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LASA Knowledgebase

LONDON ADVICE SERVICES ALLIANCE (LASA)

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A free online guide to information technology (IT) for the voluntary sector. Includes guideance on: buying IT equipment, including the latest recommendation for a computer specification; developing databases, using the Internet; and managing IT systems

Bangladesh CBR

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE AND REHABILITATION FOR THE PHYSICALLY VULNERABLE (SARPV)

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The site presents various CBR programmes by Social Assistance and Rehabilitation for the Physical Vulnerable (SARPV)

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

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Many resources related to community-based rehabilitation (CBR) are presented on this site, which is structured into the following sections: CBR websites, CBR-related websites, CBR books, CBR academic programs, CBR non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The site is maintained by a disabled person with post-graduate qualifications in rehabilitation who has worked in the disabilities field in the USA

The Communication Initiative

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The Communication Initiative (CI) is a partnership of development organisations seeking to support advances in the effectiveness and scale of communication interventions for positive international development. The CI strategy includes provision of real-time information on communication and development experiences and thinking, facilitating horizontal linkages between people engaged in communication action, peer commentary on programmes and strategies and taking opportunities to promote strategic thinking on communication and development issues and problems. Themed sites within this website relate to: avian flu; HIV & AIDS; democracy & governance; early childhood development; health communication; ICT policies and studies; ICT for development; natural resource management; polio; and community radio and edutainment in Africa

Journalists against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria

JOURNALISTS AGAINST AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria

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This website provides information and resources for journalists reporting on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Includes a wide range of articles on issues around reporting and on HIV communications, and an extensive list of links to HIV/AIDS and media websites and resources

MandE News

DAVIES, Rick
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This valuable service includes an electronic discussion forum, numerous papers and resources on evaluation, news and upcoming events, and links to other evaluation resources and practitioners. There is a special section on network evaluation and the use of social analysis in development projects

LEAP : the learning and evaluation action program

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The Learning and Evaluation Action Program (LEAP) is an initiative to promote a coordinated and comprehensive approach to learning about the use of knowledge and ICTs in international development. It hosts an e-mail discussion list called LEAP-Impact, a community of practice open to all individuals and organisations interested in the evaluation of information services, projects and products. The website includes posted messages, documents and links to further resources on knowledge management, learning and evaluation for development

Early childhood development

WORLD BANK

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The early child development (ECD) website is a knowledge source designed to assist policy makers, programme managers, and practitioners in their efforts to promote the healthy growth and integral development of young children. It lists details of the key players in the field of ECD, contains downloadable resources including documents, reports and websites, and has a regional focus on Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. The website contains sections on the World Bank's ECD and HIV/AIDS initiative in sub-Saharan Africa as well as tools and manuals developed by the World Bank's ECD team

Charities Evaluation Services website

CHARITIES EVALUATION SERVICES (CES)

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Improving Quality is the quality scheme written to be used both as a self assessment tool as well as external assessment. Its focus is on elements that all not for profit organisations need. Although written to target small organisations, it is equally applicable to larger ones.

IQ addresses all the key areas of organisational life in 4 elements

Accountable – Good Governance, Leadership and management
Welcoming – Involving Service users, managing and developing Staff and Volunteers, Equality and Diversity and working with others
Effective – refers to the services that an organisations provides and the planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation that the organisations carries out
Sustainable – How the organisation manages, risk, money and the resources to make service delivery happen

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)

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The role of NICE is to provide patients, health professionals and the public with authoritative, robust and reliable guidance on current best practice. The guidance covers individual health technologies (including medicines, medical devices, diagnostic techniques, and procedures) and the clinical management of specific conditions. Although the guidelines are very UK focused they have been useful as a basis for work in developing countries

Childwatch International Research Network

CHILDWATCH INTERNATIONAL

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This network seeks to strengthen child-centred research to contribute towards real improvement in children's well-being. It was founded in 1993 as a response from the research community to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention serves as a common agenda for research aimed at improving children's living conditions, well-being and participation. The aim of the website's Resources page is to compile lists of relevant links to child-centred research institutions, on-line research reports and journals, and bibliographies. The page is by no means complete, and the intention is to add links continuously. Also on the resources page are a selected number of child rights related links which are not primarily research based, but which could be helpful in research on children’s issues. A news section with relevant information is also available. There is also a list of well-working child rights related mailing lists

TB education and training resources

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE)

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This website includes a searchable database of over 1000 education and training resouces in TB that can be used by TB and other health care professionals, patients, and the general public. The database includes material from the DTBE, the National Model TB Centres and numerous other national and international organisations. The website can also be used to submit TB materials for inclusion in the database, find out how to order TB materials, locate funding opportunities, get information about TB organizations, find out about upcoming events, sign up for TB-related listservs and digests, and to locate TB-related web links. The site is maintained by the National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) who can be contacted for advice and information, and to order materials

Population and health infoshare

POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU

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Population and Health InfoShare is an electronic library of material submitted by over 100 partner organisations. It features documents in reproductive and child health, HIV/AIDS, population and related areas. The primary objectives of PH InfoShare are to increase access to important population and health information; provide a means for organisations to share and exchange information; and foster greater dissemination of research findings and lessons learned. For users, PH InfoShare affords easy access to population and health material. Users may access documents by visiting the website or by sending requests via e-mail. Additionally, users may subscribe to e-mail updates, specifying the material they want to receive by topic, region, and partner, or can email themselves documents that they have identified through searching the website. The search facility allows users to select a topic, language, region/country and partner organisation from drop-down lists

Psychosocial support portal

REGIONAL PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT INITIATIVE (REPSSI)

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The Psychosocial support portal contains links to documents rpoduced by and with REPSSI. These include reports of programme acitivites; manuals, guides and toolkits; country responses to children and HIV/AIDS; training manuals; research papers; and information about training and education

Transferring palliative care from institutions to communities

SOUTHERN AFRICAN AIDS TRAINING PROGRAMME (SAT)

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This brief publication describes the issues in home- or community-based care for chronically or terminally ill people, including those living with HIV/AIDS. It describes a project at the Island Hospice and Bereavement Service in Zimbabwe, which integrated 'traditional' home-based care (HBC) and the specialised palliative care and bereavement support offered at the hospice. It concludes that HBC projects that are linked to and supported by institutions such as hospices are able to integrate specialised skills in palliative care and bereavement support into their on-going work

ODI Research and policy in development (RAPID) Programme

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This website for ODI's Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme provides a range of information on the use of research and evidence in development policy and practice. The site includes lessons from the programme so far, current and past projects, bibliographies, and links to related work. The RAPID programme aims to improve the use of research in development policy and practice through improved knowledge about research-policy links; improved knowledge management and learning systems; improved communication; and improved awareness of the importance of research. It addresses the role of evidence in policy processes; improved communication and information systems for policy and practice; and approaches to institutional development for evidence-based policy

Getting a web site - introduction

LONDON ADVICE SERVICES ALLIANCE (LASA)

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Focuses on the steps to go through when planning a website, starting with the key question: why do you want a website? Includes questions to think through, such as whether to make the website yourself or get a web developer, how to plan your content and organise information, how to choose design software and come up with a visual design, and how to test and maintain a website. Also looks at possible staff roles and responsibilites in a web team

Challenges and concerns

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This article follows on from several case studies presented on the Reproductive Health Outlook website. It draws together key issues based on a review of recent literature and project experiences. The main themes are around the significant financial, political, cultural and technological obstacles that affect the establishment of sustainable programmes, especially for computer-based ICTs. These obstacles have been identified as lack of affordability, lack of human capacity, lack of awareness of the benefits of ICT, lack of ability to use ICT proficiently, and lack of content suitable for local residents. ICTs that rely on access to the Internet need good-quality access to be truly useful

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