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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# NGOs

Last year
Opinion: The EU's climate weakness this week will be welcomed by the biggest polluters
Trócaire’s Caoimhe de Barra says the EU watering down of legislation on big polluters this week was a huge disappointment.
Opinion: Ukrainian refugees are vulnerable to trafficking and abuse - we must protect them
GOAL’s Mary Van Lieshout says Ukrainian refugees are vulnerable to exploitation and government agencies and NGOs must do more to protect them.
All time
# direct provision
NGOs asked by justice department to help asylum seekers in emergency accommodation 'as soon as possible'
There are now 777 people living in emergency set-ups in 25 counties around Ireland.
# trust barometer
What will influence voters? The economy, health service reform and water charges
A new report looks at how much the public trusts the government and businesses.
# barometer
Hmmm... It seems we have MORE trust in the government now
Government is the only institution to record see a rise in how much it is trusted by the public over the past year.
# falling behind
Government needs to 'stop making excuses' and 'propagating myths' on climate change
This call comes from group The Environmental Pillar, after a new study shows Ireland is unlikely to meet its 2020 emissions targets.
# A Better Way
New laws will see asylum seekers spend less time in Direct Provision
The heads of the new legislation will be brought to Cabinet within a matter of weeks.
Opinion: We fought the law but the law won – labelled 'foreign agents' in our own country
Our group uncovered ethnic profiling by police and discrimination against minority groups in Russia. So Putin’s “foreign agent” law was applied to take us down.
# notanaprilfools
Not An April Fool: NGOs share unbelievable facts
A dozen non-governmental organisations tweeted on the topics of homelessness, emigration, and adult literacy.
Column: Can big data save our planet’s forests?
Are we winning the fight against deforestation? Now there’s a way to check – and hold businesses and governments to account, write Oliver Mylius and Hans Zomer.
Column: Why are so many vital services being provided by charities in the first place?
We must – of course – question the behaviour and practises of Irish charities, but should also ask why they are providing so many vital services instead of the State, writes Ruairí McKiernan.
Aaron McKenna: A functioning charity sector needs to pay well
People working in charities have mortgages and kids and wants and desires. The sector can’t hope to recruit and retain top class people, capable of running very complex operations, if they offer significantly less than the private sector.
# Exploitation
Authorities recorded 48 cases of human trafficking in 2012
The figure includes 19 Irish minors, all of whom were reported as victims of sexual exploitation.
Column: The charity sector needs a legal and regulatory body – immediately
Following revelations that top-up payments were being made to staff of the Central Remedial Clinic, there is an urgent need for a comprehensive investigation into how charities are run in this country, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday
Everyone’s been talking about the tragedy in Glasgow, the Labour conference, and the country’s first woman bishop…
# typhoon haiyan
Irish officials flying out to Philippines to assess aid strategy
Latest figures estimate 4.3 million people lost their homes, double the number of those made homeless by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.
# typhoon haiyan
Gilmore: Irish people expect us to play our full part in Philippines relief effort
It comes as the US and Britain deploy warships to the islands. Some 10,000 people are feared dead in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Column: Collaboration, though not easy, is essential for charities to make a difference
It’s very rare that a social justice ‘win’ can be claimed by any one group – but when civil society organisations come together to fight for a cause, the results are inspiring, writes Anna Visser on National Giving Week.
Column: Today's countries in need are tomorrow's trading partners
Ending global poverty means changing the way we view overseas aid and development – which is why the public have been invited to share ideas about Ireland’s contribution to the world stage, writes Joe Costello TD.
# Irish Aid
Ireland "must strengthen promise on aid commitments" - NGOs
Aid from Ireland fell by 5.8 per cent in 2012, according to the latest data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
# eu presidency
Ireland’s EU Presidency is an opportunity to end world poverty
NGOs want the government to press for a strong, European vision for a fairer and more sustainable world in the next six months.
# Social change
GAA voted Ireland’s greatest ever force for social change
The GAA beat both St Vincent de Paul and Mary McAleese to be named as the most responsible for social change in Ireland, in a survey commissioned by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.
Aaron McKenna: Should we turn off the tap of Irish aid to other countries?
So €4m in Irish aid may have been misappropriated in Uganda. Can we afford to keep giving – or can we afford to stop?
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland distribute foreign aid while it is in a bailout?
With the government suspending aid to Uganda yesterday, we’re asking should Ireland be distributing foreign aid while still under the terms of a bailout?
# Russia
Russia expels US aid agency for 'meddling in politics'
Russia’s foreign ministry has claimed that USAid had attempted to “influence political processes through its grants”.
# Russia
Putin signs law forcing some Russian NGOs to register as 'foreign agents'
Non-governmental groups receiving funding from abroad and engaging in political activity must register as foreign agents under the new law.
# Global poverty
Percentage living below the poverty line falls globally
However, a UN report reveals that a maternal death occurs every ten minutes in India.
# Lobbying
John Player argues for tobacco industry's "voice to be heard"
“Democracy is not the sole preserve of the NGO community,” said the tobacco company in its submission to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
# Food Crisis
Ireland gives €5 million in emergency funding to Sahel region
Ten million people are at risk from a growing food crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.