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Index August 2006

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2006-08-01: Economists for Peace and Security;
2006-08-02: The Wolakota Foundation, Facing the Winds of Change;
2006-08-03: Axis for Peace 2005;
2006-08-04: KABIR.org – India;
2006-08-05: Knihovna – Liberec in Czech Republic;
2006-08-06: Deutsch-tschechisches Forum der Frauen;
2006-08-07: Consulting Firms active in development cooperation;
2006-08-08: Business Development Services (BDS) Forum;
2006-08-09: Open Plans Home;
2006-08-10: PBS.org;
2006-08-11: Search for Common Ground;
2006-08-12: Peace x Peace.org;
2006-08-13: Workers World;
2006-08-14: UNICEF – Global Movement for Children;
2006-08-15: Departement of Biblical Studies, Univ. Fribourg (CH);
2006-08-16: PARIVARTAN, Fighting Corruption – India;
2006-08-17: AGHS Legal Aid Cell;
2006-08-18: The International Criminal Court (ICC);
2006-08-19: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs NUPI;
2006-08-20: DANIDA’S Centre for Competence Development DCCD;
2006-08-21: TruthOut.org;
2006-08-22: The CAP Center -Texas USA;
2006-08-23: International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect ISPCAN;
2006-08-24: South African Police Service SAPS;
2006-08-25: The Restoration of Human Abilities Association ROHA;
2006-08-26: HOPE Foundations;
2006-08-27: World Social Forum, Delhi – 9-13 November 2006;
2006-08-28: 7th National Conference of Women’s Movements;
2006-08-29: RESPECT Refugiados;
2006-08-30: Zi Teng – Hong Kong;
2006-08-31: le site actu livre;
2006-08-31: Le blog de Liberté Egalité Laïcité.

Le blog de “Liberté Egalité Laïcité”

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Ce blog permettra à ses visiteurs:

  • de prendre connaissance des analyses et des textes produits par les membres du Cplaid.
  • d’être informés des actions mises en oeuvre par le Comité et les “Laïques en Réseau” pour mener le combat de défense de la laïcité, indispensable aujourd’hui, et à conduire dans le rassemblement le plus large.
  • d’être mis au fait des atteintes portées dans la vie de tous les jours au principe essentiel de la laïcité par des élus de droite comme de gauche, par des idéologues de toute obédience, par les tenants des dogmatismes les plus rétrogrades, par les porte-paroles de la bien-pensance “politiquement correcte”.

les site actu livre

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Google permet de télécharger et d’imprimer certains livres en intégralité, voir actu livre au 30 aout 2006:

Le moteur de recherche sur internet Google permet depuis mercredi aux internautes de télécharger et d’imprimer dans leur intégralité certains livres dont les droits de protection ont expiré, a indiqué le groupe dans un communiqué.

“Découvrir Dante, Newton et Hugo est maintenant un peu plus facile. A partir d’aujourd’hui (mercredi), les lecteurs peuvent trouver des versions gratuites et téléchargeables de certains des plus grandes oeuvres mondiales sur Google Book Search”, a indiqué Google.

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Zi Teng – Hong Kong

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Linked with Yim Yuet Lin – Hong Kong, and with the International Network for Economic Social & Cultural Rights, and a text ‘From the International AIDS Conference IAC‘.

Zi Teng is a non-governmental organization formed by people of different working experiences. They are social workers, labor activists, researchers specializing in women studies and church workers etc. who care and concern about the interest and basic rights of women.

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RESPECT Refugiados

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RESPECT Refugiados is an international NGO committed to raising awareness about refugees and refugee issues, encouraging activism among youth, and further empowering refugee children and communities through letter and cultural exchange and through the donation and transport of education-related material aid.

RESPECT works to improve the living conditions and the future of the millions of refugees present today in the world through targetted programs in education and assistance in different kinds.

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7th National Conference of Women’s Movements

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7th National Conference of Women’s Movements – After a gap of nine years, the next National Conference is being held in Kolkata, West Bengal. To register for the conference, visit the conference website, or the Jagori website. Contact details: JAGORI, B-114 Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi- 110017, Email.

Excerpt: … Towards a Politics of Justice: Affirming Diversities, Resisting Divisiveness, 9-12 September 2006, Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.

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World Social Forum, Delhi – 9-13 November 2006

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Linked with Darshan Pal – India, and with Draft Minutes of the IWC Meeting New Delhi.

The official Website of the World Social Forum, updated August 27, 2006 (in 4 languages).

(See also: FAQ about the preparation of the WSF 2007).

The World Social Forum is not an organisation, not a united front platform, but “…an open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences and inter-linking for effective action, by groups and movements of civil society that are opposed to neo- liberalism and to domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism, and are committed to building a society centred on the human person”.

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HOPE Foundations

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Linked with Adelle Potgieter – South Africa, and with South African Police Service SAPS, and with The Restoration of Human Abilities Association ROHA.

African Regional Youth Initiative;
Kellogg Foundation;
Dell Foundation;
Credit Suisse First Boston Foundation;
Milagro Foundation;

Cuny Campaign: help dogs help people;
The Samaritan Guide;
Listings of other non-profits and charities … on Charity Advantage.
Intercultural Conference;
With the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools;
kabissa, change in Africa.

The Restoration of Human Abilities Association ROHA

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Linked with Adelle Potgieter – South Africa, and with HOPE Foundations, and with South African Police Service SAPS.

ROHA is a registered non profit organisation that works in the field of mental health. As its name states ROHA focuses on providing therapeutic services and personal development that will restore the abilities lost through mental illness, disability and neglect. Our programmes are aimed at aimed at providing therapeutic services to the sufferers of mental illness and their caregivers. Our services can be divided into three categories, namely Therapeutic Services, Community Services and Educational Services. Read all services on ROHA’s Homepage.

More Activities presented through these sites
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African Friendship Ring;
WebAdz;
San Stop: Home, Activities, Connections;
The Herald online.

South African Police Service SAPS

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Linked with Adelle Potgieter – South Africa, and with HOPE Foundations, and with The Restoration of Human Abilities Association ROHA.

The South African Police Service is the national police force of the Republic of South Africa.

Policing in South Africa underwent a radical change in 1994 in terms of transformation and democratisation. The previous 11 police agencies (SAP and 10 former homeland agencies) entered a process of amalgamation and rationalisation to create a single South African Police Service (SAPS) which functions at national and nine provincial levels.

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ISPCAN International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Linked with Yuki Ando – Japan.

In 1999 ISPCAN launched the National Partner Program, establishing affiliations with national child abuse and neglect prevention organizations around the world. The collaboration aims to further the common mission, goals and programs of ISPCAN and its Partners. The program seeks out existing national, multidisciplinary organizations working in CAN prevention, with a special focus on groups in developing countries. ISPCAN believes that effective and sustainable CAN prevention is achieved through education and professional cooperation, and thus sees the strength of the partnerships in enhancing the global network of those working for child welfare. Partnership describes a close, on-going and coordinated working relationship, supporting an exchange of materials, information and membership benefits between ISPCAN and other societies. By sharing experience, research and resources ISPCAN hopes to augment individual, regional and national efforts to end child maltreatment. The first meeting of National Partner leaders took place at ISPCAN’s 13th International Congress in Durban, South Africa in September of 2000. In 1999 ISPCAN launched the National Partner Program, establishing affiliations with national child abuse and neglect prevention organizations around the world. The collaboration aims to further the common mission, goals and programs of ISPCAN and its Partners. The program seeks out existing national, multidisciplinary organizations working in CAN prevention, with a special focus on groups in developing countries. ISPCAN believes that effective and sustainable CAN prevention is achieved through education and professional cooperation, and thus sees the strength of the partnerships in enhancing the global network of those working for child welfare. Partnership describes a close, on-going and coordinated working relationship, supporting an exchange of materials, information and membership benefits between ISPCAN and other societies. By sharing experience, research and resources ISPCAN hopes to augment individual, regional and national efforts to end child maltreatment. The first meeting of National Partner leaders took place at ISPCAN’s 13th International Congress in Durban, South Africa in September of 2000. ISPCAN with partners of many countries, Here specially with JAPAN:

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The CAP Center -Texas USA

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Child Abuse Prevention, The CAP Center, Texas: Child abuse occurs at every level of society and among families of every race, color, creed and financial status. The abuse can range from subtle to savage and is both mentally and physically crippling. Even in less severe forms, abuse degrades the spirit and affects almost every aspect of a child’s life.

MISSION: to break the cycle of child abuse by equipping parents and caregivers for success. Our mission resonates through our four educational and counseling programs for families at risk for abuse. The Center works to empower its clients by teaching positive parenting methods and supporting parents in strengthening their families, emotionally, economically, and socially. CAP Center is a key provider of prevention services for at-risk children and families in Dallas County.

Programs: Parent Aide, Healthy Families, Families First, Shaken Baby Syndrome Education.

What is Child Abuse?

Daycare Center; Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin and its Child Abuse Prevention Fund; Child Abuse Prevention Services CAPS; East Bay Agency for Children and its Child Assault Prevention Training Center; Child abuse, incest, and rape: select resources and links.

TruthOut.org

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Linked with Jason Leopold – USA.

TruthOut.org is an American political website aimed at providing an alternative to corporate news sources. It was started in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election with the goal of, in its words, “hoping to reach a few people, have some small impact on the dialogue, and maybe try to restore a little integrity.” It claims to have more than 4 million visits per month. Some of its prominent contributors include William Rivers Pitt, Jason Leopold, Scott Galindez David Bacon, Dean Baker, Tom Engelhardt, William Fisher, Dahr Jamail, Ray McGovern, J. Sri Raman, Norman Solomon, David Swanson and James Zogby. The organization has reported extensively on the anti-war movement and helped to put Cindy Sheehan on the map by publishing many of her writings. Focus is also provided to issues concerning the environment, labor, women, health, and voter rights. It’s articles are now carried by many international publications including World News , scoop.co.nz/ and California News. The website also has an active blog where visitors can discuss various issues or specific articles. (See on wikipedia, were this article is currently protected from editing, until disputes have been resolved). See this on talk about truthout.org.

See truthOut.org/

And see forum truthOut.org/blog/

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DANIDA’S Centre for Competence Development DCCD

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DCCD: Publication of the results from the impact evaluation of DCCD’s and ERH’s – in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – courses in Contract Management in Copenhagen and abroad. Read the text by clicking on ‘Read the publication‘ (and read all about Services, Courses and other Guidelines by clicking on the respective links on this page). See also the same text on OECD.org.

OVERVIEW OF THE DANISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE (DANIDA): The overall objective of Danish bilateral development assistance is poverty alleviation. An effective reduction of poverty is a precondition for a stable and sustainable global development … // … SCHOLARSHIPS: For a limited number of counterparts in Danida financed programmes and projects, training is available through the Danida Fellowship Programme. The Fellowship Programme primarily supports training activities of a strategic or technical, innovative nature that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, embassies, and programmes/projects in programme countries may want to promote. The training activities can take place in the region or in Denmark. Visit the Fellowship’s website for more information about the Danida Fellowship Programme. Scholarships for studying in Denmark is not available through the Embassy. Please visit Denmark.dk or Cirius for information about scholarships and studying in Denmark. (Edited May 9, 2006). (Read all informations on Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark).

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

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Linked with Torild Skard – Norway, and with Frontal Attack on the UN.
Website in Norsk; and website in english.

Forum for Development Studies

Publications of NUPI

The Norwegian Research Database: INDEX and dbh/…

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 1959 in order to promote a better understanding of international issues in Norway. NUPI has sought to achieve this by undertaking a wide range of research activities and by disseminating information on international issues. The Institute has an independent position in studying matters of relevance to Norwegian foreign policy and economic relations.

As a small nation, Norway depends strongly on stable and open ties to the rest of the world. Consequently, the understanding of international relations and the constantly evolving international economy is a vital prerequisite when the foreign, as well as domestic policy of Norway is to be shaped. With more than 40 years of experience, NUPI is one of Norway’s leading independent centres for research and information on political and economic issues.

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The International Criminal Court (ICC)

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Linked with Elizabeth Odio Benito – Costa Rica, and with Ensuring Peace through Justice.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 as a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, as defined by several international agreements, most prominently the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The ICC is designed to complement existing national judicial systems: the Court can only exercise its jurisdiction when national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute such crimes, thus being a “court of last resort”. Primary responsibility to exercise jurisdiction over alleged criminals is therefore left to individual states.

The ICC is separate from, and not to be confused with, the International Court of Justice, which is a body to settle disputes between nations, and the Belgian War Crimes Law

It should be noted that “International Criminal Court” is sometimes abbreviated as ICCt to distinguish it from the “International Chamber of Commerce” or the “International Cricket Council,” both of which also use the abbreviation ICC. However in these articles the more common abbreviation of ICC is used.

See all on wikipedia. See there also ‘Cases before the court’, also Development, Composition of the Court, Structure and powers etc.

AGHS Legal Aid Cell

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Linked with Alarmed at rising violence in Sri Lanka, and with Hina Jilani – Pakistan.

AGHS Legal Aid Cell is a relatively small but important NGO in Pakistan. It was set up in 1980 for providing free legal aid to women. Over the years, the mandate of AGHS has expanded to respond to the needs of a growing civil society and the demands made by various groups for legal recourse. AGHS is a professional organization headed by two Supreme Court Lawyers, Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani. AGHS is quite unique in the country in term of its legal research, review of existing laws and lobbying new laws. It has strong links with the Bar Associations, police, political parties and the press. It also works closely with other groups of civil society nationally as well as internationally. With Regional Focus on Middle East or Asia, and with Country Focus on Pakistan. (Read more on International Rule of Law Directory).

AGHS Legal Aid Cell (ALAC) was set up in February 1980 in Lahore. Initially lawyers working for AGHS Law Associates supported the activities of ALAC. The activities were confined to providing legal aid to women. Gradually, however, these activities increased. Now legal awareness, education, protection from exploitation, legal research, counseling and providing legal assistance is all part of legal aid.

Objectives:
- To disseminate information on Family law and laws for the protection of the target group (women, children, elderly, disadvantaged etc.);
- Provision of legal aid to target group;
- Training of paralegal to involve more women in the mainstream movement for women rights;
- Campaign for child, women prisoners and crimes against women.

Activities in cooperation with Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation: AGHS provides legal assistance to women prisoners in Lahore and Multan along with monitoring situation of women prisoners in Punjab province. Besides that AGHS prepares and prints legal literacy material focused on women and human rights.

See AGHS also on the Human Rights Databank of hri.ca. And e-mail.

PARIVARTAN, Fighting Corruption – India

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Linked with Arvind Kejriwal – India, and with KABIR.org – India.

Parivartan fights for people’s right to information. Parivartan, initially started up to help people get their work done in government departments without having to pay bribes, continues its crusade to educate and help people assert their right to information

Parivartan, a voluntary organisation active in Delhi, started out as a people’s movement in June 2000, to provide relief to taxpayers from extortionist corruption in the income tax department. “The idea was to help people get their income tax refunds without paying bribes,” says Manish Sisodia Parivartan’s founder. Taxpayers in Delhi were instructed not to pay bribes but to approach Parivartan with their grievances. The organisation has so far resolved about 700 grievances and helped some 2,500 customers in the Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB).

Parivartan soon realised that although its role as troubleshooter provided immediate relief to people, it neither empowered citizens to resolve their grievances directly, nor helped bring about permanent systemic changes. The organisation began to use the Delhi Right to Information Act 2001 to resolve public grievances.

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Departement of Biblical Studies, Univ. Fribourg (CH)

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Linked with Tiere sind weder Menschen noch Waren, and with Othmar Keel – Switzerland.

The DBS has several publications:

For other recent publications by members of the department, please refer to Fribourg University’s Futura database or the profiles of our researchers.

Ancien Testament, Groupe Lefebvre – Comment la recherche biblique peut-elle croiser d’autres disciplines, et d’abord des disciplines théologiques ? Comment rendre utilisables les conclusions de l’histoire du texte biblique au théologien, au philosophe, au littéraire ? Un groupe se constitue, réunissant quelques biblistes du Département d’Études Bibliques (premiers membres : Ph. Hugo, Y. Goldman, Ph. Lefebvre) : les membres de ce groupe travaillent d’abord un passage précis de la Bible, puis ils présentent de manière simple quelques conclusions sur les plans de la critique et de l’histoire du texte, de la philologie, de l’exégèse ; enfin ils questionnent, à partir de ce matériau mis en forme, des représentants d’autres disciplines. Il ne s’agit donc pas pour chacun de développer un discours spécifique qui ne trouve dans le texte biblique que ce qui peut consonner avec sa propre démarche ; il s’agit au contraire de tenter une véritable rencontre, un croisement, entre un texte qui définit des potentialités de sens, à la fois multiples et précises (ce que le travail biblique aura permis de dégager) et diverses disciplines.

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UNICEF Global Movement for Children

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Linked with Sandra Jiménez Loza – Mexico.

UNICEF – Global Movement for Children: Add your voice and Say Yes to the 10 critical actions needed to improve the lives of children and adolescents everywhere. People of all ages are joining together as part of a new Global Movement for Children, determined to build a better world for children and for all of us. Their message is straightforward: the citizens of the world care about children and expect governments to keep the promises they make to them. Add your voice and say Yes to the 10 critical actions needed to improve the lives of children and adolescents everywhere. More than 94 million people have said Yes In a ceremony at UN headquarters on 7 May 2002, 12-year-old Barron Hanson presented the ‘Say Yes for Children’ pledge tally to Mr. Nelson Mandela and Mrs. Graça Machel, inspirational leaders of the Global Movement for Children. (Read more about this historic event on this UNICEF page).

Say Yes now!

The following are GMC founding partners:

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Workers World

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Regarding Darfur, linked with PBS.org, and with Understanding Sudan – The Darfur conflict, and with .

Workers World has united Black, Latino, Native, Asian, Arab and white in the struggle against racism. It has brought together women and men, lesbian, gay, bi, trans and straight, youth and seniors, workers and the unemployed, native-born and immigrants to fight for better conditions for all. Members of WWP have worked hard and long to build many of the most important progressive actions of the last three decades.

But you can’t just patch up this racist, sexist society. Capitalism rests on the exploitation of the many by the few. The monopoly of economic and political power by a small ruling class becomes more concentrated every day with mega-billion-dollar mergers and mass layoffs. That’s why capitalist democracy produces nothing but hot air. The power of the workers and the oppressed is in the streets, not in Washington.

Workers World fights for a socialist society—where the wealth is socially owned and production is planned to satisfy human need.

That’s also what workers around the world, from Cuba to China, have been struggling for. The U.S. rulers have spent trillions of our tax dollars trying to stop them in a global class struggle. WWP promotes international working-class solidarity, the right of every nation to sovereignty and self-determination, and militant resistance at home to imperialist interventions and wars.

Contact: National Office Workers World Party, 55 W. 17 St., New York, NY 10011, Tel. 212-627-2994, Fax 212-675-7869, E-mail, Web.

See Workers World about Sudan’s Darfur Situation: Oil is behind struggle in Darfur.

Peace x Peace.org

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Linked with Christine Ntahe – Burundi.

PEACE X PEACE (pronounced “peace by peace”) – connecting women for peace – empowers women as the most effective means to enrich lives locally and promote peace globally. We connect women’s groups (“Circles”) in the United States with women’s Circles everywhere in the world—directly via the Internet—for the exchange of information and personal experiences that typically result in mutually supportive actions.

MISSION: PEACE X PEACE is an international movement that empowers women to help build sustainable peace locally and globally through online communication, the exchange of ideas and mutually supportive actions. Founded upon the belief that achieving sustainable peace requires women to come into their full potential as leaders alongside men, it is dedicated to creating a world where women are powerful and effective decision-makers in building peace for all. A central initiative designed to achieve the mission of building peace is the PEACE X PEACE Global Network. Via the Internet, the Global Network connects and empowers groups of women (or “circles”) in the U.S. in one-on-one, supported communication with women’s circles outside the U.S. and thereby fosters understanding and constructive actions that help create peace. Today, more than 250 women’s Circles from 37 nations are actively involved with the PEACE X PEACE Global Network.

VISION: PEACE X PEACE is dedicated to creating a world where women are no longer those most tragically affected by conflict and strife, but are the core power building substantive, sustainable peace for all.

CONTACT: Carol Fleming, PEACE X PEACE, e-mail

Resources

Search for Common Ground Burundi

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Linked with Christine Ntahe – Burundi.

Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We work with local partners to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies’ capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.

In the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and in response to ongoing instability in the Great Lakes Region, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) opened its first office in Africa in 1995 in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. With satellite offices in Ngozi and Makamba, SFCG in Burundi operates a national programme that uses a variety of mutually enhancing methods targeting multiple sectors of society. Through community peace-building and media work, SFCG in Burundi informs and educates the public about pertinent issues, builds the capacity of journalists and civic leaders, and strengthens the potential for inclusive participation in local communities. SFCG in Burundi consists of the radio-production facility Studio Ijambo, the Community Outreach Team, and the Victims of Torture Project.

Throughout the 1990s, a civil war fought mainly along ethnic lines raged in Burundi and ultimately claimed the lives of nearly 300,000 people. The signing of the Arusha Peace Agreement in August of 2000 laid the foundation for a stabilising domestic security situation in most of the country and, in August 2005, former Hutu rebel leader Pierre Nkurunziza was elected president becoming the nation’s first democratically elected president since 1993.

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Public Broadcasting Service PBS.org

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Concerning the Darfur Conflict, linked with Workers World, and with Understanding Sudan – The Darfur conflict.

PBS programs and education services enrich the lives of all Americans. PBS, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is a non–profit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation’s 348 public television stations. A trusted community resource, PBS uses the power of noncommercial television, the Internet and other media to enrich the lives of all Americans through quality programs and education services that inform, inspire and delight. Available to 99 percent of American homes with televisions and to an increasing number of digital multimedia households, PBS serves nearly 90 million people each week.Learn more about PBS through the links on this PBS-page.

See PBS’s report on SUDAN, the Darfur Situation.

Open Plans Home

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Last modified 2006-06-02 – Welcome to http://openplans.org/, a free wiki-based community organizing and project management tool.

OpenPlans, a site dedicated to helping communities organize virtually to effect real world change, is currently running a beta testing version of the software here at www.openplans.org.  The site will continue to evolve as we roll out bug fixes, new features, and enhanced functionality.

OpenPlans is wiki-based. This means that most pages are editable by members of the site. Membership is free and it takes just seconds to register. Once you log in, you may start your own project or contribute to an existing one. We hope you use OpenPlans to share information, coordinate tasks, and build momentum around your project.

OpenPlans is the work of The Open Planning Project (TOPP), a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing citizen and public interest group participation in community planning processes through technology. TOPP imagines OpenPlans as a free, hosted, and shared suite of community organizing tools, and we look forward to providing you with an ever-increasing toolkit for getting things done.

We will soon be adding a user’s guide. In the meantime, logged in users can visit our Sandbox project to experiment with using the system.  Once in the sandbox, click the “edit” tab to change the text and layout of the page.  You can link to existing pages in the project by enclosing the page title in double parenthesis.  You can also create new pages this way; if you enclose text that does not match an existing page title in double parenthesis, this text will become an “add link”, which will create the new page when followed.

Let us know what you think using our contact form; we love and need your feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Business Development Services (BDS) Forum

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The BDS Forum is a database and discussion forum on different BDS strategies. We do not support “the only one BDS approach” – monopoly but complementary business development strategies proved in practice like the moderate BDS approach including commercial BDS providers as well as NGOs, local city administrations, public providers and self-help organisations. Your contributions are welcome!

BDS Media:

  • BDS Internet Portals
  • BDS email based Newsletter
  • Business Information Handbooks
  • BDS Reader
  • BDS Library (download)

Strategies and Trainings:

  • BDS Toolkit
  • BDS Trainings
  • BDS Success Stories
  • BDS Lessons learnt
  • Capacity Building and Networking
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Business Information Services:

  • Start your Business
  • Business Registration
  • Business Planning
  • Bookkeeping and Cost Calculation
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Import-Export and Trade Fairs
  • BDS with Business Associations
  • Taxation
  • Supply Markets
  • Laws and Regulations
  • Standards and Quality

Business Development Services (BDS) comprise a wide range of non-financial services provided by private suppliers (BDS providers) to entrepreneurs who use them to efficiently operate and make their businesses grow. The types of services in a functioning BDS system are determined by the demand articulated on the part of the businesses.

New for download!

  • How to develop sustainable BDS without Radicalism?
  • Library

    Consulting Firms active in development cooperation

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    To find Consulting Firms active in development cooperation, go to the coresponding directory on weitzenegger.de:

    List of Companies in Industrialized Countries not Members of the EU;

    List of Companies with Headquarters in the European Union;

    African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states signatories of the Cotonou Agreement;

    etc., see the rest on this weitzenegger index.

    One exemple of a consulting firm: The Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) is an independent, project-financed, non-profit foundation, registered with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce (Switzerland). Specialising in organisational reform and institutional development worldwide, CSEND works to strengthen public administrations and public-sector enterprises through the use of an inter-disciplinary and socio-economic approach. Mandated primarily by governments and international organisations, CSEND designs and implements comprehensive institution development and capacity-building projects leading to the adoption of best managerial practices in the public sector. (See all on CSEND ff).

    Deutsch-tschechisches Forum der Frauen

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    Linked with Vera Vohlidalova – Czech Republic.

    Das Portal des Deutsch-Tschechischen Forums der Frauen versteht sich als Anlaufstelle für alle, die sich für Tschechien und das deutsch-tschechische Verhältnis interessieren. Zwei zentrale Ideen prägen diesen Ort:

    Informationsbündelung – Dieses Internetportal will ein Ort sein, wo man die wichtigsten Informationen zum jeweiligen Nachbarland und zur deutsch-tschechischen Zusammenarbeit gebündelt findet. Es will helfen, sich im Dschungel der unzähligen Initiativen und Informationen zurecht zu finden.

    Mitwirkung – Damit dies ein wirklich spannender und informativer Ort wird, sind Sie herzlich zur Mitarbeit eingeladen: Wir verstehen uns als offene und neutrale Plattform für alle, die sich im deutsch-tschechischen Bereich engagieren. Auf Ihrer Mitwirkung, Ihr Engagement und Ihre Informationen kommt es an. Sie sind herzlich zur Mitarbeit eingeladen!

    Frauen im Versöhnungsprozess;

    Knihovna – Liberec in Czech Republic

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    Linked with Vera Vohlidalova – Czech, and with Deutsch-Tschechisches Forum der Frauen.

    Bibliothek-Library in Liberec, Building of Peace and Reconciliation, under the patronage of the presidents of Czech Republic and Germany.

    This project links the library and the synagogue of Liberec in perfect harmony and will give each its own building for the first time in more than 50 years. It is both the first public library with a collection of this size and breadth to be built in the country in 70 years and the first new synagogue to be built in the Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia) since World War Two. This new building project will present a library as an institution which not only takes care of various documents but also provides information of all kinds including among other things access to both historical and current information on many cultures, lands and peoples.

    This new House of Prayer is to be not only a place of meeting for the Jews of the region but also both a symbol of human understanding and an act of symbolic compensation. The Library and House of Prayer will serve as a reminder that people of various beliefs, colour and cultures have lived, do and will always live in and among us. Thanks to moral and financial support from many sides it is a symbol of joining and of shaking hands over mutually lived history to a shared future.

    Universal services – available to everyone. The library serves especially:

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    KABIR.org – India

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    Linked with Arvind Kejriwal – India, and with PARIVARTAN, Fighting Corruption – India.

    The Right to Information movement has grown and matured at a phenomenal pace with 9 states granting their citizens the right to access information from their respective state governments. With the passage of the Central Right to Information Act which is a very progressive Act India is working towards a more transparent, accountable and participatory system of governance. The Right to Information in India has been popularised by several significant initiatives of various citizen groups, individuals, grassroots movements and non-government organisation working in their own areas towards strengthening the Right to Information to change the face of Indian governance. These experiences are critical to influence and bring about a change in the relationship between the governed and those who govern, however, in order to influence change it is important that every citizen must participate in the process that facilitates and brings about the change. Kabir is a non-government organisation committed to the promotion and advancement of the Right to Information movement in India. Kabir intends to advocate the use of Right to Information by drawing on experiences from all over the country. By acting as a catalyst Kabir intends to promote the Right to Information through the medium of print, audio-visual media and personal communication.

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    Axis for Peace 2005

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    Linked with Annie Lacroix-Riz – France, and with Giulietto Chiesa – Italy, and with … Radio France Culture de Février 2004, and with Le Sciocchezze di Sofri e Rampoldi, and with Vichy, Argent et zyklon B en 1940-44. Also with Axis for Peace of February 1, 2006.

    Dans une contribution magistrale, présentée à la conférence Axis for Peace 2005, le professeur James Petras analyse les contradictions du système impérialiste états-unien. Il souligne la manipulation de l’ONU et du droit international par les grandes puissances. Il décrit la fuite en avant des militaristes civils, néoconservateurs et sionistes. Loin de sombrer dans le pessimisme, le célèbre intellectuel états-unien trace les perspectives d’une résistance populaire internationale.

    For World-Peace, by Voltairenet.org / Colloque pour la paix dans le monde par Réseau Voltaire -Listen to different Google-Videos, in their original language, no traduction, by the links hereafter / Ecoutez les différents intervenants de la session par Google-Vidéo dans leur langue originale (pas de traductions):

    November 17, 2005, opening of the conference; and roundtables.

    November 18, 2005, Plenary Session; and closure of the conference.

    link: see all Debaters (also Annie Lacroix-Riz, France, and Giulietto Chiesa, Italy).

    The Wolakota Foundation, Facing the Winds of Change

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    Linked with our presentations of Chief Arvol Looking Horse – Sioux Nation USA, and of Message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and of Peacemessage from Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Sioux Nation.

    The Wolakota Foundation is a grassroots non-profit organization emerging from the needs of traditional Lakota (Dakota/Nakota) people to maintain their cultural and spiritual lifeways for the sake of future generations. Since it’s inception, the organization has sought to promote and protect as well as educate others about the traditional values and wisdom of Indigenous People. The term Wo-lakota means: peaceful, responsible and caring, a compassionate and generous people. Wolakota encourages people to step forward in recognizing the value of their own cultural roots and in so doing, reconnecting with the strengths and wisdom that all traditional cultures hold in common.
    our connection to each other and to the Earth.

    Through our core projects, we seek to:

    - Protect Sacred Sites throughout the World, Promote dialogue among indigenous people, Encourage traditional values and skills along earth-friendly, technologies, Seek sustainable solutions to environmental abuse, Educate the succeeding generation to become responsible, well-balanced human beings.

    - We welcome you to explore our possiblities and ask that you join us as we face the wind – tatohiyatakiya – together.

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    Economists for Peace and Security

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    Linked with our presentations of James K. Galbraith – USA, and of The University of Texas’ Inequality Project UTIP, and of The Plutocrats go wild.
    They write about themselves:

    We are an organization of economists, other social scientists, and citizens concerned about issues of peace, conflict, war, and the world economy, in an international network of affiliates. (See on EPS).

    EPS undertakes projects of research, education and outreach within our three program areas:

    US Military and Security Policy

    Because the United States’ military expenditure exceeds that of the rest of the world combined, one area of focus is the security and economic policies of the world’s only (current) superpower. Within this program area we look at such issues as: the true cost of war; what can realistically be achieved by military means? defining a new framework to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of U.S. security; looking for ways to reduce the threat of irresponsible nuclear policy; and, strategies for achieving peace and homeland security.

    International Peacebuilding

    Cooperation is a common sense tool to get things done. It’s real people, in government and out, working together on issues that matter to our daily lives. Many issues we face are bigger than any one nation – even the US: finding terrorists anywhere they hide; stopping killer germs before they reach our shores; making the global economy work for everyone. Working with other countries and international institutions like the UN multiplies our strength, expands our options, and distributes our costs and risks.

    Teaching the Economics of War and Peace

    At present, even within defense and security institutions, virtually no training opportunities exist in this field, no possibilities for students, security personnel, the NGO community, or other interested parties to receive an informed overview of the economic causes and consequences of defense expenditure, how economic theory helps illuminate, formulate, and evaluate policy options.

    Here, we integrate the study of economic dimensions into the study of war and peace (for example, in international relations), and the study of war into the study of economic systems (for example, the arms trade in international trade & finance; defense spending in macroeconomic management). Our goal is not to dictate how economists teach these topics, but to encourage creative work in these areas.

    We decide to undertake a new project if:

    It employs the tools of economic analysis;
    It strengthens understanding of our issues of concern among more than one audience;
    It proposes rational and peaceful alternatives to current mores, policies, or practices.