Updating basic utilities Providing fundamental utility services on demand Extending basic physical infrastructure services
There are clear advantages to public/private partnership in the provision of basic services and infrastructure. While community involvement can reduce costs, increase cost recovery and promote sustainability, it is impossible for the poor to develop all the services they need by themselves. The capital costs of installing major infrastructure are too high. private suppliers (usually in the informal sector) can enjoy significant cost and efficiency advantages over centralized provision. However, if coverage, accessibility and quality are to be maintained at acceptable levels, private suppliers must be supervised by the government and operate within a framework controlled by the State.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.