Social Innovation Lab on Aging Seeks Participants

first_img Prototypes can be a product, a process, a policy, a program, or anything in between. The selected participants will actively take part in all aspects of the lab and in making Nova Scotia a sustainable and thriving province. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply. For more information and access to the application form visit, www.novascotia.ca/govlab. developing and testing prototypes integrating those skills and ideas into daily work. Government is seeking individuals with ideas and solutions from the private, public, not-for-profit and academic sectors to participate in a social innovation lab on aging. NS GovLab will test policy, programs, service and process ideas related to the challenges and opportunities of an aging population. “The impacts of an aging population are complex and effect everyone,” said Seniors Minister Leo Glavine. “Bringing academics, community organizations, policy-makers and businesses to the table will generate new ideas and workable solutions. “We want to recruit a diverse group of people to explore opportunities and solutions within this demographic shift – all ages, from all parts of the province, with all levels of work and life experience.” The one-year fellowship is made up of two phases:last_img read more

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Afghanistan UN assesses border management to cope with spike in returns from

“With returns in 2017 on track to meet or even surpass the levels of last year, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the current procedures at the border, and to look at how they can be improved,” said Laurence Hart, Afghanistan Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in a press release.In 2016, 600,000 Afghans returned from Pakistan through the Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province and the Spin Boldak border crossing in Kandahar province. Over several visits to Torkham and Spin Boldak in April, the assessment team met with officials from the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, Border Police, customs officials, humanitarian actors and migrants.Based on interviews and observations at the borders, IOM will produce an assessment report addressing key areas of administrative and operational capacity including infrastructure and available equipment; human resources and competencies; the regulatory framework guiding relevant government agencies; procedures and workflow; capacity gaps and issues. “The report resulting from the assessment will include short-term recommendations for streamlining registration, document security and other border procedures, as well as technical assistance needs that could be addressed by IOM over the longer term,” said IOM border management expert Erik Slavenas. As a first step toward improving efficiency at the border, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, with the support of IOM, rolled out the Afghan Returnee Information System (ARIS) in late 2016. ARIS, a digital registration process for both undocumented and refugee returnees, replaced a paper-based registration system. It allows for better data collection and data sharing. read more

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