Organisations

Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU)

Canada

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University of Victoria, School of Child and Youth Care
PO Box 1700 l-Hut Room 75
Victoria
BC V8W 2Y2

ECDVU's mission is to further develop African Early Childhood Development (ECD) leadership capacity as a key strategy in support of child, family and community well-being and broader social and economic development. The ECDVU is an innovative and multi-faceted approach to addressing ECD leadership needs in Africa. It is a training and capacity building program for ECD, using face-to-face and distance learning methods. These include two to three-week seminars, web-based learning, video-conferencing, and a "community of learners" strategy within cohort countries. Unlike most academic programs, candidates for the ECDVU are not solely self-selected. Instead, the names of ECDVU candidates emerge from an in-country process that brings together an inter-sectoral ECD "committee" to identify significant early childhood goals for the country in the years ahead. In light of these goals, the committee members then select from among interested applicants three or four of the most suitable ECD leaders to be forwarded as their "national candidates" for participation in the ECDVU

Bellanet International Secretariat

Canada

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c/o IDRC
PO Box 8500
Ottawa, ON K1G 3H9

Bellanet helps the international community to work together more effectively, especially through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Bellanet works to help development partners in the South and in the North improve their use of knowledge adn ICTs to achieve their goals. Through this work they aim to contribute to better-informed policies, a more coordinated approach to development, and ultimately, measurably greater impact. The programme focuses on building institutional and individual collaboration skills, and maximizing the potential of ICTs to support collaborative work.

Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships (ECDIP)

Canada

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School of Child and Youth Care
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria
BC V8W 2Y2

Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships is an ongoing programme of community-university research contributing to knowledge about conditions affecting the health and development of indigenous children in Canada and around the world. Collaborative projects strengthen capacity for developing and demonstrating research, ethics, methods, tools and programmes that resonate with indigenous communities and cultures. The main focus of the organisation is on aborginal peoples in Canada, and there are currently a number of specific projects within this target group, including the following examples: (i) incorporation of indigenous knowledge in aborginal early childhood programmes, (ii) indigenous child project, (iii) indigenous fatherhood and (iv) integrated services for commuity health

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

Canada

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Centre for Global Studies
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700
Victoria BC
V8V 2Y2

The mission of the International Institute of Child Rights and Development is to enhance the capacity of individuals, organisations and governments to effectively use the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. Their projects focus on engaging children as positive partners of change, supporting indigenous children in education, protection of children with HIV/AIDS, and creating a culture of children's rights. Their method of working is through capacity building activities, establishing networks and partnerships at the local level, carrying out community consultations and undertaking child-centered participatory research. They work with children of all ages from the early years upwards. Their publications are strongly orientated towards cultural diversity and rights of children, and tend to be practical manual guides in implementing a rights based approach

International Development Research Centre (IDRC-CRDI)

Canada

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250 Albert Street
PO Box 8500
Ottawa, ON, K1P 6M1

The International Development Research Centre aims to help developing countries to address their social, economic and environmental problems through the use of science and technology. It funds local research, provide expert advice and help develop local capacity. Publishes widely around economics, environment and biodiversity, health, information and communication, science and technology, social political sciences and development and evaluation. Publications can be ordered online and many are downloadable as free resources.

International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation, Queen's University (ICACBR)

Canada

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154 Albert Street
Kingston
Ontario
K7L 3N6

ICACBR is an organization committed to advancing the concept of community based rehabilitation (CBR) practice in partnership with persons with disabilities and their communities around the world. All activities are directed towards achieving international excellence in CBR education, policy, service delivery and research. The Centre's goal is to increase the acceptance and knowledge of CBR as an appropriate and realistic method for fulfilling human rights and improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities, their families, and their communities.

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