8.27.18 International News

News about grants, gifts

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) surpassed the goal for their $1.5 million Feral Cat Challenge. AWC will now be able to accelerate their work to reduce the impact of feral cats on Australia’s wildlife.

Thanks to a generous donation from Mr. Amir Abu Ghazaleh, Taawon in cooperation with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society opened a new health center in Obeidiya near Bethlehem. Taawon equipped the new health center with the latest medical equipment to serve the roughly 30,000 people in the town and surrounding areas.

News about people, groups

All 16 recently imported mine detection rats for APOPO’s Mine Action Angola Team successfully passed the tests in July required for deployment to the minefields to help local communities living in fear from hidden landmines. The ‘accreditation’ test is in accordance with National and International Mine Action Standards and administered by Angola’s National Mine Action Authority. The rats began detecting landmines in active minefields from early August.

Educate Girls, an Indian NGO working to enroll out-of-school girls and increase learning for girls and boys, recently completed the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education. At the end of three years, Educate Girls’ results in Rajasthan exceeded the DIB’s goals, highlighting the effectiveness of their approach to both increased enrollment and learning outcomes.

After eight years with Graduate Women International (GWI), Nina Joyce, GWI United Nations Representative will be leaving to pursue a new role as Policy and Government Liaison Officer with Control Arms. She is also completing an Executive Education Certificate in Advocacy in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Two researchers from the University of East Anglia – working in partnership with Nigel Collar and David Wege from Birdlife International and the Bahamas National Trust – have rediscovered the Bahama Nuthatch, Sitta insularis, which was feared to be extinct in the wake of 2016’s Hurricane Matthew.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, in coordination with other humanitarian actors, is responding to urgent medical and humanitarian needs among displaced people along the border of the Gedeo and West Guji zones in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR) and Oromia Region of Etheopia.

Mercy Ships, the international charity providing free medical services in the world’s poorest countries, has sailed into the Republic of Guinea to begin surgeries on September 4th. The ship’s first days of surgery coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Charity, which was “established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.”  

News about opportunities, initiatives

Nominations for the 6th annual Global Thinkers Forum Awards for Excellence are now being accepted. This year’s theme is 100 Years: Women of Passion and Purpose. Nominate female leaders who have leveraged ideas, innovation, technology, passion, culture and values to lead by example and create positive social impact here.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science initiative is now accepting applications for female citizen of China Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau pursuing research in the field of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics. You can review details here.

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