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What to think of the Ice Bucket Challenge?

This summer, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” went viral. But not everyone thought it was a good idea. What do you think?

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HIV positive Gay Activist Proposes Alternative Research Agenda at the AIDS 2014 Conference

Third article by Dr. Enida Friel, from the Melbourne AIDS conference.

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Irish civil society and Gaza

An overview of statements and actions by Irish NGOs and civil society groups, responding to the escalating crisis in Gaza.

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Some reflections as two major Irish NGOs announce their merger

Earlier this week, two of Ireland’s significant development NGOs announced their merger. Why are there not more mergers in the NGO sector?

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President Clinton calls for achievements on HIV and AIDS not to be an excuse to stop now

Second article by Dr. Enida Friel, from the Melbourne AIDS conference and in the aftermath of the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17.

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Exploring “Frames” theory

The second article, in a series of reflections on how Irish NGOs communicate “development” and “poverty”, and whether the way they speak about their work in fact skews public perceptions of global issues.

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Is Asking for Donations Right or Wrong?

The first of a series of reflections on how Irish NGOs communicate “development” and “poverty”, and whether the way they speak about their work in fact skews public perceptions of global issues.

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In #Liberia, taxi drivers are the latest weapons against #Ebola.

Many of the country’s motor cycle taxi drivers are former combatants in Liberia’s devastating civil war, shunned by society. One successful local initiative, the Pen-Pen Peace Network, is now recruiting their skills for a public awareness campaign in communities within Monrovia to educate citizens about Ebola. 
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/oct/15/ebola-crisis-liberia-peace-building-conflict-pen-pen?CMP=twt_gu

Photo: Motorcycle taxi drivers are a good means of disseminating information during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Photo by Handout/Reuters Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. 
WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story". http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29685127 
#ebola #nigeria Here's a great story from Gorta Self Help Africa about a #Malawian women's group who have increased their earnings and created employment with a tomato micro-business.

http://www.gorta.org/news/tomato-processors-retail-dividend Rafea Um Gomar, a brave Bedouin woman from a rural village has not only become the first female solar engineer in #Jordan, but she has also helped set up 80 solar installations providing electricity to her village! 
Today she is an elected leader and a teacher in her community, training others how to use sustainable energy. ‪

Photo by @unfoundation Activists use GPS to track illegal loggers in Brazil's Amazon rainforest

Read here how a hi-tech undercover operation used GPS tracking on timber trucks for the first time, as well as satellite and aerial images, to reveal the extent of illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon forest.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/15/activists-use-gps-to-track-illegal-loggers-in-brazils-amazon-rainforest?source=tw&subsource=20141015fotw01&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=tw&utm_campaign=20141015fotw01

#Brazil #rainforest #logging #tech #gps #amazon #tracking #globaldev #activism Citizen journalists keep campaigning politicians on their toes.

As #Mozambique prepares to go to the polls on Wednesday, a small army of citizen reporters are gearing up to make sure the process is free and fair. Their work is not easy, and rarely welcomed by the powers-that-be, but is an essential safeguard of the democratic process.

Read more at http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-10-14-mozambique-citizen-journalists-keep-campaigning-politicians-on-their-toes/#.VD4l8_mUfkX The Indian government’s push to extend nutrition schemes and food subsidies, improve access to health and access to work is getting real results.

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/malnourishment-declined-sharply-among-children-in-india/article6497025.ece “In the last 10 to 15 years, what happened in India was similar to what we have seen in Brazil and China – fast-growing economies with reasonably concurrent investments in social sector programmes, leading to what we would expect to see, which is an improvement in health outcomes.” Photo:  Malnourished children collect nutritional supplement distributed at a health camp at Dasappa Maternity Hospital, organised by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), in Bangalore. File photo: Photo: K. Murali Kuma

#India #government #progress #globaldev #worldsbestnews hunger #malnutrition "I want to change the perception of the Middle East through the power of design" - says designer Rana Salam, one of Beirut’s best known graphic designer. “You have to see the beauty in things.” Check out http://www.yourmiddleeast.com/culture/funkytown-beirut-welcome-to-ranas-world_27160

#Beirut #Lebanon #design #stereotypes #perceptions Free open-source tools will help to tackle deforestation and climate change

Accurate information about forests is crucial for governments to manage their natural resources sustainably, but nearly 80 percent of developing countries have difficulty obtaining and using basic information about their #forest resources. 
With new free software tools launched by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, #FAO, countries may be able to improve the way they monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change.

The new FAO tools also simplify the complex process of transforming raw data such as tree measurements and satellite imagery into valuable information in the form of interactive web pages with statistics, graphs, maps and reports. 
Read more: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/254098/icode/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social+media&utm_campaign=fao+facebook

#ICT #ict4dev #globaldev #worldsbestnews Three decades since Michael Buerk’s BBC reports told the world about Ethiopia’s famine. The image has stayed with us, but the country appears to be shedding it." See the photos and read the article athttp://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/ethiopia-30-years-after-the-famine-1.1959433

#ethiopia #anniversary #bbc UN Women, the United Nations' organisation working for gender equality, is supporting women of the Nat Caste of Rajasthan, India.

In this photo, educator Vijaylakshmi explains the combination of Hindi alphabets to Sunita Chchadi. 
Initially, the women attending lessons started meeting for half-an-hour a day, but later they wanted to stay on for an hour or two at the Non-Formal Education (NFE) centre. "Now they even want to come during the weekends," she says.

The Nat are a nomadic community in Northern India, which traditionally have sold women into slavery and bonded labour. At this education centre, supported by UN Women and the Jaipur-based NGO CECOEDECON, women can upskill themselves to escape the grinding poverty that fuels the human trafficking. 
Photo: UN Women/Shaista Chishty

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