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EUGAD was financed by the European Commission - Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid. Now a new call for proposals is open under the DEAR programme. Kautilya ...Society, that was a partner of EUGAD and that has continued it in The Vrinda Project is preparing a new project proposal to respond to the DEAR call. We are searching for partners for the new project: Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations that are active in promoting international dialogue and development education. If you are interested please write to us and join the new journey.

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"Vrinda" (वृन्दा) in Sanskrit signifies the "harmony resulting from the choice of working together for the same objective". These videos are linked to the WI...
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We have now published on Youtube the episodes of "The Vrinda Project" documentary that were earlier available on Vimeo.
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We are back on the road, reporting development cooperation stories. This video on Cuba took a lot of effort to prepare. Now finally we are able to share it. We are using a different narrative style. Your comments and feedback will help us to improve.

“it is hardly time to declare global development a success”

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cede their place to their successors, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the goal relating to poverty reduction seems to be a thundering success story. By the estimate used by the UN, the number of
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Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany warned that the continuing rise in the world’s average temperature since the industrial revolution caused by ever increasing emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, deforestation and a range of industrial and agriculture practices had brought the planet to an extremely dangerous point
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Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ---- https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Development_Cooperation_Hand...
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Yesterday we were in Rome at the interfaith march advocating for climate action.

Thousands of campaigners and religious leaders have marched through Rome, backing Pope Francis’s uncompromising environmental encyclical Laudato si'. They ur...
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We are preparing a new episode of the documentary series.
As we collect video footage we will share it in its integral form on The Vrinda Project channel.
On 18 June 2015 we went to a news conference in Rome, in the New Synod Hall of the Vatican, for the presentation of the encyclical Laudato si'.

John Zizioulas i Pergamo at the news conference in Rome, in the New Synod Hall of the Vatican, for the presentation of the encyclical Laudato si' by Pope Fra...
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A provoking article. Need for an answer ... for many answers ....

The Stupid Development Goals
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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

"I'm not studying right now, I would love the opportunity to continue my education. But to be honest I am worried I won't get the chance. This might be it."

Bac...k in Syria, Amy, 18, was in her final year of school and about to embark on a degree in Pharmacy.

Our colleague Bathoul met her in a Syrian refugee camp in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq. Bathoul said:

"Stories like Amy's break my heart. Not only were her dreams shattered, but the realisation that you might not be able to achieve them because you do not have the opportunity is a bitter pill to swallow.

51% of Syrian refugees are women. Many of them young girls like Amy who live in limbo waiting for an opportunity, a chance or a glimmer of hope that all is not lost and there is a still a chance to change their lives."

Saying goodbye, Amy said: "It was nice to meet you Bathoul. I enjoyed talking to you. You are very lucky to have finished your education and to be doing what you love. I would really love to work, just like you are now."

Photo: UNHCR/B.Ahmed

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The next episodes of the Project will deal with the work in progress for the definition of the "SDGs" and the Post 2015 agenda

A new contribution by Osman Marah, who is one of the pillars of the team that made the documentary.

THE FACT OF THE MATTER

Undeniably, the Ebola epidemic has brought an untoldsuffering upon the people of Sierra Leone. We are living in a perpetual stateof fear and doubt on a daily basis.

Freetown, with its population of over a million inhabitantshas become during the last two months or so, the most important epicenter inthe whole country recording t...ens if not hundreds of new Ebola infection cases.

Why this high increase despite all the assistance we havereceived so far from our international partners? The problems to my opinion aremulti-faceted. But the most important of these are the socio-cultural realitiesembedded in the fabrics of our society.

To some great extent, most people have refrained from thetraditional hand shaking form of greeting. However, the respect for the deadand the so-called “respectful ways they should be handled” has led to a hugeincrease of the number of infected people in both rural and urban Sierra Leone.The tight family ties have neither helped the situation, as many people foundthemselves despite the fear inhibited in them towards the Ebola epidemic,accepting family members who are infected with the Ebola virus.

In a peripheral settlement close to the Freetown municipalitycalled Gbendembu, close to Goderich, just to cite an example, a family receivedone of their relatives who came from Waterloo; this lady (she was a woman) wasinfected with the Ebola virus. This gesture of kindness ended up in taking thelives of over fifty (50) people in the compound and in the vicinity!!!

At the outset of the Ebola breakout, the then Minister ofhealth, without consulting the people of the Lakka community where my humbleself is living, ordered the construction of a holding center in the hospitalwhich was initially built to cure people with contagious diseases. Theconstruction of this holding center which turned out to be a center to cureEbola patients as well added to the trauma of an already highly traumatizedpeople in our community.

Construction of houses around this hospital has been going onunabated. The authorities did not take any preventive precaution to avoid overcrowdingnear the hospital. Our Church is located just at the back of this hospital andI use to pass just in front of the northern gate of the hospital, less than 100meters of a visible Ebola holding/curing center. Whenever I pass close thatcenter either from the main peninsula high way axis or from the road describedabove, I am filled with an indescribable feeling of sympathy for those withinthose structures. I always think about the dehumanized and painful and nearhopeless conditions those behind the wall and within enclosure of the Ebolatreatment Centre are experiencing…May the Lord God save our nation from thiscalamity.

It is indeed a calamity! Thousands of people have died in SierraLeone, Guinea and Liberia.

Our economy is in shamble; most potential investors have runaway, businesses have either scaled down or closed down albeit temporarily insome instances. The Ebola epidemic has caused a serious socio-economic havoc onour society. People are comparing this epidemic to the decade long civilconflict we had in our country about a decade ago. Most people even say that,the civil war was better because at least you know your enemy then!

Ebola is an invisible enemy! Because of its invisible nature,there is a constant and dreadful fear amongst the people in both urban andrural areas. We are overcome by fear everywhere we find ourselves in publicplaces. When walking in crowded places, you have to be extremely cautious assome people display a careless attitude and do not heed the call of theGovernment to avoid body contact. It’s a complete haphazard situation; only Godcan help us get out of this quagmire.

 Despite the hugesupports: logistics, human resources and financial, the country has receivedrecently, without a sober and prompt reversal of some of our socio-culturalpractices, the fight against Ebola will prove as it is proving now as difficultas ever.

With the intervention of all stake holders, the negativetrend will hopefully be reversed soon to the relief of millions of beleagueredand weary innocent populations of this beautiful country. This is our hope;this is the fact of the matter.

Osman Marah

Coordinator

Africa Response

Cell: +232-77-261175

Skype: Osman.marah

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Osman Marah was part of the team that made the documentary The Vrinda Project. Africa Response is a NGO of Sierra Leone and a partner of Kautilya Society. We intend to design a project together and propose it for funding to donors. We are searching for partners. Please share this note.

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