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AFRO-NETS> The Drum Beat - 106 - Development News and Trend Stories
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> The Drum Beat - 106 - Development News and Trend Stories
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- Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 06:30:32 -0400 (EDT)
The Drum Beat - 106 - Development News and Trend Stories
This Drum Beat includes compelling stories on important development
and communication news, trends and events. They feature on the home
page of The C.I. web site http://www.comminit.com
The Home Page includes two sections - Development News and Communica-
tion News. We find relevant information, usually from sources that
you won't see in the mainstream media. Links are provided for more
information. Stories change every Tuesday and Friday. They are ar-
chived at http://www.comminit.com/tempo.html
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COMMENTARY - http://www.comminit.com/index.html#drum_role
Is globalization undermining the power of the state? If it is, is it
a good thing forcing authoritarian governments to open up to democ-
racy or is it a bad thing forcing otherwise benevolent governments to
expose their populations to the predatory forces of the global econ-
omy? Professor Prasenjit Maiti takes a critical look at these ques-
tions in COMMENTARY. See -
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1. Computer Skills in Rio's Favelas
'i-connect' profiles an audio story available on InterWorld Radio
about how a simple project in Rio de Janeiro has brought a 'computer
craze' sweeping through the streets of the favelas. The Committee to
Democratise Information Technology has set up public computer centres
and schools in the poorest parts of town. InterWorld visits one to
find out how well they're working and why access to a PC helps people
out of the poverty trap.
2. Women's NGO Networks in Nigeria
Susan M. Lee posted this announcement on AFRO-NETS about the publica-
tion of Women's NGO Networks in Nigeria: 'Providing Reproductive
Health Information and Services; Promoting Reproductive Rights' that
documents the contribution of these networks in providing reproduc-
tive health information and promoting reproductive rights. It can be
found in PDF format on the NGO Networks website -
3. New Internet Based Newspaper for the Caribbean
A story from the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Herald posted on SIDS-
Net reports that a new Internet based newspaper linking all 25 papers
in the Caribbean is to be set up with the support of UNESCO. "Each of
the papers will have their own websites to produce up-to-the-minute
news and circulate it via the Internet so anybody logging on to any
of those websites would be able to get news at the drop of a hat,"
said UNESCO's Jocelyne Josiah.
4. Thai Government to Bring E-Commerce to Farmers
NewsBytes as reported in Benton Communications-related Headlines.
http://www.benton.org/News/ The Thailand Department of Agriculture
(DOA) is developing a plan to bring e-commerce to farmers. Promising
a 'new era', the DOA is establishing pilot projects in 4 regions to
find the best agricultural business models. The DOA points out that
farmers will need to improve technology skills, the quality of their
products, packaging and logistics, and supply chain management.
5. Media Channel Previews K-12 Education Centre for Teachers
The Media Literacy Classroom is designed to be an introduction to the
issues and a gateway to information and resources on the Web. This
preview version introduces the 'Classroom' including the Teachers'
Toolkit and a searchable catalogue of teaching units, lesson plans,
activities and ideas. Media Channel is seeking feedback and input as
development continues. Send comments to email@example.com
Looking to advertise?
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sifieds: VACANCIES and on the website please contact Carey Hooge
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6. Countdown Begins for 'Child Labour Free' World Cup
Child Labour News Service reports that 1 yr before the 2002 World
Cup, Sonia, a former child labourer from India, kicked off the The
World Cup Campaign 2002 - Kick Child Labour Out of the World. Sonia
went to work at 5, lost her sight at 7, learned to stitch by feel and
worked until she was rescued at 11. She earned 14 cents US for
stitching 2 balls a day. The Campaign has called on FIFA to implement
the no child labour policy in their Code of Labour Practice.
7. Malnutrition Among Urban Poor Increasing
A news release from the FAO
http://www.fao.org/ag/ags/AGSM/SADA/SADAE.HTM posted on SIDSNET warns
that most cities in developing countries face malnutrition and health
risks if they do not improve people's access to adequate and safe
food. This means producing more food and moving it to expanding urban
areas, which also means more trucks, congestion, garbage and pollu-
tion. Many cities are losing food producing urban and periurban land
and have poor transport, markets and slaughterhouses.
8. Human Rights Court Awards Families of Murdered Guatemalan Street
Casa Alianza reports that the Inter American Court on Human Rights
has ordered Guatemala to pay over $500,000 to the families of 5
street children, brutally tortured and murdered by 2 National Police-
men in 1990. The Court also ordered Guatemala to make sure its law
reflects Article 19 (Rights of the Child) of the American Convention
on Human Rights. Casa Alianza said, 'Let this be a lesson to any
State that mistreats it's most important asset - the children'.
9. Mugabe Regime Squeals at Animal Farm Success
The Daily News has gripped its readers with a serialisation of Or-
well's Animal Farm. In daily instalments Napoleon, the greedy and
brutal pig that leads the revolution, is depicted in the black thick-
rimmed spectacles favoured by Mr Mugabe. The paper's editor says that
the story of how the animals won independence by working together and
then were oppressed by a few who became 'drunk with power', is rele-
vant to every Zimbabwean.
10. Bangladesh - 57 Million May Die of Arsenic Poisoning
From Propoor: 'The arsenic pollution crisis in Bangladesh is a disas-
ter of unprecedented proportions effecting more people than any other
crisis facing humanity today... including AIDS', says a new interna-
tional study. The study, 'Arsenic Crisis Today, Strategy for Tomor-
row' warns that up to 57 million people in Bangladesh alone are at
risk of debilitating disease or death from long-term drinking of ar-
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11. 10/90 Gap
Source: 'Prioritizing International Health: The Global Forum for
Health Research' IDRC Reports
- At least US$70 billion is spent annually on global health research
by public and private sectors.
- Less than 10% of this amount is devoted to addressing 90% of the
total global disease burden.
- This misallocation of spending has been dubbed the "10/90 gap."
12. Crime Against Women in India
Source: InDEV May 2001
- Every 26 mins a woman is molested.
- Every 54 mins a rape takes place.
- Every 4 mins a woman is kidnapped.
- Every 10 mins a woman is burnt to death over dowry.
- Every 7 mins a criminal offence against women takes place.
- Dowry deaths have gone up from 5,513 in 1996 to 6,917 in 1998.
- Cases of rape from 14,846 to 15,031.
- Torture from 35,246 to 41,318.
- Molestation from 28,939 to 31,046.
- Sexual harassment from 5,671 to 8,123.
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