Organisations

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

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.

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

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

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’

Southern African AIDS Training Programme (SAT)

Zimbabwe

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SAT Regional Office
PO Box 390 Kopje
Harare

The Southern African AIDS Training Programme (SAT) is a regional collaboration that supports community responses to HIV and AIDS through in-depth partnerships and wider networking, skills exchange and lesson sharing throughout the region. SAT funding and skills building activities support partners in a wide range of relevant activities - HIV prevention, HIV and AIDS care and support, impact mitigation, networking and information exchange, HIV-related advocacy on gender and human/child rights. SAT partners are operating at community, national and regional levels The SAT Programme is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). SAT is managed from the regional office located in Harare, Zimbabwe

Cordaid

Netherlands

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PO Box 16440
2500BK The Haag

Cordaid is one of the biggest international development organisations. Together with more than a thousand local organisations, Cordaid fights poverty and injustice in over forty countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and the Netherlands. Cordaid works to create a permanent healthy, liveable environment and sufficient income for poor and vulnerable groups in cities in developing countries. Particular attention is paid to women, young people, the elderly and refugees. Cordaid is working in the themes of health and care, peace and conflict, access to markets, quality of urban life, the rights and care of marginalised groups, and HIV/AIDS

M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)

India

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Third Cross Street
Taraman Institutional Area
Chennai 600 113

MSSRF is doing research in five areas, coastal systems; biodiversity and biotechnology; ecotechnology and sustainable agriculture; reaching the unreached; and education, communication, training and capacity building. The flagship project of the Informatics Group is the Information Village Research Project, which has now transferred to the National Virtual Academy for Food Security and Rural Prosperity. Apart from the headquarters at Chennai, the MSSRF has many field centres in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. MSSRF works with underpriveleged groups including dalits and tribal populations.

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.

Gamos Ltd

UK

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Crown House
231 Kings Road
Reading RG1 4LS

Gamos is a small but influential company working with the social factors surrounding technology use and transfer. A group of professionals who seek to select their clients (Governments and Non Government Agencies) to make the optimum impact. Founded in 1989, Gamos is concerned to use its professional skills for the empowerment of individuals and communities in the poorer sections of society in developing countries. This mainly involves training and research, actively seeking to build capacity in the South.

Mongolian Family Welfare Association (MFWA)

Mongolia

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Chingeltei Duureg
5-R Khoroo 6-R Khoroolol
Build 7 Room 41
Ulaanbataar

MFWA's mission is to enhance the health status of the Mongolian people by providing quality sexual and reproductive health services through close collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organisations. Its programmes include providing family planning and reproductive health services in selected rural and urban areas; improving family life education; publishing training materials and literature on family planning issues and developing and disseminating information, education and communication (IEC) materials. The Association is presently pioneering family life education among adolescents, and working with more than 16,000 volunteers in 11 provinces throughout the country. MFWA is an associate member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and a member of the Human Development and Reproductive Health/Rights Network.

ActionAid International

South Africa

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PostNet Suite No 248
Private Bag x31
Saxonwold 2132
Johannesburg

ActionAid International works in 35 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Through long term development, relief and peace building work, ActionAid aims to secure lasting improvements in people's quality of lives and to support poor and marginalised groups to secure their basic rights to live a more fulfilled and dignified life. ActionAid works in partnership with over 2,000 civil society partners ranging from village-based AIDS support and women’s credit groups to national peasants’ movements and global education campaigns. ActionAid also works with national and local governments in poor countries to ensure that they respect, protect and fulfil their citizens’ human rights. ActionAid’s work reaches 13 million of the world’s poorest people and it employs 1,800 staff - 90% of them from developing countries

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