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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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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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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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