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King Baudouin Foundation;
The report provides guidance to donors funding projects to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in those countries. It highlights the extent of the pandemic, resulting needs, types of responses and the outcomes of interventions carried out by a wide spectrum of donors, including private individuals, companies and grantmakers. The report is a useful resource for newcomers to the subject as well as for experienced funders, which can treat the guide as a starting point for debate and further research.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC);
This document presents a study which aims to evaluate the influence of gender on the entrepreneurial performance in Democratic Republic of Congo. Data from a survey conducted in May-June 2012 to SMEs completed by data from the 2006 and 2010 World Bank's Enterprise Surveys are used.
This paper is therefore a discussion of the legislative environment under which civil society, in particular organized formations, operate in Africa. It is based on twelve African countries (Angola, DRC, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe). In all these countries we studied civil/state relations, existing NGO laws and NGO policies, including other laws that have an impact on NGOs, national constitutions, processes and the general political economy of the third sector. The merging findings point to some interesting conclusions. More studies are underway in Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Swaziland. The findings from these will be integrated into the current paper. This paper is therefore work in progress -- nevertheless the countries studied already are significant to begin a discourse on state/civil society relations, public spaces, and the general legislative environment for citizens and their formations. One of the emerging findings is that the political context determined the emergence of these legal instruments.
This document presents a social investment report. in 2009, Bloomberg Philanthropies and NoVo Foundation partnered to make a significant joint investment in Women for Women International to support the economic empowerment of women survivors of war. They engaged KPMG to assist them in better understanding the impact the WfWI programs in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can create for women and girls and identify the leverage points for continued investment in this and similar projects. Methods included key informant interviews and a review of "corroborating data".
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);
This report focuses on the relationship between women and natural resources in conflict-affected settings, and discusses how the management of natural resources can be used to enhance women's engagement and empowerment in peacebuilding processes. Part I of the report examines the relationship between women and natural resources in peacebuilding contexts, reviewing key issues across three main categories of resources: land, renewable and extractive resources. Part II discusses entry points for peacebuilding practitioners to address risks and opportunities related to women and natural resource management, focusing on political participation, protection and economic empowerment.
This report explores how mobile services provided by Vodafone and the Vodafone Foundation are enabling women to seize new opportunities and improve their lives. Accenture Sustainability Services were commissioned to conduct research on the services and to assess their potential social and economic impact if they were widely available across Vodafone's markets by 2020.
It showcases the projects and the work of those involved and also poses the question -- what would the benefit to women and to society at large be if projects such as these were taken to scale and achieved an industrialscale of growth? This reflects the Foundation's commitment not solely to the development of pilots but rather the Trustees' ambition to see projects which lead to transformational change.
In order to understand this more deeply, the Report looks at the benefits for women and society and providessome financial modelling for how the engagement of commercial players could achieve industrial, sustainable growth in these areas. Accenture has provided the modelling and, given the public benefit and understanding which the report seeks to generate, these are shared openly for all in the mobile industry to understand and share. It is the Trustees' hope that the collaboration with Oxford University and Accenture in the delivery of this Report will stimulate not only the expansion of existing charitable programmes but will also seed other philanthropic, social enterprise or commercial initiatives.
For two years, between 2009 and 2011, TrustAfrica, with support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has implemented a Millennium Development Goal 3 (MDG3) project entitled Enhancing Women's Dignity. The project covered seven countries in francophone sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mali, Niger, and Senegal. The Enhancing Women's Dignity project aimed at building capacity to reduce violence against women, and increase women's political participation. The document covers seven case studies of compelling projects that were carried out by grantee partners in each of the target countries.
Avocats Sans Frontieres;
The objective of the workshop is to contribute to the amelioration of access to social Justice in RDC true exchange of experiences between civil society representative and jurist.
This report documents how London-listed company Soco International and its contractors made illicit payments and appear to have paid off armed rebels and benefited from fear and violence fostered by government security forces in eastern Congo, as they sought access to Africa's oldest national park for oil exploration. Material gathered as part of an undercover investigation by UK film-makers, lays bare the extent of the acts carried out by Soco International plc -- one of the UK's 200 largest companies -- and its supporters to further its oil project in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Virunga National Park, which is a world heritage site.