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Evaluating Fair Trade as a development project: methodological considerations

This article identifies the need for an appropriate methodology for evaluating Fair Trade, given that most evaluations to date have been in-house or commissioned reviews and hence not followed a consistent approach. Focusing on the development aspects of ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:45

A peasant farmers' literacy programme

Literacy gives people a framework for critical thinking and informed action. A number of peasant farmers' organisations have developed in the wake of economic restructuring in Honduras, Central America. The authors describe and assess the Literacy Program ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:53

The United Nations speaks out on forced evictions

The author charts the progress of the United Nations (UN) in moving towards a more holistic view of human rights, specifically drawing examples from their resolutions about the phenomenon of forced eviction. He argues that campaigners, organisations and t ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:55

Let's get civil society straight: NGOs and political theory

NGOs are using `civil society' to mean different things: the author argues that the wide definition means that any potential partner organisation becomes a civil-society organisation, and that consideration of the conditions that are central to a communit ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:56

Relief agencies and moral standing in war: principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and solidarity

The article explores the moral difficulties for international humanitarian workers operating as third parties in the midst of war. The main part examines current usage of the terms `humanity', `neutrality', `impartiality', and `solidarity' as they are use ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:57

Funding preventative or curative care? The Assiut Burns Project

The Assuit Burns Project (ABP) is a small Egyptian NGO working to help burns victims. The author describes the work of the Project, setting out its various capacities, and criticises funders' and donors' over-emphasis on preventative medicine at the expen ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 16:59

NGOs: fragmented dreams

Development NGOs are in crisis. They are losing their capacity to engage in critical analysis and propose global solutions; to react to or seize the political initiative; or to situate themselves on the cutting edge of those social and political processes ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:03

Civil Society

The idea of civil society has proved very elusive, escaping conceptual grasps and evading sure-footed negotiation of the concept itself. Resurrected in a very definite historical setting, that of authoritarian states, the concept of civil society came to ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:06

Participatory domestication of agroforestry trees: an example from the Peruvian Amazon

Valuable tree genetic resources are declining around many farming communities in the Peruvian Amazon, limiting farmers' options for economic development. The International Centre for Research in Agroforestry is working with farming communities to increase ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:07

Making the organisation learn: demystification and management action

The Learning Organisation (LO) is both a concept and a particular methodology within the larger domain of Organisational Development (OD). To fully appreciate the premises of LO, it is necessary to fall back on the main premises of OD, beginning with the ...

Abstract - admin - 2009-09-30 17:09