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AFRO-NETS> This week the IDN - 22 March, 1999
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> This week the IDN - 22 March, 1999
- From: Christopher Byrne <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 23:05:49 -0500 (EST)
This week the IDN - 22 March, 1999
The World Population Profile: 1998 is the latest published compendium
and analysis of data on population, fertility, mortality, contraceptive
use and related demographic topics by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Spe-
cial Focus section of the report provides an update on one of the fun-
damental international health and demographic events of our time--the
worldwide HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Graphic versions (PDF format files) of the full report may be down-
loaded. The report's appendix tables represent the backbone of the re-
port. These tables, and supplementary tables, in Lotus WK1 format will
be available from the census bureau individually or can be downloaded
now as a group (as a self-extracting ZIP file 353 KB).
More recent data may be available from the Bureau's International Data
Here is what else is new at the IDN Web Site this week:
TOOLS YOU CAN USE
This week's tool is the web site for "Making the Internet Connection
Count: Effective Use of the Internet in Seven Steps"/"Pour que la con-
nexion a l'Internet compte: Utilisation efficace de l'Internet en sept
etapes", published as part of the USAID Leland Initiative, is intended
for decision makers and staff of NGOs, educational institutions, and
government agencies that currently do not have, or have very limited,
access to the Internet.
You can read this document on-line in either English or French.
QUICK LINK OF THE WEEK
5 missions humanitaires sur le net
This week's quick link is to the web site for the 5 missions humani-
taires sur le net, jointly sponsored by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doc-
tors Without Borders), Lotus Corporation (France), and the French chil-
dren's magazine Okapi.
As reported in a story by the Lotus Corporation, this site contains
"reports on a diverse world, a world that children who use computers
seldom see: a hungry five year old, in jail for stealing an apple. Or
whole families bitten by the tsetse fly and stricken with sleeping
sickness. Or a team of doctors heading out on a tractor across flooded
rice plantations and overflowing rivers to halt an epidemic in a remote
village of Laos."
Note: This site is an excellent example of Lotus Notes/Domino technol-
ogy in action. The IDN has begun making preparations to move to a
Notes/Domino R5 Platform this summer. As part of this move, we will
offer IDN Members and other interested organizations the ability to
take advantage of Notes/Domino Application Technology such as Same-
Time/Team Room Global Collaboration, Discussion Forums, Secure Transit
of Data/Information and more, without having to make major investments
in the Infrastructure themselves. We will also provide development sup-
port to organizations currently using this tool.
Some development organizations currently using this platform include:
Canadian International Development Agency - http://w3.acdi-cida.gc.ca/
World Vision - http://www.worldvision.org/
World Vision Canada - http://www.worldvision.ca/
International Committee of the Red Cross - http://www.icrc.org/
SANREM CRSP at the University of Georgia (USAID project) -
World Travel and Tourism Council - http://www.wttc.org/
Caribbean Development Bank - http://www.caribank.org/
United Nations High Commission for Human Rights - http://www.unhchr.ch/
It is also used by the World Bank, the USAID Intranet, the Education
Development Center, and more.
BASICS (Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival) - Working
in collaboration with other international agencies, non-governmental
organizations, health systems, and academic institutions, but espe-
cially with public health officials in developing countries, BASICS
provides technical assistance to countries' priority health programs.
Bellanet -an international initiative with a mission to increase the
impact of development programming. Fosters inter-agency collaboration
through more effective use of information and communication technolo-
British Columbia Council for International Cooperation - works toward
goal of social justice in our own community, as well as in the interna-
Center for International Development at Harvard University (CID) - The
CID has been established with one overriding conceptual notion: the
need for cross-disciplinary approaches to the challenges of sustainable
The Communication Initiative - Facilitating essential communication-
for-change information, networks, review and analysis for the interna-
tional development community.
Developing Countries Farm Radio Network - helping farm families learn
about simple, proven ways to increase food supplies and improve nutri-
tion and health since 1979. (English/French)
Dreyfus Health Foundation - efforts are focused on innovative and
flexible approaches that stress individual and group responsibility,
ideas, and action and the optimization of the use of already available
resources for health.
Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank)
European Centre for Development Policy Management - an independent
foundation whose capacity building activities aim to improve co-
operation between Europe and countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and
IN COMMON - Global Action Against Poverty - a campaign to make action
against poverty a public and political priority.
information habitat: where information lives - promotes the understand-
ing and practice of information ecology.
International Development & Refugee Foundation - IDRF is a Canadian
non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the disadvantaged peo-
ples of the world through emergency relief and participatory develop-
ment programs based on the Islamic principles of human dignity, self-
reliance, and social justice.
International Development Enterprises - active in providing the "right
help" to the rural poor through affordable technology.
The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) -
an independent agency of the Canadian government committed to providing
decision makers and opinion leaders with reliable information and ob-
jective views on the current state of the debate on the environment and
the economy. (English/French)
Project Ploughshares - peace research and advocacy organization that
investigates the roots of militarism and proposes alternative measures
for peace and real security.
The Victoria International Development Education Association - a proac-
tive, community-based organization which informs and educates on issues
of inter-connectedness and social justice.
World Accord - Established in 1980, World Accord promotes self-help
programs and projects in developing countries around the globe.
International Development Network
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