Category: Economic empowerment


International Women’s Day: progress towards parity

As we have said many times before, the best theme for a blog about International Women’s Day would be why it is no longer necessary. Realistically though, that day is still some way off. On the other hand, some of the issues that have driven the need for International Women’s Day – most notably female […]

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New Year message from our CEO, Martin Ballantyne

The big news for 2017 is the announcement of our new name – Brighter Communities Worldwide. We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead as working together to build strong communities, creating brighter futures within a better world. As we look forward to the year ahead, let’s look back at some of our achievements in […]

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Government continues to cut aid to world’s poorest people

In response to Finance Minister Brian Lenihan’s Budget speech, Dóchas – the umbrella group of Ireland’s Development NGOs – expressed disappointment at the Government’s decision to cut the overseas aid budget even further. “Once again, the poorest people on earth have been hit hard. Today’s announcement of €25 million worth of cuts to the aid […]

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Health ’09 draws to a close

Volunteers on the Health ’09 project left Nairobi today after 3 weeks working on various health related projects in the Kipkelion District. The team consisted of 32 volunteers from all over Ireland, Scotland and Australia. The team was lead by Project Leaders Laura Ahern, Pat Broderick and Mary Dunford. The tasks completed included the following: […]

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Friends of Londiani focus groups

FOL is delighted to announce the formation of focus groups in the areas of health, water, education, finance and marketing. This follows as a result of the organisational development process that FOL has undergone through funding from Irish Aid. The Health Focus Group will assist FOL in facilitating the partnership link between Mayo General Hospital and Londiani […]

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We Do Care stop aid cuts

The Irish Government has made a commitment to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people – to spend 0.7% of our national income on overseas aid by 2012. That’s just 70 cent in every €100 by 2012. Despite this promise, Ireland’s overseas aid budget has been cut by €222 million, a cut of 24%. We […]

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