Officially launched by Alternatives in Kinshasa in March 2003, the Civil Society Internet Portal in DRC remains today the virtual meeting place for
Congolese civil society organizations. It offers the benefits of a dynamic Internet
presence to all civil society networks and organizations, and at the same
time helps develop civil society organizations, their actions and their
Alternatives supported the organization of the Pan-Amazon Social Forum that took place in the city of Belém in the Brazilian Amazon in January 2003. This thematic forum, held in the sphere of the World Social Forum (WSF), allowed representatives from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and Brazil to discuss the issues surrounding the Amazon, one of the world’s largest natural resource reserves.
In DRC, AIDS affects a large portion of the population at a rate of 5%. With an average of 173,000 new cases each year, this number will probably continue to grow. Several aggravating factors, such as the war and mass displacement, have likely contributed to the spread of HIV and other STDs. Hospitals are currently overrun with HIV patients. At the Kisangani hospital, 68% of its patients are expected to die of AIDS, compared to 75% at the hospital in Kikwit.
Classified among the poorest nations of the world for several years now, since 1993 Burundi has faced an armed conflict that has severely affected all sectors of society. Other unfavourable factors have contributed to the despairs of poverty, including movement of refugees, recurring droughts and a severe malaria epidemic.
Alternatives and its partners have developed a rehabilitation project in the provinces of Kayanza, Muramvya, Bururi and Bujumbura.
Given the failure of diplomacy, the apathy of the international community and Canada’s refusal to recognize the rights of the Palestinian population, it is our responsibility as citizens to act to put an end to the isolation and violence imposed on the Palestinians by Israel.
From April 15-21, more than 1,000 people from around the world will journey to Bethlehem to help build the International School of Palestine, to meet with Palestinian civil society organizations and to observe the checkpoints along the separation wall erected by Israel.
Afghan societyhas been exhausted by 23 years of wars, repeated drought and chronic poverty. Decades of violence and suffering have exacerbated ethnic divisions, with disastrous humanitarian consequences.
Project led by the Centre
d’information et de documentation sur le Mozambique et l’Afrique Australe
(CIDMAA) in collaboration with Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), Safari Maison Interculturelle and Radio Centre-Ville (102.3 FM).