Band Aid 30 – Those in favour and those against

An overview of views and opinions about the new Band Aid 30 single.

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Next year, 2015, will be the European Year for Development.

A short introduction on why 2015 may well be one of the most important years for a long while.

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Not surprising, but interesting nevertheless: Development Practice students care about global issues

Results of a mini survey among students in Dublin, contrasted with an earlier opinion poll in Ireland, measuring attitudes towards development cooperation.

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How mobile phones are transforming agriculture in Africa

A short listing of articles on the application of new mobile technologies in African agriculture.

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Thirty Years Ago, a News Video Shocked the World – Here’s What We Learned About Famine Since Then

On 23 October, it will be exactly 30 years since a BBC report alerted the world to a famine in Ethiopia. Here’s what we learned about Famine, since then.

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Are we ready for ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’?

Is “Climate Smart Agriculture” the next big thing? Irish Aid has supported a new international alliance on CSA, but many CSOs are worried.

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A child born today has hugely better chances of reaching its 5th birthday than at any other time in human history!

Death rates of young children have dropped to record lows in
developing countries. 
Experts say there are two main reasons for the decrease:
They are improved government action, and simple protective health measures. Experts say the two have helped narrow the death rates between the richest and the poorest families.

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Photo: Oct. 4, 2006, #Pakistani hospital staff members attend newly born
babies in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil, File Read more at http://www.unicef.org/crc/index_73549.html Polio eradication programme reaches 'major milestone'. Experts from the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) think a second of the three forms of poliovirus has been eliminated after mass vaccination campaigns.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30056311

#polio #health #vaccines “Good day Boys and Girls. How are you? Today’s lesson is on addition….” As schools are closed in Sierra Leone due to the outbreak of #Ebola, a Radio and TV Teaching Programme started in October, to help children access #education.

Read more at http://www.worldvision.ie/news/detail/despite-the-ebola.i-am-still-learning
Photo: Rugiatu Kamara, 12, who takes part in the distance learning programme in #SierraLeone. A shampoo that does not cost the Earth!

In January this year, L’Oréal announced its plan to become “free from deforestation” in the production of all its products by 2020 at the latest.

This is no easy task. L’Oréal bought 450 tonnes of crude palm oil last year and 60,000 tonnes of palm and palm derivatives that provide the detergent and foaming qualities of shampoos.

Pat Venditti, a senior forest campaigner at Greenpeace, says: “L’Oréal are doing what we’re expecting from other companies, which is drilling down into their supply chain, getting rid of any supply streams that might be involved in deforestation. They have made those commitments and to our observation they are being pursued and delivered.”
He says the drive to address this issue has come from public pressure. "Companies are recognising that the cost of being involved in rainforest destruction is higher than the cost of dealing with the problem.” "Ebola takes no holidays. Every day people are affected, so every day we work. And I am proud of the work we do.” - Fatimata Binta Jalloh, supervisor and dispatch, 117 call centre, #SierraLeone. 
The centre takes calls from across the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some 1,000 calls a day from people reporting suspected cases or deaths, but also looking for information on #Ebola.

Photo: WHO/C. Black #Philippines: Meet two women who have key role in revitalising nation on the anniversary of storm disaster.

Read more: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/world-news/philippines-meet-two-women-who-4595195

Photo: Plumber, Evalyn Macasaet (34) and carpenter, Joan Cortez (32) pictured working on a house in #Tacloban City.

#Haiyan #disaster #upliftingnews #worldsbestnews "If we want to see change it should start from ourselves." said 14 year old Sumit from #Nepal.

Last year, Sumit was engaged to a 12-year old girl in his village, when he heard about the negative effects of #childmarriage at an ActionAid Children's club. As a result he called off the engagement, convinced his
parents to keep him in school and with a group of friends went door to door to tell everyone in the village what he had learned. There has been no child marriage in the village for the last year.

Child marriage is a huge problem in Nepal; with new data showing 7% of girls are married by age 10. As well as young brides and grooms missing out on an education, childbirth complications are the leading cause of death for girls ages 15 to 19 in developing countries. Sumit and thousandslike him are helping to put an end to this practice for good, thanks to Irish support. - See more at: http://www.actionaid.ie/2014/09/ending-child-marriage-together-nepal#sthas Across the developing world, fertility rates are falling rapidly. A fact largely unreported by the world’s mainstream media.

The Total Fertility Rate (TFR – the average number of live births per woman over her lifetime) in OECD countries stands at around 1.74 (where 2.3 is the level needed to keep a population levels stable). The big news is that countries like China and India, where the TFR was 6.1 and 5.9 respectively in 1950, now have birth rates of 1.8 in China, and 2.6 in India.

Researchers suggest that education and the spread of television mean women can opt to have fewer children.
Read more:http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/programs/conservation-and-development/population-bomb-so-wrong/

#population #populationgrowth #positive #women #birthrate #globaldev #india #tv #children #empowerment #equality #gender #knowledge #everydayafrica #missionarystories #worldsbestnews See more data at
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