knows that in order to understand the work of NGOs, the best way to do so is to master
the language Developmentese. If you are fluent in this gender sensitive, eco-friendly,
sustainable tongue, the following lead paragraph from a letter received recently
by the Post makes perfect sense:
"Save the Children Australia is very pleased to be holding a national workshop
to provide an opportunity to continue the progress made during previous OVC workshops
in order to identify some of the activities required for the key stakeholders interested
in forming a collaborative to support and strengthen the strategic planning of policy
** Inquiries from around the world are still coming in regarding the midgets vs.
lions story, the one where an imported African lion engaged in combat with members
of an alleged Cambodian Midget Fighting League (CMFL) at a challenge match in Kampong
Chhnang on April 30. Of the 42 midgets involved in the ring-fight, 28 were reported
to have been killed by the lion.
The story was initially posted on the internet as a look-alike "BBC" news
story on May 5 and seems to have taken on a life of its own. College students in
the US have reportedly become enthused about the event and are hankering for more
After a nanosecond of sleuthing it has been determined that the inventive mind behind
the ruse was none other than former PPPost intern Sam Davies, who undertook an "intensive"
training program at the Post from January 10 to the end of February, 2004.
Davies internship program at the Post was so successful he returned to Australia
and joined the Victoria State Police Department in an unknown capacity that kept
him so busy he had time to channel his creativity into larger-than-life fantasies.
Non-plussed by the roaring success of his Lilliputian-like hoax, Davies has moved
quickly to strike while the lion is hot. He is now offering a line of CMFL t-shirts
for those eager to support the emerging leonine sport.
** There's a buzz around town since USAID announced it is seeking applications from
NGOs to bid on a $14.4 million, five-year program to support "democratic local
governance and decentralization". A variety of organizations are scrambling
to compete for the funds.
As USG funds will go to Commune Council Social Funds, one key question is whether
this represents a tsunami-like shift in USG aid policy towards Cambodia. The answer
to that question will remain on hold as USAID can not comment on the grant until
after the bidding process has been completed.