Robert Harland

elea Foundation Invests in BagoSphere

BagoSphere, a pioneering vocational training social enterprise, successfully completed its second capital round of funding, which was led by elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization, a Swiss-based philanthropic impact investor supporting social enterprises based in developing countries. elea Foundation is joined by two existing and two new investors who are based in the Philippines.


A Bata Elementary School 1 pupil practicing proper handwashing techniques under the watchful eye of Grade 1 teacher Xenia Macayan. Looking on are (l-r) Emilio Infante, Rhona Bretania, club president Boy Cuenca and Kevan Broad.* (Robert Harland)

Crimes Against Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) launches a global campaign on Monday, November 2 – the UN day of action – to End Impunity for crimes targeting journalists . The campaign and related events will continue around the world until Monday, November 23.


Victims of the Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines.*

Philippine justice system too slow

Fr. Shay Cullen, an Irish activist Catholic priest, is appealing to Philippine judges to prioritize speedy trials for child abuse victims.

The Philippines’ legal system often moves at a pace slower than a sick snail, and it can take years before cases come to trial.

Fr. Cullen cited the case of Maria, a ten year-old Filipina, who was raped by her mother’s live-partner. With the help of good neighbors and concerned government social workers a case was filed against the suspected rapist in October 2011.

Europe’s property boom continues, but slows in Asia

The global house price boom continues ever more strongly. House prices rose in 25 of the 38 world’s housing markets which have so far published housing statistics during the year to Q1 2015, using inflation-adjusted figures. The more upbeat nominal figures, more familiar to the public, showed house price rises in 31 countries, and declines in only 7 countries.

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