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Archive for October, 2009
UnLtd South Africa is organising a study tour of South Africa in January 2010.
South Africa is potentially the engine for social development for Southern Africa and the wider continent. There are amazing projects where creative individuals are addressing some of the big global issues facing society in enterprising ways, including such things as poverty, lack of livelihoods, health (including AIDS/HIV), education, environmental degradation and crime.
GLI Co-Founder Fan Li recently fronted the GLI teams in China and Japan in organising a visit for the CEO and founder of Daichi (Protect the Earth) to China. Here’s Fan’s report:
Daichi is the leading social enterprise on organic farming and community-support agriculture. In the past 35 years it has grown up from a small environmental NGO to a company with over 100,000 members and over 150 million US$ annual turnover.
The failure of the rains in East Africa not only threatens Ethiopia, but also countless families struggling to survive in the villages of Darfur. These families continue to be ignored by the international community, yet they rely on what they grow in order to eat.
CatComm recently paid a shocking visit to Vila Autódromo, the first community slated for removal by the city of Rio in preparation for the 2016 Olympics. This 40-year-old neighbourhood started as a fishing village and today houses 1200 families. It is among the few in Rio, mostly concentrated in the area where the Olympic Village will be built, that have no drug trafficking or militias.
The Barefoot energy venture benefiting African communities, the Barefoot Women Solar Engineers of Africa, has been selected as a finalist in World Challenge 09, the worldwide competition seeking to identify and reward projects and businesses which bring economic, social and environmental benefits to local communities through grassroots solutions.
All-inclusive north London theatre group Chickenshed has spread its wings – to Russia! Children from Taganka Shed (a theatre group trained and set up by Chickenshed and are based in Moscow) recently performed in Red Square, Moscow. Over 80 children and young people will be joining Chickenshed to sing “We Need Each Other”.