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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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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 Vanilla from the DRC.

Indonesia and Madagascar are the world's largest producers. But farmers in Eastern Congo are now also exporting it.

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron, because growing the vanilla seed pods is labour-intensive. Six kilos of the green pods, for which the farmers receive some €44, results in about 1 kilo of brown pods which, once milled, packed and shipped, sells for some €75 per kilo to companies that use the spice.

Photo: workers processing the vanilla pod harvest.

#vanilla #congo #drc #africa #worldsbestnews #trade #spices In #Somalia, school meals are helping more girls continue in school, including these at the Abdirahman Godyare primary #school.

Girls have often been expected to stay home and help with chores, but the daily meals encourage families to continue sending them to class. (Photo: WFP/Laila Ali, 21 October 2013) Bike riders in the campaign against Ebola.

Commercial motorbike riders have started an intensive face-to-face awareness raising campaign that seeks to reach between 150,000 and 200,000 people over a two month period in Freetown, Sierra Leone. 
Read more at http://www.sl.undp.org/content/sierraleone/en/home/presscenter/articles/2014/09/08/undp-engages-bike-riders-and-vulnerable-groups-on-ebola/

#sierraleone #africa #ebola #motorbikes #awareness #UNDP #Dublin #Cork #ireland #worldsbestnews #positiveireland #getready "Mozambikes" fights poverty through BIKES and affordable transport.

50% of Mozambicans live below the poverty line. For them, going to school, work or the market means walking great distances. 
To make good bicycles available to poor people, and to help combat congestion in Mozambique’s major cities, the people behind Mozambikes started producing sturdy, green bicycles. 
Read more at http://www.mozambikes.com/en/benefits 
#mocambique #manufacturing #upliftingnews #worldsbestnews #cycling #benefits #poverty #transport #health #education #globaldev #commute Do you want to catch up with some of the many stories we have published on The World's Best News?

You will find many of our back catalogue stories grouped on Instagram:

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Stories about the work of Irish NGOs: http://bit.ly/WqxF7R 
Stories about work in the area of HEALTH, WATER and SANITATION: http://bit.ly/1qw2C6Y 
Stories about work in the area of AGRICULTURE and FOOD: http://bit.ly/WvqFqC 
Also, you can always do a search for #worldsbestnews In Chile, fog is promising a bright future.

In the Atacama desert and Chile's dry northern areas, scientists are working to reduce the costs of "fog catching" technology.

Fog catchers, fine mesh nets erected on foggy hillsides, capture tiny droplets of water, which can then be stored in tanks and used for drinking water and irrigation.

Read more at: http://www.scidev.net/global/water/feature/fog-catchers-dream-big-to-boost-water-security.html

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