The Man Who Stopped the Desert

From a harsh, uncompromising land comes a story of hope…
Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Africa has succeeded where international agencies failed. Over the last twenty years he has successfully battled against nature, and man, to become a pioneer in the fight against desertification.

But Yacouba’s struggle is not simply an agricultural story, it is pure drama. It is about one man’s conviction that now has the potential to benefit many thousands living in the Sahel region of Africa.

“Yacouba’s story is both incredibly timely and important given the current crisis in many parts of the world with desertification. It is also rare to find a conservation story with such an upbeat and inspirational ending”.
National Geographic Channels, International

The Man Who Stopped the Desert is a beautifully filmed, emotional roller coaster that will leave you moved and inspired.
DVDs and Blu-ray versions are available by visiting:
http://www.1080films.co.uk/Yacoubamovie

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Dr Rowan Williams – New Perspectives on Faith and Development – UPDATE

New Perspectives on Faith and Development: Closing keynote address

In the final seminar of this series on faith and development our speaker asks:

Have we ignored the teachings of faith groups in our treatment of the natural environment? Do faith traditions have a relevant voice on climate change and environmental degradation? Can they provide us with the energy and focus to overcome inaction? Do they add anything new to this debate?

Keynote Speaker: Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Chair: Rabbi David Rosen

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Here is a summary of Rowan Williams’s presentation, as it appeared in The Guardian: Continue reading “Dr Rowan Williams – New Perspectives on Faith and Development – UPDATE”

Sustainability vs Resilience

In a recent opinion text in The New York Times, Andrew Zolli takes to task the sacrosanct concept of sustainability, a sort of ‘holy cow’ of development thinking.

By ‘sustainability’ he means ‘the idea that with the right mix of incentives, technology substitutions and social change, humanity might finally achieve a lasting equilibrium with our planet, and with one another’.

The author argues that the world today is in such a dis-balanced state that sustainability is almost an utopia.

Zolli opposes to this unrealistic expectation the concept of ‘resilience’, defined as ‘how to help vulnerable people, organizations and systems persist, perhaps even thrive, amid unforeseeable disruptions. Continue reading “Sustainability vs Resilience”

Bono’s ‘Humbling’ Realizations About Aid, Capitalism And Nerds

Bono has learned much about music over more than three decades with U2. But alongside that has been a lifelong lesson in campaigning — the activist for poverty reduction in Africa spoke frankly on Friday about how his views about philanthropy had now stretched to include an appreciation for capitalism.

The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a campaigning group that fights poverty and disease in Africa, said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.” Continue reading “Bono’s ‘Humbling’ Realizations About Aid, Capitalism And Nerds”

World Vision Hiring A Faith and Development Project Coordinator for the Middle East and Eastern Europe Region

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The purpose of the Faith and Development Project Coordinator is to support Lebanon and BiH National Offices and staff working to implement the Peacebuilding and Interfaith dialogue program and coordinate the Peacebuilding & Interfaith Cooperation capacity building regional Project.

The purpose of the position is to support National Offices and staff working in a multi-faith context in MEER and to enable the development and implementation of ministry strategies appropriate to achieving Child Well Being aspirations. Continue reading “World Vision Hiring A Faith and Development Project Coordinator for the Middle East and Eastern Europe Region”

A Dictionary for Development Specialists

1.  Project manager is a person who thinks that 9 women can deliver a baby in 1 month.

2.  Developer is a person who thinks it will take 18 months to deliver a baby.

3.  Client is the one who doesn’t know why he wants a baby. Continue reading “A Dictionary for Development Specialists”

World Vision Romania – Campania Globala pentru Educatie

Romania anului 2010 TREBUIE sa respecte dreptul copiilor la educatie!

Catre:

Presedintia Romaniei, Ministerul Educatiei, Cercetarii, Tineretului si Sportului, Ministerul Afacerilor Externe, Guvernul Romaniei

La 20 de ani de la semnarea Conventiei ONU cu privire la drepturile copilului, atat Romania cat si alte state ale lumii semnatare ale conventiei (Kenya, Nigeria, India, s.a.) incalca flagrant Articolul 28 cu privire la dreptul copilului la educatie. In calitate de garant al drepturilor copiilor asa cum sunt ele stabilite prin Conventia ONU si de mediator in relatia dintre stat si societate, va inaintam, domnule Presedinte, prezenta petitie prin care va solicitam imperios: Continue reading “World Vision Romania – Campania Globala pentru Educatie”