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How to recognise an effective NGO

Presenting a 2-page briefing note: How to recognise an effective NGO

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Continue Reading 11/09/2012 at 3:01 pm 5 comments

The NGO of the Future?

This blog aims to promote discussion among Irish Development NGOs, as they continue to articulate their views of Development Effectiveness and quality standards for their work. It argues that NGOs need to go beyond statements of Principles, and reconsider their fundamental role: The NGO of the future is not an implementor, but a networker.

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Continue Reading 28/12/2010 at 10:36 pm 8 comments

In defence of NGO overhead costs

If we want to make sure aid from Ireland is as good as it can get, we need to encourage NGOs to invest in quality, not be slave to the myth that “charities” must at all times keep their overhead costs to a minimum.

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Continue Reading 18/08/2010 at 6:51 am 2 comments

Irish NGOs: working with each other, and with Government

The global “aid effectiveness” debate has thrown new light on the role of NGOs and other civil society organisations in development cooperation. There may be positive lessons to be drawn from the Irish Government’s approach of working with structures set up by civil society itself.

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Continue Reading 28/06/2010 at 1:29 pm 1 comment


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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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