmost best.

In a nutshell, reforming and transforming the World Bank and Youthink! in particular, is in everybody’s best interest. As such therefore, it is a collective effort for us all, as administrators and clientele. By doing this we shall be able to realize the objectives of this comprehensive reform exercise as earlier mentioned and enable Youthink! to reap from them.