Supporting Vulnerable Human Rights Defenders in the Congo

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Patrick Ball, Benetech's Chief Scientist and Vice President of our Human Rights Program, is spending much of this year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Patrick is working with a UN human rights project. The importance of supporting human rights in the DRC was underscored this month when it was reported that Floribert Chebeya, executive director of one of the DRC’s largest human rights organizations, Voice of the Voiceless (VSV), was found dead on the outskirts of Kinshasa.

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Raising Hope for Congo

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The conflict in the Democratic Republic Congo has received scant attention from policymakers and the news media even as over 5.4 Fortunately, new organizations are now leading the charge to bring attention to the horrors being perpetrated in the ongoing crisis in eastern Congo. With our help, ENOUGH recently launched a new site that focuses on the epidemic of sexual violence in Congo at www.raisehopeforcongo.org.

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Télécoms Sans Frontières’ Works in the Congo

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

At present, aid organizations such as UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, MSF, Oxfam, Save the Children or ACF are working to provide help to those who have lost everything after fleeing the fighting in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It’s always nice to see techies doing front-line work.

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Crowdsourcing Crisis Information: Tracking the Eastern Congo Conflict / Democratic Republic of Congo

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Via GlobalVoices , information about the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some 1 million people have fled the province of North Kivu. Newsfeed here.). An interesting, and hopefully valuable, effort to mitigate the situation is the "Ushahidi" web site for reporting of incidents of violence and abuse. This site uses " crowdsourcing " , to try to collect reports via email and SMS.

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Training Human Rights Defenders in the DRC

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I have just completed two 2-day trainings of human rights NGOs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During my visit, I also had an opportunity to meet staff members at the United Nations Mission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). Tags: Tripathi Kinshasa Martus MONUC ICTJ Goma Congo DRC A Guest Beneblog by Vijaya Tripathi, Vijaya.T

The Mismeasure of War

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This claim is based in large part on the authors’ graphical representations of pre- and post-conflict mortality rates for a variety of countries, and on their critique of five surveys conducted by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2000 and 2007. In our opinion, the HSR authors have done the IRC and the community of human rights analysts a service by highlighting errors in the Congo survey.

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Nonprofit Leader Spotlight

Frogloop

Lisa was mobilized when she first learned of the millions in Congo that had died from a war that was so rarely mentioned in the U.S. Instead, her early involvement prompted her to organize more runs, beginning the grassroots movement Run for Congo Women. As nonprofit campaigners who work on some of the toughest issues facing our world, we sometimes forget how powerful individual activists can be.

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Ripples of Genocide podcast and online exhibit

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum recently launched an online exhibit, Ripples of Genocide: Journey Through the Eastern Congo. The exhibit describes the devastation occurring in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The site is an audiovisual journal created from Angelina Jolie's notes from her trip there in 2003, commentary by John Prendergast of the International Crisis Group and photographs by Ed Parsons and Laura Engelbrecht.

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Did You Know? 10 Facts About Text Messaging!

Mobile Commons

4) British surgeon David Nott performed a life-saving operation on a teenage boy in the Congo. A text message may exist just on your phone screen, but its effects are everywhere you look. Here are ten facts about how text messaging is changing the world around you. 1) In 1985, Friedhelm Hillebrand found that most complete sentences and questions ran around 160 characters—a.k.a. the current text-messaging cap. Care to guess this section’s length?

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YouTube Launches Video for Change

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The first contest is "Come Clean 4 Congo" where Enough is asking the community to create a compelling video about the "conflict minerals" used in cell phones and the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo –- the deadliest war since World War II. YouTube just launched the Video for Change program to highlight the most pressing social causes the YouTube community cares about.

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What is Your Favorite Social Action of 2008?

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Women for Women International supports women survivors of war in conflict and post-conflict areas (Afghanistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Sudan). She signed up to sponsor two women after seeing a 60 Minutes segment on rape in Congo , where Women for Women was featured. The short, dark, last days of the year are a great time to reflect on your 2008 Activist Resolutions , and your favorite "social actions" of 2008.

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Activating Your YouTube Audience: Recording and links

NTEN

Come Clean for Congo. Watching videos online is no longer a passive experience! In fact, you can now use YouTube features to drive actions and donations , create "Choose Your Own Adventure" style experiences , and make your video the talk of the web (quite literally). Ramya Raghavan of YouTube was kind enough to preview her upcoming 10NTC session, Activating Your YouTube Audience for us last week. You can watch the full presentation here: Session Slides .

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Activating Your YouTube Audience: Recording and links

NTEN

Come Clean for Congo. Watching videos online is no longer a passive experience! In fact, you can now use YouTube features to drive actions and donations , create "Choose Your Own Adventure" style experiences , and make your video the talk of the web (quite literally). Ramya Raghavan of YouTube was kind enough to preview her upcoming 10NTC session, Activating Your YouTube Audience for us last week. You can watch the full presentation here: Session Slides .

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Arts Activist Naomi Natale and The One Million Bones Project

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I have to begin that conversation, even if it just ends with a conversation." - Naomi Natale, One Million Bones Naomi Natale is the founding artist behind One Million Bones , a collaborative art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma.

Benetech: President's Update

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The head of our group, Patrick Ball, is spending most of this year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, working with the United Nations on a range of human rights issues (of which the DRC has many). Benetech President's Update Winter 2011 I’m pleased to provide you you a detailed update on Benetech for the first time in two years.

Win a Trip to Report for the NYT with Nicholas Kristof

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Past winners traveled to Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Rwanda, and Congo. In today's Sunday New York Times article , Win a Trip You Won't Forget , two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof , writes, "[I]f you want to save the world, you first must understand it." It's this belief that prompted Kristof to create his Win-a-Trip contest for graduate and undergraduate students at American universities.

13 Women Changing the World

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One Million Bones is a collaborative art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma. Today I saw a blog post on Twitter about 10 Men with the Capacity to Change the World.

10NTC: Are Nonprofits the New International Correspondents?

Tech Soup Blog

Roger told us about his job as a writer for Mercy Corps , where he's traveled to places like the Congo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and most recently Haiti, writing about the man-made and natural disasters that have struck those places and the accompanying relief efforts. This evening, I was happy to get away from the hotel for dinner in Atlanta's historic Grant Park neighborhood. Mercy Corps' Roger Burks had organized a dinner especially for writers and editors.

See techies from Télécoms Sans Frontières’ help out refugees in the DRC | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Internet Télécoms Sans Frontières’ Works in the Congo 12.15.08 | 3649 No Comments [link] T%C3%A9l%C3%A9coms+Sans+Fronti%C3%A8res%E2%80%99+Works+in+the+Congo 2008-12-16+00%3A57%3A38 Allan+Benamer It’s always nice to see techies doing front-line work. Tagged: Congo , refugees , satellite , Télécoms Sans Frontières’ , TSF , UN Foundation How relevant was this post to you? (No

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Webinar: Winning the Story Wars

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Justin has an MBA from the University of Colorado and has worked a variety of jobs ranging from organic farming, to starting a human rights nonprofit in Congo, to launching an artisan roasted-nut company in Colorado. Are you looking for a better way to tell your organization's story? Tired of watching your cause drown in the flood of marketing messages that surround us? Ready to get people to listen to what you have to say and - even better - become evangelists for your cause?

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How to Find Your Way to Have Fun and Do Good

Have Fun - Do Good

Keep a gratitude journal, or make monthly gratitude collages Participate in a fundraising walk for a cause I care about, like Women for Women International's Run for Congo Women. Your Have Fun What do you find fun, amusing and joyful? How you like to play? Your Do Good What do you feel makes the world, and individual's lives better, and does good?

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December 2008: Most Popular Cause-Related Search Terms

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congo (3). Social Actions is committed to making freely available the statistics we generate on the flows of philanthropic activity. One indicator of popular action areas is the search terms that people use to find opportunities to make a difference. Below are the most popular search terms for December 2008. I have included all terms that were submitted to our search engine two or more times.

December 2008: Most Popular Cause-Related Search Terms

Social Actions

congo (3). Social Actions is committed to making freely available the statistics we generate on the flows of philanthropic activity. One indicator of popular action areas is the search terms that people use to find opportunities to make a difference. Below are the most popular search terms for December 2008. I have included all terms that were submitted to our search engine two or more times.

November 2008: Most Popular Cause-Related Search Terms

Social Actions

congo (2). Social Actions is committed to making freely available the statistics we generate on flows of philanthropic activity. Below are the most popular search terms for November 2008. I have included all terms that were submitted to our search engine two or more times. I have removed search terms that do not relate to causes, or contain the name of one of our platform partners. (x) x) = number of times the term was searched.

November 2008: Most Popular Cause-Related Search Terms

Social Actions

congo (2). Social Actions is committed to making freely available the statistics we generate on flows of philanthropic activity. Below are the most popular search terms for November 2008. I have included all terms that were submitted to our search engine two or more times. I have removed search terms that do not relate to causes, or contain the name of one of our platform partners. (x) x) = number of times the term was searched.

Announcing… 31 New Favorite Nonprofits for 2013!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Gorilla Doctors provides life-saving medical care to mountain and Grauer’s gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Each January Nonprofit Tech 2.0 selects 31 new “ Favorite Nonprofits ” to be featured in the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 banner. Nonprofits in previous years were chosen primarily because they excelled at social media. This year, however, the selection process was a bit more personal.

Social Media: You're Probably Doing It Wrong

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Justin has an MBA from the University of Colorado and has worked a variety of jobs ranging from organic farming, to starting a human rights nonprofit in Congo, to launching an artisan roasted-nut company in Colorado. Let''s be honest, social media is progressing and changing every single day and most people don''t have the time to keep up with the most effective way to do social media. Don''t worry though, we can help you change that.

Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

Since then, the platform (which is open source ) has been modified for use in South Africa (mapping xenophobic violence), DR Congo , Vote Report India (to monitor the recent local elections) and more. Today I’m in San Antonio, Texas, for the American College of Preventive Medicine annual conference. I’m joining a panel to talk about the response for support after the Haiti earthquakes last year.

[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: Women for Women International

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Though many of the countries we work in are talked about in the news (DR Congo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan), some aren’t as well-known (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Nigeria) and we often need to explain why operating in these countries is important. Organization: Women for Women International. Organization Size: Approximately 70 DC/stateside employees; more than 100 field staff employees in eight countries in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East.

Pull Up a [Virtual] Chair for a Conversation on Health and Population Issues

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Combating Malaria: A First-Hand Account From Congo. Those interested in domestic health, global health, population issues, or international development would do well to join an online conversation series hosted by the Population Reference Bureau. PRB is giving interested audiences direct access to experts from around the world for an hour or so of high-quality Q&A. Consider the topic for tomorrow, 1/22, at 1:00 EST: " Birth Defects: A Hidden Toll for Developing Countries."

Pull up a [virtual] chair for a conversation on health and population issues

Influence

Combating Malaria: A First-Hand Account From Congo. Those interested in domestic health, global health, population issues, or international development would do well to join an online conversation series hosted by the Population Reference Bureau. PRB is giving interested audiences direct access to experts from around the world for an hour or so of high-quality Q&A. Consider the topic for tomorrow, 1/22, at 1:00 EST: " Birth Defects: A Hidden Toll for Developing Countries."

Do What You Can: National Week of Action for Darfur April 6-13

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April 8 Watch the HBO special, The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo. "[Y]ou don't necessarily have to solve a problem. You just have to take the steps that are available to you. I focus on the fact that I don't have to solve it. I just have to do what I can. " -- Jerry Fowler, Executive Director of the Save Darfur Coalition , during an interview on the Voices on Genocide Prevention Podcast. I don't have to solve the problem. I just have to do what I can.

Traveling Postcards: Interview with Founder, Caroline Lovell

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In Uganda, a group of young people made incredible, heartfelt postcards filled with glitter and cut up magazine pictures to send to women in the Congo. What started out as a personal art project has grown into a global community project that has created over 800 handmade cards carrying voices to and from the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Costa Rica, Niger, Namibia, America, Haiti and Afghanistan.

2009 NTC Preview: Roger Burks on Storytelling

NTEN

Roger shared a little of his philosophy, the basis of his session at the 2009 NTC , " Better Online Storytelling ", upon his return from a trip to the Congo. . Rational as I wish I were, I know it's not really facts and figures -- or logic -- that does most of my decision-making. In every decision I make, there is some element of emotion at play. Despite what you think, you're the same.

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Support Women Survivors of War with $27/month

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A month ago I listened to Christine Karumba, the Country Director for Women for Women International in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tell Honorata's story on the Voices on Genocide Prevention podcast. T he program works in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sudan. "The program 'has dared me to hope-of having a house, of living in peace, of reclaiming my dynamism, my dignity.

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Things We Like (November 2008)

NTEN

After you look at the sobering visualization of incidents in the Congo (DRC), you may need another dose of puppies. A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources. Read more posts on our blog. Economy got you down? You need the live puppy cam ! Ushahidi gathers crisis reports from mobile sources, then maps the data. Wired stakeholders. IBM's going to bring broadband to rural areas over power lines. NTEN Member Beth J. Bates has a primer for nonprofits interested in Second Life.

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Webinar: Converting Prospects to Multichannel Gold

Frogloop

In addition to working a variety of jobs ranging from picking organic peas to writing a book on using military networks, Justin has a passion for international development and indigenous rights from studies in Brazil and South Africa where he helped start a human rights nonprofit for Pygmies in Congo. Not sure how much your online supporters are worth? Thinking there may be a better way to maximize their value? Frustrated at internal barriers to multichannel integration?

The Right Way to use Social Media for Fundraising: Wildlife Direct

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Paula Kahumbu, Wildlife Direct and PopTech Fellow 09. Last week I wrote about a pair of surveys that looked at social media and nonprofits. One came to the conclusion that social media was a waste of time; the other talked about strategic implications on how to be successful. If you want to be successful using social media in your fundraising strategy, remember: Build your network before you need it. Don't have your first interaction be a request for money.

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[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: WITNESS

Nonprofit Tech for Good

An example was the opportunity to feature a video about the lack of treatment available for those living with HIV in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on YouTube’s homepage. Organization: WITNESS. Organization Size: 29 staff members. Name: Marianna Moneymaker. Title: Online Outreach and Production. Website: www.witness.org. Blog: blog.witness.org. Facebook: facebook.com/witness. Twitter: twitter.com/witnessorg. YouTube: youtube.com/witness. Flickr: flickr.com/humanrights.

Nature Conservancy Instagram Contest and Other Examples

Beth Kanter

For example, a search for “ fallingwhistles ” (either in the Instagram app or on a 3rd party web viewer such as Statigram or Webstagram) user photos with the tag — typically featuring “whistleblowers” wearing the whistles sold by the nonprofit to raise funds for its campaign for peace in Congo . Last week, I wrote a post about Nonprofits and Instagram , asking if it was valuable for nonprofit marketing.

Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In 2007, WildlifeDirect had 7 blogs in the Democratic Republic of Congo written written about a specific animal by a conservation professional. Photo by Borman818. I usually don't write end of year roundups until those quiet last days of the year, but if Leave09Behind gets legs, that might be next week! But I'm a member of the Social Media Advisory Board for SmartBrief, Inc , a terrific daily summary of social media insights and they asked me to do a roundup post for this week.

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Interview with Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International

Have Fun - Do Good

The women that we are servicing in Congo, where, if they are lucky, they get $0.20 We work in countries like Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, among others. She has since joined Women for Women International staff in Congo, and she is one of the best staff that we have, the most inspiring one because when she speaks with the women, she tells them, "I was where you were; where you are today.

The Move On Model: Inciting Visitor Social Action

Museum 2.0

The Congo Gorilla Forest , is a special exhibition produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. The exhibition is a fairly standard zoo introduction to the Congo, its inhabitants, and conservation efforst, with a twist: at the end of the Congo experience, in the Conservation Choices area, visitors are able to select, via a touchscreen, which animals/areas/projects they want their $3 entry fee to fund.

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