Thursday, March 19, 2015

Side By Side Organisation to celebrate decade of volunteerism in Gambia

Hatab Fadera, SBSO National Coordinator
Side By Side Organisation The Gambia (SBSO) will on Saturday, March 21st celebrate its 10th Anniversary under the theme “A decade of Volunteerism in The Gambia”.

The celebration, expected to draw hundreds of participants from the organisation’s membership, sister voluntary groups and partners, prominent youth activists and other important stakeholders in youth empowerment, will take the form of a procession from Serrekunda (“Bamboo”) to the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) grounds where speakers will deliberate on important issues relating to the significance of volunteerism to sustainable development.

The Organisation is a registered, charitable, non-political and non-profit making national youth group, formed on 4th March 2005 in Bakau Newtown. It was established by a group of visionary youths in The Gambia, whose objectives among other things, have been to contributing to the advancement of the human race.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Int’l Women’s Day 2015: Women farmers key to fighting hunger

IFAD, WFP and FAO celebrate women’s contribution to food and nutrition security

Rome, 06 March 2015 - Marking International Women’s Day 2015, leaders from the United Nations’ three Rome-based food agencies gathered to remind the world that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security.

At the Rome event, leaders from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) shared testimonials of their innovative interventions that have empowered rural women, and in doing so have contributed to food security and nutrition. They also highlighted that promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment can significantly strengthen efforts to reduce rural poverty.
This year’s event also marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 (Beijing +20).

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze delivered the opening keynote address pointing out that as men in developing countries migrate to urban centers or shift to better-paid work, a “feminization of agriculture” has occurred with approximately half of the agricultural workforce worldwide now made up of women.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Zeid calls on States to go "beyond lip-service Towards gender equality"

For International Women's Day, 8 March 2015

 GENEVA (5 March 2015) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today highlight highlighted "the pressing Need for women to Participate in all discussions of Strategic responses to extremist violence, to discrimination, and to deprivation of all kinds."

"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action. Sixteen states can this Opportunity to go beyond lip service and Towards Gender Equality - Genuinely challenging and Dismantling the power structures and dynamics qui perpetuate discrimination Against Women, "he said.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Make ‘rural transformation a reality,’ IFAD President tells Member States at annual meeting

Governing Council also endorses International Day of Family Remittances



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Rome, 17 February 2015 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ended its 38th Governing Council meeting today by renewing its commitment to tackle persistent poverty and continued food insecurity by transforming rural areas in developing countries through better quality investments, ensuring greater equality and IFADinclusive growth that delivers economic benefits for women, youth and other marginalized people.
In his closing address, IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze said that “aid will work itself out of a job only once we have achieved rural transformation so that rural areas provide employment, services and opportunities for the three billion people who live in them, and particularly for those whose lives depend on smallholder farms.” This echoed Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, who spoke about the future of aid at the inaugural IFAD Lecture Series on the same day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

President of Ghana and King of Tonga call for greater investment to transform rural areas

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze

Rome, 16 February 2015 – Development leaders and heads of state and government representatives gathered for the opening of the 38th Session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for AgriculturalDevelopment (IFAD) to call for additional investments towards the transformation of rural areas, which are key to the world’s food supply.
In his opening statement John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana, said that his vision for the country is “to transform the rural areas of Ghana in order to create a more diversified, better integrated, and modern rural economy. One that closes the gap between urban and rural areas in terms of access to services, opportunities, living standards, and prosperity.”
In Ghana, progress has been made, Mahama said, but only because benefits of development programmes “are tilted more to my farmers than to the bureaucrats.”
Mahama warned the international community that “neglect of the rural space can have dire consequences” and that “a strong connection between the rural and urban space cannot be taken for granted.”
HRH Tupou VI, the King of Tonga, conveyed his support to this year’s Governing Council theme, ‘Rural Transformation: Key to sustainable development’, and said that to make this transformation a reality there needs to be an increased focus on building the risk management and resilience capacity of rural people to manage a changing environment. Specifically, he called for increased access by rural communities to climate finance.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Unique global gathering highlights indigenous peoples’ role in fighting poverty and hunger

Rome, 11 February 2015 – Fifty representatives of indigenous Peoples' organizations from all over the world gather tomorrow at the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) headquarters in Rome to discuss the importance of traditional knowledge in eradicating poverty and hunger and transforming rural communities.
The participants in the forum represent more than 370 million self-identified indigenous peoples who live in some 70 countries around the world, many of them in rural areas.
“Indigenous peoples are long-valued partners for IFAD,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, the President of the United Nations (UN) agency specialized in rural development. “From the local biodiversity they have protected and enhanced over generations, to their unique knowledge about the ecosystems that they manage – indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge is a source of inspiration to everyone who works for sustainable rural transformation.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paving the way to enhanced learning institutions through evaluations

By Oscar A. Garcia, Director, Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD
Oscar Garcia
In recent years, multilateral development organizations and international financial institutions have given serious thought to how learning and knowledge-sharing can provide a cutting edge to improve their development effectiveness.

 Development institutions are increasingly engaging in knowledge management, generating, sharing and applying knowledge to improve practices and scale up success. Learning is gradually being integrated into key business processes – for example, by establishing learning networks and communities of practice – accompanied by appropriate incentives to help drive a culture of innovation and sharing. With all these changes and efforts happening at all levels, is learning actually taking place?