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29 January 2016 You don’t have to be an NGO

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the inauguration of a master’s degree on social action in which I am going to have the great opportunity to participate as a teacher. It is not at all that I am an expert in social action, but it is true that in my career (and also as a volunteer) I have worked in various spheres, both in the social sector and in private companies, which have allowed me to forge a vision half way between these two worlds. Indeed, on this master’s degree, on which above all NGO workers are participating, a teacher coming from a multinational presented herself as a worker from thedark side”. Everyone present understood and accepted the term with great ease, but the coordinator was quick to point out that it is not a question of good and bad but rather of building bridges between the two sectors. But there it was, that simple statement which conceals a myriad of prejudices, misunderstandings and assumptions which determine what the employees from either “side” think.

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20 November 2015 Dengue fever increases in São Paulo despite the drought

Winter has reached its end, at least in the southern hemisphere, and although in São Paulo it is only moderately cold, people appreciate the arrival of summer. Summer brings with it heat, the necessary rainfall, and outdoor activities, but also one of the worst threats, dengue fever.

In the first eight months of 2015, dengue fever has already infected over 650,000 people in the state of São Paulo, causing the death of more than 300. The figures exceed any previously known record and position São Paulo as the Brazilian state most affected by the disease, responsible for 30% of the total number of cases on the American continent. The most surprising thing is that this occurs in the midst of the most serious drought in memory. It seems contradictory, but it isn’t. 

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7 April 2015 Water: basic goal for human well-being

The United Nations established the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the year 2000. They included the target of halving the proportion of the population without access to water and sanitation. At the time, 25% of the world population did not have access to water, and 51% to sanitation services.

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