by Michael Robinson, NIPSA Global Solidarity Committee

Each year seems to bring new revelations about off-shore finance and rampant tax avoidance/evasion, by amongst others, multinational companies, celebrities and what are charmingly termed “high net-worth individuals.” These revelations are now so common that they get named for easy identification, much in the manner of annual hurricanes.

At last month’s ICTU’s Disability conference in Portlaoise, John Coghlan founder and chair of Disability Aid Abroad told the conference, chaired by Marcel Dummigan of NIPSA, of the unique support that NIPSA had made in promoting the human rights of disabled people in developing countries, particularly with regards to the employment rights of disabled women in sub Saharan Africa.

Income generation and support for Artisans in Ruvuma, the Southern Highlands of Tanzania

Within the next four months with the support of NIPSA Global Solidarity and Developing World Fund, Tools for Solidarity (TFS), aim to have their new Ruvuma project, up and running. SIDO (Small Industries Development Organisation), who have strong links with TFS, was keen for the charity to set up a new project, similar to the tailoring project in Mwanza, Tanzania. The Mwanza project, which trains rural women’s groups in tailoring skills and sewing machine maintenance, has been running successfully since 2007; it has provided an excellent working model for this type of self-sufficiency project.

The project is being proposed in the backdrop of extremely lower livelihood situation. With minimal, and too often, with no access to financial resources

Thus the target communities, particularly, women are in dire need of provision of technical and financial resources to uplift their social, economic and livelihood status for better living. In order to materialize it, the project seeks to provide with, and promote livestock among the target population.

The Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions/CETU/ in collaboration with Disability Aid Abroad/DAA report on this NIPSA funded project.

report by Lucia Collins

This two day annual event attended by over 80 Trade Unionists from all over Ireland highlighted the invaluable work carried out by unions and affiliates to train, support and provide aid for global solidarity projects all over the developing world.

It is a testament to UK/Ireland workers that whilst we continue to tackle austerity caused by the failings of our own government that we collaborate to lobby governments worldwide and fight to provide a better way of life including supporting provision of basic human rights to those less fortunate than us.

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