Posts tagged ‘International’

“What you see is not what it is”

Oxfam Ireland’s Dr. Enida Friel describes how the drive of one man can make a big difference, as she visits a company in Rwanda.

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Continue Reading 07/05/2014 at 1:52 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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Continue Reading 15/04/2014 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

“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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Continue Reading 27/03/2014 at 10:08 pm 4 comments

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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Continue Reading 30/11/2013 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

New opinion poll: 85% of Irish people think it’s important to help people in developing countries.

A new eurobarometer poll confirms that public opinion in Ireland, and across the EU, in favour of overseas aid remains consistently high.

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Continue Reading 29/11/2013 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

Note to Development NGOs: Time to become a Don Juan, not a Don Quixote.

In this article, Jolein Baidenmann and Maaike Blom advocate a new ‘watchdog’ role for the development sector. Instead of fighting like a Don Quixote against alleged perpetrators of injustice, the sector should aim to be a ‘seducer’, a Don Juan.

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Continue Reading 22/08/2013 at 8:45 pm 1 comment

The advocacy butterfly effect

Guest blog by Conor Quinn on a new campaign which seeks to raise public awareness on abuses of children’s rights.

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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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