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Index February 2009

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2009-02-01: International Federation for Alternative Trade IFAT;
2009-02-02: War Resisters’ International;
2009-02-03: The International Institute for Sustainable Development IISD;
2009-02-04: Shared;
2009-02-05: Vital Voices;
2009-02-06: The Two;
2009-02-07: The International Water Management Institute IWMI;
2009-02-08: Solidarity for Social Equality SSE;
2009-02-09: Faraja Trust;
2009-02-10: International Trade Union Confederation ITUC;
2009-02-11: Trades Union Congress TUC – Britain at work;
2009-02-12: Urban Poor Linkage (uplink) – Indonesia;
2009-02-13: National Science Teachers Association;
2009-02-14: Association for Progressive Communications APC;
2009-02-15: The African Diaspora Policy Centre ADPC;
2009-02-16: Applied Conflict Transformation Studies ACTS;
2009-02-17: Natural Solutions Foundation;
2009-02-18: Human Rights Center HRC;
2009-02-19: Center for Responsible Lending;
2009-02-20: Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation CAVR;
2009-02-21: Association for the protection of human rights and detained persons A.PRO.DH;
2009-02-22: The Global Social Change Research Project;
2009-02-23: The Aagosh-e-Noorani Foundation ANF;
2009-02-24: Orphan and Vulnerable Children Network Ethiopia OVC;
2009-02-25: Global Integrity;
2009-02-26: Women for Women’s Human Rights WWHR;
2009-02-27: Ruvuma Orphans Association ROA;
2009-02-28: Vent d’Afrique;
2009-02-28: Sexuality


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Linked with Pinar Ilkkaracan – Turkey.

Bringing together researchers, teachers and students in the field of human sexuality from around the globe, this website provides up-to-date information about the study of human sexuality, including a directory of study programs and research institutions, and Creative Commons licensed course materials to download. Our community of users are united by a common interest in academic investigation of human sexuality, and come from around the world. (on Homepage).

Institutions (worldwide);
Programs; Resources;
Help /what can I do with this site? Groups directory; HIV/AIDS database – stepping stones;
A short background to Critical Sexuality Studies;
What types of trainings are available; Held in a Web of Indifference;
Contact – online: by login, but first register.

About: is a website for people engaged in the study of human sexuality – researchers, teachers, students and those working in the field. Our aim is to provide a hub for the community of people working in this area to interact, share information and engage critically with key questions concerning sexuality studies.

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Vent d’Afrique

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Linked with Sotigui Kouyaté – Mali and Burkina Faso.

Actions humanitaires:

  • L’association intervient pour améliorer et sécuriser les conditions de travail de ces artistes et artisans en leur fournissant selon les besoins des outils et du matériel divers.
  • VENT D’AFRIQUE expose et vend des objets d’art et d’artisanat issus de leur création. L’association expose dans ses locaux et dans de nombreux autres lieux fréquentés. VENT D’AFRIQUE participe au développement d’un commerce équitable
  • L’association souhaite faire venir certains artistes et artisans pour qu’ils fassent découvrir leurs arts à nos publics, en France (ateliers et/ou stages et/ou concerts).
  • VENT D’AFRIQUE veut permettre à d’autres associations, collectivités… de ” bénéficier ” de ces artistes venus de l’autre continent.

Sous l’arbre a palabres;
Expositions d’artisanat, vente; Traiteurs exotiques;
Rythmes d’Afrique; Festivites;
Adresse: Quartier du Château Vert, Boulevard Chevalier de Clerville, CCal Château Vert “le Tigre”, Code postal 34200, SETE, FRANCE;

Genese – Objectifs: De ces objectifs l’association Vent d’Afrique a mis en place des activités qui correspondent aux attentes des deux continents:

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Ruvuma Orphans Association ROA

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Linked with Fatma Hamisi Misango – Tanzania.

Within 5 years, ROA will have grown up and have proper systems and workable structure and will have develop local fund raising strategies so as to be an independentorganization with very committed members, and very professional and well paid staff which will make the organization have good reputation and through networking, will be known all over the country for its advocacy work and provision of services to Orphans in Tanzania. (Organisation Vision /on the Homepage).

What we do;
Future Plans;

supportet by the Foundation for Civil Society Tanzania;

About Us /on the Homepage: Ruvuma Orphans Association (ROA) is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) which started as CBO in February 1998 and was registered Legally on 6th April 2001 with egistration number SO 10883 and has been recognized by the new policy of NGO’s which came into effect in 2002 under the Vice Presidents Office.

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Women for Women’s Human Rights WWHR

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Linked with Pinar Ilkkaracan – Turkey.

Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways is a women’s and human rights NGO established in Turkey in 1993. Our mission is to promote women’s human rights and to support the active and broad participation of women as free individuals and equal citizens in the establishment and maintenance of a democratic and peaceful order at national, regional and international levels. (Homepage).

WWHR at the United Nations; Advocacy at the UN level;
Publications; News; Media coverage in the Turkish press;
Address: Women for Women’s Human Rights, New Ways, Inönü Caddesi, 29/6, Saadet Apt., Gümüssuyu, Istanbul, Turkey;

About: Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways, an independent women’s NGO, was founded in 1993 with the aim of promoting women’s human rights in Turkey and on the international level. Since its foundation, WWHR has become a widely renowned non-governmental organization around the globe. Through a decade of activism, advocacy and lobbying, WWHR – New Ways has contributed significantly to various legal reforms in Turkey, networking in Muslim societies and promotion of women’s human rights at the United Nations (UN) level. Since 2005, WWHR – New Ways has consultative status with the Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN.

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Global Integrity

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Independent Information on Governance and Corruption

Linked with Pierre Claver Mbonimpa – Burundi.


  • Global Integrity generates, synthesizes, and disseminates credible, comprehensive and timely information on governance and corruption trends around the world.
  • As an independent information provider employing on-the-ground expertise, we produce original reporting and quantitative analysis in the global public interest regarding accountable and democratic governance.
  • Our information is meant to serve simultaneously as a roadmap for engaged citizens, a reform checklist for policymakers, and a guide to the business climate for investors. (about /mission).

Organization; Toolkits; Local Inegrity Initiative;
for journalists; in the news; books; The Global Inegrity Report (for 92 countries – from Albania to Zimbabwe);
Funders & Financials; support us;
Staff and Boards; Field Staff Login; work with us; The commons blog;
Frequently Asked Questions;
Office-Address: Global Integrity, 1029 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005, USA;

About /our story: In 1999, an investigative-journalist-turned-government-watchdog, Charles Lewis, and one of his researchers, Nathaniel Heller, sat across an antique wooden partner’s desk in Lewis’ Washington, D.C. office.

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Orphan and Vulnerable Children Network Ethiopia OVC

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Linked with Requests for Information: 9 – 15 February 2009 /Item 2;

The Network of Organizations Working in Support of Orphans and Vulnerable was established in 1998 through technical, financial, and facilitation support from Pact-Ethiopia, the previously named Children and Youth Affairs Organization of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization. The number of members has grown from 14 to 43 at present. The Network is legally registered by Federal Ministry of Justice … (About 1/2).

News; under construction
Address: OVC, P.O. BOX 2660, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;


1. To strengthen the efforts of the NGOs’ and Government Agencies who are working to provide services to orphans and other vulnerable children;

2. To pool resources to bring meaningful impact in program implementation;

3. To share experience among member organizations to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of services provided to disadvantaged children as well as to provide viable alternatives to child support programs, and

4. To play an advocacy role to support a favorable policy environment for organizations working to support children.

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The Aagosh-e-Noorani Foundation ANF

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(also in Urdu and French)

Linked with ANF’s work in Pakistan.

ANF is established as an independent, Non-Governmental Registered Organization to provide shelter and support to destitute children, who have been deprived of family. Foundation has a sharp focus, clearly defined objectives and a consistent approach to its work.  Our efforts are to provide food, shelter, education, heath care to the deprived and deserving people of Pakistan. Aagosh-e-Noorani Foundation had asquired 43 kanal piece of land to construct a state of art complex for the orphans and shelter less old age citizens. Our mission is to provide the family environment to fill the vacuum, which the destiny has brought in their lives. The complex will be consist of a well equipped library, play ground and all facilities to impart education of modern sciences and computer with offering food, dress and shelter to the homeless, deprived and neglected persons. (about /Mission).

Homepage; Members;
Projects; Achievements; Rural working aereas;
Press release; Photo-Gallery;
Address: AAGOSH-E-NOORANI Foundation, Farooq Ahmad Project Director, 72 Walayat Khan Road, Chaklala Scheme III, Rawalpindi, Pakistan;

About: Noreen Tahir, Founder & Chairperson of Aagosh-e-Noorani Foundation is active social worker last 23 years.

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The Global Social Change Research Project

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Social, Political and Economic Change, understanding the world today

Goal: Bring together knowledge of our social, political and economic world. Where we are, how we got here, and where we are going.  A solid understanding of the world is the first step for improving living conditions of all people throughout the world … (More on Overview).

Main page;
What’s new; reports; basic guides to the world;
Resources: theories; Free Data; Profiles of countries and regions; Free Software;
the hunger site;
Contacts: Gene Shackman, his website; and Norman Shackman, his website.

Who we are: … (a full long page of links).

Burundi – Association for the protection of human rights and detained persons A.PRO.DH

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Burundi – Association pour la protection des droits humains et des personnes détenues

Linked with Pierre Claver Mbonimpa – Burundi.

L’Association Burundaise pour la Protection des Droits Humains et des Personnes Détenues « APRODH » exprime sa compassion envers toutes les victimes de la barbarie humaine où qu’elles soient … (full text REMERCIEMENTS).

Détention dans les cachots et prisons; Peine de Mort; Situation des Droits Humains au Burundi;
Violences Sexuelles; Torture; Lutte contre l’Impunité;
Brèves infos;
Rapports de l’APRODH; Rapport d’activité, excercice 2006 et Couverture du rapport;
Adresse: Bujumbura, Rohero II, 113, Boulevard de l’Indépendance ; BP 3335 Bujumbura-Burundi;

Présentation /Historique /De la création de l’APRODH … DE L’IDEE A LA CREATION:
L’Association Burundaise pour la Protection des Droits Humains et des Personnes Détenues « APRODH » est une association apolitique et sans but lucratif.
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Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation CAVR

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Comissao de Acolhimento, Verdade e Reconciliaçao CAVR de Timor-Leste

Linked with Galuh Wandita – Indonesia.

The Timor-Leste Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR – the Portuguese acronym) – was set up in 2001 and functioned from 2002 until its dissolution in December 2005. It was an independent, statutory authority led by seven East Timorese Commissioners and mandated by UNTAET Regulation 2001/10 to undertake truth seeking for the period 1974-1999, facilitate community reconciliation for less serious crimes, and report on its work and findings and make recommendations. Its 2,800 page report entitled ‘Chega!’ was presented to the President, Parliament and Government of Timor-Leste following its completion in October 2005. (Homepage).

Formation of the Commission; CAVR Poster Exhibition;
Chega! The CAVR Report; Truth Seeking; Reconciliation; Analyses of CAVR;
Disseminating Chega! – Report on the Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat Dissemination Program, January 2007, 39 pdf-pages;
Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat: profile; News and Updates; CAVR archives and library;
The Comarca;
Address: CAVR, Executive Director: Rev Agustinho de Vasconselos,
- Street address:Rua Balide, Dili, Timor-Leste.
- Postal address: PO Box 144, Dili, Timor-Leste;

Dissemination: As part of its mandate, the Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat has engaged in active dissemination of the CAVR report Chega! and other CAVR products. This dissemination has focussed on Timor-Leste but has also included some international outreach conducted in a number of countries mainly by civil society organisations in the UK, Indonesia and Australia.

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Center for Responsible Lending

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Bringing Market Experience to the Pursuit of Better Lending Policies

The Center for Responsible Lending is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to protecting homeownership and family wealth by working to eliminate abusive financial practices. CRL is affiliated with Self-Help, one of the nation’s largest community development financial institutions … (about 1/2).

Homepage – with NEW FORECLOSURES-TICKER – (now, Wednesday evening at 325′353);
Mortage Lending overview;
Latest Issue’s overview; Press kit; Download our factsheet;
Research and Publications;
Legislation and Policy;
Get involved; Current job listings; Visit Self-Help’s website;
Address: Center for Responsible Lending, 302 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701, (919) 313-8500, USA;

About 2/2: … In the late 1990s, homeowners began coming to Self-Help Credit Union seeking help to avoid foreclosure. Unfortunately, it was too late for many of these families. Unscrupulous lenders already had stolen their home equity—their greatest source of wealth and future financial security.

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Human Rights Center HRC

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University of California /Berkeley

The Human Rights Center investigates war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Our empirical studies recommend specific policy measures to hold perpetrators accountable, protect vulnerable populations, and help rebuild war-torn societies. (Homepage).

Publications: reports; articles; journal; books; resources; photos; newsletter;
Current events; Courses: Current Courses, Spring 2009;
Current fellows;
Address: Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, 460 Stephens Hall, #2300, Berkeley, CA 94720-2300, USA;

About HRC: The Human Rights Center promotes human rights and international justice worldwide and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates. We believe that sustainable peace and development can be achieved only through efforts to prevent human rights abuses and hold those responsible for such crimes accountable. We use empirical research methods to investigate and expose serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. In our studies and reports, we recommend specific policy measures that should be taken by governments and international organizations to protect vulnerable populations in times of war and political and social upheaval.


Established in 1994 through the generosity of the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation, the Human Rights Center (HRC) has conducted major human rights investigations in more than a dozen countries, including the United States, Iraq, Rwanda, Uganda, Burma, and the former Yugoslavia. HRC has used DNA analysis to reunite families divided by war and conducted population-based studies to ensure that the voices of victims are heard by policymakers. HRC’s research has been provided to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court.

The Center has provided more than 100 fellowships to graduate students over the past ten years, and its alumni have taken leadership positions with universities, nongovernmental organizations, and activist groups worldwide … (full text).

Natural Solutions Foundation

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Health Freedom Threats: Codex, FDA, Vaccinations, GMO’s

Linked with Rima E. Laibow, M.D. – USA, and with the video: Compléments alimentaires / about Food complements.

The Natural Solutions Foundation initiated powerful public response/grass roots campaigns when health freedom threats arise in the US including health-hostile legislation, attacks on natural doctors’ licenses, dangerous and restrictive FDA guidance documents and policies which threaten natural health options and the wellness industry. Each of these public response grass roots campaigns has generated anywhere from 100,000 to nearly 600,000 email and fax actions within days to weeks. (DID YOU KNOW).

About Codex Alimentarius: the 5-Minute Tour and its in depth info;
Organics for you; Bills to support and oppose; Resources;
Newsletter: sign up, and go to its Archives;
Address: Natural Solutions Foundation, P.O. Box 722, Maryville, MO 64468, U.S.A.;

About us: The Natural Solutions Foundation is an exempt international NGO (non-governmental organization). The Mission of the Foundation is to discover, develop, demonstrate and disseminate natural solutions to the problems facing us and threatening our health and freedom. Since its founding in 2004, the Natural Solutions Foundation has pursued a vigorous program on many fronts, including natural solutions to significant social problems involving health and wellness. We consider health freedom to be part of those solutions. The threats to health and freedom are both domestic and international, as are the solutions.

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Applied Conflict Transformation Studies ACTS

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Linked with Prak Sokhany – Cambodia.

  • ACTS is a collaborative initiative to develop innovative MA courses in Conflict Transformation Studies in regions affected by intractable conflicts.
  • ACTS is for people actively working on critical social issues, including peacebuilding, conflict transformation, reconciliation, rights, development, the environment
  • … (full text Homepage).

Highlights of the ACTS Conference 2007;
ACTS: in the Balkans and Middle East, in ASIA; in Africa; in Western Europe; in America.
About ACTS Partners;
Downloads; and Links;
Addresse Headquarter:ACTS, 1046 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LJ, UK;

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME: ACTS is a two year part-time MA course, during which time participants come together for 6 residential seminars. It is run by participating regional centres, and each learning group is recruited from within that region.

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The African Diaspora Policy Centre ADPC

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The African Diaspora Policy Centre (ADPC) is an independent organisation which was established in The Netherlands in 2006. ADPC provides a platform that enables African Diaspora in Europe to connect more closely with the continent as a collective force, pool their resources and proactively undertake initiatives for the promotion of peace, better governance and brain gain in Africa. ADPC pursues its goals by facilitating the effective harnessing of the considerable, and largely untapped, social capital of the huge African Diaspora population in Europe for the promotion of peace, better governance and brain gain in Africa … (about).

Agenda; Vacancies;
Publications; Factsheets; Newsletter;
Addresses – Visiting address: ADPC, Timorplein 41, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Postal address: ADPC, P.O. Box 3245, 1001AA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;

Who’s Who – African Diaspora Skills Database: Welcome! – to the African Diaspora Skills Database. This database was compiled to provide an overview of qualified African Diaspora professionals with varied areas of expertise and experience. The African diaspora contribute substantially to the social, economic and political development of Africa, and this database is set up to further mobilize this considerable potential. You also have access to numerous African diaspora organisations in the Netherlands and beyond whose transnational long-distance development related activities are having a positive impact on the development of the continent. This database is aimed to contribute to the efforts geared in mitigating the adverse effects of the brain drain in Africa.

HOW IT WORKS: … (go on with the links in the right column).

Association for Progressive Communications APC

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The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is a global network of civil society organisations whose mission is to empower and support organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies ICTs Information and Communication Technologies. (Homepage).

News; press; blog; media gallery;
members; a special partner: women’s networking support programme wnsp;
projects; publications; training materials;
Address: APC Executive Director’s Office, PO Box 29755, Melville, 2109, South Africa;

About APC: The APC vision: “A world in which all people have easy, equal and affordable access to the creative potential of ICTs to improve their lives and create more democratic and egalitarian societies.”

The APC mission: “We are a global network of civil society organisations whose mission is to empower and support organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies to build strategic communities and initiatives for the purpose of making meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability.”

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National Science Teachers Association

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Linked with Mary Liston Liepold – USA, with The World-Uniting Force of a New American President, and with What Women want: RESPECT.

… The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education … (about /overview 1/2).

Membership; Professional Development; Get involved;
Conferences and Institutes; Publications and Products; Science store;
Addresse: National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22201, USA;

About /overview 2/2: … NSTA’s Guiding Principles:

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Urban Poor Linkage (uplink) – Indonesia

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(Indonesian homepage)

Linked with Lita Anggraini – Indonesia.

Urban Poor linkage (UPLINK) Indonesia is a national coalition of NGOs and CBOs that focuses its concern and activities on urban poor issues. It started as a loose network that was formalised and effectively founded in July 2002, prior to the Afro-Asian Urban Poor Dialog participated by urban poor people in Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines, India, Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia) and Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria) in Indonesia in September 2002 … (full text of the english homepage).

Create user account;
Address: Urban Poor Linkage (Uplink) National Secretariat, CO-Coordinator : Wardah Hafidz, Lita Anggraini, and  Ari Ujianto, National Facilitator Team : M. Nawir, Rusdianto, Abdul Jalil, Sudarto, Yanto Hutabarat, Wardah Hafidz, Lita Anggraini, Ari Ujianto, Edi Saidi, Abdurrachman, Billy Moon Blok H-1/7 Jakarta 13450, Indonesia;
Contact: Phone, 62-21-8642915, Fax, 62-21-86902408, e-mail, Website.


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Trades Union Congress TUC – Britain at work

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Linked with Brendan Barber – England, and with TUC New Year Message.

With member unions representing over six and a half million working people, we campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

Britan’s Unions; TUC Directory 2009; Union professionals; Work rights;
Events; Congress TV;
Publications; Email Alerts/Newsletter;
Addresses: Headquarter, Trades Union Congress, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS, England;
TUC Brussels office: International Trade Union House, Rooms 409 / 411, Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5, B-1210, Brussels, Belgium;

About the TUC: The TUC is the voice of Britain at work. With 58 affiliated unions representing nearly seven million working people from all walks of life, we campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

We negotiate in Europe, and at home build links with political parties, business, local communities and wider society.

For more information about the TUC see the links below: … (full long text about TUC’s work, regions, people, etc.).

International Trade Union Confederation ITUC

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(in de, en, es, fr)

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

  • It has been the historic role of trade unionism, and remains its mission, to better the conditions of work and life of working women and men and their families, and to strive for human rights, social justice, gender equality, peace, freedom and democracy.
  • More than ever in its history, confronted by unbridled capitalist globalisation, effective internationalism is essential to the future strength of trade unionism and its capacity to realise that mission.
  • The Confederation calls on the workers of the world to unite in its ranks, to make of it the instrument needed to call forth a better future for them and for all humanity. (About 1/2).

Homepage in english;
Press and publications; campaigns; YouTubeChannel;
Equality; Human and Trade Union Rights; Economic an Social Policy;
Member’s section; young workers; jobs at ITUC;
Regional structures; Global Unions; Mailing list: down left column; Links;
Address: ITUC, 5 Boulevard du Roi Albert II, Bte 1, 1210 Brussels, Belgium;

About 2/2: … The ITUC adheres to the principles of trade union democracy and independence, as set out in its Constitution. It is governed by four-yearly world congresses, a General Council and an Executive Bureau. The chief executive of the ITUC is its General Secretary Guy Ryder, supported by Deputy General Secretaries Mamounata Cisse and Jaap Wienen.

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Faraja Trust

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Linked with Situation in Kenja’s prison.

Faraja Trust is a charitable, non-governmental organisation, which is since its fundation in 1999 located in Nairobi. Faraja Trust is founded, bildt up and marked by the Swiss Benedictian Missionary Peter Meienberg, who is dedicating his life the poor and needy people in East Africa since fifty years. A contact facility in Switzerland is provided by the Donor’s Association of Faraja Trust, founded in 2004 (on Homepage).

News; News-Archive;
Humanitarian Aid; Frater Peter Meienberg’s Legacy; Prison work; Farm Training Institute;
Income Generation Projects; Origine of Funds; Donations; Faraja Trust Fund, Care for HIV affected individuals in Morogoro (raises the money for the Faraja Trust);
Photogallery; Downloads;
Address: Zanzibar Road, South B, P.O.Box 3302, 00506 Nairobi, Kenya;
Contacts in Kenya, and in Switzerland.

About – Who we are /what we do;

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Solidarity for Social Equality SSE

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Human Rights Centre (we are equal in dignity)

  • Our Vision: We dream to create a harmonious society and we work to make it true. We believe that Poverty is the worst violation of Human Rights and thus we work with poor deprived and marginalized section of society to create a condition where everybody will be recognized as equal human being in dignity. In a word we dream to create a harmonious society and we work to make it true.
  • Our Mission: Our mission in SSE is to unite people together in social equality, curb socio-economic exploitation on oppressed and create abundant socio-economic opportunity for dominated people.
  • Our Goal: Our Goal is to initiate a social and economic process in our project area which will ensure better economic opportunity for poor, a healthier living and equal social status for people irrespective of caste, creed and bring gender equity in society.
  • Our Strategy of Intervention: … (full text Homepage).

Projects; Trainings; e-Counseling;
IEC materials; Resources;
Address: SSE, At- Adarsha Pada, Post- Rajendra College, District- Balangir Orissa, 767002, INDIA;

About: Genesis of SSE: SSE is organized by a group of Young and energetic persons who are sensitive to existing socio-economic Inequality in our society and are committed to be with oppressed people in the struggle for recognition in the society as Human Being of equal importance and equal rights. We welcome and even invite committed people to join us as member and socio-economic class of our society is not a barrier to it.

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The International Water Management Institute IWMI

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Linked with Frank R. Rijsberman – Netherlands, and with Every Last Drop.

IWMI is one of 15 international research centers supported by the network of 60 governments, private foundations and international organizations collectively known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). IWMI has a staff of about 350 and offices in 12 countries across Asia and  Africa. (Homepage).

Publications, IMWI research reports, News room, Our blog;
Research and Impact, Selected current projects, knowledge sharing, working at IWMI;
Address: Headquarters : 127, Sunil Mawatha, Pelawatte, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka;
Contact: down of each page.


  • IWMI’s Mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihoods and nature.
  • IWMI’s Vision, reflected in the Strategic Plan is to be a world-class knowledge center on water, food and environment.
  • IWMI targets water and land management challenges faced by poor communities in the developing world/or in developing countries and through this contributes towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of reducing poverty, hunger and maintaining a sustainable environment. These are also the goals of the CGIAR.
  • Research is the core activity of IWMI. The research agenda is organized around four priority Themes including Basin Water Management; Land, Water and Livelihoods; Agriculture, Water and Cities; and Water Management and Environment. Cross cutting activities in all themes include, assessment of land and water productivity and their relationship to poverty, identification of interventions that improve productivity as well as access to and sustainability of natural resources, assessment of the impacts of interventions on productivity, livelihoods, health and environmental sustainability.
  • IWMI works through collaborative research with many partners in the North and South and targets policy makers, development agencies, individual farmers and private sector organizations.
  • Core Values: Excellence, Impact orientation, Teamwork, Knowledge-Sharing, Respect for Diversity, Partnerships.

The Two

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Linked with Asghar Ali Engineer – India, with Madrasa education myth and reality, and with Islamic banking in India: Challenges and prospects.

Guiding statement: “I belong to two circles of equal size, but which are not concentric. One is India, and the other is the Muslim world (Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar): I am a Muslim and profoundly conscious of the fact that I have inherited Islam’s glorious tradition of the last fourteen hundred years. I am not prepared to lose even a small part of that legacy. The history and teachings of Islam, its arts and letters, its culture and civilization are part of my wealth and it is my duty to cherish and guard them. But, with all these feelings, I have another equally deep realization, born out of my life’s experience which is strengthened and not hindered by the Islamic spirit. I am equally proud of the fact that I am an Indian, an essential part of the indivisible unity of the Indian nationhood, a vital factor in its total makeup, without which this noble edifice will remain incomplete (Maulana Abul Kalam Azad).”  (about 1/2).

Special reports; Blogs; Multimedia;
Scholarships for Indian Muslims;
Job circles;
Data bank; Polls; Feeds;
Official Address: 1155 Main Street #107, Jupiter, FL 33458, USA;
Post-address: PO Box 7790, Jupiter, FL 33468, USA;

About 2/2: … In increasing commercialized media, (TCN) will be a voice of sanity. We will cover news from marginalized sections of India. Our main focus is on Indian Muslims but we will be covering and reporting whole range of issues affecting Indians, Muslims and International issues.

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Vital Voices

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Global Partnership

Linked with Mu Sochua – Cambodia.

Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. We provide these women with the capacity, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their leadership potential:

  • We are at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls.
  • We enable women to become change agents in their governments, advocates for social justice, and supporters of democracy and the rule of law.
  • We equip women with management, business development, marketing, and communications skills to expand their enterprises, help to provide for their families, and create jobs in their communities.

… (full text about 1/2, overview).

Programs, Global Leadership Network;
Press; our blog;
Board of Directors, Global Advisory Council, Staff,
Get involved, Jobs, Internship; Donate;
Address: Vital Voices Global Partnership, 1625 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20036, USA;

About 2/2, … our History: The nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership grew out of the U.S. government’s successful Vital Voices Democracy Initiative. Continue Reading…


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financing fair trade, investing in a fairer world

Linked with International Federation for Alternative Trade IFAT;

Shared Interest is a co-operative lending society that aims to reduce poverty in the world by providing fair and just financial services. We have been part of the fair trade movement for 17 years and work extensively with community-based businesses in Africa and other continents to help them make the most of fair trade … (about 1/2).

becoming a member; becoming an ambassador;
vision, mission, values; partnership and networks;
finance for fair trade; annual reports;
working for Shared Interest; the beekeeper game;
associated with IFAD; shared interest foundation; borrowing from Shared Interest;
Addresses: Headquarter, Shared Interest Society Ltd, No 2 Cathedral Square, The Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1EH, United Kingdom – (more in Nairobi and Costa Rica);

About 2/2: … We work primarily by providing finance up front to producers, often via their buyers, to enable them to buy raw materials, tools and the other things they need at the time they need them. We also offer longer term loans and other credit facilities to support the development of fair trade businesses.

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development IISD

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Institut International du développement durable

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

IISD champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications. (Homepage).

Site Index:
Sustaining Excellence: The 2007-2008 Annual Report of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, download it in english, 38 pdf pages, en français;
Access and benefit-sharing; Publications; Media; Earth Negotiations Bulletin; e-newsletter;
Economics and Sustainable Development SD; Indicators; Water;
Governance of networks; Influence of Networks;
Address: IISD’s Head Office, 161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 0Y4;

About: The world is challenged by a changing climate, biodiversity loss, abject poverty and environmental degradation. What can make a difference? Good ideas. Creativity. Passion. Innovation. The achievement of change.

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War Resisters’ International

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also in Deutsch, Español, Français

War Resisters’ International’s programme The Right to Refuse to Kill combines a wide range of activities to support conscientious objectors individually, as well as organised groups and movements for conscientious objection. (Right to Refuse to Kill).

Programmes and Projects: Prisoners for Peace/CO Database, World survey of conscription and conscientious objection to military service, War Profiteers;
WRI network: Affiliates, Seminars and Events, WRIwiki, background documents and statements, Links;
Publications: e-newsletters, War Profiteers’ News, The Broken Rifle, wri-info, women, books and reports, resources for downloading, image galleries;
Campaigns: Seminars and events, Global initiative against War Profiteers, War tax resistance;
Address: War Resisters’ International, 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX, Britain;
Contact: down of each page.

About WRI: War Resisters’ International was founded in 1921 under the name “Paco”. It was and is based on the WRI declaration:

  • War is a crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to strive for the removal of all causes of war.
  • War Resisters’ International exists to promote nonviolent action against the causes of war, and to support and connect people around the world who refuse to take part in war or the preparation of war. On this basis, WRI works for a world without war.

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International Federation for Alternative Trade IFAT

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in english, spanish, french and japanese

Linked with Shared

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South … (full text about /what is Fair Trade).

The 10 Standards of Fair Trade; Sixty Years of Fair Trade; Market Development;
Building Trust; Speaking Out; Join IFAT;
Downloads, Library & Links;
Address: IFAT: the International Fair Trade Association, Prijssestraat 24, 4101 CR Culemborg, The Netherlands;

About IFAT /Areas of work – Our work is centered around three areas of work:

  • Market Development (Developing the market for Fair Trade)
  • Fair Trade Monitoring (Building trust in Fair Trade)
  • Advocacy (Speaking out for Fair Trade)

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