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A Case Study on Committee for Education Funding

The Raben Group has been a vital partner in our efforts to re-energize CEF. Joel and his colleagues bring exceptional skill, professionalism, and enthusiasm to their efforts to serve our members and we couldn’t be more satisfied. ” – Jon Fansmith, President of the Committee for Education Funding

The Raben Group manages all aspects of the CEF coalition, including advocacy, press outreach, membership retention and development, events, weekly updates, and weekly membership meetings. Principal Joel Packer, in addition to serving his other education clients, also serves as CEF’s Executive Director. Joel’s expertise in education budget and policy issues immediately led to an improved image for CEF and an increase in membership.

Our team has helped to significantly raise the frequency and quality of communications, issuing updates at least weekly that summarize and analyze congressional and Obama Administration activities. The firm has also increased CEF’s credibility and visibility with policymakers and the media. As Executive Director, Joel has been quoted in numerous media outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, Marketplace, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Education Week, Education Daily, and The National Review. Click here to read more…

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A Study report on Traditional Marine Management

Study about Traditional Marine Management

Executive Summary: Many Pacific Island communities have traditionally used area and time-based restrictions to facilitate the recovery of marine resources. Although there is increasing recognition of the value of these management systems in conservation programmes, government legislation is often in conflict with community resource allocation systems, and traditional community-based efforts may not be recognised for their contribution to national and international marine protected area (MPA) strategies and targets.

This report explores the role of traditional marine resources management in meeting both the goals of communities and those of national and international conservation strategies. Specifically, it aims to inform policymakers and those working for international organisations and donor agencies about how traditional practices are applied in various Pacific Island countries, how concepts such as the ecosystem approach and adaptive management are incorporated, whether traditional marine managed areas (MMAs) are recognised by national law, and how and whether they are seen to contribute to national and international protected areas and conservation argets. The report also reflects on the issue of marine genetic resources, and access to and benefit-sharing of these resources. Keep reading…

A Case Study on Competence Requirements

Case Study about Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and Care

Introduction: There is a broad consensus among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers that the quality of early childhood services – and ultimately the outcomes for children and families – depends on well educated, experienced and ‘competent’ staff. But what exactly makes a competent early childhood practitioner? How can competence be understood, and its development supported, in the highly complex and demanding field of working professionally with young children, families and communities? What approaches do different countries take, and what lessons can be learnt from practices developed by practitioners, training institutions and policymakers across Europe?

This report presents the findings of a European research project jointly conducted by the University of East London (UEL) and the University of Ghent (UGent). The ‘study on competence requirements in early childhood education and care’ (CoRe) explored conceptualisations of ‘competence’ and professionalism in early childhood practice, and identified systemic conditions for developing, supporting and maintaining competence in all layers of the early childhood system. The European Commission Directorate-General for Education and Culture commissioned the research conducted between January 2010 and May 2011. In the light of the research findings, and intensive consultation with key stakeholders in ECEC in Europe, CoRe has developed policy recommendations, which are also part of this report. Keep reading…

A Case Studies for the Structural Model of National Innovation Capability

A Studies about the Structural Model of National Innovation Capability

Abstract: National innovation system plays a crucial role in economic development, yet previous studies are mainly focused on its theoretical framework reviews. From the system’s point of view, it lacks any relevant study on the structural components of the national innovation capability. This study adopts a systematic approach to verify that the national innovation capability is consist of innovation resources, innovation demands, innovation diffusion and innovation outputs. In addition, it’s also important to start from the perspective of the policymakers for the analysis of the national innovation system.

Introduction: Global economic development in the 21st century has been increasingly dependent on the production, diffusion and dissemination of knowledge, and innovation based on knowledge and information has thus become the important means to maintain competitive advantage (Malerba, 2005). Due to the complex interactive relationship between the individual elements of a knowledge innovation system, British scholar Freeman proposed the concept of the national innovation system for the first time in 1987. Keep reading..

A Case Study on Evolution of Non-Tariff Measures

A Case Study about Evolution of Non-Tariff Measures: Emerging

Abstract: The objective of the paper is to provide a brief account of the international efforts in understanding non-tariff measure (NTM)-related trade policies. Research and analysis activities began in UNCTAD in the 1980s to define, classify and measure the impact of NTMs on developing countries’ exports and economic growth. Due to changes in trade policies over the past decade, policymakers have required a new set of approaches to define, classify and codify NTMs. A leading role has been taken by UNCTAD in bringing together several international agencies and eminent persons to build consensus on these issues since 2005. The present paper uses the NTMs classification system, which includes several new subcategories for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and technical barriers to trade (TBTs) to appropriately reflect the increasing use and importance of these policy measures.





Introduction: Over the years, multilateral trade negotiations have helped to substantially reduce tariff rates. According to the UNCTAD Trade Analysis and Information System (TRAINS) database, the tariff averages on both agricultural and non-agricultural products declined steadily from 19.9 per cent and 6.7 per cent in 1995 to reach 7.4 per cent and 2.4 per cent in 2008, respectively. This decline in the global tariff barrier is due to eight rounds of multilateral trade negotiations under the auspices of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)/WTO, as well as under bilateral and regional arrangements. However, this decline has also raised the relative importance of NTMs, which are used now more than ever before as both protectionist and regulatory trade instruments to control and hamper the free flow of international trade.

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Case Study on Solar Cities Congress

The Situation: In February 2008, the world’s foremost industry experts in solar technology and sustainable renewable energies gathered in Adelaide for the 3rd International Solar Cities Congress. The biennial five-day event provided a global forum for policymakers and environmental leaders to share ideas and discuss sustainable energy options for the future.





Hughes Public Relations worked with the Congress organisers to develop a comprehensive communications strategy to promote attendance and attract worldwide media interest before, during and after the event….
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A Case Study of Foreign Direct Investment

The attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) constitutes a fundamental element to support strategies that aim to achieve sustained economic growth in developing countries. This is because globalization and the attendant opening of the economies to competition require increased financial resources and technology, which would be impossible to obtain under a policy of autarky.





Though relatively well-established principles exist to explain why a multinational company may decide to move into a specific country, each experience has its idiosyncratic elements from which both theorists and policymakers can learn important lessons. There is less consensus, however, on the potential positive or negative effects that FDI may have on the host economy, and on what factors determine these effects…
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Case Study on Indian Banking Industry

The banking industry is the backbone of any monetized economy. The stage of development of this industry is a good reflection of the development of the economy. The banking industry in India is governed by Banking Regulation Act of India, 1949. Since 1949, this sector has undergone phenomenal reforms due to the efforts and the vision of the policymakers. The first phase of reform began with nationalization of the 14 banks in 1969. At this stage, priority sectors were identified and banking support was given to them. The second phase was the nationalization of 6 more banks in 1980. Banking Industry

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Magic and Myth of Migration: a Case Study of a Special Economic Zone in China.

Abstract: The town of Shenzhen, China, experienced rapid economic and demographic growth following the government’s creation of four Special Economic Zones in 1980. The role of migration in the Shenzhen phenomenon is examined as a practicum for policymakers and demographic specialists. Specifically, the paper is concerned with “the sources and mechanisms of migration, and characteristics of migrants to Shenzhen in order to clarify the relationship between rapid economic growth and its demographic consequences in China. It also briefly assesses the problems associated with migration to Shenzhen and how they may affect the city’s future. Click here to read more…

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business case challenges

The subject of biomass-derived fuels is attracting the interest
of agribusiness, forest products businesses and investors in
Oregon and Washington, particularly in light of the recent growth
experienced by the biofuels industry in the Midwest. Policymakers
in both Oregon and Washington are seeking to advance the
development of a biofuels industry in their states, desiring benefits
that include reduced consumption of fossil fuels, reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions and creation of new economic opportunity
in rural areas. However, there is increasing recognition that
these Northwestern states face a different set of opportunities and
challenges than other regions, and there is a growing sense that
different approaches may be required to create an environmentally
and economically sustainable biofuels industry that contributes
significantly to the region’s energy supply.

The purpose of this report is to assemble the information needed to
estimate the significance of the opportunity for producing biofuels in
the region as well as the associated challenges. The report reviews
the current state of the industry, the biomass resources that are
available within current production practices, and the biofuels
production technology that is available within the marketplace.
The report then seeks to identify the areas in which alternative
approaches or strategies, or technological advances, might offer
an opportunity to expand the Northwest biofuels industry beyond
its current state

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