Sunday, 15 January 2017

Premiere of the documentary “Three Jewels”

ERR together with Mondo and the writer-director Gerli Nõmm organised public screening to the documentary. 


On 22nd November 2016 the documentary “Three Jewels” was premiered in Kinomaja cinema in Tallinn with 55 viewers.


Sound director Indrek Soe, translator Nguon Somalya, writer-director Gerli Nõmm and cinematographer Martin Tennokene

Briefly about the film:
The documentary "Three Jewels" takes us to Buddhist Cambodia to tell us the stories of three women from different generations. They come from the same village and their common passion is traditional singing but fate has treated them differently.

The main hero Srey Oun is 35 years old, single and given up her dream of going to the capital to study traditional music - in order to help her parents cope with hard work in the country.

25-year-old Srey Pov on the other hand has got everything she ever dreamed of - she is a famous singer and has her own business in the capital Phnom Penh. She is able to support her family without any concerns.

Blind bard Koeut Ran who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide has dedicated her life to teaching dharma song and now can proudly see her former students spreading ancient knowledge.


You can watch the documentary “Three Jewels

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Premiere of the documentaries in Tallinn

ERR together with Mondo organised public screenings to the documentaries. On 30th October 2016 the films "Estonian Village in Ghana" and “Market Economy” were premiered in Sõprus cinema in Tallinn, with 50 viewers. 

Johanna Helin board member of NGO Mondo ushered in the film evening.


Anna Gavronski ERR journalist interviewed the filmmakers writer Meelis Süld and director Kalle Käesel. She is also author of the documentary "Sparkling Rivers” of the series "Our World".

The documentary "Estonian Village in Ghana" focuses on doing Diana Tamm the voluntary NGO Mondo on North Ghana and the local way of life.




Briefly about the films:
1. Film about Ghana “Estonian Village in Ghana” writer Meelis Süld and director Kalle Käesel. „We are too poor to help others!“ This is a common excuse for refusing help to others. When looking at the world with open eyes and open mind we can see that we don't always need loads of gold to help. Even a little contribution, good advice and some contacts can be enough. Estonian activists, business women and volunteers decided to help a village in northern Ghana combining the locals' handicraft skills, the Estonians' business knowledge and the Western market - it turned out that woven baskets made by Ghanaian village women are popular in Estonia; butter made of shea tree seeds from African savannas often referred to as "African women's gold" can find market in the USA. Will the activities launched in a small Ghanan village grow and give the local people proper income? It is up to the persistence of the helpers but also up to the steps of the local people on their way to entrepreneurship.

Anna Gavronski, director Mihkel Ulk and writer Kristo Elias.

2. Film about Ethiopia “Market Economy” writer Kristo Elias and director Mihkel Ulk. Abebe and Ashenafi are usual 10-year-old boys who were sent by their parents to Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia, to work as boot polishers to prevent their families from starving. Abtu is an orphan and a hot blooded errand boy and work is the last thing he wants to think about. Bertukan is a mother of three who carries heavy loads to make some money. Mulugeta is a well-educated tourist guide who is above all others thanks to knowing the English language. All these Ethiopians are united by the biggest market in Africa, endless and colorful Mercato. The documentary "Market Economy" observes 5 a working day of 5 ordinary people in one of the poorest countries of the world where even filming was an extraordinary challenge. 


Gallery: Premiere of the television documentaries "Our World":
You can watch the documentary “Estonian Village in Ghana
and the documentary "Market Economy" http://etv.err.ee/v/da4f0221-3d46-4431-9314-facb38e4f243

Premiere of the documentary “Market Economy”

ERR together with Mondo and the film-makers writer Kristo Elias, director Mihkel Ulk and cinematographer Madis Reimund organised public screening to the documentary.


On 29th October 2016 the documentary “Market Economy” was premiered in Artis cinema in Tallinn - 155 persons participating.


Briefly about the film:
Abebe and Ashenafi are usual 10-year-old boys who were sent by their parents to Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia, to work as boot polishers to prevent their families from starving.


They work every day on the streets to earn a living and to help their parents. You could see that they are among the lowest members of society and they do not have a chance to break out of it.


Abtu is an orphan and a hot blooded errand boy and work is the last thing he wants to think about.

Bertukan is a mother of three who carries heavy loads to make some money.
Another very interesting group of people were wood carrying ladies, who gather eucalyptus branches in the mountains surrounding the city and from state forest and carry their heavy loads to Addis Ababa wood market. It is physically very hard work, which would be challenging even to men. Besides carrying wood they raise their children and in the meantime breastfeed their infants. The sights we saw were very sad and unjust as many life situations in Ethiopia are today.


Mulugeta is a well-educated tourist guide who is above all others thanks to knowing the English language.
All these Ethiopians are united by the biggest market in Africa, endless and colorful Mercato. The documentary "Market Economy" observes 5 a working day of 5 ordinary people in one of the poorest countries of the world where even filming was an extraordinary challenge.

The documentary "Market Economy" in cinema Artis gallery:

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Green Liberty: Fourth Six Months of M4D

Opinion Pool


Latvian society is very poorly informed about sustainable global development. Space of people’s thoughts and activities is limited to national scale, and the world in their perception is fragmented.  Latvian inhabitants consider that Latvia in comparison with other countries is much poor than it is in reality. About poor conditions people blame country and international structures, and do not take responsibility on them. Majority of society is not ready for any practical action to support global development, and their active civil position is weak: responsibility and involvement are not priorities. Lack of awareness about development processes in the world encourages formation of false assumptions about global development that creates formation of different misconceptions and social myths.

These are some of the general conclusions based on the opinion pool “Sustainable global development: Awareness and action of Latvian society” (Līdzsvarota globālā attīstība: Latvijas sabiedrības informētība un rīcība) that we implemented in collaboration with the marketing and public opinion research centre SKDS.

Data have been obtained from Latvian residents in the survey through direct interviews. Fieldwork was on April 9, 2016 to April 20 and from May 21 to June 1. With stratified random sampling method in whole country 1,005 respondents aged 18 to 74 years have been surveyed. Respondents’ sample represents a larger population. Study statistical error does not exceed the total responses distributions + / - 3% limit.

Detailed description of the results of this survey is published in the information bulletin Development Cooperation News 4th issue “Global Development Myths”. 


International conference Bratislava Roundtable 


Bratislava Roundtable conference “Sustainable Development Goals - Opportunities and Challenges” was organised by the Slovak NGDO Platform under the auspice of the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the European Union and took place in Bratislava on September 5th 2016. 

Among around 60 participants, including policy makers, media representatives, civil society representatives, private sector representatives and academics from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Slovakia,  United Kingdome and other countries were seven participants who represented Green Liberty: Inese Vaivare, Director of Latvian Platform for Development cooperation (LAPAS), Madara Siliņa, Third Secretary of Development Cooperation Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Māra Sīmane, Adviser of Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre, Sanita Kalnača, Adviser of Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre, Āris Ādlers, Board Member of Latvian Green Movement / CEE Bankwatch, Līva Stade, Green Liberty and Inga Belousa, Green Liberty.

This was the second international conference as one of the activities of the project Media for Development. The first conference - Riga Roundtable “Financing for Development: Role of EU Member States” was organized by Green Liberty, Latvian Green Movement and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia in Riga on June 11-12, 2015. 


Joint Study Trip to Nepal


Two journalists, Santa Logina from regional newspaper Zemgales Ziņas and Iveta Sondore from the magazine Vides Vēstis represented Green Liberty in the joint study trip to Nepal on the September 4-11, 2016. 




This study trip was organized by project’s Finnish partner organization VIKES. During the trip Santa Logina and Iveta Sondore together with her colleagues from other M4D partner organizations – Estonia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Slovakia met with CIJ staff, Nepali editors, NGO actors, journalists, editors, European actors (including Nordic Embassy representatives) in the country, local community and local authorities in their visits to Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha districts.


Reflections on situations and experience have been published in several proceeding articles and are available here: 


Focusgroup discussion about global education 


In November 4 we organized a focusgroup discussion about global education and global citizenship. To share their experience we invited 10 different stakeholders of global education:
  1. Liene Baltmane, teacher of English at Mārupe Secondary school – represents teachers who implement global education at school;
  2. Edgars Bērziņš, teacher of history and development projects at Andreja Upīša Skrīveri Secondary school  – represents teachers who implement global education at school;
  3. Ilze Dalbiņa, coordinator of UNESCO Associated School project and Education department – represents UNESCO LNK;
  4. Ligita Grigule, head of the Practice and global partnership centre of Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art at Latvia University – represents higher education and academic sector that provides teacher education;  
  5. Valters Kinna, Green Liberty – represents non-governmental sector that implements projects and teacher education courses and seminars;
  6. Zane Oliņa, National Centre for Education – represents project “Competence based approach in education curriculum” at the National Centre for Education;
  7. Elita Opincāne, expert of education and life-long learning of Education department at Rēzekne municipality represents municipalities that implement global education projects;
  8. Sintija Šmite, head of international cooperation programs department at State Education Development Agency represents State Education Development Agency;
  9. Līva Šteinberga, senior referent of Development cooperation policy department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia – represents Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia;
  10. Iveta Vērse, head of the Education development centre – represents non-governmental sector that implements projects and teacher education courses and seminars. 

Global education week in Latvia this year was organized in November 1 – 12. It was coordinated by the Latvian Platform of Development Cooperation (LAPAS) in collaboration with Green Liberty, UNESCO Latvian National Commission, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art at Latvia University, Latvian Association for Cooperation in Education (LACE), and other civil society organizations. This year’s GEW motto in Latvia – what you sow, that you reap – highlights that active participation is the way how we all together can shape our community, country and development of the planet.

The focusgroup discussion about global education was organized during the Global Education Week (GEW) that is a Europe-wide awareness-raising event that takes place annually in formal and non-formal educational settings across the continent. The GEW’s aim is to encourage educators and learners to explore educational activities for global citizenship. The GEW addresses issues related to diversity and inequality at the local and global levels, and tries to foster: awareness of the wider world and of our own role as world citizens, attitudes of respect for diversity and intercultural communication skills, responsibility for our own actions, and the ability to take action to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place.


TV/Movie Producers’ Meeting in Finland


Five producers: Elizabete Palasiosa from Juris Podnieks Studio, Zane Kalnina and Laura Cīrule from film studio "Woodpecker Pictures", Ieva Goba from Elm Media, and Danuta Juste from TVNET represented Green Liberty and took part in the TV and movie producers’ meeting in Helsinki and Tampere on November 10-11, 2016.

The producers’ meeting was organized by project’s Finnish partner organization VIKES. Its focus was several meetings (with representatives of the Finnish Film Foundation, Yle Red Nose Day Show Producers, Tampere International Film Festival Executive Director Juhani Alanen, journalist and director Laura Satimus from the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, Yle producer and development reporter Pasi Toivonen), networking and participating in the Yle Red Nose Day Show.

For representatives of Green Liberty this meeting was a great success, especially discussions and experience exchange with producers from Gimmeyawallet Production, Docventures, Madventures and Soundtracker about changing the way of watching documentary films. The GL representatives shared that it was inspiring to observe five hours long the Yle Red Nose Day Show online that had been prepared during the whole year. They expressed their initiative to cooperate with Green Liberty in order to organize similar campaigns in Latvia. Also, the GL representatives were challenged to think about the role of public TV, its competitiveness with commercial channels, and possibilities to attract youth as target audience. Their reflections were directed to communicating meaningful content in an attractive way not losing its value. 


Fair Trade day: What is the real price of sports equipment?


Sports equipment – clothes and accessories – is essential element of sport. The quality of sports equipment significantly influences our wellbeing when we take a part in sports activities and achieve results. But what do we mean by the quality of sports equipment? Those who have been interested to find answers on questions – how fair is sports equipment and what is its real price and impact – participated in the Fair Trade day organized in the Latvia Academy of Sport Education (LASE) on November 10, 2016.

This event invited different stakeholders connected to reflect on how the local and the global contexts are integrated in sport, to clarify the real price of t-shirt, to participate in focusgroup discussion about fairness of sports equipment, to watch two short documentaries about industry of Nike goods and production of football balls in Pakistan, and to discuss about sport and sustainable development.

More info about the event here.


E-bulletin “Development Cooperation News”


To enrich awareness of society and policymakers in Latvia about global interconnection, challenges and initiatives to solve them both globally and locally we publish electronic information bulletin Development Cooperation News (DCN).

The 4th issue is Global Development Myths is looking for answers on the following questions: Is it truth or not that “we should not help other countries, because we ourselves are poor”, “poverty results from too high birth rate”, “help makes a receiver to become lazy”, “financial assistance is the most needed help for poor countries”, “climate change is not connected to increase of poverty”? Stories that provide different answers on these questions are published in five sections – POSITIONS, EVENTS, EXPERIENCE, OPINIONS, and RESOURCES that shape the structure of DCN.

DCN is published electronically twice a year and features current development cooperation topics from the perspective of practitioners, opinion leaders and policy-makers.


Read and download the bulletin Development Cooperation News
 here


Friday, 30 December 2016

Mondo activities September-December 2016

SEPTEMBER

After the study trip to Uganda, a very interesting and relevant roundtable on SDG implementation was awaiting in Bratislava. Estonia was represented by Sigrid Solnik from the Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation, Kaili Terras from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Eili Lepik from the Government Office. All three took part of panel discussions and Ms Lepik also presented on the SDG implementation in Estonia. The roundtable was fruitful and a lot of great connections made. The steering group meeting after the roundtable was also great, with thorough discussions between the partners.

Parallel to the roundtable, Anette Parksepp was in Nepal as a part of a study trip arranged by VIKES. She is also one of the young journalists who participated in the spring training. Although there was difficulties for her to do her work because she was the only TV journalist, she still said in a later meeting that it was an incredible experience for her and great preparation for future work.

Another activity in September was compiling this years’ newspaper insert. The topic of the insert this year was women’s rights across the globe and it introduced topic such as rights to education, political participation and entrepreneurial skills to a wider audience. The insert was published on the 17th of October between Eesti Päevaleht with a circulation of 17,330.

In September and October we had post-trip meetings with Piia Osula (Puuraid), Anette Parksepp, Laura Toomlaid, Madle Timm, and Rait Roop; also a pre-trip meeting with Jaanus Piirsalu and Raigo Pajula.
Some of their articles/clips from that time:

OCTOBER

In October, two screening events were also held. One was a screening for school and university students on the 17th of October, the film being “Sonita” – a documentary about an Afghan refugee in Iran who wants to become a rapper, but her mother wants to marry her off.  In the end of the film, the director decides to secretly buy Sonita flight tickets to the USA where she could continue her studies. We invited four filmmakers for a discussion after the film to talk about the role of the documentary maker – if they can be activists also, or should they avoid influencing their’ subjects’ lives. Riho Västrik, a filmmaker and journalist moderated the conversation; other participants were filmmakers Marje Jurtšenko, Peeter Vihma, and Marianna Kaat. Although the students were rather shy and did not dare to ask too many questions from the panellists, the teachers in the audience immediately had interest in renting the film to show in their school for a larger audience.
Screening of "Sonita" and discussion with documentary makers in the
Baltic Film and Media School (Tallinn University).


The second screening on the 31st of October was a public premiere for the M4D documentaries made by ERR’s journalists. The two films shown at the screening were Meelis Süld’s and Kalle Käesel’s “Eesti küla Ghanas” and Kristo Elias’ and Mihkel Ulk’s “Turu majandus”. Anna Gavronski (author of “Sädemete jõed”) moderated the evening and a discussion with the audience was also held. Around 50 people attended. See the photo gallery of the event here: http://etv.err.ee/v/dokumentaalfilmid/meie_maailm/uudised/96df0a6e-4eba-46ee-98af-624f012c255d/galerii-dokumentaalsarja-meie-maailm-eellinastus

In October we also had the chance of giving M4D handicraft baskets to policy makers and experts who took part of the “Women in Politics” international seminar in October. The seminar aimed at looking at women’s political involvement on a global level and how we could support the political aspirations of women in developing countries.
Panelists and participants who received gift baskets: moderator Kadi Viik (Expert on Equal Treatment at the Estonian Human Rights Centre),  Helen Biin (Labour & Social Policy Analyst at Praxis, Estonian Socio-Economic Research Centre), Maryan Abdulkarim (Founding member of the new feminist party in Finland), Hanna Rummelhoff (Member of JURK, organization specializing in providing legal aid to women in Norway), Eva Biaudet (Finnish MP, Chairperson of Political Parties of Finland for Democracy – Demo Finland), Birgitta Ohlsson (Swedish MP, former Minister of EU Affairs), Alexandra Rosén (Senior Director, The Women in Parliaments Global Forum), Daniel E. Schaer (Estonian Ambassador to Macedonia), Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Estonian MP, Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu), Birgit Keerd-Leppik (Advisor at the the Estonian Parliament's Commission of Foreign Affairs).
Panelists receiving their gift baskets. From right: moderator Kadi Viik (Expert on Equal Treatment at the Estonian Human Rights Centre),  Helen Biin (Labour & Social Policy Analyst at Praxis, Estonian Socio-Economic Research Centre), Maryan Abdulkarim (Founding member of the new feminist party in Finland), Hanna Rummelhoff (Member of JURK, organization specializing in providing legal aid to women in Norway).




NOVEMBER

In November Johanna took part of the group trip arranged by VIKES to Red Nose Day in Finland. Lot of great insight and contacts were made and hopefully the TV producers and journalists who participated will be able to use them in their future projects.

We also produced a new type of publication – namely wall posters on SDGs. The posters were developed to reflect real-life situations of the Sustainable Development Goals. Each poster had a photo and a short introduction about the SDG. An interactive element was added with a QR-code square that leads the audience to an online quiz in the global education portal Maailmakool.ee. The poster sets will be distributed to schools to inform young people about the SDGs and encourage them to make their own contribution to the achievement of these goals.
Wall posters on SDGs for schools – each goal is explained with a picture,
a story and a QR-code that leads to a relevant online exercise. 


A meeting-brainstorm in Mondo was arranged to plan future advocacy activities for the year 2017 in M4D project. On the 23rd of November, an advocacy mapping exercise was done and possible future activities brainstormed. An activity strategy will be based on this meeting. Related to this, we started preparing a thank-you note for policy makers and politicians who have been active in development cooperation issues. The note will be sent along a small package, consisting of a basket from Ghana, some Fair Trade chocolate and an organic non-alcoholic Christmas glögg.


On the 26th of November, Mondo arranged a youth seminar on social media and migration issues. A social campaign expert from Finland (Arto Sivonen from one of the best-known agencies in Finland – Måndag) spoke to the youths about how to plan and execute really successful campaigns and the youth had the chance to try out their ideas – after a session of brainstorming, each group presented a possible social campaign and Arto gave feedback to their ideas.

One group's presentation about a
social media campaign idea called "We are all immigrants".


In November, some articles were still published from the journalist's grant trip to the Aral sea:
http://reis.postimees.ee/3898257/kalale-araali-merele-saaki-tuleb-nagu-muda
http://maailm.postimees.ee/3857215/jaanus-piirsalu-kesk-aasia-blogi-araali-mere-aeaeres 


DECEMBER

To celebrate the end of the year holidays and say thank you to the policy makers who have been involved in development cooperation issues, we decided to compile a thank-you basket set for all the "world changers". The basket sets were slightly different depending on the recipient, but generally composed of: handicraft basket from Ghana, Mondo's 2017 calendar that lists all the SDG's and gives some background information about them for each month, the newest Mondo Arengupoliitika Teataja, a personalised card, a non-alcoholic organic glögg made in Estonia and tools made from fair trade chocolate by Chocolala – Estonia's only fair trade chocolate shop. We tried to combine the items in a way that would symbolise SDGs – a need for equality and sustainability both globally and locally.

Year-end SDG baskets :-)


In December, Mondo also held the penultimate grant competition for journalists. We received 7 very interesting proposals and the jury chose the winner based on a very interesting topic – the journalist aims to investigate the effects of palm oil plantations to biodiversity and development issues in Indonesia. The first meeting with the winner will take place in the beginning of January.

As two-thirds of the project is over, a lot of very interesting articles have been published in Estonian media thanks to the study trip and grant possibilities of Media4Development. Also all of the TV journalists from ERR are now ready with all the films and they have been broadcasted on the main national channel. Along with the articles and films, a lot of great photographs from all over the world have been made by the journalists. So we decided to have an additional activity that was not planned in the beginning of the project, but now seems like an excellent idea – we are now composing an exhibition of the photos taken on M4D study trips based on the 17 sustainable development goals. The photos and stories will be sent to print in the end of the year and hopefully by mid-January we will have an excellent exhibition in our hands that could be exhibited in schools, ministries or other places also during the Estonian Presidency. 

Another extra activity will be in the coming year – Mondo will arrange a joint trip to Uganda, as many partners still have the possibility to send journalists but lack the local contacts. To make use of the cooperation and knowledge-sharing between partners, Mondo proposed to take the know-how gained from VIKES and arrange a small group trip to Uganda in March. In December we started to do some planning and contact our partners to look for possible fixers and topics to investigate.

One thing that was postponed in December was the social media campaign – we had actually finished the filming already some time ago but it was necessary to film one clip again as the light had somehow ruined the quality of the clip. The clips will thus be posted on social media in mid-January.






Thursday, 22 December 2016

Green Liberty: Fair Trade day - What is the real price of sports equipment?

Sports equipment – clothes and accessories – is essential element of sport. The quality of sports equipment significantly influences our well-being when we take a part in sports activities and achieve results. But what do we mean by the quality of sports equipment? The context of sustainable development expands understanding of quality and suggests examining sports industry from a global perspective, introducing new quality indicators - impact of sports equipment on social field and environment beside personal well-being and effectiveness, and its price – economic aspect.

Those who have been interested to find answers on questions – how fair is sports equipment and what is its real price and impact – participated in the Fair Trade day organized in the Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LASE) on November 10, 2016. This event invited different stakeholders connected with sport to reflect on how the local and the global contexts are integrated in sport, to clarify the real price of t-shirt, to participate in focus-group discussion about fairness of sports equipment, to watch two short documentaries about industry of Nike goods and production of football balls in Pakistan, and to discuss about sport and sustainable development. The Fair Trade day provided integration of academic and practical achievements of sports field, and was based on transdisciplinary approach, multi-stakeholder approach and glocalization methodology.

Seven different stakeholders were represented in the focus-group discussion:  Agnese Alksne, director of the platform of Latvian Corporate Social Responsibility who represented enterprises, organizations and professionals who introduce questions about sustainability (including good governance, business rights, supply chains, etc.) into professional and public agenda; Ilvis Ābeļkalns, lecturer at the Centre of Health and sport education, Faculty of Pedagogy, Psychology and Art, Latvia University who represented academics who provide sports teachers’ qualification and education;  Inese Bautre, sports curriculum specialist at National Centre for Education (NCE who represented NCE; Jānis Brizga, organization Green Liberty who represented non-governmental sector that implements projects and organizes activities to inform society about Fair Trade; Juris Grants, vice-rector of science of LACE who represented academia that supports sustainable development of sports science and practice; Liene Kukule, sport instructor of Ropaži Sport Centre who represented educators of sports interest education; Valda Kursa, director of LASE who represented contracting authorities of state institutions that are responsible for sports equipment purchasing. The main issues of focus-group discussion were about connection of Fair Trade and sport, awareness of the represented stakeholder group of Fair Trade issues, cooperation of the represented stakeholder group with other stakeholders in supporting Fair Trade.


Info about the event in homepage of Green Liberty and Latvian Academy of Sport Education