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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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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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Continue Reading 27/09/2014 at 12:06 pm 2 comments

EU Development Ministers meet in Brussels

Three pointers for EU Development Ministers, as they meet in Brussels.

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Continue Reading 19/05/2014 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Irish aid in Africa: Five personal experiences

Does Irish overseas aid really make a difference?

We asked five TDs and Senators who have travelled to Africa to tell us their personal experiences.

This is what they said.

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Continue Reading 12/05/2014 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

Is the International Criminal Court a flawed …..

Guest blog by Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, looking at the failings of the International Criminal Court – and inviting the reader to the Summer School on this topic.

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Continue Reading 15/04/2014 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

The Vikings are here!

A large, multi-national, multi-site, multi-agency exercise in civil-military cooperation is taking place, and Irish NGOs are in the midst of it. – This blog post sets out the background, lets you watch fictitious TV, and invites you to read up on “civil-military cooperation”, or CIMIC.

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Continue Reading 02/04/2014 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

Reviewing Ireland’s foreign policy

A short overview of what the current review of Irish foreign policy is about, and what some NGOs and Irish academics have said on the matter.
(And an invitation to contribute to the debate)

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Continue Reading 15/01/2014 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

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“Through painting I showed that we will get back to Syria by painting a house, trees and writing, ‘We will get back to Syria’. That is something positive. I’m expressing that despite the war we will return.” Azraq #refugee camp in #Jordan houses some 12,000 #Syrians who have fled the brutal conflict in their country. While living conditions are tough, the camp provides safety and an opportunity to move on from the horrors of war.

For the children, who make up half of the population, being a child again means recovering from the psychological scars of conflict and displacement. In some cases art provides the outlet in which to achieve this.

Read more: http://childrenofsyria.info/2014/11/20/healing-through-art-in-azraq-camp/ 
Photo: ©UNICEF: 16 year old Mohammad provides his creative touch to a mural Want to know what 'The World's Best News' is all about?

If you understand Portuguese, this article is just the ticket for you!

http://plataformaongd.pt/revista/Download.aspx?revista=%2FDocumentos%2FRevista%2FRevista_Plataforma_ONGD_Media_Desenvolvimento_Set_Out_2014.pdf Nothing ever changes in #Africa?

So wrong. 
See 
http://www.ourworldindata.org/roser/presentation/online/AfricaInData/AfricaInData.html#/2 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.

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