Posts tagged ‘Global Development’

Next year, 2015, will be the European Year for Development.

A short introduction on why 2015 may well be one of the most important years for a long while.

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Not surprising, but interesting nevertheless: Development Practice students care about global issues

Results of a mini survey among students in Dublin, contrasted with an earlier opinion poll in Ireland, measuring attitudes towards development cooperation.

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Continue Reading 22/10/2014 at 4:19 pm Leave a comment

Economic growth and Development – Does one lead automatically to the other?

One of the great untold stories is that the world has witnessed greater absolute improvements in health, wealth, and education in the past decade than in any comparable period in human history. It may not look like that, as too often media and NGO reports highlight the many problems in developing countries, but the overall story of “global development” is a positive one.

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Continue Reading 30/05/2013 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Cities: the future of disasters

One of the major events taking place during the 2013 Irish EU Presidency was a high level international meeting on urban poverty. Many Dóchas members supported this meeting in the realisation that urbanisation is posing major challenges for everyone interested in sustainable development.

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Continue Reading 26/04/2013 at 2:34 pm 1 comment

Margaret Thatcher and International Development

An anthology of articles on the Iron Lady’s influence on global development.
– Including some surprising meetings with Mugabe, dancing with Kaunda, tracer bullets in Mozambique and meetings with Nigeria’s military dictator.
Also includes a long-forgotten speech on climate change.

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Continue Reading 09/04/2013 at 4:29 pm 1 comment

Global development and design – An exploration

Why we will spend the next two weeks exploring how Design and Global Development interact.

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Continue Reading 19/03/2013 at 10:20 pm 2 comments

Time to hear from the urban poor

Why cities, and the communities of poor people living in the rapidly growing urban centres of the world, are going to be crucial in the fight against poverty.
(and why we in Dóchas are involved in the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty)

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Continue Reading 15/12/2012 at 11:16 pm Leave a comment

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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. 
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As a result, harvests have increased.

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