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Celtel Zambia And OneWorld Africa Equips Grassroot Women

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… as Roan Youths Receive A Short In The Arm

Published on OneWorld Africa, not authored nor dated.

OneWorld Africa recently partnered with Celtel Zambia to equip Chongwe women with ICT tools.

OneWorld Africa recently partnered with Celtel Zambia to equip Chongwe women with ICT tools.  Those that witnessed the hand over ceremony include area Member of Parliament Sylvia T. Masebo, One World International Trustee, Margaret Machila, Celtel representative Bridget, Kambobe, Rushidull Alam, the UNDP representative and the Village Headman, Dr. Patrick Chikusu.  Continue Reading…

Mobile Phone Projects in Zambia Creates Wealth for Women

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Published on OneWorld Africa, not authored nor dated.

The Chipata District Women’s Association is a community group set up by women to help them improve their livelihood.

The association provides support to women in learning new skills, improving their capacity to earn more income and live healthier lives. The Chipata DWDA is part of the network of DWDA’s in Eastern province. It is made up of 12 area associations located in remote areas namely: Jerusalem, Feni, Kataba, Chitandika, Rukuzye, Chipangali, Madzimoyo, Chiparamba, Kapara, Kwenje, Mwangazi and Mboza … //  Continue Reading…

South Africa – a deal gone wrong?

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Published on Pambazuka News, by Udo W. Ffroese, April 22, 23010.

Over twenty years ago, on 11 February 1990, South Africa’s retired president and Nobel Peace co-laureate, Nelson Mandela, left the colonial-apartheid prison of Victor Verster outside Cape Town. South Africans and the international West considered Mandela as the African messiah.

The rest of Africa awaited the outcome from a distance, particularly as time went on and the country’s newfound ‘freedom’ hadn’t accommodated the black majority on its land and in its economy … //

… A LEGACY DEAL:  Continue Reading…

World Cup 2010 and the Legalisation of Sex Work: Postulations and Expostulations

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Published on, by Daniel Agbiboa, 21 April, 2010. – Linked on our blogs with Southern African NGO Network SANGOnet.

With up to half a million football aficionados and tourists expected to visit South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, and up to half of South Africa’s sex workers carrying the HIV virus, there have been calls for the country to decriminalise sex work to help tackle the spread of HIV. But is this a warranted call? Can the World Cup ever be a justification for the legalisation of sex work? This CAI brief explores the rationale that underscores the proposal of legalising sex work during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It also takes into account some counter arguments apropos of the legalisation of the sex trade.

Proposals to Legalise Sex Work: … //  Continue Reading…

Dialogue des cultures

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… le livre méditerranéen et la librairie l’Olivier au Salon International du Livre et de la Presse de Genève – Stand L 1443 – Lié sur nos blogs  avec Agenda Culturel Arabe.


Mercredi 28 avril (entrée gratuite):

  • 11h : Bouchra Boulouiz et Mustapha Kharmoudi débâteront sur le thème de l’apport culturel des voyageurs en Méditerranée. Les écrivains signeront leurs livres après le débât.

Jeudi 29 avril:    Continue Reading…

Rwandan President Paul Kagame wants a safer Rwanda

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… safer for whom? – Watch the video, 3.16 min, published on Global, by Godwin Agaba and Ann Garrison, April 23, 2010 … and read the Editorial by Rwandan journalist Godwin Agaba:

Anyone who has been following events in Rwanda over the last few weeks will agree with me that it is now clear what President Paul Kagame really wants. A safer Rwanda! A Rwanda where there is no political upheaval, no opposition politics, no sentimental politicians, no old friends, no dissent and, above all, no critical newspapers to report the prevailing “peace and tranquility.” Presidential elections will go ahead as planned in August and when the dust has settled in September, those still living will witness a sympathetic, loving and caring president, a head of state ready to forgive and forget as he embarks on another seven year term as head of state. How cool is that … //

… Those who have dared to challenge the establishment now find themselves in limbo fearing not only for their lives but, at the moment, for their political parties as well. Continue Reading…

ERRC seeks applicants for the 2010 Roma Rights Summer School

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… in Budapest, Hungary, from 25 July – 4 August 2010 – Deadline for applicants: 23 May 2010

Linked on our blogs with ERRC. – Published on European Roma Rights Centre ERRC, Last Updated: 2010-04-19.

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) invites applications for its highly acclaimed annual Roma Rights Summer School …

The 10-day Summer School is intended for young Romani activists, students, and Roma/Human rights activists from all European countries. The Summer School will offer both an introduction to human rights as well as an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas, innovation and expertise for participants who are at an early stage of their careers. Continue Reading…

2010 Human Rights Summer Program at Columbia University

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Application deadlines: May 13 for Session I and June 23 for Session II - Linked with Institute for the Study of Human Rights ISHR.

Received by e-mail: From: ISHR – Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Date: 21/04/2010

Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights is pleased to announce that the following courses will be offered during the 2010 Summer Program:

Session I: May 24-July 2    Continue Reading…

The end of a few tough years – part 3

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Sean Triner ponders what we have actually learned from our experiences in the worst recession in living memory

Linked with The Resource Alliance. – Published on Resource, by Sean Triner, found in their latest Newsletter.

… Conclusion:

So, a mixed bag really. Some charities used the recession, and grew. But most charities are still not doing what they should have been doing all along. All the evidence is there, the essence of what all the fundraising ‘gurus’ say is the same yet so many charities’ staff – fundraisers, boards and CEOs alike – won’t take the advice, or believe in their gut instincts over all the data because their donors are different. Continue Reading…

Youth Wage Subsidy and the Spectre of a Two-tier Labour Market

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Linked with Congress of South African Trade Unions COSATU. – Published on COSATU, by Oupa Bodibe and Kimani Ndungu, not dated.

The Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, placed the issue of a wage subsidy for young job seekers on the table in his recent budget speech. This is not a new proposal as it was tabled by his predecessor in one of his budget speeches.

As expected the response to this proposal has been highly polarised. At the one extreme, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) led trade union movement has rejected the proposal as smacking of a two-tier labour market system. That is, a labour market comprised of a segment protected by labour legislation and another layer that faces the unregulated might of the employer. Objectively speaking, South Africa already has a two-tier labour market due to the proliferation of non-standard forms of employment like sub-contracting, casual work and labour broking. The emergence of these forms of employment has created a layer of workers that cannot realistically be said to be enjoying the rights enshrined in the Constitution and labour legislation.  Continue Reading…

India takes on chairmanship of ITU Council for 2010

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Strategies discussed for development of information and communication technologies

Published on ITU Newsroom, Press release, April 13, 2010.

Geneva, 13 April 2010 – ITU’s governing body, the Council comprising of 46 Member States, began its annual session today. Meeting six months before the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, 4-22 October 2010, the Council will take this opportunity to review the implementation of the Union’s strategic and financial plans for the 2008-2011 period as well as the draft plans for 2012-2015. Continue Reading…

INCORE’s 11th International Summer School

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… at Derry/Londonderry, 7-11 June 2010

Linked with International Conflict Research Institute INCORE. – Received by e-mail: From: Marie-Charlotte Henrion, Date: 16/04/2010

Dear Colleagues, The INCORE Summer School provides a structured learning opportunity to analyse the dynamic and constantly changing field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Focusing on the latest research and concepts in peace and conflict studies and practice; participants are invited to compare, contrast and learn from different perspectives. The School offers a unique opportunity to create links between theory, practice and policy. Special attention is given to how the experience and research of both practitioners and academics can impact upon policy makers within the field of conflict resolution, peacemaking, peacebuilding and reconciliation. Continue Reading…

Very Small is Beautiful for the Majority of Our People

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Linked with Independent Development Sector Consulting, and with Southern African NGO Network SANGOnet.

Published on Sangonet, by Jan Beeton, not dated.

Survivalist entrepreneurship continues to be discounted in South Africa in favour of small to medium employment creating businesses. In our quest to focus exclusively on the employment creating potential and economic growth contribution of the more formal and growth oriented small business sector, we ignore at our cost, and at our nation building peril, the fantastic resource and value of micro and survivalist businesses. Whilst such entrepreneurs are a response to desperate  circumstances, they nonetheless have phenomenal social and economic value which is so often overlooked in their role as Useful start up economic endeavours and sources of work (as opposed to idling about and unemployment):  Continue Reading…

Kenya: Digital Villages Project Rolled Out

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Published on allAfrica, by Okuttah Mark, April 15, 2010.

Each constituency will by the end of the year boast of at least five digital centres complete with computers and Internet connectivity in a government plan to bridge the IT gap.

Safaricom, Telkom Kenya, Zain Kenya and Essar telecoms are required to roll out the digital villages as the government implements part of the Kenya Communication Amendment Act 2009 which stipulates that the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) levies the operators a universal access Fund of one per cent of their total revenue for the project rollout.  Continue Reading…

Launch of EWC database for people

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… working in education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding

Linked on our blogs with European Wergeland Centre EWC. – Received by e-mail:From: Caroline Gebara, Date: 12/04/2010

Dear Colleagues, This week the European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is launching Share & Connect – an expert database designed to facilitate online networking among people working in the field of education for human rights, democratic citizenship, and intercultural understanding. Researchers, PhD students, teacher trainers, teachers and other education professionals across Europe and beyond can connect through the database to share their experiences and to benefit from each others’ expertise.

Share & Connect provides several opportunities:  Continue Reading…

HRE Highlights from the UN Human Rights Council 13th session

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Received by e-mail: From: Kazunari Fujii, Date: 13/04/2010

Dear all, Highlights of human rights education from the 13th session (1-26 March) of the UN Human Rights Council follow below.
These are included in the Report of the Panel Discussion on the Draft UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: Bridging the gap between standards and practice.
The Panel Discussion was held on 17 March in parallel with the 13th session of the Council, facilitated by the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL), Geneva, and cosponsored by the Platform in the Council comprised of 7 UN Member States (Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, Philippines, Slovenia, Senegal and Switzerland).

The 15 pdf pages Report of the panel is available at:

The NGO WG on HREL wishes that the report provides all relevant actors with useful information and insights for better strategy-building.  Continue Reading…

The Next Stage of Human Evolution

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Published on Chowk, by Khalid Sohail April 4, 2010.

When we study human beings from an evolutionary point of view, we realize that one of the fundamental differences between animals and human beings is that animals are aware but human beings are self-aware; animals have simple consciousness while human beings have self-consciousness; and animals know but human beings know that they know. Such self-awareness and evolution of consciousness has made it possible for humans to create language and culture, science and technology, as well as art and mythology. As human beings have evolved, they have become increasingly aware of their personal and collective unconscious.

In the last couple of centuries, scientists, psychologists and philosophers from all over the world have brought to our attention that the human unconscious is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted … //  Continue Reading…

The Uncomfortable Silence

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Linked with Man Up Campaign. – Published on World Pulse, by Jimmie Briggs, April 1, 2010.

In his quest to end violence against women, former war journalist Jimmie Briggs faces his toughest audience yet.

Several months ago, my daughter’s teacher invited me to speak to her class about what I do for a living. How was I to tell a room full of squirmy first-graders that I am launching a global campaign to end violence against women and girls, using hip-hop and soccer? That I’ve gone from sometimes war reporter to human rights advocate? My own daughter has only the slightest inkling about my work, and the thought of facing her classmates terrified me …  Continue Reading…

Reporting on the Horrors and the Hope of the Congo

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Published on AlterNet, by Catherine Corpeny, April 10, 2010.

Part 1 – I wanted to wait and write when I understood more about the politics behind the mind-bending atrocities going on here, but it will take much, much more time for me to absorb, process, and understand the components and intricacies that perpetuate this senseless and obscene war. Every day I see and learn something new about this country, its people, and the unrelenting conflict that’s turning both inside out.

So that being said I am going to report on both the horrors I’ve witnessed during my recent time in Congo as well as the hope, for the Congo encompasses high degrees of both.

First stop Kigali, Rwanda: Continue Reading…

Kyrgyzstan And The Battle For Central Asia

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Published on, by Rick Rozoff, 8 April 2010.

Confusion reigns in Bishkek after the overthrow of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, whom Washington placed in power in the wake of the so-called “Tulip Revolution”. The dictator had set up a U.S. military base in Manas, ruthlessly quelling all dissent. It is still unclear whether the new government springs from the Moscow-backed opposition or whether it represents a régime change promoted by Washington … //

… In the four decades of the Cold War political changes through elections or otherwise in any nation in the world – no matter how small, impoverished, isolated and seemingly insignificant – assumed importance far exceeding their domestic effects. World political analysts and policy makers asked the key question: Which way would the new government align itself, with the U.S. or the Soviet Union?  Continue Reading…

Call for applications for the International Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights 2010

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Ghent/Antwerp, 5-17 September 2010

Linked with International Course on Children’s Rights (for April 11). – Received by e-mail: De: Kathy Vlieghe, Date: 07/04/2010

Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to announce the 2010 Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights (ICCR): ’Children’s Rights and Globalization. From Principles to Practice’.

The ICCR is a two-yearly training programme in children’s rights, which has been jointly organised by the Department of Social Welfare Studies (Ghent University), the Faculty of Social Work and Welfare Studies (University College Ghent), the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights (Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp) and the Leuven Institute of Criminology/Institute of Social Law (K.U.Leuven), in cooperation with the recently established Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi). This interdisciplinary and interuniversity Centre involves – in addition to the aforementioned partners – also the Free University of Brussels.  Continue Reading…

Irish Centre for Human Rights 2010 Summer Schools

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Linked with Irish Centre for Human Rights, with International Law Association, and with European Court of Human Rights Death Penalty Decision Raises Difficult Issues.

Received by e-mail: From: Susan Megy, Date: 07/04/2010

Dear Colleagues, The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway is pleased to announce registration is open for our two annual summer schools.

June 14-18, Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples & Human Rights Law Summer School

The aim of the course is to provide participants with an overview of the legal, political and philosophical issues pertaining to international human rights law and its relationship to minority rights and the rights of indigenous peoples.  Continue Reading…

Essentials of NGO Management – Course on Bohol Island, Philippines

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24-30 July 2010 / 7 days – Linked with NGO Management School, Switzerland.

Received by e-mail: From: NGO Manager Newsletter, Date: 06/04/2010.

Dear Madam, dear Sir, Please find below the details about our next NGO management training course taking place on Bohol Island, Philippines. This course is targeted for practitioners and addresses challenges faced by non-profit managers, leaders, and staff. The training course helps sharpening key skills and developing strategies that participants can immediately use in their work.  Continue Reading…

The Opium Wars in Afghanistan

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Can Anyone Pacify the World’s Number One Narco-State?

Published on Global, by Alfred W. McCoy, March 30, 2010.

In ways that have escaped most observers, the Obama administration is now trapped in an endless cycle of drugs and death in Afghanistan from which there is neither an easy end nor an obvious exit.

After a year of cautious debate and costly deployments, President Obama finally launched his new Afghan war strategy at 2:40 am on February 13, 2010, in a remote market town called Marja in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. As a wave of helicopters descended on Marja’s outskirts spitting up clouds of dust, hundreds of U.S. Marines dashed through fields sprouting opium poppies toward the town’s mud-walled compounds.  Continue Reading…

Witch-hunts then – and now

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Published on The, by Malcolm Gaskill, April 5, 2010.

Anyone who thinks that witchcraft belongs only to our past and imaginations should think again … //

… In sub-Saharan Africa the problem is even worse. The war in Congo (1998-2003) killed millions, mostly through starvation and disease. High child mortality was widely blamed on “night dancers” – witches who steal blood and smear poisons on houses. European witches of the 16th century were charged with identical crimes, for instance the Swiss plague-spreaders known as engraisseurs. In 1999 the pro-government chief of Mwenga fled an advancing rebel army, leaving his wife behind with the town’s protective charm; the soldiers publicly buried her alive with the charm. In the province of Ituri, as many as 4,000 may have been killed.  Continue Reading…

Let’s Put an End to Public Debt Blackmail

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Published on Global, by Damien Millet and Sophie Perchellet and Eric Toussaint, April 3, 2010.

There is a striking contrast in the most industrialized countries at the epicenter of the global crisis that broke out in 2007-2008: the governments and their friends running the major banks are congratulating themselves on having saved the financial sector and initiated limited economic recovery, but people’s living conditions continue to deteriorate. Furthermore, with stimulus packages for the economy of over 1000 billion dollars, the major financial institutions have received government aid in the form of bail out funds, but the different States have no say in the management of these companies or are not taking advantage of this opportunity to radically change the policies governing them.  Continue Reading…

Africa: Killer Diseases of Continent’s Poor

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Published on allAfrica, by Pamela Olet, 31 March 2010.

Sleeping sickness, elephantiasis, leprosy, helminthiasis, trachoma, leishmaniasis, Buruli ulcers, schistomiaisis and yaws are among neglected diseases that still ravage lives covertly as nations publicise tuberculosis, malaria and Aids.

These diseases rarely feature on national or regional poverty eradication strategies yet they cause disabilities and deaths to the very populations already hard hit by poverty. And the irony is that these diseases are curable and have been eradicated in the developed world.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is a conventional term for chronic and disabling diseases that are prevalent within poor populations in the tropical developing nations. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to a number of these diseases.  Continue Reading…


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ITU Headquarters Geneva/ 9 April 2010 / 15:00 – 16:30 h – Received by e-mail: From WSIS, Date: 2 Apr 2010

Dear Sir/Madam, Please find enclosed invitation to the Executive Briefing on WSIS FORUM 2010 to be held exactly one month prior to the Forum, i.e. on Friday, 9 April 2010, 15:00 – 16:30, in the ITU Headquarters, Room C. More details will be available at  this website.

All Stakeholders not having official UN badge are asked to send badge requests to the Secretariat at not later than 5 April 2010. Stakeholders who do not have the possibility of joining the meeting in person are encouraged to use web-cast facilities that will be made available this website.

Download the Executive Briefing Letter.pdf: ExecutiveBriefingLetter WSIS:

With kind regards, Jaroslaw K. PONDER, Strategy and Policy Advisor, World Summit on the Information Society, International Telecommunication Union, Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland, Tel.: + 41 22 730 6065, Fax.: + 41 22 730 6453, E-mail,

Life in ‘Tin Can Town’

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… for the South Africans evicted ahead of World Cup
Campaigners say conditions in Blikkiesdorp or ‘Tin Can Town’ are worse than in the townships created during apartheid

Published on The, by David Smith in Cape Town, April 1, 2010.

Children squint as wind whips the grey sand into their faces. A teenager braves the flies and stench of a leaking outdoor toilet to draw water from a standpipe. He stares vacantly along regimented rows of corrugated iron shacks encircled by a tall, concrete fence. No grass or trees grow here.

This is Tin Can Town, or Blikkiesdorp, described by the mayor of Cape Town as a “temporary relocation area” (TRA), but by its residents as a concentration camp. Many say they were forcibly evicted from their former homes and moved here against their will. And for this they blame one thing: the football World Cup. Continue Reading…

Child Poverty in Africa – the facts

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Published on Fight Poverty, source: World Bank/UNICEF, not dated.

  • 200,000 child slaves are sold every year in Africa. There are an estimated 8,000 girl-slaves in West Africa alone. (sources: BBC 5 October, 2001 & Anti-Slavery Society)
  • About 120,000 African children are participating in armed conflicts. Some are as young as 7 years old. (source: Africa Children’s Charter… see also UA)
  • Children account for half of all civilian casualties in wars in Africa. (source: Africa 2015)
  • One in six African children dies before the age of five. Most of these deaths could be prevented. (source: Africa 2015)
  • Nearly one third of children in Sub-Saharan Africa are underweight. (source: UNICEF)    Continue Reading…

‘Shoot the Boers!’: Deflecting attention from new songs of protest

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Freedom songs ‘speak to the pertinent issues of the time, expose the excesses and injustices of the system and the comfortable beneficiaries and supporters of the system, and point to the type of society the people envisage and the means to attain it,’ writes Mphutlane wa Bofelo. That is why South Africa’s new political elite is ‘stunting’ the ‘creative imagination and revolutionary rhythm by harping on “yesterday’s” songs’, says Bofelo, so that it can deflect the growing anger among the masses about the failings of their leadership back onto the ‘remnants of the old order’.

Published on Pambazuka News, by Mphutlane wa Bofelo, March 25, 2010.

The debates around ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s singing of the song ‘Dubula bhunu’ – meaning ‘shoot the Boers’ – which also contains the lyrics: ‘these dogs are rapists’, says a lot about efforts to deflect the attention of the people away from composing new struggle songs that capture the contradictions, complexities and vulgarities of the time and moment, place and space that is neo-apartheid, neocolonial, neoliberal capitalist South Africa.  Continue Reading…