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#Beating Blue Monday

An overview of the stories posted on “Blue Monday” 2014.
On that day, many different Irish NGOs highlighted the progress being made in global development.

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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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News from the 2013 MDG summit

News and comments from the September summit in New York, taking stock of progress on human development

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Continue Reading 25/09/2013 at 6:44 am 1 comment

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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Continue Reading 23/05/2013 at 9:54 am 3 comments

Climate Change is worsening world Hunger, says Irish Government

Article co-written by Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore; Mary Robinson, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice; Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme; and Frank Rijsberman, the chief executive of CGIAR, a global agricultural research partnership – published first on Euractiv.

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Money talks: February summit will set EU priorities for the long term

On 7-8 February, EU leaders may well set the EU’s priorities for the next 7 years. And they do so in an atmosphere of little public debate. This blog post highlights the importance of protecting the EU’s investment in international cooperation and global stability.

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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 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

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