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The Benefits of a CDV Global Membership

Today many online services have a membership or paid subscription-based model. News Portals often use them to subsidise their profits, making up for loss of revenue from decreasing physical paper sales. Recruitment sites use membership as a way of tailoring a member's job search requirements using filters. All websites that ask you to register use the information provided for marketing purposes, which depending on the content the member may or may not find of interest. But the best companies don't just use their membership base to sell… they use it to inform. 

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International Small Business Day

This Saturday 27th June is International Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day, recognising the vital role played by MSMEs or small businesses across the globe. Not just in emerging nations, but in towns and cities in every country, even yours. From an artisanal baker in a small Yorkshire village to a tailor in a shack on the edge of Nairobi; a sustainable farmer in Peru to a handicraft artist in India, these businesses are the lifeblood of every community. Though small businesses may seem like an unlikely topic for an International Day, in fact we should be celebrating these companies and the people behind them, especially now.

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Something a little lighter

2020 has been pretty heavy so far, so it's important every now and then to take time to smile at the little things in life... or Kinjal, as she's known.

Kinjal likes to sit with her Dad, Janak, our Nepal Network manager, while he practices his daily breathing exercises. Here's Kinjal struggling to keep a straight face as she goes through the motions. 

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World Environment Day 2020

It's fair to say that this World Environment Day 2020 on 5th June there will be some very different talking points than might have been the case just four months ago.

COVID-19 has skewed the conversation around so many topics it's difficult to escape its influence in our everyday life and the environment is no different. In fact, there are many direct and notable links between the global response to the coronavirus and how the environment world-wide has been influenced.

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The Freedom to Self-Isolate

There has been much debate about personal freedom being impinged through lockdowns and enforced self isolation, yet there are millions in developing nations who don't have the privilege of social distancing. 

Privilege may sound an odd word to use during an undoubtedly difficult time like this, when millions of us have been asked to stay at home and many have been unable to see their families. But we are, at least, able to shield those we love through this very act. 

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Sustainable Volunteering

GLOBALLY SKILLED. LOCALLY ROOTED.

The terms 'sustainable' and 'volunteering' mean many things to many people, they are terms thrown around by travellers in modern culture with an air of superiority and confidence. 

But what does high impact sustainable volunteering look like? What should it epitomise? And why does it matter anyway? 

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Introducing... Grama Institute for the Poor

Grama Institute for the Poor is a wonderful community development organisation in rural Karnataka State, India. Their main goals are poverty alleviation, sustainable development and economic, social and political participation, with specific focus on the empowerment and social inclusion of women and young girls in the region. Sadly these women often find themselves and their families marginalised for a number of cultural and social reasons, leading to cyclical poverty, social and health issues, which Grama are keen to address at the root cause.

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Professional Volunteering Approach

At CDV Global we have built our organisation around the idea that training by experienced industry professionals from across the globe is an indispensable means for small, rural charities and NGOs to grow and meet the needs of the communities and projects they support. Professionals with passion and experience to support learning can deliver training that makes a very real and tangible difference to thousands of lives.

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Working through the Coronavirus

This is Not Business as Usual.

During the extended restrictions surrounding the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that the way we engage in our daily jobs is changing. 

Connections and communications are becoming more fluid, networking can be accomplished over a network, continued development doesn't have to mean a classroom. 

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Introducing… Partnerships for New Life

Established in 1999, Partnerships for New Life are a community led organisation with over 20 years of experience in the development sector. Based in the South Western Terai region of Nepal, PNL focused initially on medical support with the overall aim of eradicating leprosy within the region.

Over the years their programmes have grown to include support for other disabilities and diseases directly and indirectly affecting the communities they support and a new emphasis on poverty alleviation and social development through income generation schemes.

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