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Updated: 2016-09-29T07:20:42.706-04:00

 



International Medical Corps is in South Sudan as well.

2014-11-08T23:22:26.678-05:00




International Medical Corps is currently monitoring the evolution of the nutrition crisis in South Sudan. The torrential rains in this region during the months of July and August make roads and rivers impassible, making it even more challenging for aid agencies to provide necessary services. This season comes on the heels of six months of war that has uprooted 1.1 million people. While men, women and children leave their homes in search of safety from violence, they face further dangers such as hunger, disease and other medical concerns. Displaced persons have been unable to plant crops and therefore the country is unable to feed itself. Humanitarian assistance is crucial to the survival of the people of South Sudan; however, access and security concerns to the highest priority areas with little or no nutrition support remains a serious problem. International Medical Corps is working with other UN and NGO agencies to improve access to these areas. 

International Medical Corps has numerous other projects in several other countries around the world.

https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/south_sudan/#.VF7q6PmeZr9 



Food For The Poor | Help Aid Jamaica Relief Efforts With Your Donation

2014-11-08T23:05:54.629-05:00

Jamaica’s economy has been in decline since 1974, when the energy-deficient country was hit hard by a rise in fuel costs. In addition, a worldwide recession reduced foreign demand for Jamaican products.



Jamaica was the first country assisted by Food For The Poor.

Key developments include:



In 2012, the construction of 2,096 housing units

Since inception, over 35,000 houses have been built

The building or renewal of 50 schools in 50 months



Food For The Poor | Help Aid Jamaica Relief Efforts With Your Donation



10 ways development NGOs can support family farmers

2014-10-22T11:36:11.112-04:00

10 Development Innovators give recommendations as to how best to support family farmers:



1.  Recognize the different types of family farmer:

2.  Invest in education and training

3.  Create incentives for younger generations

4,  Prepare for uncertainties

5.  Don’t throw tech innovations at a problem

6.  Promote diversification for sustainable futures

7.  Identify suitable methods of financial inclusion

8.  Promote women’s empowerment

9.  Tackle food security and conservation together

10.  Make smallholders central to policy


10 ways development NGOs can support family farmers | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional:



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Multifaceted Fahamu Offers Useful Courses

2014-10-01T10:04:45.972-04:00

Fahamu offers a range of courses for activists, from "Human Rights" to "Fundraising and resource Mobilization"



As part of its mission to build the capacity of African human rights and social justice movements, Fahamu develops training materials and runs courses, including by distance learning. The following distance learning courses are currently available for application, please contact us for more information.



Fahamu courses | Fahamu:



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Movement Building Boot Camp | Fahamu

2014-10-01T09:56:22.349-04:00







Fahamu hosts a site that seeks to promote social justice



"The Movement Building Boot Camp for LGBTIQ activists was held during 2011 and brought together a pool of diverse, young, creative and inspirational activists from Anglophone (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Francophone (Rwanda, Burundi and DRC) countries in East Africa.


"The MBBC provides existing and emerging activist leadership with conceptual and practical skills to advance the sexual rights agenda in East Africa as part of a broader agenda for human rights and progressive social transformation."
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What One Acre Fund can teach us about supporting African small-scale farmers

2014-05-25T15:46:17.896-04:00



(image) One Acre Fund is a non-profit organisation serving smallholder farmers (typically living on one acre of land) in the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. However, what makes it unique is that its model operates like a business.













Read more about One Acre fund here:
What One Acre Fund can teach us about supporting African small-scale farmers



Aga Khan Foundation - Facilitating Farmers' Access to Markets, Mali

2014-04-24T12:16:29.801-04:00

Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A., with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Food for ProgressProgram, supports the Mopti Coordinated Area Development Program, now in its third phase.

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Through better natural resource management, access to microfinance and improved marketing skills, farmers can increase crop production and earn more from their surplus. 



Read More Here.



Facilitating Farmers' Access to Markets, Mali | PartnershipsInAction



About Adeso | International charity based in Africa

2014-04-24T12:08:36.480-04:00

Adeso is a humanitarian and development organization that is changing the way people think about and deliver aid in Africa.



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We are an NGO in Africa working in a very different way than most. We believe that development must come from within, not outside African communities. That it is Africans themselves who must determine Africa’s future, and that while international aid has provided much-needed support, it often falls short of enabling lasting change at grassroots level. - See more at: http://adesoafrica.org/about-us/#sthash.hTE4rnh3.dpuf



Read More Here,



About Adeso | International charity based in Africa



Dreaming big is how Kenyan doctor built her own private hospital

2014-04-23T10:31:50.242-04:00

In 2006, Dr Betty Gikonyo’s 20-year dream came true when The Karen Hospital opened its doors to the public. The 102-bed hospital offers complex treatments including kidney transplants, cardiac surgeries, neurosurgery and dialysis for patients with chronic kidney problems.

The Karen Hospital has since increased its number of staff from 50 to 450, has opened six satellite clinics in emerging towns and started a nursing school.



Full Story here



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Dreaming big is how Kenyan doctor built her own private hospital



Malaria: is a vaccine the silver bullet?

2014-04-23T10:32:46.779-04:00



In building immunity to diseases as a preventative measure, vaccines can make for cost-effective public health interventions. After decades of intense research aimed at finding a vaccine for the complex malaria parasite, the most advanced vaccine candidate, RTS,S, is now close to being licensed.

From: The Guardian | Global Development Professionals Network



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Malaria: is a vaccine the silver bullet? | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional



African philanthropy on the rise

2014-04-19T16:57:39.680-04:00

Sustained economic growth in Africa, accompanied by the economic downturn in the West, has contributed to the “rapid emergence of structured forms of strategic philanthropy by wealthy Africans”, notes the report. Although economic growth has seen a deepening divide between rich and poor, it has also spawned a rising middle class, which the report estimates could make a further $22 billion available in combined philanthropic giving.



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Building the machines of children's dreams

2014-04-19T16:53:47.469-04:00

MyMachine travels from Belgium to South Africa to build the machines of children's dreams.

MyMachine has arrived in South Africa - thanks to a partnership initiated by the Community Foundation for West Flanders in Belgium and the West Coast Community Foundation who met last November at a peer learning event on community foundations and youth civic engagement, hosted by the GFCF in Cluj, Romania


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This story was picked up from the Global Fund for Community Foundations

MyMachine travels from Belgium to South Africa to build the machines of children's dreams... - Latest news - Global Fund for Community Foundations:



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One Acre Fund

2014-03-28T12:42:09.080-04:00



Farmers are the solution to poverty and hunger. They make up the majority of the population in the world’s developing countries. And they are some of the hardest-working people on the planet.

Medeatrice is one of our 180,000 bosses. She is a farmer in Nyamirimbo village in Rwanda, and in this picture, she is carrying some farm inputs back to her house.

One Acre Fund puts Farmers First in everything that we do. By listening to our boss, we created a simple new way for her to significantly increase farm income on every planted acre. We are now 2,000 staff strong, and growing fast.

Learn more about our farm revolution!   One Acre Fund



DKT International | Mozambique

2014-03-21T15:22:27.538-04:00









DKT provides couples with affordable and safe options for family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention through dynamic social marketing.



Mozambique remains one of the ten poorest countries in the world. Modern contraceptive prevalence is a very low 12 percent, and only 60 percent of women have knowledge of any method of family planning. The average woman in Mozambique has six children, and the majority of women give birth at least once by the age of 20.



In 2013, DKT’s program provided over 2 million condoms, over 140,000 oral contraceptives, and more than 61,000 misoprostol pills for 100,245 CYPs.





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NEST OF HOPE

2014-03-06T12:09:55.605-05:00



Nest of Hope was formed in 2006 by six women with the aim to raise the standards of the poor and marginalized to help make better communities. The activities and contributions of the association is to help women who in turn help develop the quality of the life for all people, especially those in the rural communities of Cameroon.







Charity NGO improving economic & social well being of the poor & unpriviledged in Cameroon



Studies Show Direct Cash Infusion is Superior to Current NGO Programs

2013-08-28T10:45:23.379-04:00

It may be the simplest innovation, but it seems that the best way to improve a person's livelihood is just to give him some money.

Article can be read here:
Dear governments: Want to help the poor and transform your economy? Give people cash. | Chris BlattmanChris Blattman:


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Aspen New Voices Fellowship

2013-08-24T14:37:30.056-04:00

"THE NEW VOICES FELLOWSHIP AT THE ASPEN INSTITUTE IS A GROUNDBREAKING INITIATIVE DESIGNED TO BRING MORE EXPERT VOICES FROM THE DEVELOPING WORLD INTO THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT DISCUSSION."


Aspen New Voices Fellowship
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Gyapa cookstoves

2013-08-22T15:43:22.783-04:00

Relief International: "Gyapa cookstoves "





With assistance from Relief International, entrepeneur produces 1,200 charcoal burning cook stoves per month as one of the largest stove manufacturers in the Ghana.
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The Nonprofit Salary Bill Comes under Scrutiny | NGO Pulse

2013-08-22T14:16:55.394-04:00

The Nonprofit Salary Bill Comes under Scrutiny | NGO Pulse:




Exerpt...

"A recent survey conducted by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph (5 August 2013) has caused an uproar in the nonprofit sector in the United Kingdom (UK). It revealed that nonprofit sector executives from well-known global nonprofits funded by the British aid agency are pocketing up to £184 000 (approximately R2.7 million) per annum in salaries. In some cases, according to the ‘charity rich list’, nine of those charities paid about £300 000 pounds (R3.5 million) each to some of their employees in 2012. This has raised a public relations nightmare in the midst of aid budget reviews. Interestingly, this revelation has not been denied by the organisations in question but been defended vehemently."
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About TAHMO | Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory | Oregon State University

2013-08-22T14:19:29.609-04:00

"The TAHMO project is committed to serving the public by advancing the free and open exchange of hydro-meteorological data collected with its monitoring stations. By allowing that all raw TAHMO data be free for scientific research and governmental applications, the project supports World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Resolution 40 and Resolution 25. Commercial applications of TAHMO data will be considered on a case by case basis."


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Exherpt... "The need to be able to access historical climate data is critical in order to efficiently manage water resources. Currently there are stations available in Africa, but they are very spread out, and mostly clumped in northern and southern Africa, leaving huge data gaps in central Africa. " 'via Blog this'



Focus on Poverty: We can create solar nations

2013-08-22T09:19:53.906-04:00

Focus on Poverty: We can create solar nations





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"Solar power makes sense — if you can get it right. For many isolated rural communities, off-grid solutions are the best chance of accessing electricity.  We assume too readily that such solutions have to be small-scale and expensive. Two major national projects from different world regions suggest this doesn't have to be the case."



Communicopia - Digital Team Survey 2.0 | Page 1 of 8

2013-08-21T17:46:42.967-04:00

Communicopia - Digital Team Survey 2.0 | Page 1 of 8


Chance to win a $250.00 Donation by filling out a survey to help non-profit organizations better understand and optimize their digital teams and programs.



How to … mobilise a diaspora movement | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional

2013-08-21T17:35:20.353-04:00

How to … mobilise a diaspora movement | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional



Exerpts:

"Mobilising a successful African diaspora movement is challenging but essential in the current climate.

"It is critical for diaspora individuals and groups to collaborate. Through joined up work, organisations can become much stronger, more visible and add value to their contribution.

"Diaspora organisations have a more informed understanding of their country of origin than decision makers in Whitehall. They are often best placed to shape the creation of meaningful development goals that have the potential to meet the needs of their countries of origin, as well as their communities here in the UK."



Can charity concerts change the world? | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional

2013-08-21T17:22:54.210-04:00

Can charity concerts change the world? | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional

Today, the issue of extreme poverty needs mass advocacy more than any other. 

These challenges require urgent attention. 

Now in its second year, this September 28, the festival will bring musicians Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer together with 60,000 global citizens at New York's Central Park to call for accelerated action.



Yale Service Tours - Yale Alumni Travel Programs, Community Development, Volunteer Work

2012-01-26T14:54:09.685-05:00

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A generation ago Sargent Shriver '38, a Yale alumnus renowned for his public service, gave voice to a new vision of global citizenship: that a single citizen could be as important as any institution; that it was possible to change the world one life at a time. His vision, of course, was the Peace Corps.”

Today the Yale Alumni Association keeps that vision alive with its Service Tours to help people around the world. Read more about it at the following link.

Yale Service Tours - Yale Alumni Travel Programs, Community Development, Volunteer Work