Posts tagged ‘Floods’

Rio+20 – A Time To Move Forward

Some reflections ahead of the June 2012 UN conference on Sustainable Development

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Can the world feed 7 billion people?

An overview of some of the key arguments made in relation to the growing world population.

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World Humanitarian Day – Suggested Resources

Today is World Humanitarian Day. A day to celebrate the dedication of all those people working to help victims of disaster, hunger, disease and conflict. And here are some resources for further reading.

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Continue Reading 19/08/2011 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Starvation Photography – The ethics of capturing human suffering

The famine in the Horn of Africa has revived the debate on the ethics of famine photography.

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Continue Reading 23/07/2011 at 9:22 am 11 comments

Irish NGOs and SPHERE standards for humanitarian aid

On 14 April, Plan Ireland and Dóchas launched the revised SPHERE standards for humanitarian assistance. This blog explains why, and sets out how Irish NGOs work together to set – and apply – professional standards for their work. And it argues that we need everyone to insist that NGOs do adhere to those codes.

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Continue Reading 15/04/2011 at 1:36 pm 1 comment

Pakistan & Haiti 2010: Investing in Prevention?

2010 saw mega disasters in Haiti and Pakistan. And, despite severe economic crisis at home, a generous response from people across Ireland. This blog argues that it pays to invest in aid, to prevent future crises.

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Continue Reading 26/12/2010 at 4:08 pm 1 comment

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

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Today is World Food Day. A day to celebrate that the days of truly enormous famines are over:
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.
Costa Rica, #Afghanistan, China, #India and Albania are all embracing renewable energy sources.
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:
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.
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!

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