Organisations

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)|The Manager's Electronic Resource Centre

USA

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784 Memorial Drive
Cambridge
Massachusetts 02139-4613

MSH, a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact.  Founded in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policymakers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease.

Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)

UK

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24 Eversholt Street
London NW1 1AD

THET assists those who are responsible for training health care workers in the poorer countries of the world to reach their goals, so that they are able to prepare those who are being trained in the most appropriate and effective way for the tasks that they will be called to do, relevant to the needs of local communities. THET works with institutions and does not respond to individual applications for help. Much of the work of the Trust is to enable individuals to reach their goals set for them in the context of their home University or other instituation. To work with partners in Africa to strengthen healthcare training. By responding to their needs and working over long time scales we aim to help our partners to achieve their goals. Our work builds on the existing infrastructure and compliments the efforts of health authorities. We have been established for 15 years and have long term relationships with health institutions and professionals in over 8 african countries and with more than 18 UK hospital trusts.

Minority Rights Group (MRG)

UK

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54 Commercial Street
London E1 6LT

The Minority Rights Group works to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide and to promote co-operation and understanding between communities. It does this through publishing reports and training manuals, working with partners on training events and maintaining a presence at international forums. It promotes the active participation of minorities and indigenous peoples in decisions affecting their lives, promotes the implementation of international standards, develops conflict resolution and reconciliation initiatives and advocates the needs for mainstreaming minority rights in development policies. Minority Rights Group International is a significant organisation in the field of cultural diversity. It also places a strong emphasis on gender issues, and some of the publications give a brief reference to issues that impact early childhood development, such as lack of access to health services for certain indigenous groups (though there is no specific programme on early childhood development). The resource centre is not open to the public

CBM

Germany

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Christian Blind Mission e.V.
Nibelungenstrasse 124
D-64625 Bensheim

A Christian disability-focused NGO with a focus upon the developing world

NAM Publications

UK

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77a Tradescant Road,
London,
SW8 1XJ

NAM exists to support the fight against AIDS with independent, accurate, accessible and comprehensive information. It produces extensive information on treatments,directories of contacts and organisations working in the HIV field, as well as international resources database which is searchable in 6 languages. There is also a searchable database of HIV clinics available in the UK. NAM is the UK's leading specialist HIV / AIDS information provider with international publications including the European AIDS Directory and AIDS organisations worldwide - accessible online at http://www.aidsmap.com. Now NAM works with the International HIV / AIDS Alliance to provide additional international support

The Story Workshop

Malawi

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Private Bag 266
Blantyre

The Story Workshop Educational Trust is a non-profit educational media group creating entertainment for social change in Malawi. A team of artists and scholars use a mix of advocacy and social mobilisation techniques to further human rights, gender equity, food security, HIV/AIDS education, conservation, literacy and economic development. Activities include radio soap operas, radio magazines, music, village drama and other forms of popular entertainment. See http://www.comminit.com/pds04-17-99/sld-784.html for a summary of a radio soap that they produce.

Tearfund

UK

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100 Church Road
Teddington
Middlesex
TW11 8QE

Tearfund is a Christian international relief and development agency with more than 40 years' experience. We work with partners and the local church across the world to tackle the complex challenges of poverty. Tearfund is recognised as a leader in its work, integrating community development, disaster response and recovery, disaster risk reduction and advocacy.  Tearfund works in more than 50 countries worldwide, in partnership with communities, churches and local organisations to overcome poverty and injustice. 

International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)

Netherlands

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Raamweg 5
PO Box 11586
2502 AN The Hague

The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) assists developing countries to realise locally owned sustainable development by harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs). IICD works with its partner organisations in selected countries, helping local stakeholders to assess the potential uses of ICTs in development. It also strengthens the capacities of local partners to formulate, implement and manage development policies and projects that make use of ICTs. IICD's philosophy is that ICTs are tools that can contribute to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. However, this only applies when ICTs are supporting existing development activities. Therefore, IICD focuses on 'traditional' development sectors, such as education, good governance, health, livelihood opportunities (especially agriculture) and environment.

Communication for Social Change Consortium

USA

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14 South Orange Avenue
Suite 2F
South Orange NJ 07079

The CFSC Consortium is dedicated to the belief that innovative communication processes are critical to the development of poor and historically marginalised communities. The Consortium seeks to increase the capacity of communication specialists, development workers, aid agencies, nonprofit organisations and communities to use communication for social change concepts in order to improve the lives of those who have been long excluded. Based on important experiences that are surfacing through participatory research, the Consortium is redefining how communication is practiced and taught to develpoment organisations and practitioners working in excluded communities

CIET International

USA

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511 Avenue of the Americas #132
New York, NY 10011

CIET is an international group of professionals from a variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, medicine, planning, communications and other social sciences, who bring scientific research methods to community levels. By involving people at these levels in information gathering and analysis, CIET helps them to participate, in an increasingly informed way, in decisions that affect their lives. Through both formal and on-the-job training over a series of reiterative survey cycles, CIET shares its collective skills and its methods with national, regional and local planners to help develop local stakeholder information systems and build indigenous capacities for evidence-based planning and action. CIET is also an academic centre, based at the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero in Mexico that provides formal training in evidence-based planning through short courses and an intensive eight-week course as well as through diploma, masters and doctoral programmes. In addition to New York and Mexico, it also has offices in Nicaragua, Pakistan, London, Ottawa and Johannesburg

Working Group on Early Childhood Development|Association for the Development of Education in Africa

Mozambique

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Royal Netherlands Embassy
PO Box 1163
Maputo

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a partnership between African ministers of education and their international partners. It provides a platform for exchange and dialogue on issues that affect the development of education in Africa. Much of ADEA’s work is carried out through a number of working groups formed round these issues. The Working group on Early Childhood Development (WGECD) was set up in 1996 with the aim of encouraging and supporting national governments in Africa to commit to and invest in ECD. The WGECD organised the conference on early childhood development in Accra in Ghana in 2005, entitled ' to advance the development of early childhood in Africa'. The main goals were to (i) ensure effective caring practices within the family and the community, (ii) ensure access to quality basic services and (iii) ensure a supportive policy environment

Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU)

South Africa

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19 Flamingo Crescent
Lansdowne 7780
Cape Town

The Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU) is an organisation based in South Africa working in the field of early childhood development. The aim of the website is to provide a virtual overview of the organisation and act as an online resource base of information regarding early childhood development. ELRU seeks to build on existing knowledge and skills, promote and provide access to knowledge and skills, affirm and harness the potential of diversity and support those working with young children. It does this through a series of programmes based around inclusion and diversity training, HIV/AIDS strategies, and leadership in early childhood development training. ELRU has had an incalculable influence on pre-school education in South Africa, with virtually all para-professional training either being based on ELRU materials and methods, or being heavily influenced by them. ELRU offers support to educators and others involved in post-apartheid transformation so that they are able to influence and promote change in practical ways. The anti-bias work challenges beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and social and institutional practices which are oppressive. ELRU addresses HIV/AIDS through providing training to parents and teachers, in both urban and rural settings, about the vulnerability of young children and the effects of HIV/AIDS on them and their families. They say that early childhood development (ECD) work provides a logical framework to strengthen and sustain families and projects

Amani Early Childhood Care and Development (Amani ECCD)|Amani Trust Foundation

Tanzania

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PO Box 11245
Dar es Salaam

Amani ECCD advocates for and facilitates integrated, multisectoral approaches to supporting women, families, carers, educators and communities, in their roles of nurturing Tanzania's socially and economically disadvantaged young children. It calls for a commitment from government, donors and communities to ensure the basic foundation stones for the optimal development of the child. Amani's "Early Childhood Care and Education : Foundations of Development Progamme" aims to improve the commitment to holistic ECD support at all levels to inform the development of integrated and multisectoral support to national ECD policies. Its "Building the Foundations of Development : Tanzanian ECD IEC programme" raises awareness of ECD issues with key stakholders and the wider community through a targeted ECD IEC programme. Amani ECD is also the Secretariat of the Tanzania ECD network, a national network of government and non-government ECD related 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

Persona Dolls Training

UK

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51 Granville Road
London N12 0JH

Persona Dolls provide an effective, non-threatening and enjoyable way to raise equality issues and counter stereotypical and discriminatory thinking with students, early years practitioners and young children. The dolls and their stories are powerful tools for exploring, uncovering and confronting bias. They help children to express their feelings and ideas, think critically, challenge unfair treatment and develop empathy with people who are different to themselves. The Persona Doll training programme is designed to provide 'hands-on' experience in using the dolls, raise awareness and offer opportunities for reflection and discussion of issues including racism, gender, disability, health, culture, religious and other equality issues. An example of a recently developed training pack is one entitled: ‘citizenship for all: respect, rights and responsibilities’

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