Creating entrepreneurial environment through NGO: A case study
The challenge today for the economies of the North Eastern (NE) Region in India is to leverage the opportunity from increased liquidity, favourable industrial policy, invest in new job creation and nurture key sectors for diversified and sustainable growth. This paper shows how NGO can play the vital role in promoting entrepreneurship and highlights the opportunities and challenges. This paper does not seek to propose a...
Moldovan network of rural volunteering centers for water
Drinking water crisis is a present day’s problem especially for Republic of Moldova, mostly for the rural localities, which represents more than a half of country’s population. Only 17 of them have aqueducts, 67% of which are in a miserable situation and don’t fit the hygiene standard. The populations in the rest of the rural localities make their water supply from wells and springs, the majority of...
Experience of sexual harassment at work by female employees in a Nigerian work environment
Among the prominent issues bothering on the work experience of female employees is that of sexual harassment at work. This paper is an empirical study on this issue. The study seeks to uncover perceived experience of sexual harassment among female employees in a Nigerian work setting. Questionnaire was the main research instrument adopted to gather important data for the study. It found that majority of the respondents...
Aditya and Aditi, received their medical degree from a reputed medical college in India and joined the state health services same year. In service, they received various training, exposure and recognition for their commitment and good work. In January 2006, they were posted in District X and Y as Civil Surgeon to improve the health services and access in their respective districts. They completed their term as Civil...
Towards the involvement of youths in housing provision in Nigeria
Adequate and affordable housing and infrastructure is in short supply in Nigeria while marginal successes have been achieved from Governments’ various approaches at accelerating housing provision. From the realization of young people’s vast potentials, the possibility of their specific involvement in housing delivery is examined. It is enunciated that this approach would promote the spirit of service and...
Children: The new face of terrorism
This study explores the use of children as terrorists and the organizational structure of one of the world’s most feared terrorist groups - Hamas. Specifically, this paper will examine child terrorists within the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka by first developing a base understanding of what is considered a child terrorist, examining the ongoing situation and conflict in...
Perceptions on indigenous fruits processing in Sikonge district in Tanzania: Is it sustainable?
A study on perceptions of indigenous fruits (IFS) processing was conducted in Sikonge district, Tanzania. The objectives were to (1) involve stakeholders in evaluating processing of indigenous fruits (2) recommend strategies for combating the effects of processing indigenous fruits (3) perform economic analysis on the technology. Structured questionnaires and focus group discussions were used to collect data. Results...
South Africa’s NGOs and the quest for development
NGOs are increasingly recognised as an important role-player in community or people-centred development. They are a large category of structures responsible for development. NGOs have often been viewed as important for democracy because of their strong support at grassroots level and their capacity to develop and empower poor communities. They are extremely important mechanisms in rural development and they enjoy the...
Enhancing foster parent-orphan relationships in rural community based orphanages
In the face of increasing number of orphans in Southern Africa, local community-based orphan programs are being considered as important conduits for social integration of orphaned and vulnerable children. The purpose of this study was to ascertain social and behavioral characteristics of foster parents that promote relationships with orphaned and vulnerable children. Focus group discussions were conducted with 30 foster...
Socio-economic factors influencing adoption of improved fallow practices among smallholder farmers in western Tanzania
Declining soil fertility is recognized as one of the major biophysical constraints affecting agricultural production in sub-Saharan Africa. “Improved fallows” technology, a leguminous trees-based soil replenishment technology was introduced in smallholder farming system in Tanzania to address this problem. The objective of this study was to identify the factors that influence the adoption of the...
Clients’ satisfaction about non-governmental organizations (NGOS) services in Jordan
This paper has tried to clarify the clients’ satisfaction about NGOS services at Jordan in terms of gender, kind if organization and source of support of these organizations.The study sample size was 233 subjects were females and 140 were males. The comparison of means results could order the satisfaction aspects as a follow: Reception and treatment, NGO Impact on Clients, Services, Privacy and...
Project proposal on natural resource conservation in Mt. Damota area
The general objective of this project is to maintain ecological balance on Mount Damota and its surroundings. There are, of course, a number of specific objectives behind proposing this project. Some of them that deserve paramount importance are bringing attitudinal change among farmers on natural conservation, reducing deforestation and wildlife extinction, reducing soil erosion and augmenting the daily income of the...
Project proposal on raising the income of poor households in Offa
The long-term objective of this project is to guarantee food self-sufficiency of poor households in Offa woreda. Specific objectives include develop entrepreneurial skill of rural households, raise the income of poor households and reduce food insecurity of these households. Major activities to be carried out are training in trading skill, provision of credit to poor and employment of project personnel. The duration of...
Project proposal on supporting poor girls in education
The overall objective of this project is to improve the educational status of poor girls to meet the millennium development goals. The specific objectives of the project are to initiate the community to advocate for support and education of poor girls, to increase the enrolment of students in the school, to increase the access of girls to education, to change the life condition of poor girls through education and to...
Measuring payoffs to agricultural training among small holder tobacco producers
The broad objective of this study was to ascertain whether training in tobacco farming influences tobacco yields and returns among smallholder farmers in Guruve District of Zimbabwe. A total of 40 farmers, selected using quota sampling, were interviewed using structured questionnaires. A multiple regression model was developed to test the working hypothesis that training of farmers impacts farm outcomes at...
Gender differentials in science, mathematics and technology: why do fewer females participate in science, mathematics and technology courses in Nigeria?
This paper discusses the problem associated with gender differential in science, mathematics and Technology (SMT) in Nigeria. Data for the study were obtained from a survey conducted in March, 2005 in two Local Government Areas of Osun state, Southwest Nigeria. The paper confirms the earlier assertion that female are underrepresented in SMT. It also reveals that: more than 70% of the household heads, 61.2% of...
Project proposal on fruit and vegetable production
The long-term objective of this project is to contribute to food security of rural households in Offa woreda. Specific objectives include diversifying crop production in the woreda, to raise the income of farmers and to improve the diet of community. Major activities of this project are conducting training for farmers, provision of seed, provision of gardening tools, monitoring and evaluation. The duration of this...
Project proposal on raising the income of poor households in Damot Woyde Woreda
The long-term objective of this project is to guarantee food self-sufficiency of poor households in rural areas. Specific objectives include develop entrepreneurial skill of rural households, raise the income of poor households and reduce food insecurity of these households. Major activities to be carried out are training in trading skill, provision of revolving credit service to poor and employment of project...
Project proposal on empowering women to fight against poverty, harmful traditional practices and HIV/AIDS
The overall objective of this project is to empower women to fight against poverty and HIV/AIDS and enable them involve fully in development activities to meet the millennium development goals. The specific objectives of the project are to empower women and young girls economically and educationally to enable them participate in development activities, initiate the community to advocate for support and education of...
Project proposal on capacity building of Wolaitta development association head office
Overall objective of this project is to improve the achievement or performance of WODA in project implementation. The specific objective is to reverse the technical and material capacity of WODA. Major activities intended to carry out are purchase of materials for the office of WODA and training income collectors of WODA. The project duration is from October 2006 to December 2006 while total budget is Eth.Birr 54,747....
Supporting Poor Children in Education
The coverall objective of this project is to improve the educational status of younger generation to meet the millennium development goals. The specific objectives of the project are to initiate the community to advocate for support and education of poor, to increase the enrollment of students in the school, to increase the access of poor to education, to change the life condition of poor children through education and...
Resource Link Foundation (RLF) HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan for (2007-2010)
Resource Link Foundation (RLF)-NGO is one of the active civil society organizations operating in the Train District in Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. The threat of HIV/AIDS to the survival of mankind has attracted the attention of Governments, the District Assembly, Civil Society Organizations and Traditional Authorities to marshal both human and financial resources to combat it. In line with this, the government of Ghana...
Seed Aid for Food Security? Some Lessons from Zimbabwe’s Agricultural Recovery Programme.
This paper describes Zimbabwe’s agricultural recovery program and draws some lessons that can be used in the designing and implementation of future programs. Input aid was found to be most beneficial if it is packaged together with other backup services such as training in soil fertility and water management, development of lucrative markets, and provision of basic infrastructure. Complementarity's...
Community learning through ecological action
This paper looks in depth at an ecological project in Gisborne, New Zealand, with particular reference to the broader 'community learning' implications of the project. It tracks the personal learning journey of some of the key participants in this project, and investigates what effect, if any, the project has had on the learning profile of the wider community. The theoretical framework of Paulo Freire's...
Skill Training of Youth
The long-term objective of this project is to capacitate the youth to be self-dependent in Offa and Damot Woyde woredas. Short-term objectives are to upgrade the skill of youth through training to diversify the income sources for youth and to utilize the potential of youth. Major activities to be carried out in this project are selection of beneficiaries, training them and providing start up capital. The duration of...
Garbage Is Wealth
His association was founded on January 1999 by 23 residents of Kayole Estate. The number rose to 200 with time. Registered as a community based organization (C.B.O) in the year 2000
Society for Health and Development: Developed or Stagnated
Founded in 1995, Society for Health and Development (SHD) is a non-profit NGO working for health and deve-lopment in the state of Jharkhand, India. SHD was established with a vision and mission to empower people and communities through collective action. Previously, SHD had organised training programmes and undertaken activities like field action project/research, advocacy, and networking. The organisation also got good...
Establishing Improved Poultry Production Center in Badessa Town
Long-term objective of this project is to increase income of households so that these households are food secured. The specific objectives are to increase the production and productivity of poultry, to raise the income of households and to increase income from livestock sub-sector. Major activities under this project are construction of poultry production center, purchase of furniture for the center, purchase of chicken...
Spring capping in Zaba
The prime aim of this project is to increase the coverage of potable water supply in the woreda of Bolosso Sore. Short-term objectives include providing the people of the area with clean water, reducing water born diseases and reducing workload on women. Duration of this project is form January 2005 to December 2005. Total budget needed for the project is 205,000 Ethiopian birr or 23,672 USD. Activities that are to be...
Grassroot participation and management for rural water-related envirommental problems in Ebo Itumbonuso, Ini Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Grassroots’ participation in the management of rural water-related environmental problems aimed at providing sustainable and safe water for drinking, farming and other domestic and public uses is hereby discussed. The scheme integrates the rural water stakeholders comprising the women, youths and elders into a network for the containment and abatement of water-related environmental problems that includes flooding...
Community learning through ecological action
The USDA report (November, 2005) puts India's cotton production in 2005 - 2006 at previous year's level of 19 million bales. India is the third largest cotton growing country in the world after China and the United States. India accounts for 12 per cent of world cotton production and 20 per cent of world cotton area. Country wise statistics released by USDA/FAS reveal that in 2005- 2006 (forecast) though in...
NGOs in Bihar: Voluntary sector and its credibility
This commentary is based on my field visits, and interaction with over four hundred NGO’s representatives, staff and functionaries in Bihar. I also got an opportunity to see some of their work in the field and interact with their staff and communities. There is lot to share and I know many of NGOs and readers of this article may not agree with my views and the way I see NGOs and its emergence in Bihar and their...
Media Violence and Young Audience ( NGO Russian Association for Film and Media Education Survey)
From an analysis of the test Russian Teenagers and On-Screen Violence one may conclude that the influence of on-screen violence upon Russian teenagers is rather significant. About half the teenagers were positive about its demonstration: they enjoyed films, television shows, and computer games containing on-screen violence and they admired the characters - including "bad guys". A third of...
Local voices, Global choices the Mocho Oral testimony project, Jamaica
“…When I was a young girl…you would know which month we would have rain, which month would be dry, so as a farmer you could prepare what you are going to plant. But things are different now everything has changed. The rainy month turned to drought, the dry month turned rainy, in the hot month a storm is blowing. Everything has changed.”-- Hazelyn, farmer and housewife, Mocho,...
Biodiversity Conservation of the Diaban basin: « Diaban Wula Lakana » (Sikasso Region, MALI).
The communities themselves are the greatest defenders of the environment when they perceive the responsibility of humans in its degradation and their interests in its protection. The survival of the fauna and flora of the Diaban stream basin, located in one of the last soudano-guinean forests still relatively intact, is under great threat. Forest clearing, overgrazing, brush fires, and excessive hunting have...
The Role of Environmental NGOs in Protection Zayanderood River in Isfahan
Isfahan is a famous city in Iran and Zayanderood is a river with a curved length of 420 km which divides Isfahan into two separate parts and makes civilization and life in its banks. Now with balancing weather conditions, beautifying, attracting tourists, providing drinkable water, supporting agriculture and industry, it has a significant role for the city. In the last years, it has been in danger because of...
Neglect of Girl Child Education: Bridging The Gap. A Case Study of a Nigerian Agrarian Northern Community
Girl child education, the panacea of poverty, family disorganization and societal true development has suffered several sets backs over the years due to socio-cultural and economic factors. Till date, girls constitute the largest population of illiterate children worldwide. Using a cross sectional study design in November 2005, three different populations – parents, children of school age (5 – 18)...
Abantu Social Upliftment “Out of the Box”
It is the vision of “Out of the Box” to build a Skills School and Centre in Gauteng to teach skills, art and craft, to create small businesses, create jobs and market the qualified and skilled people with their new found skills, art and craft. The School and Centre will be a major tourist attraction to visitors from all over the world. The skills with which students will be equipped, will qualify...
Dispelling the Misconceptions and Myths about Gender
This paper seeks to clarify the meaning of the terms that are associated with gender, and equally so to unpack the concept of gender itself and elucidate the fact that gender is not tantamount to women and that it does not exclusively cater for women issues and concerns but that of men as well.
Exploring the Causes of child labour series
Child labour is a problem we all either know much of or have heard much about. Many are daily working on it – some trying to help eradicate it while others are making money (directly or indirectly) from it. Our failures to significantly affect the incidence and prevalence of this social cancer are not due to poor trials, but primarily due to application of wrong principles based on faulty theories of causation.
Beautiful Gate centre for children at risk; Muizenberg
Beautiful Gate project for children at risk is based in the seaside village of Muizenberg, Cape Town. The home accommodates eight boys from the ages of 6-14. The residential programme provides a home environment that offers physical, emotional and spiritual care, as well as educational assistance, sport and recreational activities. It aims to eventually reintegrate the children into their families and communities.
NGO – Russian Association for Film and Media Education: Experts’ Discussion
Media education is the dynamically developing field. Media pedagogy in Russia has essentially started to assert itself since the 1920s (when film education and education on the material of press developed rapidly). However it was only in 1986 that the term “media education” appeared in Russian publications, while in western European countries it has been familiar since late 1960s.
Children in the drivers’ seat
‘Participation’ is highly fashionable, and it is highly talked about especially among social scientists and develop-ment activists. It is a progressive word extensively used by social and anthropological researchers. One hears of participatory planning, participatory evaluative process-es, participatory programme implementation, participa-tory research, and on and on.
An empowered and robust civil society as an ideal strategic partner of a municipal manager in the promotion of community participation in local government
Blade Nzimande, asserts that, the question of public participation is central in any democratic order, and it is something we dare not take for granted but must ensure that we constantly work on it all the time. To many, public participation is seen as a vehicle to promote and instil a culture of good governance at the local government level. Good governance is not exclusively the territory of the public sector or...
Crafting active citizen participation through ward committees
The new government has provided for a legal framework that necessitates the establishment and institutionalization of ward committees as vehicles to entrench participatory governance at the grass root level. According to Roger Southall (2004), ‘participatory democracy entails a high level of public participation in the political process through a wide variety of institutional channels’.
History of Daktari Wildlife Orphanage
Some years ago, the TV series Daktari told the story of a family in Africa which looked after injured or orphaned animals. Like thousands of children throughout the world, Ian Merrifield was fascinated by this series, which led them to do the same, many years later. He was working as a game ranger in a reserve when he met his future wife Michele. She assisted in hand-raising a baby zebra which had been attacked by...
Disturbing practices in development
This is an account of a donor funded project which is one of the several that together, supports a comprehensive education reform program in a progressive developing country. The project is substantially funded and is staffed by host country professionals with limited expatriate assistance. Project personnel work for a US contracting firm and a consortium of subcontracting institutions. To strengthen indigenous...
The Revitalisation of Local Government in South Africa
Local governments are defined as political units or instrumentalities constituted by law (the peculiar or unique characteristics of which is their subordinate status to the central government) which have substantial control over local affairs and likewise have the power to tax. It is also defined as ‘a set of rule-making and rule enforcement activities binding upon a set collectivity, when the same collectivity is...
Children as informed participants in governance
Children have been the objects of research for centuries. Some of this research has been conducted perfunctorily in very short time spans. Their parameters are often determined by the funding agencies that do not allow for even the basic rigor to be followed arriving at erroneous results. Unfortunately, much of this research has informed the design of policy and action plans of governments and organisations. It is not...
The merits of the proposed constitutional changes in South Africa
Since it was passed in 1996, the Constitution of South Africa has been amended on several occasions. However, this time around there is mounting resistance against its reform. The proposals tabled by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development relates to these aspects: · The authority of constitutional court will be increased with a...
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