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Index February 2007

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2007-02-01: Working Women’s Forum WWF;
2007-02-02: Educational Trust of India ETI;
2007-02-03: National Bal Bhavan;
2007-02-04: The Springdales Education Society;
2007-02-05: Educational Resource Unit ERU;
2007-02-06: Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka;
2007-02-07: CRIN Child Rights Information Network;
2007-02-08: Women’s Organisation for Rural Development;
2007-02-09: UNFPA;
2007-02-10: 34 Million Friends of UNFPA;
2007-02-10: Americans for UNFPA;
2007-02-11: Avery Institute for Social Change;
2007-02-12: National Black Women’s Health Imperative;
2007-02-13: TransFairUSA – Fair Traide Certified;
2007-02-14: CANGO.net;
2007-02-15: Central Asia and the Caucasus;
2007-02-16: The Central Asia Centre for Engineering Education CACEE;
2007-02-17: The Voice of the Turtle;
2007-02-18: UNIFEM;
2007-02-19: European Journal of Migration and Law;
2007-02-20: The University of Central Asia UCA;
2007-02-21: The Central Asian Gateway;
2007-02-22: North-South research of NCCR in Central Asia;
2007-02-23: the Centre for Development Alternatives CEPAUR, Chile;
2007-02-24: The Open Society Institute;
2007-02-25: Village Focus International VFI;
2007-02-26: CBNRM.Net;
2007-02-27: Mountain Spirit MS;
2007-02-28: Inauguration of EU Fundamental Rights Agency.

Inauguration and opening of EU Fundamental Rights Agency

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Received by mail by Human Rights Education Associates HREA.

Strasbourg, 01.03.2007 – Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis is in Vienna today to inaugurate the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency.

Inauguration: The mandate of the agency, which is clearly limited to the EU’s distinct legal order, respects the preeminent role of the Council of Europe and its European Court of Human Rights in defending human rights in Europe. The regulations of the Agency recognise the work done by the Council of Europe, and there are detailed provisions which are intended to promote synergy and ensure complementarity.

The Council of Europe has been invited to participate in the administration of the new agency. Negotiations on a cooperation agreement between the two organisations have already begun and should be completed before the summer.

Ursula Plassnik, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament, and Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister of Justice of Germany, will be among those taking part in the ceremony at the Palais Niederösterreich. (A Council of Europe Press release).

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Mountain Spirit MS

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Linked with Chhing Lamu Sherpa – Nepal.

Mountain Spirit MS is a non-government and non-profit making organization formed by the youths and development professionals of mountain community in 1996. MS has received wider government recognition through its formal affiliation with the Social Welfare Council in Nepal. (full text).

Reports;
News;
Vision, Mission;
Programm Aereas;
Photo Gallery;
Partner: Deutschland;
Contact. Mountain Spirit, P.O.Box 10185, Katmandu, Nepal, Tel 977-1-4422390.

Mountain Spirit is a non-governmental and non-profit organization legally registered in Nepal in 1996 and affiliated to the Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Nepal . The main objective of Mountain Spirit is to preserve the environment, culture and identity of mountain regions through the participation of local people in needs-based development activities. It aims to help make the mountains a better place to live, work and visit by improving the quality of life and empowering the local people so that they can make their own decisions and determine their own destiny.

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CBNRM.Net

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in english, deutsch, español, français, norsk, português.

Linked with Boualaphet Chounthavong – Laos.

Worldwide people working on Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network, CBNRM.Net, as practitioners, managers and researchers, are increasingly requesting better communication capabilities. Such communication and networking capabilities would make it possible for people to exchange experiences, manage relevant knowledge, and support learning across countries, sectors, cultures, and languages, and in this way achieve better results. The global context for these changes includes increased emphasis on culture, local institutions, traditional knowledge, participation and participatory approaches, and NGOs and civil society, within an overall nation-state framework characterized by increasing weight on decentralization, governance and transparency. CBNRM.Net is a response to this call. It provides a powerful set of broad, robust and useful networking tools aimed at linking stakeholders. As a complete, integrated, and adaptable knowledge management tool, CBNRM Net is presented as a service to the global CBNRM.Net community of practice. Explore CBNRM.Net for:

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Village Focus International VFI

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Linked with Boualaphet Chounthavong – Laos.

Village Focus International envisions a world in which every community has the capacity, opportunity, and legal right to improve its quality of life. VFI’s mission is to invest in local staff and leaders working to design and implement
projects that create positive change in their own communities by bridging international support to local action. (full text).

Non-profit U.S.-based organization empowering communities and leaders in Laos, Cambodia, and Southern India. Incorporated in 2000 by a group of Lao people and two Americans who have worked together for over ten years. Grassroots model that differs from large development organizations, known to be ineffective and wasteful, by keeping overhead costs low and emphasizing local leadership. (full text).

Homepage;
Child Protection & Empowerment; Village Life & Leadership; Natural Resource Management; Fair Trade; Newsletter;
Contact us.

Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge regime, responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people, brought Cambodia’s flourishing society to a halt in 1975. The resulting years of war, isolation, and uncertainty lasted until 1998. (full text). Continue Reading…

The Open Society Institute OSI

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OSI-New York and OSI-Budapest are separate organizations that operate independently, yet cooperate informally with each other. This website, a joint presentation, is intended to promote both organizations’ interests, while maintaining their respective transparency. (Information-Programme).

OSI Offices: OSI is based in New York City and cooperates with the Hungary-based OSI-Budapest. OSI-New York is exempt from United States income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Together with OSI-Budapest, OSI-New York provides administrative, financial, and technical support to the Soros foundations. OSI-New York operates initiatives, which address specific issues on a regional or network-wide basis internationally, and other independent programs. OSI-New York is also the home of a series of programs that focus principally on the United States. In the United States, OSI has offices in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. In addition to Budapest, other offi ces outside the United States are located in Brussels, London, and Paris.

The Soros Foundations Network;
Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships;
Resource Center;
Initiatives;
Site-map;
Contact us inside of our website.

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The Centre for Development Alternatives CEPAUR, Chile

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Linked with Manfred Max-Neef – Chile, with The Max-Neef Model of Human-Scale Development, with Statements at the World Future Council.

CEPAUR is largely dedicated to the reorientation of development in terms of stimulating local self-reliance and satisfying fundamental human needs. More generally, it advocates a return to the human scale. CEPAUR acts as a clearing-house for information on the revitalisation and development of small and medium-sized urban and rural communities; it researches new tools, strategies and evalutive techniquest for such development, assists with projects aiming at greater local self-reliance and disseminates the reulsts of its research and experience. In Human Scale Development, published in 1987 in Spanish and later in English, Max-Neef and his colleagues at CEPAUR outline a new development paradigm based on a revaluation of human needs. Needs are described as existential (having, doing, being) and as axiological (values) and the things needed to satisfy them are not necessarily dependent upon, or commensurate with, the kinds or quantities of economic goods available in any given society. The book seeks to counter the logic of economics with the ethics of well-being. (full text on the website of The Right Livelihood Awards).

The Center is described also on the following websites:
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation;
Foundation for deep ecology;
Peace Proposal.com;
Globalization and Megatechnology.

North-South research of NCCR in Central Asia

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NCCR Central Asia is part of The National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR North-South (site is hosted at the University of Berne/Switzerland (in german), and their Center for development and environment: (in english). Works together with the Swiss Development Cooperation.

Swiss cooperation in Central Asia started with Kyrgyzstan in 1993 and Uzbekistan in 1994. Tajikistan received humanitarian aid during the civil war (1993-97), which had later been replaced by technical and financial assistance. Through the Swiss Cooperation Offices in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Switzerland implements projects which aim to achieve a sustainable change in the region. Some of the regional projects include limited activities in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Motivation for support: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are members of the Swiss-led voting group at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and at the Bretton Woods Institutions (International Monetary Fund, World Bank). Swiss active involvement in the region is supported by the Swiss government’s understanding that global security and prosperity will not be achieved as long as a huge gap separates the developed and the underdeveloped world. (full text).

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The Central Asian Gateway

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(Homepage in english) – (Homepage in russian)

Read: The Central Asian Human Development Report HDR 2005.

about: Mission and objectives: Central Asian Gateway Internet website was created with aim to provide access to information on socio-economic development of Central Asian states. This information, its comprehension and practical use allow to promote sustainable development, productive exchange of best practices, encourage of network activity carried out by various institutions, citizens, and other counterparts engaged in constructive activity.

CAG Mission Statement: CAG portal will facilitate knowledge sharing and information exchange for sustainable socio-economic development and integration of Central Asian countries.

CAG goals and objectives:

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The University of Central Asia UCA

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UCA is an International Initiative for Education and Development in Central Asia. The University of Central Asia was created to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and create knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates who will contribute leadership, ideas and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region.

UCA was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan. It is the world’s first internationally chartered institution of higher education. The International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University was signed by His Highness the Aga Khan and the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons and His Highness the Aga Khan is the Founding Patron and Chancellor of UCA. UCA is a private, independent, self-governing institution which will be governed by an independent Board of Trustees and led by a Rector. It will have three campuses of equal size and stature in each of the founding countries.

Adresses:
University of Central Asia Tekeli, 20 Kazakhstanskaya Street, Tekeli, Republic of Kazakhstan.
University of Central Asia Naryn, 19 Pervogo Maya Street, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic.
University of Central Asia Khorog, c/o AKDN Khorog office, Chorbogh, Khorog, GBAO, Republic of Tajikistan.
Central Administration, 80 Tynystanova Street, 720053 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

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European Journal of Migration and Law

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Linked with Gavkhar Juraeva – Tajikistan.

This is a quarterly journal on migration law and policy with specific emphasis on the European Union, the Council of Europe and migration activities within the Organisation for Secutiry and Cooperation in Europe. This journal differs from other migration journals by focusing on both the law and policy within the field of migration, as opposed to examining immigration and migration policies from a wholly sociological perspective. The Journal is the initiative of the Centre for Migration Law of the University of Nijmegen, in co-operation with the Brussels-based Migration Policy Group.

The European Journal of Migration and Law provides an invaluable source of information and a platform for discussion for government and public officials, academics, lawyers and NGOs interested in migration issues in the European context. Devoted exclusively to migration law and policy, the original research and analysis the Journal presents will emphasize the development of migration policies across Europe. Each issue will have a cross-disciplinary approach to migration and social issues such as access of migrants to social security and assistance benefits, including socio-legal and meta-juridical perspectives. (full text of its online-version).

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UNIFEM

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Linked with Viloyat Mirzoyeva – Tajikistan, and with Bihodjal Rahimova – Tajikistan.

Homepage:

UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality. Placing the advancement of women’s human rights at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM focuses its activities on four strategic areas:

  • (1) reducing feminized poverty,
  • (2) ending violence against women,
  • (3) reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and
  • (4) achieving gender equality in democratic governance in times of peace as well as war. (read more; lea más; et aussi).

UNIFEM Project Office in Tajikistan, 35, Khusein-zade Street, Dushanbe 734025, TAJIKISTAN. National Project Coordinator: Viloyat Mirzoeva, Tel: +992 372 211831, Fax: +992 372 210645 (Go to this UNIFEM site and scoll down).

NGO Committee on UNIFEM – The NGO Committee on UNIFEM was established to promote the work of UNIFEM. It consists of representatives of 32 NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC. Inquiries about the committee may be directed to Jackie Shapiro, Convener of the Committee, at +1 212-249-4065. (full text).

The Voice of the Turtle

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Linked with Peter Waterman – England, with Reflections on an Emancipatory Labour Internationalism … , with Surpassing the binary opposition between reform and revolution.

Turtle People;
Book Reviews;
Archive/Graveyard;
Turtle’s links;
Contact;
And last but not least: the very deep, very red Homepage.

About: The Voice of the Turtle is an online journal of left-wing politics and culture. Its Editors are scattered across the face of the globe, in San Francisco, California and Ithaca, New York; Oxford, England and Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, England, and – from time to time – Harare, Zimbabwe. The Turtle edits and publishes material as it comes in to our shifting Headquarters. In most of the months of the year, a Monthly Missive informs those who subscribe to the Turtle’s email list of the latest developments on the site.

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The Central Asia Centre for Engineering Education CACEE

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(site in russian)

CACEE has been established at the Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), Tomsk, Russia, as a satellite centre of the UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education UICEE, which is based at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. This has been accomplished within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the TPU and the UICEE, which came into effect on January 01, 2001.

Information;
Contact. Address: Central Asia Centre for Engineering Education, 634034, 30 Lenin Ave., Tomsk, Russia.

Partners:
Monash University (Melbourne, Australia);
Aalborg University, Faculty of Engineering & Science (Aalborg, Denmark);
Anna University (Chennai, Madras, India);
Glasgow Caledonian University (Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom);
Ryerson Polytechnic University (Toronto, Canada);
Technical University of Denmark (Lyngby, Denmark);
University of Technology, Business & Design (Hochschule Wismar, Wismar, Germany).

Goals: The CACEE seeks to accomplish several goals in the realm of engineering education, namely:

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Central Asia and the Caucasus

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Linked with all links on CANGO.net on this blog.

An internet resoure page hosted by the East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center at Columbia University. As part of a longstanding effort to provide resources on Central Asia and the Caucasus, the Center is pleased to present the resources below. Center staff would be grateful for suggested additional links.

A site with a great amount of links:

Excemple: all country links;
links for educators;
Contact on their website:

NGOs:
CANGO.net;
Central Asia Insitutute;
Eurasia Foundation;
Open Society Institute;
International Research & Exchanges Board;
Silkroad Foundation;
CIMERA;

See many other topics, like more NGOs, on their Homepage.

CANGO.net

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Linked with Dilorom Mukhsinova – Uzbekistan, with Mubarak Gurbanova – Turkmenistan, with Viloyat Mirzoyeva – Tajikistan, with Gavkhar Juraeva – Tajikistan, and with Bihodjal Rahimova – Tajikistan.

Linked also with former personalities of Central Asia on this web blog: with Adiba Kamiljonovna Akhmedjanova – Uzbekistan, with Sakhibakhon Irgasheva – Uzbekistan, with Mutabar Tadjibayeva – Uzbekistan, with Natalia Shabunz – Turkmenistan, with Fatimakhon Ahmedova – Tajikistan, with Aziza Abdirasulova – Kyrgyzstan, with Raisa Kadyrova – Kyrgyzstan, with Tolekan Ismailova – Kyrgyzstan, with Natalia Shabunz – Turkmenistan, and with Rozlana Taukina – Kazakhstan.

News;
Archive;
Counterpart Consortium Offices in Central Asia (full text/addresses);
Database.

The site exists also in russian, see link on english homepage.

CANGO.net is a Civil Society Support Initiative. A new program of the United States Agency on International Development USAID for Central Asian NGOs, exactly in Kasakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

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TransFairUSA – Fair Traide Certified

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(also in espanol) – Linked with Paul Rice – USA, and with Fair Trade and Human Rights.
Fair Trade Blog; who we are; Producer Profiles; Buy Fair Trade; Fair Trade Products; Fair Trade Links. Their contact address can be found on bapd.org.

TransFairUSA on wikipedia. TransFairUSA is part of FLO International.

Overview: Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace:

  • Fair Trade is much more than a fair price! Fair Trade principles include:
  • Fair price: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.
  • Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.
  • Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
  • Democratic and transparent organizations: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.
  • Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.
  • Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.

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Avery Institute for Social Change

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Linked with Byllye Avery – USA, with An Open Letter to my Sisters,
with The Health Care Crisis … , and with the National Black Women’s Health Imperative.

The Avery Institute for Social Change is a national, non-profit organization based in Harlem, N.Y., that is committed to quality health care for all. The organization takes a practical, visionary approach to health care reform, linking the grassroots, academic and policy communities, giving voice to those who experience the impact of health disparities, particularly in communities of color. Through public education, technical assistance and leadership development, The Avery Institute for Social Change is building a new knowledge base and a network of leader-activists. The organization seeks community-driven solutions for ending health disparities while stimulating a grassroots movement for national health care reform.

Contact.
Communiversity.
Press-Room.

Our goal is to inspire a grassroots movement to work for health care reform using the “Health Care as a Human Right” platform.

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National Black Women’s Health Imperative

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Linked with Byllye Avery – USA, with An Open Letter to my Sisters, with The Health Care Crisis … , and with the Avery Institute for Social Change.

Homepage and links to many topics.
Contact and affiliates.

Who We Are: Black Women’s Health Imperative, the new name of the National Black Women’s Health Project, is a leading African American health education, research, advocacy and leadership development institution. Founded in 1983 by health activist Byllye Y. Avery, it has been a pioneer in promoting the empowerment of African American women as educated health care consumers and a strong voice for the improved health status of African American women. The organization is gaining the well-earned reputation as the leading force for health for African American women. Black Women’s Health Imperative possesses national stature as the only national organization devoted solely to the health of the nation’s 19 million Black women and girls. Our mission is to promote optimum health for Black women across the life span—physically, mentally and spiritually.

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Americans for UNFPA

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Linked with Jane Roberts and Lois Abraham – USA, with UNFPA, and with 34 Million Friends of UNFPA.

Americans for UNFPA (United Nations Fund for Population Activities) is dedicated to building American support for the work of UNFPA and to restoring the United States’ moral and financial contribution to the organization. This is a non-partisan, charitable organization funded by private foundations and individual donors. The U.S. Committee for UNFPA, now Americans for UNFPA, was founded in 1998. We are the official committee for UNFPA in the United States. We support UNFPA by generating awareness of UNFPA’s work, fundraising for field programs, and advocating for U.S. policies in support of UNFPA, including the release of Congressionally-allocated U.S. funds that have been withheld by the Administration since 2002.

Women’s Health;
Rights of Women;
Take Action;
Donate;
Contact us online.

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34 Million Friends of UNFPA

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Linked with Jane Roberts and Lois Abraham – USA, with UNFPA, and with Americans for UNFPA.

34 Million Friends of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Have been spent through Jan. 31, 2007: $ 3,465,699.63;

Contribute: Be one of 34 million Americans to contribute at least $1 to our grassroots movement for the women of the world. Invite others to join you:

BY MAIL: Americans for UNFPA – 34 Million Friends, P.O. Box 681, Toms River, NJ 08754;

online ($10 minimum);

All contributions are tax deductible.

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UNFPA

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Linked with Jane Roberts and Lois Abraham – USA, with 34 Million Friends of UNFPA, and with Americans for UNFPA.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Our Mission: UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. UNFPA? because everyone counts.

Meeting Development Goals;
Sitemap;
Contact;

The state of world population;
Population Issues;
Publications;
News release.
etc. etc., got to their huge webs.

Women’s Organisation for Rural Development

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Add: 102 Bazaar Street, Pandamangalam – 763 008, Tamil Nadu, Tel: 91-4268-430960, Email. siva_word@hotmail.com, The Organisation has no Website.
Contact: Mrs Ramachandran Sivakamavalli.

Purpose: Aged, Agriculture, Child welfare, Environment, Food and Nutrition, Health, Human Rights, Micro-enterprises, Poverty, Rural Development, Sanitation, Sustainable Development, Training, Tribal issues, Water, Women’s issues
Aim/Objective/Mission: The organisation has been formed for the cause of women community. It is looking at the women issues in this area with grave concern. The conditions of the women in Kabilarmalai block of Namakkal district are painting an alarming picture.

While the women live under a pathetic state of affairs, there are increasing cases of female infanticides. The organisation has taken serious efforts to curb this practice. Generally there has been fruitful results with declining number of female infanticides.

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CRIN Child Rights Information Network

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The Child Rights Information Network CRIN is a global network that disseminates information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights amongst non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organisation (IGOs), educational institutions, and other child rights experts. The Coordinating Unit is based in London, UK.

CRIN’s regional gateway, inclusive with Other organisations based in India (pull down the page);
The Convention on the Rights of the child;
CRIN publications;
CRIN newsletter;
NGO alternative reports;
Contact (in many languages).

The network is supported, and receives funding from Save the children Sweden, Save the Children UK, UNICEF, Plan International, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and World Vision International. Project funding is also received from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka

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exist also in Francais, Deutsch, Svenske, Japanese.

Linked with Annapurna Moharana – India.

Sarvodaya, Sri Lanka’s biggest charity, is dedicated to making a positive difference to the lives of rural Sri Lankans. Our grassroots movement now reaches 15,000 villages in 34 districts with 1,500 staff throughout Sri Lanka. Founded by a Sri Lankan schoolteacher in 1958, our philosophy is based on Buddhist-Gandhian philosophy and we work across all ethnic and religious communities. We are dedicated to the sustainable empowerment of people through self-help and collective support, to non-violence and peace. It is not as much what we do to alleviate rural poverty but the way in which we do it which makes us so effective and sustainable – through the active participation and engagement of the villagers themselves.

Contact.

Development Model: Shramadana means “sharing work, knowledge, talents, and time.” The aim of the Movement is to use shared work, voluntary giving and sharing of resources to achieve the personal and social awakening of everyone ~ from the individual, to the village, and continuing up to the international level. ‘Awakening’ means developing human potential, and is a comprehensive process taking place on the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, economic and political levels.

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Educational Resource Unit ERU

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Linked with Duiji – India, and with the Mahila Samakhya Programme.

The Educational Resource Unit ERU is a consulting group established in 1996 with the objective of working in an interdisciplinary manner on education, health, rights, livelihood and sustainable development. Since inception ERU has executed a range of research studies and evaluations/reviews in primary education, women’s education, rural livelihoods, social security, primary healthcare and women’s health. We have special expertise in qualitative research and process documentation.

Strategic planning and programme development has been a running theme in our work. We also facilitate policy development and implementation by government, donors, corporate foundations and voluntary organisations.

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The Springdales Education Society

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Linked with Rajni Kumar – India.

Contact:

Springdales is owned and run by the Springdales Education Society, a Charitable and Educational Trust registered in May 1956. It is the legal entity for the school and is responsible for its financial stability and the building of its assets as well as its ethos and philosophy. Its present Chairperson is the founder Principal of the school, Mrs Rajni Kumar, who is ably assisted by the Honorary Secretary Mrs P Loomba, and the members of the Governing body. (full text).

Current Status: The school is today a member of the National Progressive Schools’ Conference and is considered one of Delhi’s leading schools. The principal of the Dhaula Kuan branch is Dr. Jypti Bose and the principal of the Pusa Road branch is Mrs. Ameeta Mulla Wattal. The Pusa Road branch is the oldest and largest of the three branches, while the Kirti Nagar branch provides education only up till the fifth standard. Children from the Kirti Nagar branch move to the Pusa Road branch on entering sixth standard. (full text).
Vision of Education: At Springdales, education is looked upon as a holistic learning experience, helping each child to develop those attributes and qualities of heart, head and hand which will make him/her a self-reliant citizen and a fine human being, socially aware and humanistic, compassionate and kind, having pride in his country and belief in the concept of international brotherhood and peace, a person ready to work as an agency of change for building a more socially just and equitable society. (full text).

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National Bal Bhavan

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Linked with Rajni Kumar – India.

Homepage in Hindi, and in english language.

National Bal Bhavan is a Children’s paradise – a place where children irrespective of their caste, creed, status and sex, can choose activities of their liking as per their age, and thereby enhance their creative potential. National Bal Bhavan is committed to children belonging to lower strata of Society and children of special needs.

Objectives;
The Bal Bhavan Philosophy;
Programmes and theme based Workshops;
Publications;
Contact. Telephone No.: 91-11-23235422, Fax: 91-11-23231158

National Training Resource Centre NTRC: … The National Training Resource Centre (NTRC) of National Bal Bhavan is a resource centre for imparting training to adults, teachers, teacher trainees and child educators both from the formal and non-formal systems of education … (full text).

… Bal Bhavan pays special attention to children of deprived section. … (full text).

About: The National Bal Bhavan from its humble beginning in a tin shed at Turkman Gate in 1956, has progressed by leaps and bounds to attain the status of an Institution which has contributed significantly to supplement and complement the formal system of education through its multi-dimensional activities at the Head Quarters.

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Educational Trust of India ETI

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ETI, 36 Jeeva Street, Bethaniapuram, Madurai 625 016, India. Tel: 00 91 452 610 965. ETI has no Website. ETI is an NGO.

The Organisation aims and activities: ETI works towards assisting young children for the benefit of their welfare, development, future self dependency and self-sufficiency. This is done by conducting social welfare programmes and campaigning for children’s rights particularly in the area of child labour.

Organisation mandate: Provide training or education on child rights, Research child rights, Undertake legal casework on behalf of children, Work directly with children, Work in partnership with organisations.

Areas of expertise: Child labour and working children, Children and citizenship, Children and education, Children and health, Children living with HIV/AIDS, Children with disabilities, Children without parental care, Children working and living on the street, Reporting to and monitoring the CRC.

Working Women’s Forum WWF

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Contact: Dr. Jaya Arunachalam, 55, Bhimasena Garden Street, Mylapore, Chennai-600 004, India. Phone Number: 91-44-24992853 / 2499 3937, Fax: +91-44-24992853, write to.

Working Women’s Forum WWF was born out of an activist’s commitment that the poor are entitled to their rights, in terms of organised social platform, access to credit, education, health care and all the other basic services. The Forum entrusts key responsibilities of the organisation and its administration to poor women, by selecting and training internal cadres from neighbourhood communities.

About: Working Women’s Forum was born out of an activist’s commitment that the poor are entitled to their rights, in terms of organised social platform, access to credit, education, health care and all the other basic services. The suffering of the poor especially women in extreme poverty and squalor led to the initiation of WWF in the year 1978, taking responsibility to relieve them from hunger, indebtedness and invisibility. Forum’s several initiatives not only strive to address the economic/social problems that confront poor women but soon manifested into an alternate development model.

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