December 22, 2005 |
Russia's parliament, following President Vladimir V. Putin's lead, softened a bill on nongovernmental organizations Wednesday, easing proposed curbs on foreign groups but keeping them for local charities and rights bodies. The original draft law proposing restrictions on NGO activities had passed a first reading by the State Duma last month amid Kremlin fears that NGOs could be used as fronts to foment unrest in Russia like that in Ukraine and Georgia in recent years.
January 25, 1997 |
With masks on their faces and silencers on their pistols, assassins in Chechnya broke into an International Red Cross barracks one freezing night before Christmas and systematically murdered six foreign aid workers in their beds. In Rwanda this month, killers inspected the passports of two volunteer Spanish nurses and a doctor at their rural hospital, then coldly executed them.
March 6, 2007 |
Wang Xingzui is trying to take the go out of his gongo. Step by methodical step, the executive director of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation is weaning it from the things that have made his group an oxymoron: a government-organized nongovernmental organization, or gongo. The foundation, one of China's leading anti-poverty groups, has removed all but two of the government representatives on its 21-member board.
May 2, 2010 |
Last week, in honor of World Malaria Day, viewers of "American Idol" were urged to donate $10 for an insecticide-treated bed net to save an African child from malaria, the mosquito-transmitted scourge that infects about 300 million people every year, killing nearly 1 million. The premise behind the idea of treated nets is simple. The netting prevents malarial mosquitoes from biting people while they're asleep, and the insecticide kills and repels the insects. World health experts say that using the nets can reduce child mortality in malarial regions by 20%. But even as donations roll in and millions of bed nets pile up in warehouses across Africa, aid agencies and non-governmental organizations are quietly grappling with a problem: Data suggest that, at least in some places, nearly half of Africans who have access to the nets refuse to sleep under them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1995 |
Three Ventura County women who attended the recent Non-Governmental Organizations Forum on Women in China will share their experiences and discuss the issues that face women worldwide at a presentation Saturday at Ventura College. The free event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in the Ventura College theater, is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Ventura County chapter of the United Nations Assn., the Bahai's of Ventura County and the Ventura County League of Women Voters.
January 14, 1987
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit charging that it is unconstitutional for the U.S. Agency for International Development to withhold funds from foreign, non-governmental organizations that counsel, make referrals for, or advocate abortions. "It (the policy) seeks to completely choke off any discussion of abortion," PPFA President Faye Wattleton said. She said Planned Parenthood, which received $17.