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Why is 2015 the European Year for Development?

A short explanation of why 2015 is such an important year, and why it has been chosen as the European Year for Development.

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World AIDS Day: Some good news

On Monday 1 December 2014, people around the world marked World AIDS Day, to help raise awareness of the disease. And the good news is that the end of AIDS is in sight.

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The 2014 World Cup – reflections on the link between sports and development

Reflections on how to use sports as a tool for social development, on the eve of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil.

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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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Reflections on HLM Mexico

A reflection on the recent meeting on “Development Effectiveness” that took place in Mexico.

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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

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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For many years Butaleja District in Eastern Uganda has been ravaged by flood waters from the River Manafwa.

To help protect people against the destruction of their homes and farmlands, the Government of #Uganda installed solar	powered Flood Early Warning Systems to warn residents of raising water levels.

Read more: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Pages/TouchingLives.aspx?itemID=2 At "The World's Best News", we are trying to change perceptions of developing countries.
Well, here you go! 
See http://www.dardistantimes.com/pakistan/News/2133637675/17-astonishing-places-you-wouldn-t-believe-are-pakistan

Photo1: View of the Neelam Valley, Kashmir. One of the better tourist ranges in Pakistan, this valley is a 200km long bow-shaped, deeply forested region. At "The World's Best News", we are trying to change perceptions of developing countries.
Well, here you go! 
See http://www.dardistantimes.com/pakistan/News/2133637675/17-astonishing-places-you-wouldn-t-believe-are-pakistan

Photo2: Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Balistan. It’s nearly Spring, so we felt like sharing a few photos of Zimbabwe in bloom.

Photos: #Jacaranda flowers in #Harare, capital of #Zimbabwe Meet the man who built an aeroplane in his back yard.

George Mel has dreamed of flying since he was a boy, but when his father died he had to give up his studies, and any chance of training to be a pilot. 
Instead he built a plane in his back yard - which so impressed his country's air force that it gave him a job. 
Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31097612 How well do you know today’s world?

Take Hans Rosling’s 4 question test!

http://bit.ly/HansRosling_quiz Years of struggle against a small but feared #parasite are finally starting to bear fruit. 
Worldwide, there are currently only registered 126 cases of the “#GuineaWorm” disease – a parasite that is transmitted to humans through contaminated drinking water - and in a few years, the nasty worm will finally have become history.

In 1986, the World Health Organisation unleashed a global strategy to help the approximately 3.5 million people infected by the worm, and The #CarterCenter - founded by former US President Jimmy Carter - led the fight against the parasite. 
The Guinea worm is an unpleasant creature. The #larvae live in water, and they can penetrate the gut wall of people who have been drinking contaminated water, and grow into spaghetti-like worms. They migrate gradually to the skin surface and form painful sores where the worm comes out through the skin - usually on the feet. The migration from the bowel to the skin can take a whole year, and the worm can be 70-130 cm long. Once the worm has penetrated the skin, it takes about a month to slowly roll it out of the body.

The disease is only endemic in four countries are today: South Sudan, Mali, Chad and Ethiopia. If the Guinea Worm is wiped out, it will be the first time that the world has managed to fully eradicate a human disease since the end of the smallpox disease, in 1980. While parts of North America are experiencing the worst measles outbreak in 15 years, a new report shows that Africa has increased immunisation rates significantly, making the continent a world leader in protecting children against the disease.

Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/07/measles-vaccination-rates-africa-surpass-north-america

Photo: A child receives a vaccination in Tchadoua, south-west Niger. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images #Beer consumption is a very reliable thermometer for the growth of the middle class in a country.

The #Ethiopian economy grew by 10.5 percent between 2004 and 2013, making it the fastest growing economy on the continent, after #Angola. The beer
market grew in the last five years by about 20 percent per year.

This has prompted multinational companies to team up with NGOs to organise farmers and promote the growing of barley, for use in locally produced beers.

The aim is to make a profit while at the same time increasing farmers’ incomes and food security. Community police help stop Ebola in Guinea.

As #Guinea looks towards recovery from the #Ebola epidemic, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is training hundreds of community police officers to help keep case numbers down and prevent future outbreaks.

Read more: 
http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter/articles/2015/01/26/community-police-push-back-ebola-in-guinea-/ Photo: Community police officers listen to a resident in Matoto, Guinea. Photo credits UNDP

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