Posts tagged ‘Dochas’

Holding Hands with the Dalai Lama

Dóchas Programme Officer Hilary Minch reflects on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to Derry/Londonderry in April where he was attending the ‘Culture of Compassion’ event.

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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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What you have been reading

Our top 11 articles on the blog.

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Seanad Éireann debates Ireland’s development policy

On 9 May, exactly one week after the Government launched its new “Policy for International Development”, the Seanad debated the new policy with Minister Joe Costello.

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Ireland’s overseas assistance generosity may yield longer-term economic benefits for the country

Dr. Pat McCloughan presents some new facts on Irish aid, and takes a fresh angle by looking at the longer-term economic benefits to Ireland from Ireland continuing to be proportionately generous in respect of overseas assistance.

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NGO Transparency in Action

On 2 May, Dóchas hosted a conference entitled “Initiate – Transparency In Action” to bring NGOs, academia, and Irish Aid representatives together to learn how the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) could help further strengthen transparency and Accountability in the sector.

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Portraits of those who labour, and those who survived, at an #Ebola treatment centre in rural #Liberia. "I like getting up in the morning, and I like coming here. I think we’re actually making a difference for these people." http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/31/world/africa/photos-of-workers-and-survivors-braving-ebola-at-a-clinic-in-liberia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 Portraits of those who labour, and those who survived, at an #Ebola treatment centre in rural #Liberia. "I like getting up in the morning, and I like coming here. I think we’re actually making a difference for these people." http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/31/world/africa/photos-of-workers-and-survivors-braving-ebola-at-a-clinic-in-liberia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 Portraits of those who labour, and those who survived, at an #Ebola treatment centre in rural #Liberia. "I like getting up in the morning, and I like coming here. I think we’re actually making a difference for these people." http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/31/world/africa/photos-of-workers-and-survivors-braving-ebola-at-a-clinic-in-liberia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 Bolivia's first #solar power plant has just been inaugurated.

This means that many more people in the country will have access to electricity and that #Bolivia can reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 5,000 tons.

Only 30 percent of Bolivia's rural population has access to #electricity, the second-lowest level of access in Latin America. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America.

Read more at http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/10/01/bolivia-powers-up-first-solar-energy-plant/

Photo: A technician walks through solar panels at a solar plant in the Amazon area of northern Bolivia, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. A young group of developers from Uganda built Matibabu, a malaria-detection app. 
Using a Kinect sensor and a mobile device, Matibabu detects a person’s malaria status without even pricking a body part. All of the data is read off the person’s finger. 
Read more: http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2014/09/top-4-applications-solving-real-problems-in-africa/ 
Photo: Simon Lumbambo, Josiah Kavuma, Joshua Mulessi and Brian Gitta, developed Matibabul. The app works by using the phone and a customised hardware (Matiscope) to diagnose a patient of malaria without having to prick the patient in order to test for malaria in the blood. These kids at the Baraka Za Ibrahim Children's Centre in Nairobi line up for their daily school meal. 
Thanks to overseas aid, the World Food Programme (WFP) provides daily meals to about 770,000 students and Kenya, and the Ministry of Education handles meals for another 750,000.
School meals are are major contributor to higher school enrolment rates across the developing world. (Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud, February 19, 2010) #Ethiopia’s ‘African tiger’ leaps towards middle income.

Three decades since Michael Buerk's “biblical #famine in the 20th century” documentary, the country has, “like the proverbial phoenix, managed to rise from the ashes to become Africa’s fastest-growing non-energy-driven economy.” One effect of the progress is a greater capacity to cope with drought, preventing the descent into famine conditions that have occurred in the past. Ethiopia’s development efforts are also praised internationally for meeting some of the millennium development goals, particularly universal primary #education and a reduction in infant mortality.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/oct/22/ethiopia-african-tiger-middle-income?CMP=share_btn_tw 
Photo: People wait for a bus in #Addis Ababa. The government has launched an ambitious modernisation plan in the Ethiopian capital. Photograph: Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Green Jobs are booming in #Bangladesh.

The South Asian nation has become a top hot spot for #renewable energy jobs, creating a 'green workforce' as large as Spain’s in 2013.

How? Solar energy.

Bangladeshis are installing small #photovoltaic systems at a rate of 80,000 a month, says the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In a country where only 47 percent of the population had access to electricity in 2009, #solar is becoming a way to leapfrog the need to build a bigger power grid.

Read more at http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/why-a-green-jobs-boom-is-under-way-in-bangladesh/362087/?utm_content=bufferf16c2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer "They have a good organisation. They are thinking ahead and using help wisely." The coffee industry in Nicaragua is facing big problems. but Soppexcca, a cooperative of coffee producers, is responding to the challenges- in an inclusive and democratic way. 
Read more: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/problems-brewing-for-nicaraguan-coffee-industry-1.1849541?page=1 and also http://www.soppexcca.org/en/ There are now over 65 mobile phones for every 100 people living in Africa. And NGOs like Gorta Self Help Africa are harnessing the potential of mobile technology, in the fight against hunger.

A new mobile phone based text and advice service ensures that farmers in #Malawi are accessing up to date information on their crops and harvests.
Read more at http://www.gorta.org/news/phones-spread-farm-information

To read more about how mobile phones are transforming agriculture across #Africa, have a look here:
http://www.thelondoneveningpost.com/business/how-mobile-phones-are-transforming-african-agriculture/

Photo: Advertisement from Esoko, a mobile phone company in #Ghana offering
market price information to farmers.

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