Posts tagged ‘Irish NGOs’

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

Why are all eyes on Mexico this week?

This week, Dóchas member organisations and NGOs from around the world gather in Mexico, to see how their experience can help improve the world’s efforts to end poverty.

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Continue Reading 15/04/2014 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

On Twitter: Irish NGOs mark the Rwanda genocide anniversary

A look at Twitter, and how Irish NGOs marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

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Continue Reading 07/04/2014 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

The Vikings are here!

A large, multi-national, multi-site, multi-agency exercise in civil-military cooperation is taking place, and Irish NGOs are in the midst of it. – This blog post sets out the background, lets you watch fictitious TV, and invites you to read up on “civil-military cooperation”, or CIMIC.

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Continue Reading 02/04/2014 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

It’s the economy, again. – A response to Siobhán McGee

Tom Roche of Just Forests reacts to Siobhán McGee’s article on changing business attitudes to development.

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Continue Reading 30/03/2014 at 8:49 am 1 comment

“It’s the economy, stupid.”

Siobhán McGee, Fellow in Business and Development at the UCD School of Business, reflects on whether there is a bias amongst business people against doing business with Africa, and whether that stops Irish businesses from engaging with the opportunities on the continent.

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Continue Reading 27/03/2014 at 10:08 pm 4 comments

On World Water Day, remember what water means

Last Saturday, March 22nd, marked World Water Day. An opportunity to reflect on the importance of safe and equitable access to water.

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Continue Reading 24/03/2014 at 11:18 am 1 comment

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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. In #Liberia, taxi drivers are the latest weapons against #Ebola.

Many of the country’s motor cycle taxi drivers are former combatants in Liberia’s devastating civil war, shunned by society. One successful local initiative, the Pen-Pen Peace Network, is now recruiting their skills for a public awareness campaign in communities within Monrovia to educate citizens about Ebola. 
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/oct/15/ebola-crisis-liberia-peace-building-conflict-pen-pen?CMP=twt_gu

Photo: Motorcycle taxi drivers are a good means of disseminating information during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Photo by Handout/Reuters 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

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