Learn about promising practices in International Development

New from FutureLearn, the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform managed by the Open University, ‘What Works: Promising Practices in International Development’ starts in February 2015.

Taught by University of Oslo with wider contributions, it will explore success stories in international aid from around the world, looking at agriculture, public health, institutions and poverty reduction. See https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/what-works.

NI survey of volunteering diversity

Northern Ireland’s Department for Social Development has a short survey to help understand the different backgrounds of people who volunteer throughout NI. Its volunteering strategy aims to enhance the diversity of volunteers and the accessibility of volunteering activities.

The survey should take 5 minutes, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NISurveyofVolunteers.

(Source: NICVA eNews)

Lack of transparency in web filters hits charities

OpenDemocracy has an article exploring how internet filters in Britain are blocking charities and feminist websites. In 2013, the government persuaded Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement filters, which block ‘adult content’ at the network level. On by default on mobiles, there is one level of access per household.

Volunteers from the Open Rights Group have built www.blocked.org.uk, allowing you to check whether or not a specific URL is blocked by UK mobile networks/ISP. » Continue reading news item ... “Lack of transparency in web filters hits charities”

Concern over political angle on trust in charities

Analysis of polling data from October finds that over half of UKIP supporters have little or no trust in UK charities, much higher than mainstream party supporters.

An online survey was carried out in mid-October 2014 for NPC by Ipsos MORI. A resulting short briefing paper Charities, voters & trust argues that the low trust levels may have serious implications for charities and politicians alike. » Continue reading news item ... “Concern over political angle on trust in charities”