‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

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Farmer: Shemgie Kulbla, who produces wheat seed. Photograph: Hugh Chaloner/Gorta-Self Help Africa 2:43

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Ferdu Gashow uses oxen and plough as he works on the farm of Solomon Sisay, who has received four loans from a credit union co-operative set up by Gorta-Self Help Africa. Photograph: Hugh Chaloner

Irish development charity Gorta-Self Help Africa is planning to expand its work in Ethiopia, with three projects worth €4.7 million getting under w(...)

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and Britain.

The merger of Irish NGOs Gorta and Self Help Africa last Saturday has created one of the largest non-profit agricultural organisations in Ireland and (...)

A market in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

We hear a lot about austerity and have just suffered another unpleasant budget, but despite the economic realities faced by many hundreds of thousands(...)

Michelle Winthrop: “Those people who we worked with 14 years ago don’t need our help anymore... they are helping us help other people.”

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Foam from industrial waste floats on the polluted Tiete River in Pirapora do Bom Jesus, 56km northwest of Sao Paulo, earlier this month. Today is World Water Day.

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