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Index February 2008

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2008-02-01: africa;
2008-02-02: The Afghan Independent Journalists Association;
2008-02-03: TCHAPE;
2008-02-03: SOCRATES – The EU Lifelong Learning Programme;
2008-02-04: International Finance Corporation IFC;
2008-02-05: The Microfinance Gateway;
2008-02-05: MAJLIS;
2008-02-05: SPARROW;
2008-02-06: Disarmament & Security Centre;
2008-02-06: World Forum for Fisher Peoples WFFP;
2008-02-07: dropping knowledge dk;
2008-02-08: The World Court Project;
2008-02-09: Forum for Global Action;
2008-02-10: Women Making Peace WMP;
2008-02-11: euro|topics;
2008-02-11: SerMaCaValTa;
2008-02-12: Agenda Culturel Arabe;
2008-02-12: Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha BNPS;
2008-02-13: women’s feature service WFS;
2008-02-14: Asia Pacific Disability Forum APDF;
2008-02-15: International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations IISNC;
2008-02-16: H-genocide;
2008-02-17: The Jean Piaget Society JPS;
2008-02-17: The Jean Piaget Archives;
2008-02-18: The Virtual;
2008-02-19: The Women & Gender Institute;
2008-02-20: The Independent Institute;
2008-02-21: First Nations Development Institute;
2008-02-22: Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies;
2008-02-23: Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus;
2008-02-24: terre des hommes, International Federation TDHIF;
2008-02-25: Human Development Reports HDR;
2008-02-26: NGLS – UN Non-Governmntal Liaison Service;
2008-02-28: Business Support at Your Doorstep;
2008-02-29: Take Heart India THI;

Buddhiste Peace Fellowship BPF

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Linked with Oddom Van Syvorn – Cambodia.
One of the main purposes of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship is to build and support the socially engaged Buddhist community around the world. We do so by creating training, education, and practice opportunities for socially engaged Buddhists, supporting BPF chapters and affiliates, and generating Buddhist social analysis on issues such as race, gender, class, and social and economic justice (homepage).

Current projects;
get involved;
resource center;
annual reports;
support the Buddhist Peace Fellowship
address: Buddhist Peace Fellowship, PO Box 3470, Berkeley, CA 94703, USA, Tel: 510.655.6169, Fax: 510.655.1369 ;

About: Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s BPF open-hearted engagement with the world is expressed through expanding programs in the United States and Asia. Through BPF, Buddhists of many different traditions are developing individual and group responses to socially conditioned suffering.

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Take Heart India THI

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Linked with Baba Amte – India (1914 – 2008), and with Love in the time of want.

Take Heart India, a youth focused community enabling organisation focusing on educational and environmental projects in India. Take Heart primarily supports a parent organisation called the MSS, the lifetime achievement of the legendary Baba Amte … (main homepage).

take actions;
photo gallery;
The Maharogi Sewa Samiti MSS;
contact THI.

About THI: Take Heart India is a youth focused community enabling organisation focusing on educational and environmental projects in India. Take Heart primarily supports a parent organisation called the MSS, the lifetime achievement of the legendary Baba Amte. The awareness of Take Heart has been growing quickly over the years. In 2003 Take Heart became entirely student run. 34 student committee members were established at universities across the UK. Take heart is no longer entirely student run but remains entirely youth focused.

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Business Support at Your Doorstep

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Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter.

Welcome to the Enterprise Europe Network, your gateway to competitiveness and innovation. Wherever you are in Europe, you can get access to all the information you need to develop your business and find the right business partners. The network offers support and advice to businesses across Europe and helps them make the most of the opportunities in the European Union. Our services are specifically designed for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) but are also available to all businesses, research centres and Universities across Europe … (Homepage’s full text).

who does what;
the network in your country;
EU portal;
EU law;

About the network: The Enterprise Europe Network is the largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters, in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs). We provide practical answers to specific questions in your language.

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Enciclopedia y Biblioteca Virtual de las Ciencias Sociales, Económicas y Jurídicas

Linked with Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – England & Bangladesh.

En este sitio web puede encontrar gratis y accesible libremente, el texto completo de diccionarios, libros, cursos, revistas, vídeos y presentaciones multimedia sobre Economía, Derecho y otras Ciencias Sociales. También podrá comprar nuestra Enciclopedia EMVI en CD-ROM o inscribirse en los Encuentros Internacionales en Internet que organizamos cada mes. Vea aquí las NOVEDADES incluidas en los últimos días.

Universidad de Málaga;

Enciclopedia Virtual:


… etc. etc.

NGLS – UN Non-Governmntal Liaison Service

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The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) promotes dynamic partnerships between the United Nations and non-governmental organisations. By providing information, advice, expertise and consulting and support service, NGLS is part of the United Nations effort to strengthen dialogue and win support for economic and social development. (about 1/2).

UN – NGO Relations;
Addresses: New York: United Nations, NGLS – Room DC1-1106, New York NY 10017, United States, Tel. +1-212 963 3125, Fax +1-212 963 8712, Email;
Geneva: Palais des Nations, NGLS, 1211 Geneva 10, witzerland, Tel. 41-22-917-2076, Fax 41-22-917-0432, Email;

About 2/2: For over thirty years now the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has played a major role as part of the UN system’s machinery for engaging with NGOs and civil society by providing a UN system-civil society interface and facilitating a number of innovations to UN system polices and practices towards its non-governmental constituents. In 1982 the UN General Assembly recognized and endorsed the role and work of UN-NGLS for the first time, and, in 1993, the General Assembly again recognized the value of UN-NGLS’s work.

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Human Development Reports HDR

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(also in french and spanisch)

National and Regional Human Development Report Workspace;
homepage & latest news;
human development;
quick access to country factsheets;

About: The Human Development Report Office team is organized into five units: operations, writing team, statisitcs unit, outreach and advocacy unit, and the National Human Development Report NHDR unit.

terre des hommes, International Federation TDHIF

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same in french

Linked with Terre des Hommes of Nov. 17, 2006 (some independent groups in french and german are then already named on this blog).

the Terre des Hommes International Federation TDHIF is a network of eleven national organisations working for the rights of children and to promote equitable development without racial, religious, political, cultural or gender-based discrimination (homepage).

The Terre des Hommes International Federation (TDHIF) ensures coordination among the Terre des Hommes organisations and representation at an international and European level. The TDHIF holds a consultative status with the United Nations, UNICEF, the ILO and the Council of Europe. It also works in collaboration with other networks pursuing similar aims (about).

download: annual report 2006, 34 pdf pages.

what can you do;
resources and links;
press releases;
tdh Switzerland, leading to tdh and tdh;
tdh child relief foundation, Lausanne;
TDHIF Intranet;

About: Our Mission: The mission of the Terre des Hommes organisations is to provide active support to children, without racial, religious, political, cultural or gender-based discrimination.

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Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus

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Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

In 1993, Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies jointly initiated an effort to enhance Central Asian Studies at the University.  This was a response in part to the increasing importance of the former Soviet Muslim regions on the world scene following the break-up of the Soviet Union … (full text, Introduction).

Homepage with latest news and upcoming events;
General Information;
Central Asian Studies at Harvard;
Related links;
See also the old website (all other pages are available through links from inside of this page);
Contact: Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, 1730 Cambridge Street Rm S-320, Cambridge, MA 02138, e-mail, Tel. 617-496-2643, Fax. 617-495-8319

Focus and Goals of the Program: Central Asia defies any neat definition.  The primary focus of the Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus is on the newly independent, former-Soviet Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.  However, just as these countries are intimately related to surrounding regions, the Program is intended to be a resource for scholars studying such areas as the Caucasus, the Muslim and Turkic regions of Southern Russia and Western China, and the northern parts of Afghanistan and Iran.

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Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies

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Breaking the Cycle of Humiliation

Linked with Yvonne Ryakiye – Burundi.

We are a global transdisciplinary network and fellowship of concerned academics and practitioners who are dedicated to ending humiliating practices and breaking cycles of humiliation throughout the world. We believe that through this, space is opened for mutual respect and esteem to take root and grow. We suggest that a mindset of cooperation and shared humility is necessary – not a mindset of humiliation – if we wish to build a better world, a world of equal dignity for all.

See this 1 minute welcome video.

Site Map;
Intervention Overview;
Privacy Policy;

About: who we are: We are a global and transdisciplinary network and fellowship of concerned researchers and practitioners, dedicated to ending cycles of humiliation throughout the world.

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First Nations Development Institute

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Linked with Rebecca Adamson – USA.

We believe, that when armed with appropriate resources, Native peoples hold the capacity and ingenuity to ensure the sustainable economic, spiritual, and cultural well being of their communities. Homepage.

Chairman’s Message: B. Thomas Vigil, Chairman of the Board, First Nations (20 year report);
The One-Eyed Man is King, A Tribal Field Guide for evaluating and structuring investment in small business: Mike Roberts, President.
Combating Predatory Lending;
Strengthening Native Families: Earned Income Tax Credit EITC;
Board of directors;
Understanding Assets in Native Communities;

About: Our Mission: Through a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating Systemic Change, and Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations Development Institute is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities.

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The Independent Institute

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Linked with Paul Craig Roberts – USA.

The mission of The Independent Institute is to transcend the all-too-common politicization and superficiality of public policy research and debate, redefine the debate over public issues, and foster new and effective directions for government reform. (about 1/2).

Homepage and latest News
Experts by Name;
Addresses: 1) The Independent Institute, 100 Swan Way, Oakland, CA 94621-1428;
2) The Independent Institute, 1319 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036;

About 2/2: Today, the influence of partisan interests is so pervasive that public policy debate has become too politicized and is largely confined to a narrow reconsideration of existing policies. In order to fully understand the nature of public issues and possible solutions, the Institute’s program adheres to the highest standards of independent scholarly inquiry. The Institute’s program is pursued to rigorous standards without regard to any political or social biases.

The resulting studies are published and widely distributed as books, articles in The Independent Review, Policy Reports, Working Papers, and other publications. Events sponsored by the Institute bring together scholars and policy experts to debate policy issues and discuss their implications. This work is conducted in conjunction with a series of educational centers: … (full text).

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Contents (all other further internal links are reachable from this site;


The Muktadhara.Inc.-Shop;

Google-search on Muktadhara.

The Women & Gender Institute

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… is part of the MIRIAM COLLEGE, Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108, Philippines.

The WOMEN AND GENDER INSTITUTE WAGÎ is Miriam College’s center for research, training and advocacy on women’s rights, gender equality and non-sexist learning in support of the leadership of young women and students. It offers a cross-disciplinal perspective on women’s empowerment that is interlinked with democracy, human rights, social justice and value formation. WAGÎ forges links with other sectors, organizations and institutions at the national, regional and international levels.

Activities /press releases;
Contact: Telephone: (+632) 580-5400 extn. 3590, Telefax: (+632) 435-9229, e-mail.


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The Virtual

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Building Global Civil Society by Connecting Donors with Community Projects Worldwide

The Virtual foundation is a project of ECOLOGIA.

Consortium Members are the “Local Partners” of the Virtual Foundation network. Each Consortium Member is an experienced grant-making organization in its own country or region. The Consortium Members provide the crucial on-the-ground link between the Non-Governmental Organizations who create and implement the projects on this web site, and the Virtual Foundation staff. List of current Consortium Members … (full text);

List of the donors;
Virtual foundation board room;
Address: The Virtual Foundation/ECOLOGIA, PO Box 268, Middlebury, Vermont 05753 USA, Telephone 1-802-623-8075;

About: The Virtual Foundation is a unique philanthropy program which supports grassroots initiatives around the world. Carefully screened community improvement projects are posted on our web site. They can be read and funded by donors.

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The Jean Piaget Archives

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Les archives Jean Piaget – (en français, in english, en espanol)

Linked with Jean Piaget – Switzerland.

The Jean Piaget Archives are private foundation by the late Professor Bärbel Inhelder in 1974 The Foundation fulfils a function made necessary by the quantitative and qualitative importance of Piaget’s work. Within the University of Geneva, the Foundation collects all the writings of the great psychologist and genetic epistemologist as well as the secondary literature inspired by the School of Geneva in the field of developmental psychology … (full text, about 1/2).

News: The programme of the 18th Advanced Course is almost complete and available, 16.01.08;
Online archives;
Address: Archives Jean Piaget, Uni-Mail, 40 boulevard du Pont d’Arve, 1205 Genève, Switzerland, Tél. +41 22 379 92 85, Fax. +41 22 379 92 89
Contact by website.

About (2/2): … The Jean Piaget Archives are managed by Pierre Barrouillet, professor at the University of Geneva. He is supported by a team of two psychologists, Dr Silvia Parrat-Dayan and Ms Marylène Bennour, a librarian Ms Katalin Haymoz, and a secretary Ms Prudence Nkou Kurz.

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The Jean Piaget Society JPS

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Society for the study of knowledge and development

Linked with Jean Piaget – Switzerland.

This site was created as an information resource for members of the Jean Piaget Society.

What’s new?
Conference: 6-8 June 2008, Québec City, Canada;
(many) Weblinks;

About JPS: The Jean Piaget Society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge. The Society was named in honor of the Swiss developmentalist, Jean Piaget, who made major theoretical and empirical contributions to our understanding of the origins and evolution of knowledge.

The Society’s aim is to provide an open forum, through symposia, books, our journal, and other publications, for the presentation and discussion of scholarly work on issues related to human knowledge and its development. The Society further encourages the application of advances in the understanding of development to education and other domains.

In 1989, the name of the Society was changed to Jean Piaget Society: Society for the Study of Knowledge and Development.

More about JPS: … (full text).


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Linked with Eric Reeves – USA.

H-Genocide is a discussion network for professional scholars, survivors of genocide, authors, historians and other interested people working in genocide studies and related fields, e.g. U.S., European, African, S. American, and Asian studies, to name a few. Discussion topics include the history, analysis, and theory of genocide, all genocides.

Welcome message;
Editorial policy;
H-net discussion list;
H-net discussion networks;
Academic announcements;
Links: bring the olympic dream to Darfur.

About: An international consortium of scholars and teachers, H-Net creates and coordinates Internet networks with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. H-Net is committed to pioneering the use of new communication technology to facilitate the free exchange of academic ideas and scholarly resources.

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Linked with Eric Reeves – USA., a site for electronically published analytic briefs and advocacy writings on Sudan by Eric Reeves. These have been organized chronologically, and include all electronic publications since the signing of the historic Machakos Protocol (July 2002).

new links of the last 7 days;
25 most popular links;
China and the 2008 Olympic Games;
no contact-link found.

There are separate links for publications in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. There is also a separate link for analyses published from July 2002 to December 2003 and another for yet earlier pieces, primarily related to oil development in southern Sudan and pre-July 2002 stages of the peace process involving the National Islamic Front regime in Khartoum and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army SPLM/A.

There are also links to a number of Reeves’ formal publications in newspapers, news magazines, academic journals, and human rights publications, as well as the texts of his Congressional testimony. Finally, a complete list of publications, testimony, and academic presentations is also linked, as is a grouping of profiles of his work. (full text).

International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations IISNC

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Linked with New Challenges for Nomadic Civilization and Pastoral Nomadism in Mongolia.
… Over thousands of years nomads have inhabited vast expanses of the world. Nomadic societies have devised forms of culture which have been particularly suited to their environment and conditions of mobility as well as to the demands and possibilities of their way of life. They have made an undeniable contribution to the development of different techniques and ways of using land and sea which have created original and sometimes unique civilizations. Today, in numerous regions of the world, nomadic populations are faced with crucial challenges to their current existence, future viability, and especially to their cultural identity. Many are suffering from the decline of their traditional social structures and poverty from marginalization … (full text).

staff of IISNC;
research staff;
expedition surveys;
symposiums & conferences;
summer schools;
information center;
IISNC networks;
no contact link found:

About: At the initiative of UNESCO and with the support of its Director General, Mr Federico Mayor, the International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations was established by an agreement concluded on 16 September 1998 between the governments of Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Mongolia and Turkey …

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Asia Pacific Disability Forum APDF

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Linked with Masuda Banu Ratna – Bangladesh.

After the preparatory discussion for one year, APDF was formally established as a new NGO network on disability in the Asia and Pacific region at the Inaugural Meeting in Singapore on November 26, 2003.

Working Committees;
Secretariat: Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities 1-22-1, Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-0052, Japan
phone 813-5273-0601, fax 813-5273-1523, e-mail Ms. Etsuko Ueno;

About: Background: At is forty-eighth session, hosted by the Government of China in Beijing in 1992, the UN ESCAP declared the period 1993 to 2002 as the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons. From 1993 to 2002, annual Campaigns were held in various countries to raise public awareness of, and to mobilize support for, the Decade goals of full participation and equality of people with disabilities. The annual campaigns also provided a platform for the disabled persons as well as non disabled participants from the Asian & Pacific region to network and share experiences, problems and ideas. Much gains have been achieved in creating awareness about the situation of people with disabilities in the Asian and Pacific region. The Osaka Forum, held in Oct 2002, signaled the last of the ten Campaigns. The Regional NGO Network(RNN) which was established for the purpose of organizing the annual conferences, was dissolved after the Osaka Forum.

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women’s feature service WFS

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Linked with .

NEWS, FEATURES and OPINIONS from a gender perspective. Fresh updates from around the world every week. Women’s Feature Service markets articles to print publications and websites. After reading the summaries, place a request to get the features or briefs in full.

Homepage & search tool;
current features;
NGO news;
WSF services;
theme of the month;

About: The only international women’s news/features syndicate, Women’s Feature Service produces crisply-written features and opinions on development from a gender perspective:

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Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha BNPS

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Linked with Rokeya Kabir – Bangladesh.

BNPS is an ideology based women organization established in 1986 by a group of committed women activist with the aim of establishing equal rights for women from family to state. The main focus of BNPS is empowerment of women, but it targets the society as a whole. It considers its role as a facilitator in social transformation in order to attain social justice, peace and development, free of all forms of discrimination and oppression by gender, class, ethnic identity and religion. BNPS directly works in six areas of Bangladesh: Chittagong including Sandwip island, Netrakona, Dhaka, Jessore and Mymensingh district.

Suicidal bomb attack in Netrakona and our two colleagues who were killed: Khaja Haider Hosain and Sudipta Paul;
Postal address: House 52, Road 8/A, Dhanmondi Rasidential Area, Dhaka 1209, Bangladesh;
Contact: Telephone 8111323, FAX (88 02) 8114099, E-mail.

About: It works in two levels. National level: Advocacy, lobbying for policy and legal reforms. Strategy being used building and facilitating coalitions, networks, and foras. In the grass root level, raising awareness organizing and mobilizing women, building opinion among the community for changing traditional mindset. The approach of BNPS is bottom up-program and policy development with the participation of grass root people.

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Agenda Culturel Arabe

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Aidez-nous à faire circuler l’information et communiquez-nous toutes les manifestations qui concernent le Monde arabe

Page de départ et agenda;
l’agenda culturel arabe/ évènements futurs;
évènements archivés;
les musées d’art et d’histoire de Genève;
la librairie arabe;
decapole voyages;
danses du monde arabe;

L’AGENDA CULTUREL ARABE est un service offert à nos visiteurs pour les tenir au courant de la richesse des activités proposées dans la région. Les manifestations qui ne sont pas organisées par la Librairie arabe “l’Olivier” n’engagent pas notre responsabilité.


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  • Institut d’études stratégiques sur la paix, la connaissance et les relations humaines
  • / Institute for Strategic Studies on Peace, Knowledge and Human Relations
  • / Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos sobre la Paz, el Conocimiento y las Relaciones Humanas

Cycle de conférences: Géopolitique, géostratégie et paix dans le monde d’aujourd’hui (8 février à 29 mars 2008);
Inscription online.

Outline: The Itinerant Master program trains the world’s future leaders. It uses current approaches and models to illuminate a leader’s role—in theory and practice. A university in the United States of America will issue a Masters degree at the end of the program. Initially, the program will bring together six students and an appropriate number of professors from each of four cities: New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and Geneva—the group studying for one semester in each city, over a period of two years. Each city, each country will offer the students and teachers in the group its own unique world-view. Students and professors from other countries will be invited to join the four-city, four-semester group, their universities eventually becoming centers of study, in the same four-city model … (full text).

SerMaCaValTa a été créé à Genève, en mars 1996, sous la direction du Dr. Roberto Butinof, consultant institutionnel de longue trajectoire internationale et professeur en Stratégie et Relations internationales à l’Université de Buenos Aires (UBA) … (texte integral).


Régistre de Commerce;

Conférences, interventions, participations;


Association Sermacavalta.


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Press review on Euro Topics (also in french and in german).euro|topics aims to contribute to the development of a European public sphere. In a daily press review and selected articles, the most important political, cultural and social debates are to be followed. The objective of euro|topics is to make those debates, which up to now had almost exclusively been conducted at national level, accessible Europe-wide. In this way, trans-European discussions, as well as the development of new networks of media, cultural and political exchange, are to be encouraged and supported … (about 1/2).

euro|topics is a project of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb [Germany] / Federal Agency for Civic Education) in cooperation with several partners.

Homepage and Press review;
Magazine (mostly European Topics);
Media Index;
Index of Authors;
Address: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, President Thomas Krüger, Adenauerallee 86, 53113 Bonn, Germany;
Contact: by e-mail, by website.

About 2/2: … The work done by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) centres on promoting awareness for democracy and participation in politics.

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Women Making Peace WMP

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Linked with Hyun-Sook Lee – South Korea.

Women Making Peace is a specialized movement organization formed to realize reunification and peace on the Korean peninsula and to make peace in Asia and the world.

Social Activities;
Other Activities;
Page in korean language;
Address: 4th floor The Women’s House of peace,
38-84 Jangchoong-Dong1ga, Joong-Ku, Seoul, 100-391, Korea;
Contact: Tel : 82-2-2275-4860, Fax : 82-2-2275-4861, e-mail.

Our organization was founded on March 28 1997. We conduct research on the conditions and methods necessary for the peaceful reunification of Korea, and present policies toward that goal from a feminist perspective.

We promote tolerance and peace of mind as general values in society, promote citizens’ peace-making skills, and in general cultivate a life-centered culture of peace for the world.

We carry out concrete social actions to facilitate Korean reunification and peace. We try to facilitate the equal participation of women in the settlement of conflicts and disputes and to promote women’s leadership in peace-making at home and abroad.

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Forum for Global Action

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What we do: Through seminars, forums, and a variety of initiatives that bring participants together, the Forum nurtures the cross-pollination of ideas and experiences from a diverse set of individuals, including leaders in government, academia, youth and women?s groups, non-governmental organizations, the media, United Nations agencies, and the business community. Such diversity creates unique partnerships to address global development issues from an integrative cross-sectoral and inventive approach. The Forum for Global Action relies on knowledge and experiences from diverse organizations with local, national and international expertise in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South and Central America. Special focus is placed on working with youth organizations such as the the African Regional Youth Initiative in building a network of global leaders. (Homepage & About & links to articles).

Consultant Services Form;
Links & Resources;
No contact link.

Who We Are: The Forum for Global Action aims to foster innovative thinking on social, economic and political issues by (1) bringing voices of marginalized people into global debates about public policy, and (2) promoting alternative ways of consulting global civil society groups and movements. Overall, the Forum strives to improve the relationship between global civil society organizations and global institutions (i.e. United Nations and the World Bank) to discuss policy challenges and brainstorm new ways of thinking and acting on global issues.

Link: The Global Fund (fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria).

The World Court Project

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Linked with Pauline Tangiora – New Zealand.

The World Court Project is an international citizens’ network which is working to publicise and have implemented the 8 July 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice which could find no lawful circumstance for the threat or use of nuclear weapons. The World Court Project is part of Abolition 2000, A Global Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

History of the World Court Project;
Address: Secretary, George Farebrother, 67, Summerheath Rd, Hailsham, Sussex, BN27 3DR, England;
Contact: e-mail; website.

Trident Renewal and international law, January 2007: MPs will soon face a momentous decision. Should Britain continue to deploy nuclear weapons for several more decades? A Government White Paper “The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent” was issued in December and a Commons vote will take place in 2007. The White Paper pays scant attention to International Humanitarian Law and treats the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a charter for the Nuclear Weapon States whilst claiming limited UK compliance with its requirements.

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dropping knowledge dk

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Linked with Pauline Tangiora – New Zealand.

dropping knowledge dk inspires social transformation through innovative projects and multimedia. Help us to continue generating and distributing information that challenges you to see yourself and your world anew.

archive of answers;
Our blog – the drop;
address: dropping knowledge e.V., Schlesische Str. 38, 10997 Berlin, Germany;

About: dropping knowledge dk encourages social change. Using advanced web technologies, the initiative with offices in Berlin, Germany links the voices of individuals and organizations. The web-platform enables the global public to ask and answer questions, exchange ideas, and start initiatives around the most pressing issues of our time. Events like the Table of Free Voices, campaigns like “ask yourself” and projects in cooperation with different partners create a meaningful bridge between the on and offline worlds.

dropping knowledge e.V. is a registered non-profit association duly organized under the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany. dropping knowledge’s constitutional purposes are the promotion of international understanding and the promotion of art and culture.

dk is committed to full transparency … (full text).

World Forum for Fisher Peoples WFFP

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Linked with Pauline Tangiora – New Zealand.

WFFP is a federation of Mass Based Organization mainly working in Asia and Africa .We are mainly Beach Based fisher people.We use traditional fishing crafts.We have come together since 1997. We have come together to fight for our rights, to protect the fish resources and to protect the coast.

Vision: Our vision is that the sea, forest and land belong to those who depend on them for their livelihood. We are against Globalization, WTO, World Bank.

The formation of WFFP /History;
Investigation Media Relese of WFFP;
reports (in english and french);
letter to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Philippines, 25 August 2006;
photo gallery;
address: WFFP Secretariat office, 10, Malwatta Road, Negombo, Sri Lanka;

About /Global WFFP Fisheries Policy: PREFACE: At the WFFP 3rd General Assembly, held at Kenya from 21-28 November 2004, the delegates and all the participants from the member organizations had involved very actively on the drafting the Global Fisheries Policy of World Forum of Fisher Peoples’ in which facilitated by ICSF.

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Disarmament & Security Centre

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Promoting Alternative Security, Specialist branch of the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace Foundation

Linked with Pauline Tangiora – New Zealand.

addresses: Peace Foundation Disarmament and Security Centre, PO Box 8390, 35 Rata Street, Riccarton, Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand;
The Peace Foundation Aotearoa of New Zealand, PO Box 4110, 29 Princes Street, Auckland, 1, Aotearoa/New Zealand;

About /History: Established in 1998, the Disarmament and Security Centre (DSC) is a specialist arm of the Peace Foundation coordinated by Kate Dewes and Rob Green from their Christchurch home. Kate had previously coordinated the Peace Foundation’s South Island office from her home since 1980. In 2002 the DSC became a separately incorporated branch of the Peace Foundation. The broad objective of the DSC is to provide a resource centre for alternative thinking on disarmament and security issues, both within Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally. Currently the work focusses on promoting the World Court’s 1996 Advisory Opinion on nuclear weapons and its implications; promoting the United Nations Study on Disarmament and Non Proliferation Education; and implementing the Peace City recommendations adopted by the Christchurch City Council in May 2002.

BACKGROUND of the PEACE FOUNDATION: … (full long text).


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Sound & Picture ARchives for Research On Women

Linked with Flavia Agnes – India.


  • A trust set up in 1988 [Register Number E-11958] in Maharashtra to build a national archives for women with print, oral history and pictorial material.
  • A live archives reaching out to schools, colleges, women’s groups and other organisations.
  • An active agent of conscientisation.
  • A forum for discussions.
  • An interactive space.
  • A daring flight into unexplored areas of experience and expression.
  • A commitment.

annual reports;
address: Sparrow, B – 32, Jeet Nagar, J. P. Road, Versova, Mumbai – 400 061, India;

About /Profile: The idea of setting up SPARROW took root in 1988. Before that, those who are now the trustees of SPARROW had met several times and discussed the possibilities of setting up a Women’s Archives with a difference.

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a center for rights discourse and multi disciplinary arts initiatives

Linked with Flavia Agnes – India.

One of the projects – Cinema City Mumbai: Cinema City is an attempt to create an audiovisual dateline of Asian cities with 100 year old cinema histories through multi-disciplinary art and research practices, such as cartography, film and video productions, visual art works, seminars and publications. The aim of this endeavour is to study the City, in particular, the city that is inextricably linked to its ‘cinemascape’. The project will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will culminate into an extensive exhibit on Bombay/Mumbai: The Cinema City. The second phase will be in collaboration with two other cinema cities in Asia-Tehran and Hong Kong. Project dateline: July 2007- January 2009. Project dateline: July 2007- January 2009. Kindly contact us if you are a student, researcher, city/cinema-phile, willing to volunteer time and energy to this project.

majlis and you;
research & academic;
GODAAM, digital image archive;

About: Majlis means association in Hindustani. The word is commonly used with subtle different connotations in Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Arabic, Persian and many other languages of the continent. Our center is a people’s forum- fluid, flexible, layered, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural.

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The Microfinance Gateway

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Picked up on Weitzenegger’s Website for International Development Cooperation, and its Newsletter.

The MicroInsurance Focus Resource Center promotes sound practices in insurance provision to low-income persons through the exchange of knowledge and experience.

Microinsurance is an important risk management tool for low-income households, but as a sophisticated financial service, poses many new challenges to the microfinance industry and other stakeholders … (full text).

Homepage and latest news
resource centers;
microfinance discussion groups;
address: The Microfinance Gateway Manager, CGAP Secretariat/World Bank, 1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20433, USA;

About: 1. … The Microfinance Gateway (the Gateway) is the most comprehensive source of information for and about the microfinance industry. It includes research and publications, discussion groups, specialized resource centers, organization and consultant profiles, and the latest news, events, and job opportunities in microfinance. Its guiding vision is to enable microfinance industry participants to generate value, innovate and engage in the free flow of ideas by effectively utilizing the Gateway’s knowledge assets.

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International Finance Corporation IFC

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a World Bank Group – in all UN languages

IFC is helping create stock market indices that allow investors to assess the environmental, social, and governance performance of companies based in emerging markets … Home.

IFC disclosure;
Products & Services;
Partners & Stakeholders;
IFC’s annual report;

About: Our Vision is that poor people have the opportunity to escape poverty and to improve their lives. Our values are excellence, commitment, integrity, and teamwork. Our purpose is to:

  • Promote open and competitive markets in developing countries;
  • Support companies and other private sector partners;
  • Generate productive jobs and deliver basic services;
  • Create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives.

Mission: IFC, as the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, shares its mission:

  • To fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results;
  • To help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity, and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.

SOCRATES – The EU Lifelong Learning Programme

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Published on the BRITISH COUNCIL /Learning

The EU Socrates programme has now finished its second phase (2000 – 2006) and has been replaced by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, which consists of four main actions; Comenius; Leonardo; Grundtvig and Erasmus, plus transversal actions. The British Council manages the Comenius and Erasmus actions. The Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal actions are now managed by Ecotec … (full text).

Comenius schools;
Erasmus – higher education;
lifelong learning programme in the UK;

funding programmes in education and training;
learning A to Z;

leonardo – vocational training;
grundtvig – adult education;
transversal programme – Arion study visits;

address: The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, a registered charity:

  • Tel. 209131 (England and Wales),
  • Tel. SC037733 (Scotland).


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Tchad – Agir Pour l’Environnement /Chad – act for the environment
(Main language of the website: french)

The current situation of Lake-Chad is very alarming, its surface does not cease decreasing year by year. The erosion of the shores and the traqnsport of solid elements by streaming fill the lake … (full text).

who we are;
activities reports;
Chad’s history (a 10 pages.pdf);

SENSITIZING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: Chad is a country sahélien and semi-desert which is confronted with a serious problem of turning into a desert, which touches in particular banks of the lake Chad. Vis-a-vis this danger, it is necessary, to see essential, to organize all the forces available to help the inhabitants of the country to be opposed to this projection of the desert. We modestly think of contributing to it via our association “Chad – To act for the Environment”, by blocking amongst other things the projection of the desert by the afforestation. With this intention, the participation of the population/the peasant in the management of the project is very wished. In this case our intention to create centers of village formation is justified amply …

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The Afghan Independent Journalists Association

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Has not its own website, but is named on many fellow sites. Here some:

Linked with Shereen Sazawar – Afghanistan.

The recent jailing of an Afghan magazine editor is raising concerns about the issue of press freedom in Afghanistan. Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, editor of the “Women’s Rights” monthly, was found guilty of publishing articles that were deemed un-Islamic. On 22 October, he was sentenced to two years in prison. The United Nations, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, and several international media rights groups including the International Federation of Journalists have protested. Journalists inside Afghanistan say they fear the case could pave the way for more attacks on the country’s independent … (full interview).

Sentenced to death: Afghan who dared to read about women’s rights, by Kim Sengupta, 31 January 2008;

Afghan reporter sentenced to death for ‘blasphemy’: court, Jan 22, 2008;

Jail term for Afghan journalist;

on South Asian /Afghanistan.


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investment and development communications

Linked with Tony Colman – England.

Services: Companies must do more than simply communicate their finances to investors and the financial press. General corporate communications about the company’s goals, strategy and management is essential … (full text).

case studies: VISA international;

About: africapractice group provides strategic communications and investment publishing services to support our clients in the management and communication of professional, ethical business.
Operating at the intersect of business, government, international organisations and the media, africapractice group has a growing network of clients across Africa serviced from regional hub offices in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg, affiliate offices across the continent and a coordinating office in London. The group offers clients consistent quality of service across each of these territories and additional representation in Cairo, Brussels and Washington.


The Careers Group;

Ethical Performance;

Other Sources (for Africa).