Posts tagged ‘Africa’

The 2014 World Cup – reflections on the link between sports and development

Reflections on how to use sports as a tool for social development, on the eve of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.

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Challenging the stereotypes of “Africa”

Irish NGOs are working together to change attitudes and impressions of developing countries. Here are some examples of how they are doing that.

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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

“What you see is not what it is”

Oxfam Ireland’s Dr. Enida Friel describes how the drive of one man can make a big difference, as she visits a company in Rwanda.

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More on public attitudes

Striking results from a mini survey of opinions among journalism students, contrasted with the results from a nation-wide survey of opinions undertaken in 2013.

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Continue Reading 17/04/2014 at 7:28 pm 1 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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"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 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)

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