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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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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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How mobile phones are transforming agriculture in Africa

A short listing of articles on the application of new mobile technologies in African agriculture.

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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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Can 'supergeeks' save #Kenya's babies? 
Read about this programme by #Irish NGO Concern which links #healthcare workers and technology students to find innovative high-quality low-cost solutions for #maternity wards in Kenya. 
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-32255445 Meet the global feminists changing the world for girls, from Kenya to Egypt.

Around the world, people are not content to sit and complain;
They get up, and take action!

Here are some inspirational young women who are doing just that:

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/apr/13/meet-the-global-feminists-changing-the-world-for-girls-from-kenya-to-egypt

#feminism #women #citizenaction #globaldev #positive #positivenews In #Mozambique, African giant pouched rats are helping to clear #landmines left around, after 23 years of civil war.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/why-mozambique-s-rats-are-man-s-best-friend-1.2170059 
Photo: Apopo deminer Victor Boquico gives a banana treat to 'Mocadas 53', who has just found TNT in the soil at the landmine clearance site Dombe in Manica province, Mozambique. 
Photo: Mary Boland #NigeriaDecides.

Despite the threats from the extremist group Boko Haram, this weekend 60 million people voted to shape the future of Nigeria.

At The World's Best News, we like elections. Have a read of these 3 stories:

Africa and democracy:
http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/102036767325/nothing-ever-changes-have-a-look-at-these

India: http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/85901866700/the-biggest-elections-on-earth-this-years

Mobile app mobilises voters in Nigeria: 
http://worldsbestnews.tumblr.com/post/90836673125/using-technology-to-bolster-democracy

Photo: AFP Do you remember the movie Slumdog Millionaire?

It made #Mumbai's Dharavi district, one of the world's largest #slums, famous the world over.

The group Slum Gods are proud of their area, but it needs a new image - and they will #dance and #rap to make sure it gets one. 
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/28/slumgods-mumbai-hip-hop-dharavi

Photo: Akash and Sagar of the SlumGods. Photograph: Benita Fernando The small Central American country of #CostaRica is meeting its energy needs without burning fossil fuels.

Thanks to some heavy rainfall this year, Costa Rica’s #hydropower plants alone are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. With a boost from geothermal, solar, and #windenergy sources, the country doesn’t need an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on.

Read more: http://qz.com/367985/costa-rica-is-now-running-completely-on-renewable-energy/ How Ethiopia managed to supply water to 48 million people:

In 1990, only 6.9 million Ethiopians drank water from a tap or hand pump, rather than from an open stream. However, in the last 25 years #Ethiopia has managed to supply #water to 55 million people (10x the entire population of #Ireland!) The key to this success has been a combination of strong government leadership and persistent donor investment.

Read more: http://blogs.unicef.org/2015/03/23/how-ethiopia-managed-to-supply-water-to-48-million-people/

Photo: The Ebo clean water project benefits 27, 000 people in seven villages including 15,000 school children, with clean water in their school and households. Young girls now can attend school regularly without spending more time looking for water. ©UNICEF Ethiopia/2015/Bizuwerk Poor countries carry the biggest burden.

New data from the #UNHCR shows which countries shoulder the biggest economic burden of #refugees and displaced people, when compared to their national income.

Read more at http://www.unhcr.org/54ac24226.html Musicians urge ‘big picture’ thinking. 
A conflict is brewing among the 11 nations of the Nile basin as the downstream countries (Egypt and Sudan, which are almost completely reliant on the river for water and power) accuse upstream countries of taking more than their fair share.

The Cairo-based Nile Project brings together artists from the countries that touch the river — #Egypt, #Sudan, South Sudan, #Ethiopia, #Eritrea, #Uganda, #Kenya, #Rwanda, #Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo - to demonstrate the need for cross-border cooperation and to encourage people in Nile nations to think of themselves as more of a unified entity.

Read more: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/3/19/Nile-Project-water.html?utm_content=bylines&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow With an 'on again, off again' school life that was at risk of being stopped by lack of school fees, Esther Madudu almost missed her dream to be a midwife. 
Thankfully, eleven years and more than two thousand babies later, Esther is a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize 2015.

Read more at https://europa.eu/eyd2015/en/austria/posts/esther-madudus-interview

#Uganda
#Kampala
#midwife
#NobelPeacePrize Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods. "We can try to build walls to keep the water out, but that might not be a sustainable permanent solution. It’s better not to fight nature, but to work with nature, and amphibious architecture is one answer." Read more: http://www.trust.org/item/20150305000156-r6las/?source=fiInDepth

#Thailand  #floods  #prevention  #preparedness  #architecture Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall 
Scientists in #SriLanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data.

The devices are based on open-source technology and rely on local materials — at US$250, they are far cheaper than standard, WHO-certified versions that can cost upwards of US$10,000.

Read more at
http://www.scidev.net/south-asia/agriculture/news/sri-lanka-develops-cheap-device-to-forecast-rainfall.html

#weather #rain #forecast #opensource #weatherstations #local #technology

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