Michael Rosenkrantz
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Michael Rosenkrantz is living in Nepal and is a freelance writer. He is a volunteer coach with the Nepal Army wheelchair basketball team, and writes regularly , for the Himalayan Times, Republica and Business 360 magazine in Nepal and also blogs on sharing4good.org. His email is mikerlakers@yahoo.com

Entries by Michael Rosenkrantz

When Less is Enough: Overcoming Affluenza

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 2:17 AM


When I visit the US I'm never quite sure how long it will take me to adjust or how I will react. Memories, both positive and negative abound. The longer that I live outside of the US, the more that I find reverse...

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A New Chapter-On Leaving VSO and Nepal

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:23 PM


Today I will be leaving Nepal for seven weeks to visit family and friends in the US. I will have completed almost five years as a VSO volunteer, in both India and Nepal, a remarkable journey that has remade me into...

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Inclusive Sports

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 2:23 AM


Sports can be a great equalizer in life, but civil society, corporates, the media and the government must all collaborate, in the case of people living with a disability, to make this possible. Creating an enabling environment leading to more societal inclusion and...

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My Life-Changing Experience at Voluntary Service Overseas

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:07 AM

From the time that I was 18 years-of-age, I wanted to live and work overseas. However, it wasn't until the age of 51, when my children were fully grown, that I was given the opportunity through VSO to become truly fulfilled in my life. VSO, a leading international development NGO...

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New Year's Resolutions and Development

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 10:43 AM


Annually I try to develop a plan for myself, a list of things I'd like to accomplish during the ensuing year. Having worked as a VSO volunteer in international development since March 2009, I'll soon be approaching my five year anniversary...

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Spoilsports Are No Fun, But They do Make Good Reading

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 2:20 AM

I do love sports and hate to be a spoilsport , you've probably already guessed the tone of this article, but I've been thinking a lot about the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour (the third such Tour, 2006 and 2010) which will span 90 countries , 92,000 miles over...

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Forward Business Thinking?

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 2:05 AM

photo courtesy of http://www.winchester.ac.uk/blog/Pages/what-is-responsible-management.aspx

Recently I came across The B Team, which is hoping to move world-wide business in a positive direction. The B Team describes itself as a "not-for-profit initiative that has been formed by a group of global business leaders to...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 6:57 AM


As reported by Maplecroft, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Iraq have made the top 10 "hit list" of the countries with the most risk and political instability. You can also check...

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The Power of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 9:30 AM


The recent Nepal elections provide a great deal of hope for moving the country forward. Most importantly, this election gives citizens the right to elect their leaders showing democracy in action especially because this is only the second election since the "People's War"...

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The Power of Observing - Building a Better Society

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:56 AM

There are a number of worldwide observances in which governments, civil society and corporates should be partnering. December 1 is World AIDS Day (WAD) with a Theme of, "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths"; December 3 is World Disability Day (WDD), "Break barriers,...

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Land Reform, Women's Empowerment and the Nepal Elections

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 10:41 AM

In Nepal, only twenty percent of women have some form of land ownership. Deprivation of land rights is synonymous with poverty and denial of rights. But over time a number of women-led land rights campaigns have brought about important changes at the national policy level.

A few years-ago, the...

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Building Partnerships Through International Volunteer Sending Agencies

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 6:07 AM

Building partnerships and relationships, i.e. trust and mutual understanding, and working towards common goals takes time to develop. Reputation aside, "the proof is in the pudding", i.e. in how partners plan, work and actually implement together. As human beings, tied into our egos and "our" institutions, this can be rather...

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The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka's No Fire Zone

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 1:40 PM

The Film SouthAsia (FSA) Festival was recently held in Kathmandu from October 3-6 and I had wanted to attend a number of the screenings. I had read in one newspaper that the Government of Sri Lanka had requested the Government of Nepal to ban three Sri Lankan films, including No...

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Arrogance From Bill O'Reilly and Jesse Watters of Fox News -- On Cultural Insensitivity

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 4:22 PM


As an American citizen living overseas for the past 4.5 years I always try to be aware of the fact that the impressions that I make upon people will be long lasting and "color" others opinions of foreigners. With this in mind...

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Kavish, A Love Story from Prerna Khanna

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 8:47 AM

Prerna Khanna is a friend of mine, a strong Indian woman. She wasn't always as strong but grew into her own through the birth of her son Kavish, a child with cerebral palsy. This is her story.

"These children are born because of the bad deeds of the mother".
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Messed Up

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 11:34 AM


The world, especially governments, which come from people as I keep reminding myself, is out of control, and it has been for some time. A friend in a very serious tone recently said to me, "don't worry, God is coming soon."

I am...

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A Nepali Mother and Her Child in the World of Down syndrome in Wales

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 10:40 AM

Since 2007 Puspa Shahi has lived in the UK presently in Wales in an army accommodation with her husband, Mr Kaushal, a Gurkha and two young children. The Nepali community in her area is quite close. It consists of about 5O army families. There are often programs to get together,...

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Used Library Books and Development: Connecting the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 12:24 PM

Virginia vividly recalled her and Beata's first evening in Myagdi. "Our long awaited destination was here, our home for the next two years. Amongst the people we met that evening, one gentleman struck me, a pressman who introduced himself as Mr. Hari Krishna Gautam. As conversation rolled by, we learnt...

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Shanta Adhikari Paudel A Struggle in Self-Empowerment

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:39 AM

I had met Radha Paudel, Founder/President of Action Works Nepal (AWON) when I interviewed her for the former NTV show, Inspirations. When I told Radha that I would be visiting the US, she asked if I could carry copies of her recently published memoir, Khalanga Ma Hamala to her sister...

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A Mother and Her Child in the World of Down Syndrome in Nepal

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2013 | 6:25 AM

Dr. Lalita Joshi, a retired Br .Gen. of Nepal Army Medical Corps with strict principals, simple and honest is driven by a deep love for her son Ashish, born some 22 years ago with Down Syndrome. She married Dr. Prabhu Joshi, an anesthesiologist, in 1980 and their first son, Amit,...

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