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2006-12-01: Foundation for Tolerance International FTI;
2006-12-02: Nijera Kori;
2006-12-03: The Canadian International Development Agency CIDA;
2006-12-04: The Natural Step TNS;
2006-12-05: Better World Links;
2006-12-06: IGF Institut für Globale Friedensarbeit;
2006-12-07: The Tamera Peace Village;
2006-12-08: some links for Human Rights Education;
2006-12-09: The Core Knowledge Foundation CK;
2006-12-10: The World Development Movement WDM;
2006-12-11: The International Gender and Trade Network IGTN;
2006-12-12: Colombian Indian Organizations ONIC;
2006-12-13: SHACK, Slum Dwellers International SDI;
2006-12-14: Ankur;
2006-12-15: W.O.M.E.N.;
2006-12-16: Demos;
2006-12-17: Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania UMATI;
2006-12-18: Tanzania Association of NGOs TANGO;
2006-12-19: Responsible Wealth;
2006-12-20: the Global Fund for Women;
2006-12-21: Freedom Force International;
2006-12-22: APNALAYA;
2006-12-23: TERI The Energy and Resources Institute;
2006-12-24: Nirbhay Bano Andolan;
2006-12-25: Byelorusskaya Assotsyatsya zhenshchin-yuristov BAZY;
2006-12-26: The Resource Alliance;
2006-12-27: Geocities;
2006-12-28: Genderlinks, South Africa;
2006-12-29: nef The New Economics Foundation;
2006-12-30: Center for Assistance to Information Technology Initiatives CAITI, Haiti;
2006-12-31: Pyepoudre Cultural Centre.

Pyepoudre Cultural Centre, Haiti

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Centre Culturel Pyepoudre, 92 bis Rue Christ-Roi, Port-au-Prince, Haïti, Tél / Fax (509) 244-2838. Adresse postale : Boîte Postale 15045, Pétion-Ville, Haïti HT6140.
Activités:

Nos Services: A la meme page cliquez sur photos.

I.- La bibliothèque/le livre.
La bibliothèque et la lecture publique ouverte à toutes les couches de la société, principalement aux jeunes désireux de s’initier aux pratiques de la lecture et du même coup, d’élargir leur champ de connaissance générale. En terme d’activités : conférences-débats, expositions, festivals, spectacles, projections, panneaux d’affichage, jeux questions-réponses, lecture dirigée, heure du conte, la bibliothèque est devenue un lieu de référence pour les résidants de Christ-Roi et ses environs.

II.- Animation/Création artistique.
A ce niveau, le Centre a produit une série d’activités présentées à la fois en Haïti et à l’extérieur du pays. Art de communication, d’expression et geste lié à la parole, la création théâtrale, selon Pyepoudre, doit être ouverte à diverses couches de la population, et peut, à l’instar, des autres arts, s’associer au grand combat du peuple pour sa survie et sa dignité.

III.- La formation.
Le Centre met l’accent sur le travail théâtral et forme des comédiens tant à Port-au-Prince que dans les villes de province et dans les milieux ruraux, soit à travers des ateliers de théâtre, soit par des sessions de formation en techniques théâtrales. Il organise également des sessions de formation sur les techniques d’animation socioculturelle, de structuration de groupe et de vie associative.

A play by the Centre Pyepoudre, In memory of the poet Jacques Roche. The Centre Culturel Pyepoudre presents Le premier poète by Jack London. This story has been adapted into a play and directed by Paula Clermont Péan. It will be interpreted by Actelié. It will also be an occasion to celebrate the anniversary of the Pyepoudre Cultural Center. (FOKAL). (Homepage).

Center for Assistance to Information Technology Initiatives CAITI, Haiti

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The Center for Assistance to Information Technology Initiatives (CAITI) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization created by a Caribbean youth group striving to democratize and popularize the NICTs in our area. We have gathered together, since the beginning of 2002, many access centers, cyber cafés, Associations, community schools and colleges in order to help them:

  • Give service to built their community’s capacity;
  • Lower their access costs;
  • Maintain their access service through training on basic management techniques.

(See on Stand 225.05 ict4d).

Vernous Guyverson, Haiti, from the Center for Assistance with IT Initiatives CAITI, Haiti. Vernous Guyverson is an ICT consultant for the Haitian government. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on e-government and a bachelor’s degree in major accounting. Vernous is the international expert for several projects in the Caribbean, in Africa and in Canada. He is also an e-business lecturer at several universities in Haiti and French Guyana. (See Internet Governance and Policy).

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nef The New Economics Foundation

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Linked with The price of power. See also nef on Nov. 6, 2006.

nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.

We are unique in combining rigorous analysis and policy debate with practical solutions on the ground, often run and designed with the help of local people. We also create new ways of measuring progress towards increased well-being and environmental sustainability.

nef works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally – civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia – to create more understanding and strategies for change.

Go to this page for all our publications.

nef is a registered charity founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES), which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7/G8 summit meetings. It has taken a lead in helping establish new coalitions and organisations, such as the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign; the Ethical Trading Initiative; the UK Social Investment Forum; and new ways to measure social and environmental well-being.

The lack of access to reliable and clean energy supplies is a major barrier to improving human well-being around the globe – there are an estimated 1.6 billion people living in the rural areas of developing countries who lack access to electricity – but so is dependence on fossil fuels. Climate-driven ‘natural’ disasters also threaten far worse. Rather than just failing to improve the human condition, we could be about to witness the great reversal of human progress.

Contact: 3 Jonathan Street, London, SE11 5NH, tel 020 7820 6300, e-mail.

Genderlinks GL, South Africa

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Promoting gender equality in and through the media.

Genderlinks GL is committed to a Southern Africa in which women and men are able to realise their full potential and participate equally in all aspects of public and private life. (See Homepage and more).

MISSION

Genderlinks GL works to achieve this vision through promoting gender equality in and through the media as well as in all areas of governance. The organisation’s specific goals are to:

Empower women, who have been socialised to occupy private spaces, to claim their voices as citizens, decision-makers, and in all aspects of public and private life. This objective recognises that it is not enough to focus on gender sensitisation of the media. Women must also be empowered to claim their space. GL thus places its specific focus on the media within the context of gender and governance more broadly.

Promote equal representation and participation of women and men within the institutional structures of the media.

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Geocities

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GeoCities (on wikipedia) is a free webhosting service founded by David Bohnett and John Rezner in late 1994 as Beverly Hills Internet. (Go to this Yahoo! page).

In its original form, site users selected a “city” in which to place their webpages; the “cities” being named after cities or regions according to their content — for example, computer-related sites were placed in “SiliconValley” and those dealing with entertainment were assigned to “Hollywood” — hence the name of the site; now, however, this feature has since been abandoned.

Geocities Highlights.
Get a free website on geocities yahoo.
Geocities Membership.

Overview in english.
same in portugues.
same in spanish.

Find interesting pages created by members.

Find special Indian sites:

Indian Human Rights.org,

Human Rights Movement in India,

Citizen Forum on Human Rights, LN. S.K.BHATTACHARJEE – National President, CELL NO. 09426215334, HOTLINE FAX NO. 02836-232308 (ROUND THE CLOCK),  TEL. OFFICE: 02836-220213 POSTAL ADD: P.O.BOX NO: 51, GANDHIDHAM -37020. Then go to this e-mail, or this e-mail, or this e-mail.

GeoCities began as BHI which stood for “Beverly Hills Internet“, a small Web hosting and development company in Southern California. The company also created their own Web directory, organized thematically in six “neighborhoods” such as “SiliconValley” (for technology) and “SunsetStrip” (for nightlife and music).

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The Resource Alliance

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The Resource Alliance is an international network working to build the capacity of not-for-profit organisations to mobilise funds and local resources for their causes. We achieve this through training, knowledge sharing and networking activities worldwide. The Resource Alliance is a UK registered charity and has 501c3 status in the US. Our website is full of valuable information on resource mobilisation techniques, latest news, case studies, useful contacts and links.

Find out about our fundraising training through conferences and workshops around the world. Register now for FREE to get access to our resources section.

about: The Resource Alliance’s mission is to build the fundraising and local resource mobilisation capacity of the voluntary sector worldwide. Resource Alliance is a UK registered charity (No.1099889) and has 501c3 status in the US. Our vision is of a strong voluntary sector throughout the world, working to the highest ethical standards of accountability and stewardship. Read more about our mission. If you are interested in finding out about the 25 year history of the Resource Alliance, click here .

To read our Annual Review for the year 2005/06 in PDF version, please click on this DOWNLOAD link;
Contact.

The Resource Alliance launches consultanty services;

Call for Case studies;

Latest Publications:

What is Leadership? Join Bernard Ross as he offers his take on what leadership means, and how this can be applied to the non-profit sector. Read more on this link.
Norma Galafassi Branding, the exciting business of making it work. Norma Galafassi shares her views on the vital role branding plays in the charity sector. Read more on this link.

Attitude and fundraising. What exactly do we mean by attitude, and how does it affect the way people fundraise? Read more on this link.

Byelorusskaya Assotsyatsya zhenshchin-yuristov BAZY

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Linked with Galina Drebezova – Belarus.

The Belarusian Association of Women Lawyers and the Brest Association of Legal Advice Centers.

Public Organisation “Belarusian Association of Women-Lawyers“,
Field: government, self-government, law.
Contact person: Galina Drebezava, e-mail.

Women’s movement in Belarus – formation, development, problems: During the years of social-economic transformation and long-term crisis in Belarus there has been a considerable decline in the professional and social status of women, and a sharp reduction of their actual participation in decision making at all levels and in all spheres. Belarusian women are the least protected social group in the job market: they face discrimination when being employed and dismissed, in the remuneration of their labor. The share of women among unemployed amounts to 65%, and the process of poverty feminization is going on. (Read the whole long on UniBel).
(UniBel in russian).

Public association “Belarusian Association of Women Lawyers”, NGO, Belarus.
Address: Naganova Street 10, Suite 11, 14, Brest, 224005 Belarus.

Phones: (+ 16 162 ) 231 842, e-mail. (See on UNDP).

Galina Drebezova is a lawyer and the president of the Belarusian Association of Women Lawyers from the southern city of Brest. Since late 1996, together with the Brest Association of Legal Advice Centers, she has organized and presented lectures on human rights in Brest and in other cities throughout Belarus. In addition to lectures for adults on human rights, Drebezova runs a Sunday school for children, teaching and training older children who then go on to teach younger children.

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Nirbhay Bano Andolan

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Nirbhay Bano Andolan, The ‘Be Fearless Movement’, India, for Community. Start Year 1993.

Contact Information: Shakil Ahmed, Ashoka Fellow Activist, Nirbhay Bano Andolan (people’s movement), A126, Azad Mohalla, Shanti nagar, Wadala (E), Mumbai – 400037, India. Tel: +91-22-20604029, +91-22-24167494, E-mail.

Positioning in the mosaic of solutions:
- Main barrier addressed: Corrupt or inept government and public systems,
- Main principle addressed: Build non-violent paths to rights, access & assets.

(Find the whole rest on this web-page of changemakers).

Description of initiative:

We work in Mumbai’s slums and to empower the most marginalized in this huge city to fight for their rights. In a system that is corrupt and inefficient, it’s mostly the poorest who suffer the most. They have no access to even basic, hygienic living conditions and are always facing the worst human rights abuses – whether they are police brutalities or forced evictions.

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TERI The Energy and Resources Institute

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with persons like Shanta Devi – India, and Leena Joshi – India.

TERI, for innovative solutions for a better tomorrow. TERI was formally established in 1974 with the purpose of tackling and dealing with the immense and acute problems that mankind is likely to be faced with in the years ahead,
- on account of the gradual depletion of the earth’s finite energy resources which are largely non-renewable, and
- on account of the existing methods of their use which are polluting.

About‘, Click there on following links to find these sub-links: Projects, Publications, Events, Newsroom.

Research: Policy Analysis, Energy-Environment Technology, Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology, Biotechnology and Management of Bioresources, Regulatory Studies and Governance, Resources and Global Security, Action Programmes, Information Technology and Services, Sustainable Development Outreach,

Contact, General: Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003, INDIA, Tel. (+91 11) 2468 2100 and 1504900, Fax (+91 11) 2468 2144 and 2468 2145, For general inquires contact this e-mail.

A special project is Terra Green, News to save the Earth, (Homepage).
TerraGreen is an e-magazine (published by TERI) that reports significant shakeouts in India’s energy, environment and sustainable development scenarios, once every two weeks.

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APNALAYA

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Apnalaya is an NGO running community development in Mumbai slums. Working with local groups and offering training for capacity building. Programmes include education, recreation, training, community health, vocational training. Service provision to the most marginalised community, capacity building for local groups Partnership in programmes to improve their living environment. Activity Sectors Child welfare, Consumer issues, Development(General), Education, Food and Nutrition, Grants/Aids, Health, Local Administration, Micro-enterprises, Poverty, Public Administration, Sanitation, Sustainable Development, Urban Development, Women’s issues. Address 75 Bhulabhai Desai Road, Cumbala Hill, Mumbai – 400026, Maharashtra, IN. Tel 91-22-4949752, Fax 91-22-3688512. (ex the British Council database).

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Freedom Force International

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Linked with G. Edward Griffin – USA.

Freedom Force International is a network of men and women from all parts of the world who are concerned over loss of personal liberty and expansion of government power. They are not mere complainers. They have a plan to do something about it. They also share a common belief in The Creed of Freedom, which is a statement of principles that guide them in their mission to build a better world.

Totalitarianism is on the rise everywhere because advocates of big government have taken leadership control of the power centers within every society. Power centers are organizations and social groupings – such as political parties, labor unions, church groups, media centers, and professional societies – that hold political power based on their claim to represent their members and on their ability to lead public opinion.

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The Global Fund for Women

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The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. We advocate for and defend women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world. We are part of a global women’s movement that is rooted in a commitment to justice and an appreciation of the value of women’s experience. The challenges women face vary widely across communities, cultures, religions, traditions and countries. We believe that women should have a full range of choices, and that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change. The way in which we do our work is as important as what we do. This philosophy is reflected in our flexible, respectful and responsive style of grantmaking.

The Global Fund makes grants to seed, strengthen and link women’s rights groups based outside the United States working to address human rights issues that include:

  • Ending Gender-Based Violence and Building Peace
  • Ensuring Economic and Environmental Justice
  • Advancing Health and Sexual and Reproductive Rights
  • Expanding Civic and Political Participation
  • Increasing Access to Education
  • Fostering Social Change Philanthropy

Our Links:
Contact:

See much more on our websites.

Responsible Wealth

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Linked with Marta Drury – USA, with the Global Fund for Women.

Responsible Wealth is a national network of businesspeople, investors and affluent Americans who are concerned about deepening economic inequality and are working for widespread prosperity. Our three primary areas of work are tax fairness, corporate responsibility and living wages. We are leaders in business, community, government, philanthropy, academia and finance. We are among the wealthiest 5% of Americans, the primary beneficiaries of the robust growth of the American economy. We are united by our common concern that despite a booming economy, many are not sharing in the prosperity.

Founded in 1997, Responsible Wealth is affiliated with United for a Fair Economy (UFE), a national non-profit devoted to putting a spotlight on the dangers of excessive inequality of income and wealth in the United States.

Our work is focused on four areas:

We advocate fair taxes.
We support a living wage for all.
We call for greater corporate accountability.
We promote broadened asset ownership for all Americans.
We hope you’ll join us in our work!

Contact:

Read much more on our websites.

Tanzania Association of NGOs TANGO

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Linked with Christina Nsekela – Tanzania, and with Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania UMATI.

The Tanzania Association of Non Governmental Organizations TANGO has been in existence since 1988. The organization started with an initial membership of 22 founder organizations. TANGO has over the year continued to attract new members each year.

Like a tree during the fall TANGO has at times experienced “membership fatigue” which is characterized by some members dropping out of active participation and other new members taking up the active participationCurrently TANGO has a membership of total of 620 NGOs, most of which are regional and district networks, that have members in the regions of 50 plus. This makes the TANGO membership by proxy to be around 1500 NGOs.

It is against the above stated background that TANGO is said to be the largest and long-standing voluntary and self-organized national umbrella of Tanzanian NGOs.

TANGO has continued to pursue its initial goals of unifying the NGO sector and creating an enabling environment, by lobbying for a friendly NGO Act.

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Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania UMATI

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Linked with Christina Nsekela – Tanzania, and with Tanzania Association of NGOs TANGO. (Described on IPPF.org, International Planned Parenthood Federation).

The mission of the Association is to play a supportive role to the Government Family Planning Programme, information and service provision, and to venture into the introduction of sexual health programmes in areas considered too sensitive by the Government; instituting quality of care programmes and piloting innovative approaches to sexual and reproductive health.

Tanzania FPA operates a large community-based programme as one way of improving access to services and bridging the gap between awareness and practice. UMATI aims to improve its services by including counselling for HIV/STD and post abortion, infertility investigations and minor clinical tests, – cervical swabs and pap smear tests.

The UNHCR asked UMATI to provide family planning services for the large Rwandan refugee community. They carried out a needs assessment mission in Ngara which found that women refugees were desperately looking for FP services, due to the hazardous conditions for giving birth, and as they had become aware of the services in Rwanda. It was found that male refugees were opposed to family planning because they wanted to replace family members who had died. UMATI decided to conduct short courses in Family Planning Clinical Services to workers of NGO’s, provide contraceptives to all other NGO clinics and run a model clinic which will be referral and training centre. (Read much more on their Homepage).

Demos

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Linked with Geoff Mulgan – England, with Background-Report on Cities in Transition, and with Geoff Mulgan’s Spring Conference 2006.

Demos is the think tank for everyday democracy. We believe everyone should be able to make personal choices in their daily lives that contribute to the common good. Our aim is to put this democratic idea into practice by working with organisations in ways that make them more effective and legitimate.

Focused on the following areas:

public services, the adaptive state;
science and technology;
cities and public space, self build cities;
arts and culture, valuing culture;
global security.

Our partners include policy-makers, companies, public service providers and social entrepreneurs. Demos is not linked to any party but we work with politicians across political divides. Our international network – which extends across eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Brazil, India and China – provides a global perspective and enables us to work across borders.

Blog.
Latest Publications.
Contact.

Women’s Organization for Managing Economic and Educational Needs – W.O.M.E.N.

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WOMENS’S ORGANISATION FOR MANAGING AND EDUCATIONAL NEEDS, W.O.M.E.N. is a registered society manned by a group of women, committed to extend all voluntary services for the development of her counterparts. It is a non-profit oriented, secular, organization heading to make women / girls self-reliant, dignified and respectable. Added to these, it also caters to the needs and desires of the elderly and children as well.

Women’s Organisation for Managing Economic and Educational Needs (short name W.O.M.E.N.) was founded by Dr. (Mrs) Azmat Nayeem in Sep 1986. It is a Govt of A.P. registered society having seven competent women in the Governing Body. Though all belong to different academics, they have a basic instinct of social development with a practical approach.

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Ankur

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Linked with Shanta Devi – India.

Ankur was started in 1983 in Delhi to help build empathy and an appreciation of diversities. For the last two decades Ankur has been working with the urban marginalised to create alternative models of education that respond to vital societal concerns and strive for building a society that affirms dignity of life, sharing of resources, participation, dialogue and non-violence. Ankur works with children between ages 6 and 13 and 14 to 15.

Ankur’s activities are aimed towards:

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SHACK, Slum Dwellers International SDI

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SHACK, Post Office Box, 14038 Mowbray, 7705 Cape Town, South Africa.

T: +27 21 689 9408, F: +27 21 689 3912, e-mail.

Reports:

Report-links for all Countries, from Angola to Zimbabwe;
A small step towards confederation in India;

New: THE CHALLENGE OF ENGAGEMENT, August 2006:

It is almost 16 years now since the SDI process began to take root. It started with community-to-community exchange programmes between pavement dwellers in Mumbai, India and shack dwellers from the informal settlements of South Africa.

Since then it has grown into an international network of urban poor Federations in 24 countries on 3 different continents. Many of the strategies and tactics for securing land tenure and housing that were developed in the early days remain in place today, although they have been refined and adapted by an ever deepening process of action and reflection.

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Colombian Indian Organizations ONIC

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Linked with Hilda Liria Domicó Bailarín – Colombia.

Published in Cultural Survival Quarterly, Issue 8.4, December 31, 1984, By Zornosa, Yesid Campos:

A long process of extermination and reduction of rich and advanced Indian cultures began almost 500 years ago. The Aztec, Maya, Tayrona, Inca and Muisca, among others, had large cities and a wide variety of crops; they Were accomplished artisans, musicians and singers, philosophers and mathematicians, recognized astronomers and scientists. But, the conquest violently altered the dynamics of indigenous America; with it came land seizures, tribute payments and various forms of labor control such as the repartimiento, the encomienda and the mita. Onto Indian society, the colono imposed not only himself but his language, beliefs, customs and personal interests.

Nowadays in Colombia’s multi-ethnic society more than 75 separate Indian cultures (about 2% of the total population) resist the continual besiegement and aggression of the national majority.

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The International Gender and Trade Network IGTN

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The International Gender and Trade Network is a network of feminist gender specialists who provide technical information on gender and trade issues to women’s groups, NGOs, social movements and governments. IGTN acts as a political catalyst to enlarge the space for a critical feminist perspective and global action on trade and globalization issues. It is a Southern-led network that builds South/North cooperation in the work of developing more just and democratic policy from a critical feminist perspective. IGTN is organized in eight regions: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Gulf, North America and the Pacific.

About;
Trade Agreements
Economic Literacy
Bulletins;
Issues.

Specially: Gender and Trade in Africa (GENTA):

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The World Development Movement WDM

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Also linked with Peter Hardstaff – England.

The World Development Movement WDM (Homepage): Founded in 1970, WDM campaigns to tackle the root causes of poverty. WDM believes that charity is not enough and aims to change the policies that keep the developing world poor. It is a democratic and politically independent organisation with 15,000 supporters and a strong role for its 100 local groups across the UK.

The World Development Movement WDM tackles the underlying causes of poverty. We lobby decision makers to change the policies that keep people poor. We research and promote positive alternatives. We work alongside people in the developing world who are standing up to injustice. The world has the wealth and means to end poverty. Yet nearly half of the world’s population live on less than £1.40 a day. And over 11 million children will die from poverty-related illness this year alone.

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The Core Knowledge Foundation CK

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In 1986, Eric Donald Hirsch founded the Core Knowledge Foundation CK. According to the foundation website, “the ‘Core Knowledge’ movement is an educational reform based on the premise that a grade-by-grade core of common learning is necessary to ensure a sound and fair elementary education.” The intention of this is to create an even amount of information across all children of the same age. An argument against this method is that it does not take individual learning styles into account. Read what the Foundation says about itself:

Dedicated to excellence and fairness in early education, the Core Knowledge Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1986 by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and author of many acclaimed books including The Knowledge Deficit, Cultural Literacy, and The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them. The Foundation conducts research on curricula, develops books and other materials for parents and teachers, offers workshops for teachers, and serves as the hub of a growing network of Core Knowledge schools. As you explore this site, you will find lesson plans, articles, and many other resources to help you use the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Core Knowledge Sequence K–8 in your classroom and school. We invite you to learn more about the model curriculum guidelines developed by the Core Knowledge Foundation, as more schools “share the knowledge,”. (Read much more on their website).

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some links for Human Rights Education

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“Everyone has the right to education … Education shall be directed to the full development of human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace”, art.26 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (Read the whole text on this UNESCO site).

Look at: The (Australian) Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission HREOC has developed a structured online human rights education program for teachers of upper primary and secondary school students.

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. HREA is dedicated to quality education and training to promote understanding, attitudes and actions to protect human rights, and to foster the development of peaceable, free and just communities. HREA works with individuals, non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental organisations and governments interested in implementing human rights education programmes. (See more on HREA Homepage and ff).

Read: Human Rights in Education, from right-to-education.org.

The Center for Citizenship and Human Rights Education, UK. CCHRE was established to promote and develop research, consultancy and postgraduate studies in citizenship education and human rights education. It is a leading international centre in this field and welcomes students and researchers from around the world. The Centre’s work is inter-disciplinary and we actively promote the involvement of institutions, agencies and professionals. CCHRE is involved in a range of activities at local, regional, national and international levels. Our members are drawn from a number of academic departments at the University of Leeds and beyond. The Centre Director is Professor Audrey Osler. (See: CCHRE UK).

All Governments have a duty to teach regularly about human rights and to provide a learning environment where human rights are respected and acknowledged.(Read more on Amnesty International).

Book: Human Rights Education, by Aruna Goel and S.L. Goel, Sept. 2002, amazon.

Go to: Human Rights from BBC World Service.

Journalists for Human Rights JHR is a growing charitable organization that harnesses the power of the media to combat human rights abuses. By building the capacity of the media to report effectively on human rights issues, JHR’s work pressures abusers to stop and empowers victims to fight back. Since its founding in May 2002, JHR has run projects in nine African countries and throughout North America. Within Africa, JHR works with local media organizations to reach 20 million people with human rights related stories on a weekly basis. In Canada, JHR has established 22 Chapters (or clubs) at post-secondary institutions across the country, actively engaging over 20% of Canada’s journalism students in human rights reporting. JHR is currently working to expand this program throughout the United States. JHR has offices in Accra, Ghana and Toronto, Canada. (Read all about on their Homepage and more).

More links:

(US) National Center for Human Rights Education.

The People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning, and their Report 2006 of 382 pages in pdf.

The Tamera Peace Village

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Linked with Sabine Lichtenfels – Portugal, and with IGF Institut für Globale Friedensarbeit.

The Tamera Peace Village is a peace project in Alentejo, southern Portugal, with a project site that comprises 331 acres, 30 km inland from the Atlantic coast. The project was founded by Sabine Lichtenfels and Dieter Duhm and sees itself as a support and training base for the establishment of a global power for peace. The project’s research work deals with new ways of healing both humans and nature. The aim is to develop a cultural model for a non-violent lifestyle: a “Healing Biotope”. With the term ‘healing biotope’, we mean an intentional community of people, animals and plants mutually enhancing each others life-energy – a place where they are no longer restricted by fear or violence. A place for:

  • a lively trust between humans and all creatures
  • research into the most fundamental of life’s events
  • a non-violent technology
  • a loving reunion of the genders
  • a sensual joy free of fear and humiliation
  • re-locating human life within the laws of creation
  • global networking.
  • A Healing Biotope is also as self-sufficient as possible in the areas of nutrition, ecology, water, energy and medicine.

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IGF Institut für Globale Friedensarbeit

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Linked with Sabine Lichtenfels – Portugal, and with the Tamera Peace Village.

Das IGF entwickelt und vermittelt Gedanken, Erfahrungen und Konzepte für den Aufbau einer globalen Friedenskraft. Das IGF spannt ein internationales Netz der Kooperation zu Friedensinitiativen und engagierten Einzelpersonen, die am Aufbau einer globalen Friedenskraft beteiligt sind oder sein möchten, zu Vertretern indigener Völker, zu Wissenschaftlern, zu Friedensarbeitern und Friedensarbeiterinnen in vielen verschiedenen Ländern. Eine spezielle Kooperation entwickelte sich u.a. mit FriedensarbeiterInnen aus Israel/Palästina, Kolumbien, Indien, Kroatien und Brasilien. Der Sitz des IGF ist in Tamera in Portugal.

Das IGF arbeitet auf zwei Ebenen:

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Better World Links

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Linked with a new post on 2009-12-13: Better World Links.

This site offers you a huge amount of links around the theme ‘better world’. Better World Links, for Peace, Human Rights, Environment, Social Justice, etc.exist also in german language!

Subdivisions:

Conflict Regions, Culture, Economy, Education, Environment, General Info, Health, Human Rights, Military, Men, News, One World, Peace, Politics, Religions, Social Justice, Urgent Actions, Women;
and specific divisions, like: real news & critical comments; important days and events,
and many local specific events. With some clicks you may land  on uruknet, or  Pentagon carrying Al Jazeera English, or on the US SOCIAL SECURITY DEBATE 2005 with 300 links.

The Natural Step TNS

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Linked with Karl-Henrik Robèrt – Sweden, and with … a way of talking about “systems thinking”.

The Natural Step is a nonprofit organization founded in Sweden in 1989 by Swedish scientist, Karl-Henrik Robèrt. The Natural Step has pioneered a “Backcasting from Principles” approach to effectively advance society towards sustainability, and developed through a consensus process a systematic principle definition of sustainability. Following publication of the Brundtland Report in 1987, Robèrt developed The Natural Step Framework, setting out the system conditions for the sustainability of planet Earth. Robèrt’s four system conditions are derived from the laws of thermodynamics.

As an international non-profit organisation it has been working to accelerate global sustainability, using the internationally endorsed and tested Natural Step framework, which is based on sound science, systems thinking and practical business decision-making, to help companies, non-profit organisations, individuals and communities to lead the transition to an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable future. (Read more on the Homepage).

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The Canadian International Development Agency CIDA

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CIDA is Canada’s lead development agency. It has a mandate to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world. CIDA works in partnership around the world to support sustainable development in developing countries and to offer humanitarian assistance in areas of need. Since the founding of the United Nations in October 1945 and of specialized agencies following World War II, Canada has been supporting the development efforts of partner countries and organizations around the world. It has a mandate to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world.

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Nijera Kori

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Linked with Khushi Kabir – Bangladesh.

Nijera Kori is a movement for awareness, from the individual to the collective, relating to life in deep perspective, encompassing all its social, economic and political aspects. It is an awareness of an individuals existence that remains dormant untill awakened by external pressures and forces. The pressures are those of poverty, exploitation and deprivation, of marginalisation and exclusion, of class and gender discrimination and the forces are those of protest, for assertion of rights and privileges, for equality and justice, to which they have a natural claim by law and social norm.

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Foundation for Tolerance International FTI

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Linked with Raisa Kadyrova – Kyrgyzstan.

Read: The “Early Warning for Violence Prevention” project.

Read also: FTI in russian.

The Foundation for Tolerance International FTI is a Kyrgyz NGO working to prevent conflict and promote peace and justice in Central Asia. For 10 years, FTI has managed a diverse portfolio of projects on conflict prevention and resolution, as well as community development and advocacy, primarily at the cross-border communities of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the Ferghana valley. To date, FTI is gaining regional and international presence through its dynamic participation in global and regional network initiatives such as the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict.

To coordinate its communication, information and programmatic initiatives, FTI is seeking an innovator in the area of Conflict Prevention and Resolution. The key tasks will be to collect, produce, oversee and manage a wide array of relevant, timely information and analysis. This role supports FTI’s goal of promoting a culture of non-violence and tolerance, and preventing and resolving conflicts in Central Asia.

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