Posts tagged ‘Civil Society Organisations’

“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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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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Celebrating the Potato

A blog post in honour of the development benefits of Ireland’s national dish.

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Good news from the developing world – some real-life examples

A few stories showing how Irish NGOs are contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Goals.

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The future of NGO communications?

New ads from the corporate world are using global development themes to boost sales.
Is this a good thing, and something for NGOs to learn from?

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NGO Partnerships, NGO Accountability & NGO Principles

Dóchas has developed Guidelines for NGOs working in partnerships – That is, for nearly every Development NGO on the planet…

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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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#NigeriaDecides.

Despite the threats from the extremist group Boko Haram, this weekend 60 million people voted to shape the future of Nigeria.

At The World's Best News, we like elections. Have a read of these 3 stories:

Africa and democracy:
http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/102036767325/nothing-ever-changes-have-a-look-at-these

India: http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/85901866700/the-biggest-elections-on-earth-this-years

Mobile app mobilises voters in Nigeria: 
http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/90836673125/using-technology-to-bolster-democracy

Photo: AFP Do you remember the movie Slumdog Millionaire?

It made #Mumbai's Dharavi district, one of the world's largest #slums, famous the world over.

The group Slum Gods are proud of their area, but it needs a new image - and they will #dance and #rap to make sure it gets one. 
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/28/slumgods-mumbai-hip-hop-dharavi

Photo: Akash and Sagar of the SlumGods. Photograph: Benita Fernando The small Central American country of #CostaRica is meeting its energy needs without burning fossil fuels.

Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s #hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and #windenergy sources, the country doesn’t need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on.

Read more: http://qz.com/367985/costa-rica-is-now-running-completely-on-renewable-energy/ How Ethiopia managed to supply water to 48 million people:

In 1990, only 6.9 million Ethiopians drank water from a tap or hand pump, rather than from an open stream. However, in the last 25 years #Ethiopia has managed to supply #water to 55 million people (10x the entire population of #Ireland!) The key to this success has been a combination of strong government leadership and persistent donor investment.

Read more: http://blogs.unicef.org/2015/03/23/how-ethiopia-managed-to-supply-water-to-48-million-people/

Photo: The Ebo clean water project benefits 27, 000 people in seven villages including 15,000 school children, with clean water in their school and households. Young girls now can attend school regularly without spending more time looking for water. ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2015/Bizuwerk Poor countries carry the biggest burden.

New data from the #UNHCR shows which countries shoulder the biggest economic burden of #refugees and displaced people, when compared to their national income.

Read more at http://www.unhcr.org/54ac24226.html Musicians urge ‘big picture’ thinking. 
A conflict is brewing among the 11 nations of the Nile basin as the downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan, which are almost completely reliant on the river for water and power) accuse upstream countries of taking more than their fair share.

The Cairo-based Nile Project brings together artists from the countries that touch the river — #Egypt, #Sudan, South Sudan, #Ethiopia, #Eritrea, #Uganda, #Kenya, #Rwanda, #Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo - to demonstrate the need for cross-border cooperation and to encourage people in Nile nations to think of themselves as more of a unified entity.

Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/19/Nile-Project-water.html?utm_content=bylines&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow With an 'on again, off again' school life that was at risk of being stopped by lack of school fees, Esther Madudu almost missed her dream to be a midwife. 
Thankfully, eleven years and more than two thousand babies later, Esther is a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize 2015.

Read more at https://europa.eu/eyd2015/en/austria/posts/esther-madudus-interview

#Uganda
#Kampala
#midwife
#NobelPeacePrize Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods. "We can try to build walls to keep the water out, but that might not be a sustainable permanent solution. It’s better not to fight nature, but to work with nature, and amphibious architecture is one answer." Read more: http://www.trust.org/item/20150305000156-r6las/?source=fiInDepth

#Thailand  #floods  #prevention  #preparedness  #architecture Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall 
Scientists in #SriLanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data.

The devices are based on open-source technology and rely on local materials — at US$250, they are far cheaper than standard, WHO-certified versions that can cost upwards of US$10,000.

Read more at
http://www.scidev.net/south-asia/agriculture/news/sri-lanka-develops-cheap-device-to-forecast-rainfall.html

#weather #rain #forecast #opensource #weatherstations #local #technology A giant rat is man's best friend.

In #Tanzania these large rodents have been trained to sniff out #landmines - It takes the oft-maligned animals 20 minutes to scour an area that would take a team of people with metal detectors five days to check.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2015/mar/05/landmines-giant-rats-save-lives-tanzania-video?CMP=share_btn_link

http://gu.com/p/46b4n/sbl A comparison of life expectancy in 1800, in 1950 and today
shows the huge improvements in human life expectancy.

Have a look at these interactive graphs, and be prepared to be amazed!

http://ourworldindata.org/VisualHistoryOf/Health.html#/life-expectancy-Countries-around-the-world-longrun-until-today - A comparison of #lifeexpectancy in 1800, in 1950 and today
shows the huge improvements in human life expectancy.

Have a look at these interactive #graphs, and be prepared to be amazed!

http://ourworldindata.org/VisualHistoryOf/Health.html#/life-expectancy-Countries-around-the-world-longrun-until-today -

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