Posts tagged ‘Disasters’

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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Quick catch up: What you may have missed in global development.

A quick overview of the key global development stories over the 2013/2014 Christmas period.

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Don’t send second-hand goods to the Philippines.

An explanation of why good intentions are not good enough, when it comes to helping the victims of disasters such as typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines.

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What you have been reading

Our top 11 articles on the blog.

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Time to have your say: What World Do You Want?

A blog post outlining some of the many opportunities for ordinary people to have a say, and to contribute to a shared vision for a better future.

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Continue Reading 24/08/2012 at 11:40 am 2 comments

Change is unavoidable, so we must choose the change we want

Ireland is in bad need for positive news. The weather is disappointing, and our football team has failed to lift the mood of a nation that is reeling from economic crisis as well as a sense of loss of independence and of identity. The financial crisis, which has left thousands of people across the country struggling to make ends meet, is compounded by a profound feeling of national self-doubt, as the “Celtic Tiger” has gone from a supposed model for other European countries to becoming the ultimate symbol of hubris and wastage.

Our Government and President have both been elected on a platform of change, and on the back of a promise to re-invent the Republic. And this is only right: It is very obvious that the way we did things in Ireland no longer provides a useful, or desirable, model for the future.

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Why Ireland invests in overseas aid

Anyone wondering why Ireland continues to spend money on overseas aid, take your pick from these quotes from the last week: Speeches by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore

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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!

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