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CHOICES. 2000 Sep; 16-7.In response to the outbreak of economic and social crisis in Indonesia, the international community invested in a program to bring about real change and grassroots empowerment. The Community Recovery Programme (CRP), a microcredit scheme supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) helped ease financial burdens and gave marginal players a voice in the Indonesian community. The CRP extends assistance to people caught in the economic crises and has done much to strengthen and encourage NGOs and other local groups in the country by contributing to the growth of civil society organizations. It aims to reform the government, strengthen institutions, foster dialogue, and reduce corruption. The support of UNDP is also aimed to reduce poverty through strengthening civil society and creating awareness of good governance principles.
Washington, D.C., NGO Networks for Health, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, 2000. x, 50 p.The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood is an international coalition of organizations formed to promote increased public awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women, in developing as well as developed countries. This field guide is intended to provide organizations in developing countries with guidance on how they can be active and involved in the Safe Motherhood Initiative and participate in the White Ribbon Alliance. It does not include technical information on how to design, implement, and evaluate safe motherhood program intervention. However, it does offer suggestions for bringing a wide range of people and organizations together to promote safe motherhood. Following an overview of safe motherhood and its key issues, this guide suggests specific ways in which organizations can carry out White Ribbon Alliance activities in their countries. Information on how to adapt the Safe Motherhood Fact Sheets to specific country contexts is also provided.
JOICFP NEWS. 2000 Feb; (308):3.This article reports the activities undertaken by the Nepalese in order to sustain the JOICFP/Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN) project in the Panchkhal and Sunsari areas. With the end of UN Population Fund financial support to the project in 1999, Aiko Iijima, JOICFP Human Resource Division Director, visited Nepal to collaborate with project managers and community leaders in the project areas to help sustain the project activities. These activities covered 6 villages in Sunsari, which formed their own nongovernmental organizations and established a trust fund, while the remaining 5 villages are awaiting the approval of the Ministry of Health. Also through the JOICFP Voluntary Fund, 11 villages were provided with US$760, provided that each village raised a matching fund of at least 25%. Furthermore, FPAN proposed that 6 Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers be dispatched to the project, and that a senior volunteer work with a Nepalese community health expert to support and supervise the volunteers. In addition, a Family Welfare Center was constructed in Sunsari, and the Village Health Committee of Haraicha, Morang District, organized a contest for the healthiest baby.