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Swedish group offers seminar on journalism and democracy
Training News
Written by International Journalists' Network   
Thursday, 12 January 2006
Journalists from Africa, Asia and Latin America are eligible for a training program on journalism and democracy, scheduled for June 5 to 23 in Sweden. Application deadline: February 15.

The seminar, which will take place in Kalmar and Stockholm, will focus on the opportunities and obstacles of independent journalism, ethics and newsroom organization, among other topics. The Sweden-based Institute for Further Education of Journalists (FOJO) is organizing the event.
Support to Strategic Planning For Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, Afghanistan
Training News
Written by Trevor Nott, IMA International   
Tuesday, 06 December 2005
Today, Afghanistan is emerging from over two decades of recent violence.  It does so with astonishing resilience and optimism, but with a daunting task ahead.  Livelihood assets have been decimated and the public sector has suffered from years of under resourcing.  In addition the country remains vulnerable to prolonged droughts, harsh winters and mined pastures.  The result of this is that today Afghanistan has some of the lowest human development indicators in the world.  Life expectancy is 44.5 years at birth, 20 years lower than its neighbouring countries: only 28.7% of Afghans over the age of 15 can read and write and maternal mortality is 60 times higher than for women in industrialised countries, with pregnancy related deaths occurring every 30 minutes [1]. 53% of Afghans live below the National poverty line of 2100 Kcal/day.

Afghan Government Officials Participating in a Study Tour on Promoting Alternative...
Training News
Written by Helena Raijas-Walch, IMA International   
Wednesday, 23 November 2005
Afghan Government Officials Participating in a Study Tour on Promoting Alternative and Sustainable Livelihood Strategies in Chiang Mai, Thailand

IMA International, a training organisation based in Hurstpierpoint, coordinated a recent study tour on Promoting Alternative and Sustainable Livelihood Strategies in Chiang Mai, Thailand for senior Afghan government officials. The study tour was related to the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Funded Project ‘Support to Strategic Planning for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Afghanistan’.

Safety limits study abroad
Study News
Written by Elizabeth Giorgi, The Minnesota Daily   
Tuesday, 22 November 2005
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MSU is top public university for study abroad
Study News
Contributed by Deb Hammacher, MSU Today   
Friday, 18 November 2005
MSU is the top public university in the United States for study abroad according to “Open Doors 2005,” the annual report on international education released by the Institute of International Education.

During the 2003-04 academic year, the most recent year for which data is available, 2,269 MSU students studied abroad, second only to New York University among all colleges and universities. National data reflects an increase in study abroad participation of 9.6 percent for 2003-04. At MSU, participation grew by 21.7 percent during that time.
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