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2015 – The European Year of Development

On 1 September, Dóchas submitted the National Activity Plan for the “European Year of Development” 2015 to the European Commission Representation. Find out what that is all about.

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Are we missing the really big news stories?

A reflection on whether our media focus on “news” is helping us, or hindering us.

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Exploring “Frames” theory

The second article, in a series of reflections on how Irish NGOs communicate “development” and “poverty”, and whether the way they speak about their work in fact skews public perceptions of global issues.

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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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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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Future-proofing Irish NGOs – Thoughts after the BOND conference

Hans Zomer shares some thoughts after attending Bond’s 2013 Conference earlier this week. Theme of the Conference was Innovation in Development.

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Attitudes towards Development Co-operation in Ireland: Implications for Development Education

Guest blog by Stephen McCloskey, Centre for Global Education, Belfast, commenting on a recent piece of research commissioned by Dóchas into public attitudes towards Development.

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One of the most important graphs. Ever. http://ourworldindata.org/data/health/maternal-mortality/
Today is World Food Day. A day to celebrate that the days of truly enormous famines are over: http://blog.concern.net/global-hunger-index-2015-mapping-the-worlds-hunger
Meet "Chocolate Mamas", producers of chocolate in #Tanzania, creating Tanzanian jobs. While #cocoa is grown in West Africa and Asia, most #chocolate (the finished product) is made in Europe or the USA. Meet Jaki Kweka, who is trying to change that.
By creating protected areas and national parks and by limiting the spread of soy bean cultivation, Brazil has managed to drastically reduce the amount of rain forest being cleared. http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/deforestation-in-the-amazon-has-plummeted-almost-90pt/
Costa Rica, #Afghanistan, China, #India and Albania are all embracing renewable energy sources. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/15/five-developing-countries-ditching-fossil-fuels-china-india-costa-rica-afghanistan-albania?CMP=share_btn_tw
Social change needs empowered citizens, and empowered citizens need occasional encouragement. Great to hear that we're not the only ones who believe in the power of positive news!
50,000 rice farmers in #IvoryCoast are now working with better seeds, improving food security in the West African country. As a result, harvests have increased. Source: World Bank, photo: Jbdodane / CC BY
Sub-Saharan Africa’s first light rail system starts operations. As Ethiopians celebrate their New Year, they also prepare to mark the beginning of operations of a tram system in the #Ethiopian capital #AddisAbaba. Read more: http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-09-20-sub-saharan-africas-first-light-rail-system-starts-operationsyou-guessed-it-in-ethiopia
Going Mobile in #Malawi”. A mobile phone information service established last year to provide timely information to rural poor farmers in a southern African country, has been used nearly half a million times since its launch. Established in Malawi by Gorta-Self Help Africa last year, the ‘321’ voice-activated service provides subscribers to the country’s largest mobile phone network with farm information and advice that they can access at the push of a button. And it’s all free.
Read more at http://dochas.ie/sites/default/files/The-Worlds-Best-News-2015_0.pdf
10,000 copies of "The World's Best News" were distributed all over #ireland today! See how The Irish Times described our newspaper, and click the link to read all the articles online! http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/inside-out/have-you-read-the-world-s-best-news-1.2355806

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