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Malawi : DoDMA exploring indigenous knowledge on disasters

May 2015

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This article contains an interview with Mulder Mkutumula, Mitigation Officer at the Department of Disaster Management Affairs in Malawi. Mr. Mkutumula discusses the importance of raising awareness and understanding of disaster risk reduction in Malawi, especially in the context of the 2015 floods

Disability and the global South (DGS) 2015, Vol. 2 No. 3


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This journal presents six articles in this collection about disability in several countries. Articles include research on typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, analysis of policy that aims to reduce the mental health treatment gap in Africa, research on inclusive education in Kenya and others

Disability & the global South (DGS), Vol. 2 No. 3

Child-centred disaster risk reduction : building resilience through participation : lessons from Plan International


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This report “presents the results and recommendations of a five-year programme and…includes a series of case studies illustrating how child-centred Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) supports the delivery of the Hyogo Framework’s Priorities for Action, as well as the realisation of children’s rights to education, health and participation within disaster risk contexts…Child-centred Disaster Risk Reduction is an innovative approach to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) that fosters the agency of children and youth, in groups and as individuals, to work towards making their lives safer and their communities more resilient to disasters”

The forgotten tribe : people with disabilities in Zimbabwe

January 2007

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This report discusses prevalence and causes of disability in Zimbabwe, and explores issues such as poverty, gender, health and HIV, education, employment and sports. It is based on a 2006 survey by Progressio Zimbabwe. The report concludes with a chapter on lessons learned and policy recommendations. This resource provides useful information for people interested in the situation and life of people with disabilities in Zimbabwe

Inclusive education : an EFA strategy for all children

November 2004

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This paper studies inclusive education from within the context of the Education For All strategy. It examines experience of inclusive education and lessons learned from both northern and southern countries, and discusses economic issues (such as cost-effectiveness) and legal issues

Promoting rights-based approaches : experiences and ideas from Asia and the Pacific

THEIS, Joachim

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This book is a collection of experiences with rights-based approaches from Asia and the Pacific. Part One looks at rights-based programming, and provides a general overview of rights-based approaches and their history. This is followed by a review of experiences of different rights-based organisations. Part Two translates human rights principles and standards into practical ideas for education and HIV/AIDS programming and for organisational development and management. Part Three presents four examples of rights-based programmes: promoting children’s participation in Vietnam, the Child Friendly District initiative in Ho Chi Minh City, confronting discrimination in South Asia and strengthening accountability for children’s rights through mass media. Part Four presents experiences and experiments with tools for rights-based analysis, planning, monitoring and evaluation. There is also a section on web resources on rights-based approaches, which lists some of the major organisations that are promoting rights-based approaches to development and relief work

The treatment of AIDS in Soul Buddyz : a multimedia campaign for children's health in South Africa

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October 2002

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"Soul Buddyz" is a mass media "edutainment" vehicle for children aged 8-12 years old, based on the successful "Soul City" adult vehicle. The methodology was used to reach children with important messages about AIDS, youth, sexuality and gender. The series was developed through an interactive process involving children, and consists of a 26-part television drama, a 26-part radio magazine programme in three local languages, and a lifeskills book distributed to one million 12 year old children. The series was accompanied by an advocacy campaign to reach policy makers and to enrich NGOs' ability to be child rights activists. The evaluation of the series shows that 67% of South African children accessed "Soul Buddyz". Binary logistical regression showed that those children had increased knowledge, showed improved attitudes, and discussed the issues more than those who didn't use the materials. Further the materials improved parents' understanding and willingness to interact with children about difficult issues such as sex, AIDS and gender

The experience of self-care groups with people : ALERT, Ethiopia

BENBOW, Catherine
TAMIRU, Teferra
September 2001

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This paper describes the development of self-care groups in Ethiopia by ALERT, and the successes and failures experienced in the process. The groups were started in 1995 in response to two main problems, the increasing number of people dependent on ALERT to heal their wounds despite years of health education, and the limited financial resources of ALERT for wound healing supplies
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We the children : meeting the promises of the World Summit for Children

September 2001

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The report assesses progress to date in meeting the commitments made to the children around the world at the 1990 World Summit for Children. It also includes best practices and lessons learned, obstacles to progress, and a plan of action for building a world fit for children. It will be particularly useful to policy-makers, researchers, journalists and students as a reference tool and as an example of the progress that can be achieved through goal-oriented development planning

Education for all and children who are excluded


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This thematic study was produced in preparation for the World Education Forum on education for all held in Dakar in Senegal in 2000. The final product was published in 2001 following the Forum. Millions of children are excluded from education through poverty, disability, ethnic difference and gender issues. Two thirds of the 130 million million primary school age children not in school are girls. This report discusses education at all levels from early childhood development through to primary school and secondary school with respect to the most vulnerable groups: girls, children in war, indigenous children, children with disabilities and children with HIV/AIDS. It looks at lessons from good practice and debates the way forward for a more inclusive approach. It is aimed at policy makers and programme makers

Public education in rational drug use : a global survey

FRESLE, Daphne

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There is a well-evidenced need for public education in the appropriate use of drugs, with potential benefits to the individual, community and policy-makers. This study looks at public education interventions in rational drug use in order to identify the type and rationale of such public education activities; how the activities are planned, implemented and evaluated; success rates; facilitating and constraining factors; organisations and bodies; areas which require further investigation / support; and how to best take public education forward. The report makes recommendations regarding funding for such activities, advocacy, training and tools, coalitions and partnerships, reporting / evaluation, and infrastructure

Creating supportive environments for health : stories from the Third International Conference on Health Promotion, Surdsvall, Sweden

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The International Conference on Health Promotion, held in Sweden in 1991, focused on the interdependence of health and the environment in all its aspects. This handbook puts forward the theory and principles on which action aimed at creating supportive environments should be based. Stories provided by delegates to the conference are used to illustrate practical issues, approaches and methods, and offer a broad range of examples of efforts to bring about a healthier environment

Insights in DRM : a practitioner’s perspective on disaster risk management in Latin America and the Caribbean


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"Insights in DRM highlights the successes, challenges and lessons learned from our disaster risk management interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean. This bi-monthly, multimedia publication seeks to educate readers on various aspects of DRM, inspire development practitioners tackling similar issues, and demonstrate the impact of financing for a given project, program or initiative. The publication is geared toward DRM and development practitioners, as well as aficionados in government, private sector and civil society"


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