Posts tagged ‘policy coherence’

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

World Humanitarian Day 2013 – worth celebrating?

Is World Humanitarian Day worth celebrating? What do Irish aid workers think?
(includes an overview of coverage of World Humanitarian Day 2013 in the Irish media)

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Why we are working towards Open Government

An invitation to join the discussions about “Open Government” in Ireland. And why Open Data is important for Development Cooperation.

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What you have been reading

Our top 11 articles on the blog.

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Ireland’s new Development Policy – A word count analysis

A quick word count analysis of Ireland’s new Development Policy.

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Continue Reading 08/05/2013 at 4:10 pm 1 comment

The International Year of Quinoa – Every silver lining has a cloud.

2013 has been named the International Year of Quinoa. But as these articles demonstrate, there is a growing debate about whether the growing demand for this superfood is contributing to growing poverty in Bolivia and Peru. This article provides links to a large number of articles on the issue.

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Continue Reading 26/01/2013 at 10:18 pm 1 comment

Aid alone will not end Poverty – As we keep undermining its effectiveness

A new report highlights the EU’s track record in Development. Europe is a very big, and very good, aid donor. But is that enough?

“The big picture is fairly straightforward. Europe has generous and effective aid programmes, and makes a distinct contribution to global environmental challenges. But Europe’s policies on trade (especially agriculture), security and sharing technology have much less positive impact on development.”

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Continue Reading 07/12/2012 at 6:57 pm 3 comments

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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
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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.
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