"Broad acceptance of overhead realities should be pursued with the donor community
The range of interpretation and understanding of indirect cost principles among donors is extremely wide. Some donors accept the reality of indirect costs and simply wish to keep them under control, while other donors believe that overhead costs are unnecessary add-ons that are to be strictly avoided. The irony is that all of these donors have their own indirect costs, which are funded in different ways. Regardless of individual perspectives, indirect costs exist and must be addressed in a responsible way."
"The Nordic model has long been synonymous with bountiful government spending on welfare, writes Richard Milne. But Sweden’s revolution in the past eight years of centre-right rule in bringing the private sector into not just schools but hospitals and care homes has ignited talk of a change in the Nordic model. The Economist declared: “The streets of Stockholm are awash with the blood of sacred cows.”"
"It’s not always the fact that the private schools get worse results . . . but they do harm [to the system] because traditional municipality schools have to adapt to a market system and they often lose their best pupils,"
"…staff is the most significant cost for any education provider, and the company admits that its pupil to teacher ratios are higher than those in municipality schools. It also says that some of its schools pay lower salaries than their state-run counterparts, often because its teachers are younger. Public anxiety about teaching quality in privately-run schools has prompted the government to bring in new training standards."
"Jonas Sjöstedt, leader of the Left party, sums up the public’s disillusionment. “The belief [in Sweden] that deregulation is the solution for anything, from running railways to educating kids, has been huge,” he says. “This is now over. There are parts of our lives the market cannot fulfil.”"
"Traditionally top of the class in education, Sweden has tumbled in international test rankings, with the OECD’s most recent Pisa results showing scores falling dramatically in reading, maths and science to a position well below the average for developed nations."
"One teaching union leader recalls that it used to be “easier to start a free school than a fish and chip shop”."
"…other drivers of radicalisation: moral outrage, disaffection, peer pressure, the search for a new identity, for a sense of belonging and purpose. As Atran pointed out in testimony to the US Senate in March 2010: “… what inspires the most lethal terrorists in the world today is not so much the Quran or religious teachings as a thrilling cause and call to action that promises glory and esteem in the eyes of friends, and through friends, eternal respect and remembrance in the wider world”. He described wannabe jihadists as “bored, underemployed, overqualified and underwhelmed” young men for whom “jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer … thrilling, glorious and cool”."
"In 2008, a classified briefing note on radicalisation, prepared by MI5’s behavioural science unit, was leaked to the Guardian. It revealed that, “far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practise their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could … be regarded as religious novices.” The analysts concluded that “a well-established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation”, the newspaper said."
"“Drawing is an ancient behavior, dating back beyond 15,000 years ago. Through drawing, we are attempting to show someone else what’s in our mind. This capacity to reproduce figures is a uniquely human ability and a sign of cognitive ability, in a similar way to writing, which transformed the human species’ ability to store information, and build a civilization,” said Arden."