Advice Please!!

I’m keen to chat with Australian organisations (commercial, NFP’s, NGO’s or otherwise) who are undertaking (or have done) community development work in the Islamic-majority Mindanao regions of the Philippines. Hoping to pick your brain’s around the governance and risk-management issues.


Australia – ASEAN Council Funding Round Announced

 A head’s up that the 2019 funding round for the Australia-ASEAN Council is now open.

Grants of AUD$10k – $50k are available to (broadly) promote cooperation, engagement and learning between Australia and ASEAN countries. The 2019 proprities are:

• Increase people-to-people linkages between Australia and South-East Asian countries, particularly between people and institutions that have the capacity to influence others;

• Increase knowledge and understanding in Australia of South-East Asian countries, and the opportunities they present; and

• Enhance awareness and understanding in Australia and South-East Asia of each other’s cultures, values and traditions.

Knowledge development is the overarching theme for the grant round. Funding priorities will focus on women in leadership, collaboration and innovation across three key sectors:

a. Trade and economic development

b. Technology and entrepreneurship

c. Culture and education

Applications close on 28th March 2019.

Chinese Employees Forced to Crawl on all Fours down City Street

Speaking of What Not To Do – this is for the “Employee Relations” file.

There is a video doing the rounds of a group of female employee’s of a Tengzhou (Shandong) beauty company who were forced to crawl on all fours down the city street while being led by a male Team Leader holding the Company flag. Apparently the employees had failed to reach their annual sales targets.

It’s ok though – local police issued the Leader with a “verbal warning” and the Company was required to undertake “self reflection”.

World’s Largest Human Migration Underway!

We all know that today is the start of the Spring Festival / Chinese New Year but it also marks the period of the greatest human migration the world has ever seen.

With the rapid urbanisation of China you have a situation where an enormous number of 1st and 2nd generation urban dwellers still have parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters back in the rural areas. And what happens every Chinese New Year? They all head home to join their families!

This year the estimate is about 385 million people will make the trip, at pretty much the same time, out of the major cities – around 12% up on last year. Total passenger journeys for Chunyun (the Spring Festival travel season) are expected to be around 3 Billion (with a ‘B’!!).

Happy Chinese New Year!

2019 is the Year of the Pig.

Pig’s aren’t necessarily considered to be an overly smart animal – basically they like sleeping and eating and becoming fat. On the positive side, pigs behave themselves, have no plan to harm others, and can bring wealth to people.

People with Chinese zodiac Pig sign are considerate, responsible, independent and optimistic. They always show generousness and mercy to endure other people’s mistakes, which help them gain harmonious interpersonal relationships.

What about if you’re one of the other Chinese zodiac signs? What does the next year bring? Well:

  • Rat – A year full of happiness and prosperity!
  • Ox – A good year for Ox. A time with good opportunities to make money.
  • Tiger – Born in a strong and independent zodiac sign, as a general rule, you do what you please. This year through, you will need to learn how to come to terms with others.
  • Rabbit – An excellent year is waiting for you! A bit less wary than usual, you will easily get close to others and make new friends.
  • Dragon – For you, the impact of the Pig’s calmness will mean a year of reconsideration’s.
  • Snake – This year you’ll have to be combative and persuasive
  • Horse – The year of the Pig 2019 is going to be more auspicious than the Dog Year 2018 !
  • Goat – A 2019 year under the mark of chance, when all your ambitions will be fulfilled .
  • Monkey – A year under the influence of chance .
  • Rooster – This year you need to actually pay attention to the quality of your relationships with others, if you want to succeed.
  • Dog – This year count only on your own efforts in order to succeed.
  • Pig – The year 2019 is yours, right? Start by setting your priorities and then get to work: once you start moving, you will start seeing results.