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Witness Seminar: The Voluntary Sector in 1980s Britain This witness seminar, held at the NCVO on Friday 11th December, 2009, brought together a number of prominent figures of the 1980s to consider the ways in which the voluntary sector interacted with, and was shaped by, the Thatcher Conservative government. By bringing together key individuals from this period we organised a round table discussion that allowed contemporaries to discuss their contribution and reflect upon their experiences, and thereby produce a response that is perhaps not captured in the surviving written record of the era. Witnesses include Michael Brophy (Capital Community Foundation), Nicholas Deakin (former Professor of Social Policy and Administration, University of Birmingham), Stuart Etherington (National Council for Voluntary Organisations), Richard Fries (former Home Office civil servant), Justin Davis Smith (Volunteering England), Julia Unwin (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Jerry White (former Commissioner for Local Administration in England). The seminar was organised under the auspices of the NGOs in Britain project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and hosted by the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary History (both running at the University of Birmingham).+ More details
It is estimated that 20% of the world's greenhouse gases are emitted from deforestation, making it a significant contributor to global climate change. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) is a global mechanism incentivizing countries to protect and better manage their forests by creating a financial value for the carbon stored in trees.Through REDD, forests are more valuable standing than they would be cut down, contributing to the global fight against climate change. The REDD mechanism can also be used to benefit biodiversity, livelihoods, and economic opportunity.+ More details
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Abby Maxman and Jon Mitchell of CARE talk about transforming the role of the International NGO+ More details
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In this panel discussion, two enterprising women described the public service ventures they founded and how the media has helped advance their respective missions. The Christian Science Monitor’s international editor, David Scott, addressed his paper’s role in effecting positive social change. Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7 p.m. The Mary Baker Eddy Library is a small non-profit museum and library. It provides public access and context to original materials and educational experiences about Mary Baker Eddy’s life, ideas, and achievements, including her Church. The Library promotes exploration and scholarship through its collections, exhibits, and programs.+ More details
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Track II Consultation in Geneva - Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civil Society - January 23, 2014, UNOG, Switzerland. Conference organized by the Universal Peace Federation (www.upf.org) Session I - From Amman, to Jerusalem, to Geneva: For Peace In Syria Chair - Dr. Thomas Walsh, President, UPF International Presenters - Rev. William A. Mc Comish, President Geneva Spiritual Appeal - Amb. Hussein Hassouna, Former Arab League Ambassador to the United Nations, Egypt - Dr. Leo Gabriel, Social Anthropologist and Journalist, Vienna Austria - Ms. Mairead Maguire, Nobel Laureate Press Release: http://upf.org/upf-news/144-europe-eurasia-/5572-geneva-track-ii+ More details
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Gemeinsam die EZA von morgen gestalten. Fach-und sachkunde Experten diskutieren am 25.5.2011 im Afro Asiatischen Institut in Wien. Mit Petra Ramsauer,Gerhard Drekonja-Kornat,Petra Bayr,Petra Navara-Unterluggauer,Klaus Steiner,Walter Schicho. Veranstalter: SONNE Internjational und AG Globale Verantwortung. Video: Ing.Friedel Hans.Copyright 2011.+ More details
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Hans Rosling shatters common perceptions about the "developed" and "developing" world at a presentation to leaders of internationally focused NGOs at InterAction CEO Retreat 2010. Using animated statistics in a lively discussion, Dr. Rosling, renowned international development practitioner, professor at the Karolinska Institute and founder of Gapminder, presents data and analysis that counters myths, verifies the impact of international aid, and challenges us to effectively correlate efforts with need for the greatest impact on the lives of the world's most poor and vulnerable people. You may download and use this video in its entirety as needed, but may not use excerpts for any purpose.+ More details
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(Originally Broadcast on February 2, 2013.) Humanitarian actors have increasingly recognized that successful disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects must be conceived as long-term, holistic initiatives geared toward enhancing the ways that states and societies approach resilience. Additionally, the humanitarian sector has learned that the success of long-term projects hinges on the participation of an actively engaged local community. In fact, this notion — that humanitarian action should be centered on the active participation of beneficiaries— underpins the professional standards of the humanitarian sector. However, in actuality, international actors often treat civil society as an obstacle, and local actors tend to serve merely as minor players in DRR projects. Additionally, governments are not always keen to see the growth of a strong civil society, particularly if this development might generate organized criticism of those who hold governmental power. Such attitudes might not only hinder the implementation of a well-designed project but might also disrupt the genuine contribution of local actors from a project’s inception. The ability of humanitarian and development actors to successfully navigate these challenges will have a lasting impact on how the humanitarian community undertakes such operations in the next decade. Given these challenges, our expert panel will discuss the following questions: To what extent are professional standards — such as those developed by the Sphere project — taken into consideration when designing DRR projects? How can the culture around community engagement be changed? In the face of weak civil society or governments reluctant to invest in DRR, how can the international community engage to build local resilience? In the absence of long-term project funding, how can DRR programs better engage and sustain the commitment of local civil society actors at a project’s inception? Panelists: Emmanuel Luna, University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD) Ali Ardalan, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) Alejandro López Carresi, Center for Disaster and Emergency Management (CEDEM) Moderated By: Christina Blunt, Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) Vincenzo Bollettino, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)+ More details
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This important session is part of Our Global Challenges, a series of dialogues held in partnership with the University of Miami Knight Center for International Media. The series examines progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is made possible by the Knight Foundation.+ More details
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