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Leading to choices : a leadership training handbook for women

AFKHAMI, Mahnaz
EISENBERG, Anne
VAZIRI, Haleh
2001

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This handbook is the result of work across three continents and engages the ideas and skills of women and men from a variety of sectors including those from NGOs, scholars, political leaders and development practitioners. It is a tool adaptable to any community, designed to enhance women’s participation and leadership in various spheres of social interaction and decision-making. It is based on the concept that women need to be empowered if they are to achieve their rights, participate in building civil society, and help attain sustainable and equitable development. The handbook seeks to enable the reader to identify for herself and develop the best means to communicate, listen, build consensus, create shared meaning, and foster learning partnerships at work, at home, and in her community. There are twelve workshop sessions in the book, useful for facilitating leadership training sessions but also as a general resource for facilitating any type of meeting. The first part of the book is about ‘Developing the Self for Leadership’, the second concerns ‘Communicating with Others’ and the third is ‘Creating Learning Partnerships’. Appendices contain alternative culture-specific sessions, ideas for alternative lesson and exercise facilitation tactics, and strategies for enhancing communication among workshop participants

Strategic intentions : managing knowledge networks for sustainable development

CREECH, Heather
WILLARD, Terri
2001

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This book deals with the operation and management of formal knowledge networks, which the authors consider to be a valuable tool for sustainable development. Looking beyond simply using the technology of the internet, the book contends that such tools, strategically deployed, can engage decision makers and aggregate and build on the knowledge of southern-based organisations. The book addresses specifically: definitions of knowledge networks and different models of collaboration; engaging decision makers; specific management issues; challenges and lessons learned from IISD work; and planning, monitoring and evaluating knowledge networks

Community based rehabilitation : a strategy for peacebuilding

BOYCE, William
KOROS, Michael
HODGSON, Jennifer
2001

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There are features of peace building which distinguish it from peace keeping and which make it an appropriate strategy in dealing with vertical conflict and low intensity conflict. However, some theorists suggest that attempts to impose liberal values upon non-democratic cultures are misguided and lack an ethical basis. During post-conflict reconstruction, disability is a powerful emotive lever that can be used to mobilize cooperation between factions. Consequently, the paper investigates the peace building properties of community based approaches to disability in a number of countries. The paper describes the practice and impact of peace building through community based rehabilitation (CBR) strategies in the context of armed conflict. Finally, a number of benefits and challenges to using CBR strategies for peacebuilding purposes are identified

Enhancing communications and connectivity in Africa : the multilateral initiative on malaria (MIM) model | Medinfo 2001: Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Medical Informatics

SIEGEL, E R
ROYALL, J
BENNETT, M
2001

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The article describes the MIM project. The US National Library of Medicine, working in concert with the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM), has developed and implemented a unique organisational and technical strategy to connect malaria research sites to the Internet for purposes of facilitating North-South scientific communications and access to electronic information resources on the Web. The model employs microwave and VSAT technologies, and shares bandwidth and costs among participating malaria research sites and their respective research funders in Mali, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and other sub-Saharan locations affiliated with MIM

Fieldwork : building local response

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANISATION (UNESCO). Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue
2001

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One of four handbooks derived from the country assessments carried out under UNESCO's 'Cultural approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and care' programme. This handbook presents culturally sensitive approaches to fieldwork. It describes the cultural approach and the major challenges defined by UNAIDS: risk, vulnerability, prevention, care, support and impact reduction. It reviews current trends in fieldwork, especially around community and participation. It then presents key points in building local responses, and action priorities including building partnerships between institutions and the field, culturally-appropriate communication strategies, sensitisation and capacity building

Information and communication technologies in Africa

ADEYA, Catherine Nyaki
2001

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[From foreward:] This literature review and annotated bibliography explore the evidence for the potential of ICTs (information and communication technologies) to assist in Africa's development, and the extent to which ICTs are changing the 'shape' of Africa. The review begins by introducing ICTs and the information economy in the African context. The literature selected for the bibliography is then reviewed thematically under a number of headings: Overview of ICTs in Africa; Information infrastructure; Information economy; Information management; Socio-cultural and political issues; Education and training; and Gender. The review reveals that, despite many constraints, the use of ICTs is growing in Africa and there have been successful developments in infrastructure, information management, networking and gender-related issues. However, the literature has also revealed considerable variation between different African countries in their adoption and use of these technologies. The literature reviewed relates primarily to anglophone Africa and generally excludes telecommunications issues, as these are already well documented in other publications. In essence it is hoped that this publication will act as a window of opportunity for more nationally and locally focused empirical research and will make a contribution to understanding the research opportunities and challenges that still face most African countries

Cultures, spirituality and development

WORLD FAITHS DEVELOPMENT DIALOGUE (WFDD)
2001

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This booklet puts forward the point of view that development processes are only successful if they take into consideration the cultural and spiritual dimensions of people's lives. Drawing on examples from different parts of the world, it discusses what this means in practice and suggests how it may be done. It includes sections on development paradigms and the relevance of inclusive, participatory approaches; the relevance of culture; ideas toward a 'code of conduct' or way of working with culture in development; and raises methodological issues. The aim is to open up a debate about issues which have often been ignored because of their intangible and sometimes sensitive nature

Information technologies, health, and globalization : anyone excluded?

PARENT, Florence
COPPIETERS, Yves
PARENT, Marc
2001

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The authors, specialists in public health and members of an association that aims to create opportunities for access to training in public health in developing countries, warn that the use of the term globalization ignores the reality of the digital divide, that is, the fact that social inequalities may preclude the realization of this promise on a truly global scale. The article deals with several critical questions of the north to south communications and the limits to this type of information for public health training

Networking and communicating research

CHETLEY, Andrew
2001

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This paper explores why networking is important in communication; why networking is important in research; and whether networking is important in communicating research

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