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Call for Action – Elections Committee on ESCR by ECOSOC

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Call for Action on the Elections of the Members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by ECOSOC

Published on ESCRnet.org, not dated.

… The Coalition of NGOs for an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Optional Protocol to the ICESCR), in the framework of its campaign JUSTICE NOW, RATIFY TO PROTECT ALL HUMAN RIGHTS, calls upon organizations present in ECOSOC’s member countries to influence their governments to vote only for independent and capable members to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.  Continue Reading…

US aid Partners with Swedish Development Agency

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… to Support Developing Country Entrepreneurs – for more information about USAID, visit US aid.gov, and for more information about Sida, visit Sida.se.

Linked with Famine Early Warning Systems Network FEWS Net, with Chemonics.com, and with US aid.

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 26, 2010, Press Office: 202-712-4320, Public Information: 202-712-4810, US aid.gov).

WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 26, 2010 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) today announced a new private-public partnership to support financing to entrepreneurs throughout the developing world. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID, and Anders Nordström, Director General of Sida, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the collaboration.  Continue Reading…

UGANDA: Almost one million at risk in Karamoja

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Published on IRINnews, by js-vm/mw, 28 March 2010.

NAIROBI, 26 March 2010 (IRIN) – At least 900,000 people in Karamoja, northeastern Uganda, are facing severe food insecurity due to four consecutive years of failed rains and poor harvests, says the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net).

“Overall, Karamoja continues to experience widespread high food insecurity,” FEWS Net observes in its March update.

At least 81 percent of the estimated 1.1 million food-insecure people in Uganda are in Karamoja, according to the agency.  Continue Reading…

‘Quiet corruption’ undermining African development

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Published on DW-world.de Deutsche Welle, by Asumpta Lattus (dc), March 18, 2010.

“Quiet corruption” involving small amounts of money and low-level civil servants, is having a destructive effect on African development, according to a report released this week by the World Bank.

It doesn’t make for headlines like cases of large-scale corruption, where huge sums are misused by members of Africa’s business community or the political elite. Nevertheless, quiet corruption, which can take the form of absenteeism among teachers or doctors, the distribution of fake drugs, or the sale of diluted fertilizers to poor farmers, is having a damaging effect on people in Africa, according to the African Development Indicators report released by the World Bank on Monday.  Continue Reading…

Requests for Information: 01 – 22 March 2010

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Received by e-mail: From: Global HRE List Moderator, Date: 26/03/2010

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

1. SEEKING HUMAN RIGHTS MASTERS PROGRAM IN MOROCCO THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING
Dear colleagues, I am a lawyer from Gaza. I am very interested in the human rights field. I hope that you could advise me if any of the Moroccan universities offer a Master of Human Rights through distance learning. Your reply will be highly appreciated.
Kind regards, Abdelkareem Awad, Senior Compliance Consultant, UNRWA – MD – Gaza, Tel: +972 8 2820001, Mobile: +972 599861425, Fax: +972 8 2824949, E-mail.

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NGO Management School Switzerland: April-May Courses in Geneva

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Received by e-mail – From: NGO Manager Newsletter, Date: 23/03/2010

Dear Madam, dear Sir, The following two courses are scheduled for April-May 2010 in Geneva. They are targeting practitioners and address challenges faced by non-profit managers, leaders, and staff of NGOs and international organisations. These training courses help sharpening key skills and developing strategies that participants can immediately use in their work.

12-16 April: Training of Trainers (5 days): How to design, deliver and follow-up a training course – Course overview:  Continue Reading…

Emerging powers in Africa Watch

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(Iran’s economic ties with Africa: Responding to Western media analysis) – Published on Pambazuka.org, by S.H. Razavipour, 2010-03-18.

In the past decade, Africa has become a cauldron of competing interests between new and old actors. Whereas in the 19th century it was just a handful of countries that benefited and profited from Africa’s riches – namely from its extractive resources, cheap labour and not to mention slavery – now it seems that the tide has shifted with ‘new kids on the block’ … //

… Some of these new actors will find better ways to cooperate with the older ones to behave like a cartel to increase their benefits. They will tow the line with the big brothers so that they are also given a seat at the table to claim their slice of the cake. Continue Reading…

Requests for Information – for two past periodes

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Received by e-mail:
From: Global HRE List Moderator

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

Request from 1 – 7 February 2010
Date: 11/02/2010

1. LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST YOUNG BOYS AND ADOLESCENTS
Dear colleagues, I am working in the area of child rights, and would like to know if any of you would have specific information on violence against young boys and adolescent males (i.e. reports, statistics, articles, etc.).
Thank you, Sheila Narrainen, PhD candidate, E-mail.

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