Saturday, November 08, 2014

International Medical Corps is in South Sudan as well.

International Medical Corps is currently monitoring the evolution of the nutrition crisis in South Sudan. The torrential rains in this region during the months of July and August make roads and rivers impassible, making it even more challenging for aid agencies to provide necessary services. This season comes on the heels of six months of war that has uprooted 1.1 million people. While men, women and children leave their homes in search of safety from violence, they face further dangers such as hunger, disease and other medical concerns. Displaced persons have been unable to plant crops and therefore the country is unable to feed itself. Humanitarian assistance is crucial to the survival of the people of South Sudan; however, access and security concerns to the highest priority areas with little or no nutrition support remains a serious problem. International Medical Corps is working with other UN and NGO agencies to improve access to these areas. 

International Medical Corps has numerous other projects in several other countries around the world. 

Food For The Poor | Help Aid Jamaica Relief Efforts With Your Donation

Jamaica’s economy has been in decline since 1974, when the energy-deficient country was hit hard by a rise in fuel costs. In addition, a worldwide recession reduced foreign demand for Jamaican products.

Jamaica was the first country assisted by Food For The Poor.

Key developments include:

In 2012, the construction of 2,096 housing units

Since inception, over 35,000 houses have been built

The building or renewal of 50 schools in 50 months

Food For The Poor | Help Aid Jamaica Relief Efforts With Your Donation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

10 ways development NGOs can support family farmers

10 Development Innovators give recommendations as to how best to support family farmers:

1.  Recognize the different types of family farmer:

2.  Invest in education and training

3.  Create incentives for younger generations

4,  Prepare for uncertainties

5.  Don’t throw tech innovations at a problem

6.  Promote diversification for sustainable futures

7.  Identify suitable methods of financial inclusion

8.  Promote women’s empowerment

9.  Tackle food security and conservation together

10.  Make smallholders central to policy

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Multifaceted Fahamu Offers Useful Courses

Fahamu offers a range of courses for activists, from "Human Rights" to "Fundraising and resource Mobilization"

As part of its mission to build the capacity of African human rights and social justice movements, Fahamu develops training materials and runs courses, including by distance learning. The following distance learning courses are currently available for application, please contact us for more information.

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Movement Building Boot Camp | Fahamu

Fahamu hosts a site that seeks to promote social justice

"The Movement Building Boot Camp for LGBTIQ activists was held during 2011 and brought together a pool of diverse, young, creative and inspirational activists from Anglophone (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Francophone (Rwanda, Burundi and DRC) countries in East Africa.

"The MBBC provides existing and emerging activist leadership with conceptual and practical skills to advance the sexual rights agenda in East Africa as part of a broader agenda for human rights and progressive social transformation."
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

What One Acre Fund can teach us about supporting African small-scale farmers

One Acre Fund is a non-profit organisation serving smallholder farmers (typically living on one acre of land) in the East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. However, what makes it unique is that its model operates like a business.

Read more about One Acre fund here:
What One Acre Fund can teach us about supporting African small-scale farmers

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Aga Khan Foundation - Facilitating Farmers' Access to Markets, Mali

Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A., with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Food for ProgressProgram, supports the Mopti Coordinated Area Development Program, now in its third phase.

Through better natural resource management, access to microfinance and improved marketing skills, farmers can increase crop production and earn more from their surplus. 

Read More Here.

Facilitating Farmers' Access to Markets, Mali | PartnershipsInAction

About Adeso | International charity based in Africa

Adeso is a humanitarian and development organization that is changing the way people think about and deliver aid in Africa.

Cash Distribution in Northern Kenya, Adeso

We are an NGO in Africa working in a very different way than most. We believe that development must come from within, not outside African communities. That it is Africans themselves who must determine Africa’s future, and that while international aid has provided much-needed support, it often falls short of enabling lasting change at grassroots level. - See more at:

Read More Here,

About Adeso | International charity based in Africa

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dreaming big is how Kenyan doctor built her own private hospital

In 2006, Dr Betty Gikonyo’s 20-year dream came true when The Karen Hospital opened its doors to the public. The 102-bed hospital offers complex treatments including kidney transplants, cardiac surgeries, neurosurgery and dialysis for patients with chronic kidney problems.

The Karen Hospital has since increased its number of staff from 50 to 450, has opened six satellite clinics in emerging towns and started a nursing school.

Full Story here

Dr Betty Gikonyo, CEO of The Karen Hospital

Dreaming big is how Kenyan doctor built her own private hospital

Malaria: is a vaccine the silver bullet?

In building immunity to diseases as a preventative measure, vaccines can make for cost-effective public health interventions. After decades of intense research aimed at finding a vaccine for the complex malaria parasite, the most advanced vaccine candidate, RTS,S, is now close to being licensed.

From: The Guardian | Global Development Professionals Network

malaria vaccine

Malaria: is a vaccine the silver bullet? | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional

Saturday, April 19, 2014

African philanthropy on the rise

Sustained economic growth in Africa, accompanied by the economic downturn in the West, has contributed to the “rapid emergence of structured forms of strategic philanthropy by wealthy Africans”, notes the report. Although economic growth has seen a deepening divide between rich and poor, it has also spawned a rising middle class, which the report estimates could make a further $22 billion available in combined philanthropic giving.

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Building the machines of children's dreams

MyMachine travels from Belgium to South Africa to build the machines of children's dreams.

MyMachine has arrived in South Africa - thanks to a partnership initiated by the Community Foundation for West Flanders in Belgium and the West Coast Community Foundation who met last November at a peer learning event on community foundations and youth civic engagement, hosted by the GFCF in Cluj, Romania


This story was picked up from the Global Fund for Community Foundations

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