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Québec forum on civil society & aid effectiveness 3-6 February 2008

February 1, 2008 - 11:11am

Evaluating Civil Society's Role in Aid Effectiveness: International Forum 3-6 February

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation, a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations, is hosting an international forum for the Advisory Group (AG) on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness in Gatineau, Québec. The AG was created by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD following criticism of the government-centered process used to develop the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in 2005. The group’s objective is to evaluate the role of civil society organizations in meeting the goals of the Paris Declaration.

Religious Dimension of Sustainable Development

January 30, 2008 - 7:11pm

The Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2008 issue of the Solidarity, Sustainability,
and Non-Violence (SSNV) Research Newsletter has been posted. The theme
this month is: "Religious Dimension of Sustainable Development."

Sudanese Police Attack On Aid Workers

January 20, 2008 - 12:43pm

Back in May 2007, the Washington Post ran a story by Colum Lynch with the headline, "Sudanese Police Attack On Aid Workers Tests U.N. Chief's Diplomacy." Some key points from the story (things for aid workers to keep in mind):

Debate on World Bank Conditionality Continues

January 18, 2008 - 1:36pm

During 2007, the World Bank undertook a second review of its use of conditionality, examining all Bank-financed loans approved during its 2007 fiscal year. The resulting report: Conditionality in Development Policy Lending [http://siteresources.worldbank.org/PROJECTS/Resources/40940-1114615847489/Conditionalityfinalreport120407.pdf] was discussed by the Board of Executive Directors in December 2007. It also draws on a series of consultations with governments, CSOs, and other stakeholders in IDA-eligible countries. The 2007 report confirms that Bank support remains broadly consistent with the good practice principles on conditionality introduced in 2005. The conditionality issue has sparked an intense debate with CSOs, several of which have produced reports of their own. Of note are a recent report by Eurodad

Un-wired Continent: Africa's Mobile Success Story

January 18, 2008 - 12:13pm

The Un-wired Continent: Africa's Mobile Success Story
by Vanessa Gray

Dramatool - online resource

January 18, 2008 - 12:07pm

Launched in 2002, Dramatool is a web-based platform that provies an international meeting point for drama/theatre education -- both teaching people about and through live performance. Available in Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Kiswahili, and Spanish. Dramatool is run by a team of 11 people from five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sweden, Tanzania, and Uganda) who have experience in working with drama and theatre as a tool for an inclusive and humane society.

Event, Feb. 8-10 2008, Latvia: new media

January 18, 2008 - 11:59am

Barcamp (Feb 8 - 10 2008)
This is a unique international unconference on new media, blogs, podcasts, social networking, citizen journalism, web 2.0, open source and everything else that is connected with it. The unconference will include open presentations, workshops, and workgroups. The event takes place in Riga, Latvia.

deadline Jan. 22: nominees - women in business

January 18, 2008 - 11:45am

(since many aid workers are working with women entrepreneurs in developing countries...)

The Doing Business project is conducting a two-year research effort to identify legal and regulatory barriers facing businesswomen in 178 economies. The program will provide analysis on reforms that benefit women in business.

development worker happy hour Jan. 30 Geneva

January 10, 2008 - 5:38pm

The Development Executive Group invites you to its international development happy hour in Geneva, Switzerland:
DATE: Wednesday, January 30, 2008
TIME: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
LOCATION: Heaven Lounge Bar, Rue Phillippe Plantamour 25

peace research conference 15-19 July, Belgium

January 10, 2008 - 1:22pm

The Institute for Development and Peace (Institut für Entwicklung und
Frieden – INEF
http://inef.uni-due.de/page/?lang=en ), University of Duisburg-Essen,
Germany, will organize four panels at the 2008 Global Conference of the

free online course: Emergency Telecommunications

January 10, 2008 - 9:21am

The ITU/BDT offers a free basic course on Emergency Telecommunications targeted specifically at youth.

The course provides a basic knowledge in Emergency Telecommunications to the youth worldwide which enables them to contribute to disaster prevention and mitigation This particular course on Emergency Telecommunications is specifically targeted to young men and women, with no prior knowledge of emergency management or technologies related to emergency warning and relief. Students are given an overview of the concepts of emergency management and disaster response, the responsibilities of key institutions and the role of volunteers.

anthropologists help in Iraq

January 9, 2008 - 11:15pm

By Peter Graff Wed Jan 9, 8:08 AM ET


David Matsuda, an anthropology professor from the East Bay campus of California State University near San Francisco, is part of the U.S. military "Human Terrain Team" (HTT) program, which embeds anthropologists with combat brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan in the hope of helping tactical commanders in the field understand local cultures.

Volunteering for AWN

January 8, 2008 - 12:34pm

Not sure how many of you are aware of this, but the Aid Workers Network is run entirely by volunteers. Many of the people behind AWN are aid and development professionals who are currently working in the field, but who take time out of their busy schedules to respond on the AWN forum, deal with tech issues on the AWN site, etc.

2007: One of Deadliest Years for UN Staff

January 3, 2008 - 2:17pm

New York, Jan 2 2008 7:00PM
At least 42 United Nations staff members, including 17 who died in the 11 December 2007 attack in Algiers, were killed on duty last year, making it one of the deadliest years for the Organization, according to its Staff Union.

Tags: Security

slain diplomat was former Peace Corps member

January 3, 2008 - 11:39am

Slain diplomat was devoted to Africa
By CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press Writer Tue Jan 1, 7:37 PM ET

BUFFALO, N.Y. - John Granville knew his work toward restoring peace in Sudan put him in
harm's way, but he told his family he wouldn't want to do anything else.

CHAD: Attacks against aid workers

December 28, 2007 - 4:35pm

27 December 2007 – Banditry continues to impede the efforts of humanitarian workers to deliver much-needed relief in eastern Chad, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported.

Two aid workers kidnapped in Somalia

December 27, 2007 - 2:58pm

Militiamen in Somalia's northern Puntland region on Dec. 26 kidnapped two foreign female aid workers, sparking a heavy exchange of fire with the chasing local police. "We can confirm that two of our staff were taken by force in Bosasso this morning," said Susan Sanders, the spokeswoman for the international medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF).

UN & EU staff members expelled from Afghanistan

December 27, 2007 - 1:14pm

If you have been following the news, then you have probably heard that a UN staff member and an EU representative have been ordered to leave Afghanistan by the government there. As many aid workers are involved in negotiations with various people in order to do their work, I thought this might be a story worth following.

Fictional-but-accurate: novels that relate to AidWork

December 27, 2007 - 12:52pm

During the lull the week before NYE, I thought I'd throw out something a little light-weight but possibly helpful: what novels (fiction only) have you read that you thought were either a good representation of what it's like to work in the developing world, or, that you thought offered good background for aid/development workers?

UN staff that died in Algiers bombing

December 16, 2007 - 1:03pm

There is a list here:

There's an online condolence book, statements from the UN agencies directly affected, and so forth.

The aid/development world is a small place, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were people on AWN who knew some of these folks.

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