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About Insightful Quotient

  • Background
  • What is Insightful Quotient ?
  • Mission and Objectives
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The launch of this website was motivated by the intercultural dialogue concept that is promoted by the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC). I came across this theory in 2009 when I was managing a youth project that was awarded a Youth Solidarity Fund by the UNAOC. The project was an initiative of the Intercultural Communication and Leadership School (ICLS), an organisation that works in the field of intercultural youth leadership development in cities of ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in Asia and Europe. The project I managed aimed at promoting Good Governance of Diversity among young people from different cultural backgrounds living in the Eastern Boroughs of London.

Having been awarded the Youth Solidarity fund by the UNAOC, I was fortunate to attend two international forums organised by the UNAOC, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Doha, Qatar in May 2010 and December 2011 respectively. I also attended the UNAOC Global Youth Movement Convention held in Baku, Azerbaijan in April 2011. At the events I attended, I listened carefully to the inspiring debates on the “intercultural dialogue/cooperation” notion. My understanding of the concept is that when people from different cultures sincerely accept to join forces they create a coherent atmosphere in which they can discuss their differences with mutual respect and tolerance towards each other and as a result create a safe and serene environment in which they can accomplish many things including improving their prosperity. For instance, when I was in Brazil I was taken on a walk by Brazilian youth through the Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood called Saara. This is a market place that host around 1500 merchants coming from different diverse cultural and religious background, yet these merchants have overcame their cultural differences and collaborate to make Saara a vibrant and successful business environment for all.

After attending the forum that was held in Doha, Qatar that was themed “Intercultural dialogue to boost sustainable development” I was convinced that, in addition to the serene environment people from different cultures could create to acheive a desired prosperity, if empowered further they could also use their cultural differences to their advantage by drawing on innovative ideas about how to sustain their prosperity from their cultural difference knowledge and practices. In that perspective, I decided to launch this website with intention to create a platform where innovative ideas that could bring about sustainable development in developing countries could be generated and shared using an intercultural cooperation approach.

Aimé Sindayigaya

Insightful Quotient (IQ) is an independent website exclusively launched with the intention to initiate debates around the subject of “How to achieve sustainable economic and human development in developing countries” using an intercultural cooperation approach.

The site is intended for current and prospective political and business leaders, aid donors, partners of developing countries, and any other interested parties. The intercultural cooperation approach used on this site lies in the fact that the site engages users from a diverse cultural background into a debate about the economy and development issues of developing countries becoming a platform for the users to provide constructive critics that could help bring about sustainable development in developing countries. Furthermore, the site encourages the users to draw solutions and generate innovative ideas that could bring about sustainable development in developing countries from relevant, pragmatic and effective customs and policies that have proven to work and carried out in other countries.

The website has not been designed to initiate any form of political debate, to publish or to praise any political party’s viewpoints.

We most certainly hope and remain very positive that the methodology used on this site will yield fruitful results and become a model through which those mostly affected by underdevelopment in the developing countries, that is to mean the ordinary people at the bottom level of the social, political hierarchy from any developing country, can freely share their opinion on how, in their views sustainable development can be achieved in their countries enthused by pragmatic and effective customs they have experienced or seen in other parts of the world.

Contrary to gathering a pool of funds and make a large remittance to developing countries, we would like to gather, through collective discussion, insightful ideas from users in order to provide a platform to learn from each other and formulate innovative and viable solutions that could contribute towards changing the lives of people living in developing countries. The website’s objectives are as follows:
  • To engage nationals of developing countries in particular those with origins from these countries living or settled in affluent countries around the world referred as diasporas, mostly the younger generation; into a constructive debate on how to improve the economy and human development for their countries of origin by sourcing insightful and relevant knowledge and cultural practices acquired from the host countries’s institutions and communities.
  • To engage friends of developing countries and all interested parties worldwide towards sharing innovative ideas on how to improve human development of grassroot communities of developing countries and suggest appropriate and transferable values, practices that can contribute towards achieving sustainable developments within those communities.
  • To provide feedback to policy makers of developing countries on economic and human development matters of these countries, and to become a source of investment and business ideas for foreign investors and entrepreneurs residing in developing countries.

The website acts as an economic activist’s platform publishing insightful articles and videos, released reports and research papers about the economy and human development of developing countries. Through compiled articles the site brings out constructive criticism and analysis accompanied with viable solutions on implemented economic growth and human development policies in developing countries. The site will publish creative approaches on how to bring about sustainable economic growth and extensive human development in developing countries considering the distinctive economic environment of these countries’ remits on UN Millennium Development Goals. The website will also be running thematic online forum on respective developing countries which will then be subject to analysis and published in “your opinion” section of the website.