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EU Development Ministers meet in Brussels

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

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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

Budget 2014: Reactions

An overview of NGO responses to the Government’s Budget plans for 2014.

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The advocacy butterfly effect

Guest blog by Conor Quinn on a new campaign which seeks to raise public awareness on abuses of children’s rights.

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Continue Reading 09/08/2013 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

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Mother Kapinga glazes her fresh-from-the-oven bread in the village of Kalomba, DRC. 
There are several ovens in the village where the women bring their dough to bake into bread when available. 
Photo by Jana Ašenbrennerová (@asenbrennerova ) taken in Kasai Occidental, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 13, 2014. 
#drc #drcongo #asenbrennerova #africa #bread #oven #positive Look what our colleague Emma brought into the office!

Sign up, to help spread the good news on 26 September: coordinator@actnow2015.ie or anna@dochas.ie "Climate Smart Villages"

The Asia Development Bank recently warned that the impact of altered weather patterns could cause huge damage to the Indian economy, wiping off the equivalent of about 9% of GDP each year by the next century.

So it is critical to adapt. And villages n India are showing that technology can play a key role.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29257401 Mobile kindergartens, anyone?

Uplifting news from ‪#Mongolia, in this video showing how mobile #kindergartens give nomadic children their first taste of organised learning: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pImRJHJATGw All our good news stories on Instagram, now grouped by theme:

http://websta.me/n/worldsbestnews/board These students at Udassa Repi Elementary School enjoy a meal of maize and haricot beans from local farmers.

This school meals programme supports education by developing schools into community centres promoting good nutrition. (Photo: WFP/Kiyori Ueno, 25 November 2013)

Ethiopia #Africa #worldsbestnews #education #schools #globaldev #MDGs “Iraq's artists defy extremists with bows, brushes and a low profile”
They say they can fight against the brutality of today's Iraq with
universities, music and galleries.

Listen to this story about Iraq, that is NOT about extremists, airstrikes or politics:

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Photo: Gallery owner Qassim Sabti. "We just make art for art," he says. Photo: Graham Smith NPR

#iraq #art #worldsbestnews #positive Ever heard of the “#Potato Centre of Excellence”? From today’s Irish Times: "The Potato Centre of Excellence … acts as the driver for the Irish Potato Coalition, an initiative involving Irish and international NGOs working to share knowledge across six countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Kenya – that account for four million potato farmers. Their aim is to maximise the benefit that potatoes can provide to rural communities by connecting farmers, researchers, the private sector and local organisations." Read more at http://www.irishtimes.com/business/potatoes-are-nuggets-to-save-ethiopia-as-ireland-shares-years-of-expertise-1.1927105 
Photo: Gebremedhin Woldegiorgis, senior potato researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, and Denis Griffen, potato breeder at Teagas, inspect potato plants at the Teagasc Research Centre in Oakpark, Carlow. photograph: dylan vaughan Is Mulitani the happiest mother in Malawi? 
Read her story and find out why at https://charitywater.exposure.co/mulitani 
Photo: @estherhavens 44-year-old Thauzeni Theka is a member of a small-scale irrigation group that's been supported by Self Help Africa in Mkhonde village, Malawi.

He's been growing tomatoes and cabbage since 2010, and has used the money he has earned to buy two bicycles (inset), four goats, and new tin sheets to re-roof his house. 
Thauzeni says he is also sending all of his kids to school with the money he is earning on the project. 
#Malawi #agriculture #tomatoes

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