Youth Participation in Politics and Governance

Publicado 23 de noviembre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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In democracies like the one I live in, politics is, whether we like it or not, an integral part of our lives. In everything we read, everything we eat and even in everything we touch is a story interwoven with politics. We know of people who have given up their lucrative careers to come into politics and do community service; we know of committed “career politicians”, and we also know of the greedy and the slovenly type who live off public property. Therefore in politics, a...


Children's Hackathon: innovation shapes children's lives

Publicado 31 de octubre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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We can no longer turn a blind eye to a viral disease breaking out in distant West Africa; we can no longer ignore extremists terrorising the populations in the Middle East. We are long past the time where small communities lived in contentment with their local produce and found solace in the security of their confined collectives. We are no longer self sufficient, and as we find ourselves in the midst of globalisation the borders that divide us fade away. Our thoughts, actions and...


Entrepreneurship: the best solution for unemployment

Publicado 22 de octubre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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For a nation to succeed, it is crucial that it’s people should be able to enjoy a decent life. Their purchasing power has to speak for the quality of life they enjoy. In achieving this, a major factor to be considered is the employability and the the employment status of the people. I think we all agree that the first group who should be prioritised in terms of employment is the youth. It is the youth who are employed who can contribute most effectively to the national economy an...


Volunteerism today: My mixed feelings

Publicado 16 de octubre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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I was invited to an event last Tuesday. The Ministry of Social Services of Sri Lanka, along with UN Volunteers and UNDP, launched the National Volunteering Secretariat (NVS) at an extravagant event held in Galadari Hotel Colombo, with First Lady Shiranthi Wickramasinghe-Rajapaksa attending as the chief guest. The launch was followed by the 2-day National Conference on Volunteering. I learnt at the event that the NVS was conceived by the authorities sometime back. The motive beh...


Global Power Dynamics and the Third World

Publicado 10 de octubre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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In a set of latest findings, TIME says that China will take over the USA as the world’s largest economy in 2019. Evidence to support this prediction can be seen all over the world if you look closely - Chinese Internet giant Alibaba claimed the distinction of having to its name the world’s largest IPO (Initial Public Offering) less than a month back, while wealthy Chinese are buying age old family owned Wine businesses in France. 17% of USA’s debt is owned by China, and almos...


What I learnt this week

Publicado 3 de octubre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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Last week, I managed to put together a piece that came to be of interest to many in the Voices of Youth online community. I was amazed at the level of knowledge and enthusiasm of our blogging interns on sustainability and development. They all had a notion of commitment towards their countries, and a passion for setting things right. And for that, I respect them. It shows that this generation cares. Today's post however, is about a less serious topic. It's about me. Before...


Development – is it controversial?

Publicado 25 de septiembre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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In Sri Lanka, we suffered from the atrocities and grieved over losses in a civil war that lasted 3 decades. But Sri Lankans were fortunate to see the end of this conflict in the year 2009, owing to the sacrifices made by our armed forces and the bold stance of anti-terrorism of our policy makers. Five years after the war, the Sri Lankan government is investing heavily in reconciliation, rebuilding and development. We're increasingly focusing on beautification of cities; getting rid...


Do one thing - Read!

Publicado 18 de septiembre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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As I have mentioned in a previous post (http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/posts/the-terrorist-s-daughter---2) I have been quite fond of reading from the very early days of my life. As a kid, I would often find a book, lay down on the floor and make myself comfortable, and I could go on like this for hours. Until I was about 10 years old, my English was quite bad and I read only the Sinhala books I could get my hands on. Things changed when I found two excellent English teachers in the...


CRC@25

Publicado 11 de septiembre de 2014 Avatar Thamara Kandabada

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), is a treaty ratified by a almost all the countries in the world. It is distinctly clear that people and governments value the rights of their children, and are constantly involved in activities that facilitate children to realise their full potential through rights. In Sri Lanka, specific focus is given to various issues such as realising access to education and healthcare for children - in fact, access to educatio...


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  • Thamara Kandabada

    Studying Business Finance and International Relations. Purist. Atheist. Politics nerd. Musicaholic. Unconditional Apple lover. Interning at Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association. Volunteering at UNV Sri Lanka.


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