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April 22, 2009

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April 22, 2009

My work as an African partner of International Rivers began in 1998, around the World Commission on Dams process and around the social and environmental impacts of large dams in Africa. Throughout this decade plus time, International Rivers has been a very strong, supportive and enthusiastic partner on many different projects. Examples include the Development of the African Rivers Network, a network of African organisations working on large dams, working on specific projects such as the MPhande Nkuwa Dam - where we did a joint field trip to the dam site in Mozambique, and then I subsequently made two net movies of the campaign which International Rivers have included on their website. Projects are too numerous too mention. ANother example is when we worked together to make the Rasi Salai meeting in Thailand in 2003 a great success especially for the African delegates who went to Thailand as a team. More recently I have developed a new NGO called EcoDoc Africa, and I anticipate International Rivers being one of the strongest partners. It is good to mention that their approach of working with and strengthening local partners is much appreciated as often first world NGOs compete with or replace local voices. THis is not true of International Rivers. Aluta continua! Liane Greeff EcoDoc Africa

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

numerous ways in Africa and the rest of the world as I was privileged to be with them in Brazil, SriLanka, Vietnam, Joburg, Lesotho, Mozambique, Poland, Prague, London etc etc on the WOrld Commission on Dams Process and in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda etc on African dam issues. Always International Rivers brings both expertise and senstitivity

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

congratulate myself on a job well done.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Mutual support and feedback. More recently since I have been developing DVDs of case studies, the most positive feedback that I receive is from International Rivers staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, enthusiastic, open and sesitive to local issues and politics.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue to do the great work it has been doing since I met it in 1998, and before that. It could amplify its voice in international policy processes that would result in a better world for future generations.

Ways to make it better...

Not applicable.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Similar to other environmental NGOs, the mindset of governance that centers around economic growth at the cost of environmental degradation that occurs constantly on all fronts and erodes our Mother Earth's ability to sustain us. Climate change is just the beginning, and even that the growth mongers are using as a reason to build more mega hydropower projects.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We hope you support International Rivers who in turn supports those of us on the ground in developing world contexts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 14, 2009

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April 14, 2009

International Rivers leads the fight for people, rivers and ecosystems everywhere. They supply documents and advice that are very valuable for river defenders everywhere.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The fight against dams in Latin America and Africa. Some of these destructive projects have been abandoned.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Assert the presence of International Rivers in Latin America with more regional offices and staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The variety of materials and documents relevant to what I do in Mexico.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgeable and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

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Ways to make it better...

They had more materials in Spanish

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Expanding their work and/or associating themselves with local NGOs

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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