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Index July 2006

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2006-07-01: The NGO Management School;
2006-07-02: aidh.org/ – les droits de l’homme en français;
2006-07-03: Fundacion Ninez y Vida;
2006-07-04: The Medical Network for Social Reconstruction in the Former Yugoslavia;
2006-07-05: TGWU – England;
2006-07-06: L’APEM – Mauritanie;
2006-07-07: attac international;
2006-07-08: Just World International;
2006-07-08: CONAVIGUA;
2006-07-09: The Garifunda Community – Honduras;
2006-07-10: Fondation pour l’innovation politique;
2006-07-10: RAFET – Senegal;
2006-07-11: Environemental Rights Action ERA – Nigeria;
2006-07-11: SEEN – Sustainble Energy & Economic Network;
2006-07-12: PPSEAWA International;
2006-07-13: AMEI-WAECE;
2006-07-14: The Sydney Peace Foundation;
2006-07-14: Conflict Resolution Network;
2006-07-14: Australian Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies;
2006-07-15: WLUML – A Different Kind Of Power Is Possible;
2006-07-16: Women in Black – worldwide;
2006-07-17: Population Council’s International;
2006-07-18: Managré Nooma – Burkina Faso;
2006-07-19: CADTM;
2006-07-20: COICA Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indigenas de la Cuenca Amazonica;
2006-07-21: Coopa Roca – Brazil;
2006-07-22: Israël – Palestine;
2006-07-23: The Copenhagen Consensus Center;
2006-07-24: Fokupers – Timor East;
2006-07-25: Human Rights Tools;
2006-07-26: Center for Research on Globalisation;
2006-07-27: Assembly of the Poor AOP – Thailand;
2006-07-28: NGOs and private sector link up in cyberspace;
2006-07-29: The Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital, Jammu;
2006-07-30: Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans CEDO;
2006-07-30: The Klong Dan region – Thailand;
2006-07-30: The Eurasia Foundation;
2006-07-31: Klong Dan Local Conservation Group – Thailand.

Klong Dan Local Conservation Group – Thailand

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Linked with our presentation of Dawan Chantarahassadee – Thailand, and of The Assembly of the Poor AOP – Thailand.

Development must not be a process that creates refugees. The ADB creates refugees through physical displacement of peoples as well as alienating them from their communities, livelihoods and culture … (Read the whole long article on nadir.org).

Excerpt: … In the name of development, its projects and programs have destroyed the livelihoods of people, brought about the disintegration of local and indigenous communities, violated ancestral domains, undermined sovereign self-determination, promoted a sharp rise in inequality, deepened poverty, and destabilized the environment.

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The Eurasia Foundation

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Linked with our presentation of Valentyna Dovzhenko – Ukraine, and of Kyiv regional office for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldava, and also of Magic Reasons for Prosperity.

Ukraine NGO Resource Centers Development Program:

Objectives: To strengthen the infrastructure of civil society within Ukraine, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Eurasia Foundation have co-funded this program to promote sustainable NGO Resource Centers that are better able to serve their clients and promote community development at the regional level. The program will support and provide technical assistance to leading NGO Resource Centers in nine regions. Project activities will include establishment of regional Press Centers and representative offices; training on social management for volunteers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, and local community leaders; creation of a philanthropy methodology database; and, establishment of a group of information offices at state cultural centers to provide consultation for regional NGOs.

The Klong Dan region – Thailand

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The Klong Dan Waste Water Treatment Project in Samut Prakarn (Klong Dan), East of Bangkok, by Earth Google.

Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans CEDO

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Excerpt: … One night not so very long ago, I could be found barefoot, my jeans’ cuffs rolled up, peeping at star fish in tidal pools under Puerto Peñasco’s night sky, full of its stars. I shared this glorious experience with a group of flashlight-wielding Colorado university students and their renowned professor of invertebrate science, thanks to the local Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans, CEDO. … /

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The Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital, Jammu

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Linked with our presentation of Kundan Lal Chowdhury MD – India / Kashmir., and The Political Economy of the Kashmir Conflict.
The legal owners of the hospital: It is functioning as a trust and there are five trustees at present. The trust is formally registerd in Jammu. J&K state (Kashmir), India. K.L.Chowdhury is one of the trustees.

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See the whole presentation of this Hospital on our blog Our Projects (about Shirya Bhatt Mission Hospital).

See also our presentation Search for donors.

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NGOs and private sector link up in cyberspace

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Bangkok Post, 17 February 2005, by TUL PINKAEW

An initiative to bring together the public and private sectors to promote biodiversity, conservation and economic development was kicked off yesterday as the world’s first network of cooperation was inaugurated.

“Perhaps we can speak of two sides of a coin, or two parts of a duet. What is key is that the two parts, namely non-government organisations (NGOs) on one side and the private sector on the other, must be considered together,” said Paul Wedel, executive director of the Kenan Institute Asia (KIAsia), a Thai-US non-profit development organisation headquartered in Bangkok that is spearheading the move.

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Assembly of the Poor AOP – Thailand

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Linked with our presentations of Dawan Chantarahassadee – Thailand, and of the Klong Dan Local Conservation Group – Thailand.

The Assembly of the Poor AOP is a grassroots people’s movement consisting of seven social networks including the rural poor, farmers, urban poor, workers, indigenous peoples and NGOs. It is widely supported by community organizations, non-governmental organizations, academics and the general public. It collaborates on regional and international levels with networks on issues such as globalization, human rights, women, indigenous peoples, the environment and the protection of biodiversity.

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Center for Research on Globalisation CRG

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Linked with our presentations of  Michel Chossudovsky – Canada, and of  The Use of 9/11 … and with many other articles since …

UPGRADED July 6, 2010:

  • 1) NEW WEBSITEGlobal Research TV: its Homepage, About.
  • 2) upgrading the Center’s presentation.

The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) is based in Montreal, Canada, and is a registered non-profit organization. The CRG is a fully independent research and media group of writers, scholars, journalists, filmmakers and activists. It publishes a webpage containing news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on social, economic, strategic and environmental processes … (full text about).

Homepage;
Membership; Issues, archives, countries, author’s index: left column; Donate; Online Store; Newsletter, audio/video, highlights, latest books: right column;
Address: Centre for Research on Globalization CRG, PO Box 55019, 11 Notre-Dame Ouest, MONTREAL, Qc, H2Y 4A7, CANADA;
Contact.

The Global Research webpage at CRG based in Montreal publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focussing on social, economic, strategic, geopolitical and environmental processes.  Continue Reading…

Human Rights Tools

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… primarily aimed at human rights activists – persons monitoring the respect of human rights and advocating for positive change. Persons who are passionate about quality human rights work, have a thirst to continually deepen their knowledge, and are looking for a collection of top reference material.

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Fokupers – Timor East

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Linked with Maria Domingas Fernandes Alves – East Timor, and with Maria Manuela Perreira – Timor East.

FOKUPERS, Forum Komunikasi Untuk Perempuan Loro Sae (Communication Forum for Women from the East), is an NGO established in 1997. Its main goal is to speak out about violence against women – from the military, husbands and the government – in East Timor. It has an office with a small number of staff and many volunteers who have law and economics degrees. (See hawai.edu).

See the list of all East Timorese Grassroots Organisations & Networks (based within East Timor), Organisasi dan jaringan populer.

FOKUPERS, the Communication Forum for East Timorese Women, was established in 1997 to promote women’s rights. The founders were widows, wives of political prisoners, women who were former political prisoners, and women who had been raped by the Indonesian military. During the September 1999 post-referendum scorched-earth operation, the Indonesian military destroyed FOKUPERS’ office and targeted its members, who went into hiding.

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The Copenhagen Consensus Center

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Linked with our presentation of Bjorn Lomborg – Denmark, and of the
Copenhagen Consensus 2006.

The Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC) analyzes the world’s greatest challenges and works with any organization concerned with mitigating the effects of these problems.
The Copenhagen Consensus process aims to establish a framework in which solutions to problems are prioritized based upon the best information possible. This process was started in 2003 when some of the world’s best economists wrote comprehensive analyses of the major challenges facing the planet. Using this information, a panel of stellar economists – including four Nobel laureates – produced a prioritized list of opportunities responding to those challenges, at the Copenhagen Consensus 2004 meeting.

The Center’s core project, the follow-up conference Copenhagen Consensus 2008, is funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will result in an updated global priority list. The project reflects the continued need to focus on priorities, the enhanced scientific and economic understanding of the problems, and encourages the implementation of innovative and cost-efficient solutions.

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Israël – Palestine

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Israël – Palestine, une action contre les mots qui peuvent aussi « tuer ».

Une ONG israélienne et une ONG palestinienne, lancent un projet commun de surveillance des médias pour promouvoir la tolérance et la modération et pour lutter contre la déshumanisation et la haine de l’autre.

Voir:

le site du projet lui-même, et son média-monitoring;

Site Israelien ‘la paix maitenant‘;

Site Palestinien ‘the Palestinian initiative for the promotion of global dialogue & democracy;

le homepage en anglais de Keshev.

Coopa Roca – Brazil

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Linked with our presentation of Maria Teresa Leal – Brazil, and … realities about business and poverty ….

The mission statement of COOPA-ROCA, Rocinha Seamstress and Craftwork Co-operative Ltd is to provide conditions for its members, female residents of Rocinha, to work from home and thereby contribute to their family budget, without having to neglect their childcare and domestic duties. The work developed at COOPA-ROCA has made it possible to improve the quality of life of the craftswomen and, indirectly, also their families. Apart from providing work which can be carried out at home and generating extra income, an improvement can be seen in terms of professional quality, in general health (through voluntary work by acupuncturists) and in their self-esteem. It has also lead to a collective intrinsic understanding of the practices of a co-operative as clearly demonstrated by COOPA-ROCA´s impact on the local community.

Established at the beginning of the 80s, COOPA-ROCA arose as an offshoot from a recycling project involving the local children (1981). The craftwork produced from textile remnants was the idea behind organising the first group of women and then later the formation of the co-operative.

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COICA Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indigenas de la Cuenca Amazonica

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Linked with our presentation of Antonio Jacanamijoy – Colombia.

COICA is the Coordinating Body for the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin. COICA is a group that brings more than four hundred indigenous people together. It was founded in Lima Peru in 1982 in order for native people to be able to defend their rights, fight for the survival of their culture, and to exchange experiences in to find solutions to their various problems.

Since 1992 COICA has made its headquarters in Quito, Ecuador. They have a Congress that meets every four years in order to make up policies and find new authorities. It is this group that comes up with official goals such as the desire to promote and develop the interaction between indigenous peoples and COICA members. They also want to be able to defend territorial restoration, indigenous peoples self-determination and the human rights of its members. An additional goal is to strengthen the unity for the region’s indigenous peoples; and finally, to promote the cultural comeback and recuperation of the Amazon indigenous peoples.

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Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt CADTM

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Linked with our presentation of CADTM activities.

CADTM, Committee for the abolition of the Third World dept. e-mail:

Read: The creation of the Bretton Wood Institution.

The International Debt Observatory is born under the impulse of the Committee for the abolition of the Third World Debt (CADTM) and of the Left-wing Economists (EDI, Argentina) on January 28th, 2005 at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The International Debt Observatory is a tool of exchange of knowledge, analyses and research on the problematic of the debt. Its aim is to provide precise analyses in most domains relating to problematic of the debt as well as a unique statistical database to the individuals and the organizations that study the mechanism of the debt and/or act for an alternative to the domination of the most powerful countries of the North.

The IDO does not especially substitute itself for the national and international campaigns on the debt. It rather stands at their sides as a resource to provide them of the detailed information and a recognized appraisal.

All those that wish an alternative to the present economic model that, via the debt, submits the populations of the countries of the South to the requirements of the creditors, with the complicity of the local potentates, are welcomed to join the IDO.

The IDO secretary office of the is held by the CADTM Belgium, that has built its website. The IDO website aims to encourage the collaborations between its members and to foster the research and the diffusion of their results.

To become members, read more on this page of CADTM.

Managré Nooma – Burkina Faso

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Linked with our presentations of Katrin Rohde – Burkina Faso & Germany, and of Dialog der Kulturen.

In 1995 I moved from Germany to Burkina Faso, West Africa, in order to found a home for street boys. I called this very first house “A.M.P.O.” (Assocation Managré Nooma Pour la Protection des Orphélins). “Managré Nooma” means Kindness is never forgotten in the country’s native language. I strongly believe in this saying until this day. From these small beginnings an organisation has developed, which is also called “Kingdom of the poor” within the population. All institutions have grown out of local necessities and have not been planned at the round table. We are exclusively financed by private contributions. We are small and efficient, and this is exactly how we want to stay! In this poor country it is still possible to help a lot with a little. Now about 150 girls and boys belong to our projects. Their age ranges from 6 to 18 years and they are orphans, half-orphans, abandoned children, and boys from the street – all live and learn together. What started as a small home, grew into a long term institution. I did not expect this to happen in 1995, though it is obvious: Kindness is never forgotten.” (Read this and more on AMPO Sahel eV).

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Population Council’s International

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Linked with our presentation of Ayorinde, or Ayo Ajayi – Ghana.

The Population Council, an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The NGO conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research.

See this Text: Globalization is transforming the adolescence in the developing world.

See here about research areas.

Population Council’s Press Release.

BIOMEDICINE: The Population Council conducts fundamental research on reproductive and immunological processes, which serves as the basis for the development of new contraceptive methods, hormone therapies, and AIDS-prevention products.

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Women in Black – worldwide

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Linked to our presentation of Stanislavka Zajovic – Serbia and (now independent) Montenegro, and of March across the Nullarbor, and of WLUML – A Different Kind Of Power Is Possible.

First see about regional activities on some WOMEN IN BLACK-links: women in black Homepage UK and internationally; women in black Net; women in black for justice with country links; women in black Baltimore; women in black Northwest; Coalition of (Israelo-Palestinian) women for Peace/women in black and their Homepage; women in black Arizona; women in black Belgrade; women in black Bay Aera … etc. Just put ‘women in black’ into Google and find more.

Women in Black movement nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, June 2, 2001 – We have the pleasure to announce that eight Danish and Norwegian parliamentarians (four women and four men) have nominated the movement “Women in Black” represented by the Israeli and the Serbian group to the Nobel Peace Prize 2001.

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WLUML – A Different Kind Of Power Is Possible

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Linked with our presentations of Stanislavka Zajovic – Serbia and (now independent) Montenegro, and of March across the Nullarbor, and of Women in Black – worldwide.

Women living under Muslim Laws WLUML had 0n February 24, 2004, an International conference, organized by Women in Black, Belgrade and the Women’s Center, Leskovac.

As part of the emancipating, internationalist, anti-fascist women’s peace movement, we maintain the tradition of marking the 8th of March – International Women’s Day: for women’s labor rights, for women’s solidarity and for women’s human rights. During the war period (1991-1999), Women in Black organized anti-war and anti-regime demonstrations as well as many other activities. On the occasion of March 8th, 2003, Women in Black, together with Women’s Studies and Filonus, the Students’ Association of the Philosophy department of Belgrade University, organized an international conference in Belgrade (on March 7th, 8th and 9th), entitled “Let us globalize solidarity and social justice”, as well as many other activities, involving more than 100 women from Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. At this conference, we agreed to organize activities marking the 8th of March every year. In accordance with our policy of decentralized activities, mutual support and solidarity, it was agreed that Women in Black, Belgrade and the Women’s Center, Leskovac will organize all activities for the occasion of March 8th 2004, with Leskovac being the center of activities, with the full support and cooperation of the women’s peace network. (Read all the rest on this page of WLUML).

Australian Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies

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Linked with our presentation of Stella Cornelius – Australia.

The University of Queensland has a centre of research and practice excellence in the areas of conflict analysis, prevention and management, alternative dispute resolution, peace-building and development and post-conflict reconstruction.

See Student Research Projects;

Seminars & Events;

The ADR Program;

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Conflict Resolution Network

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Linked with our presentation of Stella Cornelius – Australia.

They write: Our vision is to create conflict-resolving community in a culture of peace and social justice. Conflict Resolution builds stronger and more cohesive organisations and more rewarding relationships. So we make Conflict Resolution skills, strategies and attitudes more readily and universally accessible. Most CRN material can be freely reproduced provided our copyright notice appears on each page.

You may download free material to learn/study Conflict Resolutions down of the page of this link.

links:

History of the CRN;

Ministry for Peace;

ZoomInfo;

The Sydney Peace Foundation

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Linked with our presentation of Stella Cornelius – Australia.

The Sydney Peace Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which was created eight years ago within the University of Sydney. The Foundation aims to raise the agenda of peace with justice in the Australian community. Peace with justice is a way of thinking and acting which promotes non-violent solutions to every day problems and provides the foundation of a civil society.

The Sydney Peace Foundation:

selects and awards the Sydney Peace Prize;
develops corporate sector and community understanding of the value of peace with justice in diverse contexts and countries;
sponsors peace initiatives, particularly the work of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney;
teaches peace and conflict studies and creates jobs for young people in areas of peace research, conflict resolution and the promotion of human rights;
awards scholarships and internships in peace, human rights and conflict resolution.

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AMEI-WAECE

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The World Association of Early Childhood Educators (AMEI-WAECE) will focus on “Education For Peace From Infancy” at their

First World Congress in Albacete, Spain, April 20-22, 2007.

Dr. Koichiro Matsuura, UNESCO General Director, affirmed that it is important that young minds are guided “to the virtues of tolerance, mutual understanding and peace, not only in action, but also in thought and expression・ …

The main objectives of the WORLD CONFERENCE: EARLY CHILDHOOD PEACE EDUCATION are:

• Establish Early, Initial or Preschool Education as the base and first link for all the educational systems. Only with early childhood education can we achieve a peaceful world.

• Highlight the stage of initial and preschool education as the best time to model a harmonious personality in children as well as to provide them with education in values as this is the time when they are shaped in children.

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PPSEAWA International

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Linked with our presentations of Paddy Walker – Cook Islands, and of Comments by Paddy Walker.

PPSAEWA Pan-Pacific and South-East Asian Women’s Association
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Its Bulletin of April 2006.

Event: 23rd Annual Conference, New Zealand, March 21 to 27, 2007. Location: Telstraclear Pacific Arena in South Auckland. (Manukau City).

In 1928, in Honolulu, a group of women with international concerns, hoping to promote peace through understanding and friendship, convened to establish the Pan Pacific Woman’s Association. Later, the name was changed to more accurately reflect the Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association’s area of interest.

At the first International Conference, the primary activity was the exchange of national experience with the problems of women and children in and around the Pacific. Since 1930, international Conferences have been held approximately every three years, bringing women together for meetings, lectures, workshops, and cultural programmes concerned with women and families. Recent Conferences have been in the U.S.A. in 1981, Japan in 1984, and Australia in 1988. The XVII International Conference was held in Thailand in 1990 and was attended by 350 delegates from 22 countries in the Asia/Pacific region. By gracious invitation of Her Majesty Queen Mata’aho of Tonga, PPSEAWA held the XIX International Conference in August 1994 in Kuku’ Alofa, Tonga. The theme was: Women of Wisdom Are Pillars of Nations. There were 350 delegates from 21 countries of Asia and the Pacific. The XX conference was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 25-September 2, 1997.

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SEEN – Sustainble Energy & Economic Network

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Linked with our presentations of Oronto Douglas – Nigeria, and of Nigeria’s Oil and the population, also of Environemental Rights Action ERA – Nigeria. Also with The World Bank’s Recipe for Climate Disaster.

The Sustainable Energy and Economy Network is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (Washington, DC) and the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam). It works in partnership with citizens groups nationally and globally on environment, human rights and development issues with a particular focus on energy, climate change, environmental justice, gender equity, and economic issues, particularly as these play out in North/South relations.  Continue Reading…

Environemental Rights Action ERA – Nigeria

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Linked with our presentations of Oronto Douglas – Nigeria, and of Nigeria’s Oil and the population, (a text and a video of Democracy Now!), and
SEEN – Sustainble Energy & Economic Network. Also with The World Bank’s Recipe for Climate Disaster.

ERA is bound together and guided by a philosophy which avoids moral ambiguity when approaching problems of human ecology. This philosophy is not a rigid dogma, but a guide based upon the seven beliefs described below.

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
Article 24 of the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights states that:

“All people shall have the right to (a) generally satisfactory environment favourable to their development.”
ERA believes that a respect for all forms of life is an essential foundation to human happiness. In other words, a genuine concern for humankind and our habitat depends upon a respect for other animals and their habitats, and upon recognition of the importance of diversity.
Humankind cannot achieve happiness in a degraded environment; living in harmony with other forms of life (as in some traditional relationships between people and their environment) is in itself a human right. Furthermore, every individual and responsible human being has an equal right to happiness, regardless of his or her wealth.

ALL ECOSYSTEMS ARE NOW HUMAN ECOSYSTEMS
This concept is central to the ERA philosophy.

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RAFET – Senegal

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Linked with our presentation of Amsatou Sow Sidibé – Senegal, and Fondation pour l’inovation politique, and also Finding the Law: Islamic Law.

RAFET, Réseau Africain Pour La Promotion de la Femme Travailleuse (au Sénégal) / African Network for Promotion of African Women Workers (in Senegal):

DAKAR – FANN, Senegal – Established in 1997, RAFET works to promote women’s meaningful participation in decision making at all levels. The organization seeks to promote and ensure respect of international norms for women in the workplace, and provide education, literacy, information, and training to working women to help improve themselves. RAFET also promotes civic and human rights education and organizes support initiatives for underprivileged women. (See Oxfam America).

Learning to be Providers, the Women of Senegal – Many women in Senegal must go beyond the caregiver role to act as sole provider for their families. To succeed, they must learn business skills and expand their markets and opportunities. (Read more on this page of Oxfam America).

Excerpt: … I was in Senegal to research the many non-governmental organizations there that deal with women’s issues … (Read all on sais-jhu.edu).

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Les attentes des travailleuses africaines: Le Réseau Africain pour la Promotion de la Femme Travailleuse (Rafet), fidèle à sa mission de promotion du statut de la femme africaine aux plans juridique, économique, social et culturel, avait fondé beaucoup d’espoir dans le Nepad pour ses objectifs de développement durable de l’Afrique. C’est une grande déception et une frustration que ressentent finalement les travailleuses africaines du fait de l’absence dans ce document d’une prise en compte de la dimension sociale et de celle du genre.

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Fondation pour l’innovation politique

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Linked with our presentation of Amsatou Sow Sidibé – Senegal, and RAFET – Senegal, and also Finding the Law: Islamic Law.

What is “Political Innovation”? – Political innovation, based upon an assessment of the present situation and future prospects, consists of:

suggesting new behaviors, new strategies, and new structures;

mobilizing public opinion around these new ideas in order to make them a reality.

What the Foundation does? – In France, innovation comes only rarely from the field. Our country and the rest of Europe are committed to the globalization process and therefore need, more than ever, enthusiastic support of those individuals—whether elected officials or simply citizens – who want to be political innovators.

The Foundation offers them resources to help them nurture their ideas, mainly by informing them about the politics, institutions and behaviors experienced in other countries.

It examines the latest global and social trends which are making it indispensable today for us to use our collective imagination.

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The Garifunda Community – Honduras

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Linked with our presentations of Jessica García – Honduras, and with Garífuna Community Leader in Honduras Threatened with Death.

The Garifuna are descendents of Africans and native Carib and Arawak Indians, and they represent a sizeable percentage of Central America’s coastal inhabitants. For over 200 years, the Garifuna have managed to maintain a strong collective identity, including a distinct language, traditions and a communal way of life. The Garifuna have preserved their rich cultural heritage despite facing discrimination, including lack of adequate education or health services and entrenched poverty.

For generations, the Afro-Honduran Garifuna community has resided along the northern coast of Honduras and in La Mosquitia in the east. Many of the core Garifuna religious and cultural practices are inextricably linked to the land, including their collective claim to certain territories. But because the Garifuna live on a prime section of coastal territory, the growth of the tourism industry threatens to undermine their way of life and encroaches on what they regard as their ancestral lands.

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CONAVIGUA

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Linked with Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez – Guatemala, and with Linking Gender, Food Security and the Environment.

Sites about the Coordinadora Nacional de Viudas de Guatemala:

1) More than 60 per cent of the Guatemalan population is Mayan while the other main ethnic group is constituted by the Ladine population (of Spanish and mixed blood). The barriers of Guatemalan society still work against the Indians, with women suffering from a double discrimination, being both Indian and women. However, Indian women play an essential role in the commnunity. She is the pillar of the family, as wife, mother, and educator of her children, and she also plays an important economic role. All the women develop craft activities based on their own culture: weaving, pottery, etc.

Guatemala is the last country in Latin America to have put an end to its civil war, which has lasted thirty six years. With the signature of the “Firm and Sustainable Peace” agreement on 29 December 1996 between the URNG (Guatemalan Revolutionary Unit)and the government, democracy has been widened to encompass indigenous organizations.However, this recent peace cannot hide the memory of years of bloody repression which, using the pretext of destroying centers of guerilla resistance, was unleashed on the country during the eighties with extreme violence against the civil rural population. The term ‘death squad’ was coined in Guatemala. These squads led to the mass exile of whole communities to Mexico, the displacement of populations towards the cities or deportation to ‘model towns’ under the control of the army. A consequence of this process is the fragmentation of traditional community structures and the destruction of the Indians’ social and cultural fabric. Women are at the top of the list of the victims.

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Just World International

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Together for a Just World – Education Experience Empowerment

JustWorld International, a not-for-profit organization registered in the State of NY and in France, and has no religious or political affiliation.

JWI MISSION: JustWorld International is a non-governmental organization working as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world. Cooperating with local partners, JustWorld International implements sustainable, culturally sensitive projects that benefit underprivileged children.

JustWorld International trains and empowers international and local university student volunteers to create and realize these projects, providing them with hands-on experience in promoting social justice.

RECRUITMENT: JustWorld International recruits volunteers to work at humanitrian project sites including: Cambodia, Honduras,Senegal, and Kenya.

Our interns are chosen from a highly competitive applicant pool from over fifteen different countries. Once selected, student interns receive regular seminar training, in addition to individual coaching, from renowned experts in the following fields:

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attac international

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Linked with our presentations of Howard Zinn – USA, and another Communication is possible. Also with It’s Not up to the Court‘, and with ‘Put away the flags‘.

The International ATTAC Movement was created at an international meeting in Paris, on December 11-12, 1998. The creation of the “international movement for democratic control of financial markets and their institutions” wants to respond to that dynamic. Referring to the platform, it forms a network, with neither “hierarchical” structures nor a geographical “center”. Pluralist, it is enriched by the variety of its components and makes the common action easier without limiting it in any way, nor dictating their freedom of contribution. It aims to reinforce, to link and to coordinate, at an international level, the contribution of all of its partners who see themselves as fitting within the structure of its platform. In the same way, it wishes to reinforce its cooperation with all the other networks whose objectives converge with its own.

Attac’s aim was to campaign against international financial speculation, specifically through the introduction of the Tobin Tax on moving money around the world. Branches of Attac were set up across Europe and the world, particularly after the Seattle protests of November 1999 … Attac must take the credit for spotting far in advance that the European Constitution represented a way of hard-wiring neo-liberalism into the continent’s political and economic structures. This record is impressive. It is therefore a matter for grave concern that Attac appears to have split. At the organisation’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Rennes a fortnight ago, two slates were put forward for the administrative council.

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L’APEM – Mauritanie

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Linked with our presentation of Aïssata Kane – Mauritania.

Association pour la Protection de l’Environnement en Mauritanie (APEM), les ONG de l’environnement:

Pour la première fois dans l’histoire des associations mauritaniennes, cinquante ONG nationales ont présenté une soumission commune à l’appel d’offres lancé par l’Union Europèenne relatif à la protection de l’environnement. Le bureau du PNUD en Mauritanie s’est constitué partenaire de ce groupe d’ONG et a contribué à la finalisation technique de l’étude. Une contribution hautement appréciée par les ONG nationales.

liste des ONG membres (Mauritanie).

Actuelle proposition des ONGs :

1. L’ONG Volontaires Sans Frontière cherche partenaire technique ou financier pour son projet Biogaz à base de bouse de vache. email .

2. L’ONG SOS – OASIS cherche un partenaire technique ou financier pour son projet de Centre d’études et de Recherche pour le Développement des Oasis en Mauritanie.”Le bayoud” existe dans nos oasis. Ce virus mortel, est pour les palmiers dattiers ce que le sida est pour les êtres humains. Email , Web.

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Transport and General Workers’ Union TGWU – England

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Linked with our presentation of Sir Bill Morris – England.

With over 800,000 members in every type of workplace the T&G is the UK’s biggest general union, and has a long and proud tradition of representing members in the workplace. (Read all about this on the Transport and General Workers’ Union).

TGWU-Press release on July 5, 2006: Disabled people shouldn’t be penalised for employer discrimination, the Transport and General Workers’ Union said today, as the Government published its welfare reform bill. (read all on politics.co.uk).

TGWU-Debate on July 5, 2006: Migrant workers amnesty needs debate – Jack Dromey, T&G Deputy General Secretary, today (Wednesday 5th July) called for a serious debate about irregular working, in rejecting the arguments of right wing think-tank Migrationwatch, who campaign against mass migration. Mr. Dromey called for irregular workers to become regularised, by way of an amnesty. They state: “Our country and economy needs migrant workers. Irregular working is part of our economy and we need a serious debate about how to tackle it”. – And: “Rather than criminalising irregular migrants, many of whom have lived and raised their families in the UK for years, we should establish a way for them to work and contribute legally.

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The Medical Network for Social Reconstruction in the Former Yugoslavia

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Linked with our presentation of Anica Mikus Kos – Slovenia, and of The Scope and Benefits of Youth Volunteering.

The Medical Network has evolved from its origins in 1991, when a small group met sporadically in conjunction with meetings of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Since 1993, it has convened annual meetings and has organized projects and training programs for health-care professionals and medical students. Even during periods of extreme violence in the region, the Medical Network has orchestrated broad-based participation and has brought together polarized parties.

The Medical Network has also reached out to physicians from other war-devastated or socially-depressed areas, including neighboring areas in the Balkans, the North Caucasus and the Middle East.

The Medical Network publishes reports and newsletters containing information about Medical Network literature and other resources, needs and capabilities throughout the region, and Medical Network conferences, workshops and meetings.

The Medical Network enjoys cooperative relationships with international medical organizations, including the World Health Organization, the International Society for Health and Human Rights, CARE, UNICEF, and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).

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Fundacion Ninez y Vida

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Linked with our presentation of Blanca Campoverde – Ecuador.

The Fundacion Ninez y Vida is a local NGO here in Quito with 30 years of experience working with children. Niñez y Vida offers multiple children’s centers in the poor neighborhoods of western Quito. One strong aspect of the foundation is its use of the Montessori model, encouraging a natural development process in children. With that in mind, the centers have very little formal education structure, but instead offer many different experimental stations where the children are free to learn at their own pace. In impoverished living conditions, children are often forced to grow up much faster than is healthy. The centers offer the children an atmosphere of freedom that allows for them to grow and develop at their own rate. In the centers, children are never pressured or required to participate in any activity or schedule.

Experimental play areas: One of the most important elements of each center is the experimental play areas. Each area is specifically designed and equipped with toys and materials to aid development in certain field. For example, you will find a corner of mathematics games and numbers, an area of building blocks and small construction materials, or a science section filled with animals and materials relating to the environment. All the centers have a ‘daily life’ area where children can imitate their parents by putting on make-up, playing dress-up, or even doing chores.

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aidh.org/ – les droits de l’homme en français

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Voici un site en françai consacré à la promotion des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales. Ce site, réalisé à partir de Genève, régulièrement mis à jour, favorise l’éducation aux droits de l’homme dans le monde francophone. Il met à la disposition des internautes tous les grands textes et traités, ainsi que des informations sur l’évolution internationale des droits de l’homme.

Merci de faire connaître http://www.aidh.org (ou http://www.droitshumains.org/) et de diffuser cette information. Le site est bourré de links, articles et informations.

L’Association suisse des Amis du Dr Janusz Korczak;

Université d’été des droits de l’homme;

La Chaire lyonnaise des droits de l’homme;

Droits de l’homme ou droits humain?

Dédié à la philosophe suisse Jeanne Hersch*, ce site francophone, très complet, se veut généraliste selon un double point de vue d’information et d’éducation. Il rassemble un grand nombre d’informations sur les droits de l’homme, mais aussi sur l’histoire de ces droits et leur situation présente. Il suit l’actualité, réunit les documents importants, donne toutes les informations nécessaires pour connaître, comprendre et analyser les événements et les situations en rapport avec les droits de la personne, partout dans le monde.

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The NGO Management School

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Updated 2010-04-08: NGO Management School NMS, Switzerland.

The NGO Managment School gives courses which can be held wherever needed. The first three courses now are ready:

- Essentials of NGO Management (5 days),
- Project Proposals for Results (3 days), and
- Financial Management for Non-Finance Executives (3 days).

Managing and leading an NGO is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. More and more NGOs are coming to realize that a widening range of knowledge, skills and strategies are necessary to achieve results, to enhance their impact and to remain effective in the work they do. The NGO Management School (NMS) provides training for professional and effective NGO management. Together with local partner organisations, we bring management courses nearby to you and make training easily available to NGOs and other civil society organisations. We jointly organise and deliver courses that can be adapted to the needs of the participants and their organisations. NMS is a non-profit institution.

The focus of our training courses is on gaining a thorough understanding of key concepts of NGO management, sharpening practical skills and developing strategies that you can immediately use in your work. We address real-life problems in a participatory and interactive learning environment to help you enhancing your management capacity. Participating in our courses helps you to move forward in your job and career.

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