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Understanding aid dynamics: Are aid allocations truly based on need?

An analysis of funding provided by the USA’s Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to over 100 countries over a 20 year period had some unexpected results.

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Lima Climate summit: An overview of reactions

This weekend in Lima, UN member states reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change. The talks proved difficult because of divisions between rich and poor countries over how to spread the burden of the costs of adaptation and the mitigation of further climate change.
This article links to an overview of how major news media reported on the outcome of the negotiations, and how various groups responded.

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Continue Reading 15/12/2014 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

Next year, 2015, will be the European Year for Development.

A short introduction on why 2015 may well be one of the most important years for a long while.

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Are we ready for ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’?

Is “Climate Smart Agriculture” the next big thing? Irish Aid has supported a new international alliance on CSA, but many CSOs are worried.

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EU Development Ministers meet in Brussels

Three pointers for EU Development Ministers, as they meet in Brussels.

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Continue Reading 19/05/2014 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Irish aid in Africa: Five personal experiences

Does Irish overseas aid really make a difference?

We asked five TDs and Senators who have travelled to Africa to tell us their personal experiences.

This is what they said.

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Continue Reading 12/05/2014 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

Is the International Criminal Court a flawed …..

Guest blog by Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, looking at the failings of the International Criminal Court – and inviting the reader to the Summer School on this topic.

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#Cuba has become the first country in the world stop HIV transmission from mother to child. "Cuba's success demonstrates that universal access and universal #health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success, even against challenges as daunting as #HIV." http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/01/us-cuba-health-iduskcn0pa2b520150701?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5593757e04d3013e4e000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

Photo: A nurse hands out a red ribbon to a woman, to mark World Aids Day, at the entrance of Emilio Ribas Hospital, in Sao Paulo December 1, 2014. 
REUTERS/NACHO DOCE Happy International #Yoga Day!

Have a look at some of these pictures of African yoga: - http://ireland.ashoka.org/yoga-africa-transforming-young-minds-hearts-and-livelihoods
- http://www.africayogaproject.org/
- http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2014/04/pictures-yoga-bends-trends-kenya-20144494348396640.html 
Photo: Susan Njeri practices the Wheel Pose on the railway line at the entrance of #Kibera "This will be the largest privately-owned #solar power plant in Africa." http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/worldBusiness/artikel.php?ID=361671&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_term=solar+plant+in+ghana+that&utm_campaign=Climate&__surl__=IgD8H&__ots__=1434360286047&__step__=1

#ghana #solar #renewables India’s first public skate park.

Rumbling trucks, roaming cows and honking tuk-tuks make skateboarding a risky pastime on the often potholed streets of India. So last year, a group of professional skateboarders joined together with a group of local volunteers to build #India’s first public #skate park. 
Here, street kids and young professionals alike can take a break and skate for free after a hard day’s work. As an added bonus the young skaters also receive free English lessons.

Read more about ‘the best skatepark in Asia’ here: bit.ly/1BYel0D The Africa Yoga Project provides scholarships and training to residents from slums and informal settlements across #Kenya, to help improve health and well-being while also providing participants with a source of income.

Read more: http://www.one.org/us/2015/06/03/yoga-is-helping-end-poverty-in-africa-no-seriously/?source=fb Women take the reins to build peace in #Colombia

The voices of #women as experts, survivors and negotiators have been included in a peace process with an unprecedented gender perspective, with the support of @unwomen UN Women and other partners.

See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2015/5/women-build-peace-in-colombia#sthash.NPu46jVf.dpuf

Photo: This woman shagrera – who uses ancestral forms of agricultural production – is one of many beneficiaries of a UN Women project to promote economic empowerment, which is key to building peace at local level. 
Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown "On the whole, #Africa is less war-torn than at any time in the past, which runs contrary to widespread perceptions that exist even among foreign policy experts." In the nineties, much of the continent was ravaged by #war, but today things have changed. Armed #conflict is now a smaller risk to most Africans than traffic accidents.

Find out more here: https://europa.eu/eyd2015/en/denmark/stories/africa-more-peaceful-ever Tehran Group Launches Anti-ISIS Cartoon and Caricature Exhibition

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http://muftah.org/tehran-group-launches-anti-isis-cartoon-and-caricature-exhibition/#.VWhpBdK8CSp #AfricaDay is an opportunity to change the way many people in #Ireland think about Africa. 
Research commissioned by Dóchas has shown that our attitudes to the African continent have changed little since the 1980s.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/today-africa-day-time-update-our-views-continent-hans-zomer “Making corporal punishment history”

#Irish NGO Nurture Africa has teamed up with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) in a project aimed at eradicating corporal punishment in schools in #Uganda.

Read more:http://www.nurtureafrica.ie/#!Working-together-to-eradicate-Corporal-Punishment-one-school-at-a-time/canh/553f7fc10cf23d01645aa90a

Photo: Umar Sekibala - Nurture Afrtica Child Protection Officer disseminating child rights and examples of alternative measures of dicipline (towards elimination of
corporal punishments) to Kyebando UMEA Primary School teachers and guardians How one community is working to overcome the challenges of climate change. "It's dry now, so we are working to be ready for when the rains come. Things have changed a lot in the past years, now that we have the gardens and dykes." http://www.trust.org/item/20150514040044-7uh4r/?source=fiOtherNews2

Photo: Women work on a vegetable garden built with U.N. funds in Djimebougou, Mali. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Chris Arsenault

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