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09 October 2019
Post No. 112
The Week’s Contents
• Giving no direct cash donations
• A la une (Autumn Leaves of Action for the Upkeep of the Nature in Existence) Themed Activities
• Making Zero Hunger Africa
… and much more!
~ 8 No Direct Cash Donations: You can support CENFACS without directly giving cash
Ways of supporting charities have changed. We too at CENFACS have been implementing these new ways of giving and generating incomes. There are many ways that one can use to support CENFACS without directly given cash. One can unlock barriers to no direct cash donations for CENFACS.
Under the Main Developments section of this post, we have listed eight ways of giving no direct cash donations. However, if you choose to donate cash, CENFACS will still accept your cash donations.
~ “A la une” Themed Areas of Work
Our environmental campaign “A la une” has already started. The selected composed notes or themed areas of work that would work together to shape the central topic or theme of “A la une” (theme which is Upkeep of the Nature) this Autumn have been given under the Main Developments section of this post.
The first themed area of work is Sustainable Trajectories for the Nature (STN); themed area which kicks off from today the 09th of October 2019.
STN, which is our advocacy for nature’s rights, is a sustainable development initiative rooted in a deep need of the upkeep of the nature. It helps us not only to advocate but also to put into action measures to keep the trajectory of rising temperatures below the goal of 1.5 degrees C in accordance to the Paris Climate Change Treaty.
Under the Main Developments section of this post, we have provided the periods and titles of composed notes or themed areas of work on “A la une” campaign.
~ Making Zero Hunger Africa in the Context of Life-threatening Impacts of Climate Change and of Armed Conflicts
Making Zero Hunger Africa (MZHA) is one the CENFACS XI Starting Projects for this Autumn. MZHA has to be placed in the context of the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, Zero Hunger being Goal number two (i.e. Achieve Zero Hunger target by 2030) among them. MZHA is also in line with similar global projects working to eliminate hunger across the world and Africa.
We had to keep advocating against hunger in Africa as hunger is on the rise there. In a joint report published this year by the FAO and other agencies (1), they state that
“Hunger is on the rise in almost all sub-regions of Africa, where the prevalence of undernourishment has reached levels of 22.8 percent in sub-Saharan Africa (p. XVI).
The number of undernourished population reached almost 260 million people in 2018, with more than 90 percent living in Sub-Saharan Africa (p.XIX)”.
As we are operating in the context of life-threatening impacts of climate change, we will include in the MZHA the needs of people and communities sensitive to weather events (such as drought) and those affected by armed conflicts.
The same joint report points out the following:
“Drought-sensitive countries in sub-Saharan Africa in sub-Saharan Africa have seen the prevalence of undernourishment increased from 17.4 to 21.8 percent over the last six years (p.7)”.
“In conflict-affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the number of undernourished people increased by 23.4 million between 2015 and 2018 (p.8)”
For more about the MZHA, please contact CENFACS.
(1) FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, 2019: The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 – Safeguarding against economic slowdowns and downturns, Rome, FAO.
~ Feedback about Climate Action Summit Follow up
After following up the Climate Action Summit held last September by the United Nations, we have looked at the list of announcements and commitments made at the end of this Summit. Particularly, we have examined the extent to which they will affect the people and organisations we work with. We have identified three key areas of interest which include the following:
√ New climate investment platform that will mobilise US$1 trillion in clean energy investment by 2025 in 20 least developed countries
√ Transition from brown to green energy and its implications for the poor and poor people budget
√ Transition from the grey to green economy and its consequences for poverty reduction
These three key areas will be included in our future advocacy work while we are keeping an eye on future discussions and developments on the two transitions and investment platform.
To add your inputs and or find out more, please contact CENFACS.
~ Burkina Faso Appeal: Review & Discussion
This year, we made an appeal regarding the insecurity situation in Burkina Faso. Some efforts and initiatives were made through various platforms including the G5 to secure a peace deal in Burkina Faso and the region surrounding it.
Since the insecurity is continuing, insecurity expressed by an increase in attacks by armed groups and self-defending militia, we are reviewing and discussing the insecurity situation in Burkina Faso this week.
According to the local source, nearly 300,000 people have been so far displaced. People are fleeing violence and civil attacks, and amongst them are women and children who are trapped in this insecurity.
There is a threat of State collapse with possible damaging ramifications and contagion in the neighbouring countries.
We are therefore reviewing and discussing our previous appeal on Burkina Faso in the light of the current difficult moments that ordinary and civilian defenceless people in Burkina Faso are undergoing in face of this insecurity and daily threat or attacks.
To enquiry about this appeal review and discussion, please contact CENFACS.
~ “Quadranscentennial” (“Q”) Historicité: CENFACS in History
Our history month continues with the “Q” Historité, which is the study of historical character of CENFACS as a “Q” organisation. This week, we are still unfolding the history of CENFACS by looking at the timeline of CENFACS and trying to analyse the key features, moments and the types of organisations CENFACS worked with throughout the last 25 years..
To engage to the above work, contact CENFACS.
• A la une Composed Notes or Themed Areas of Work
During the following periods within this Autumn and “A la une” season, CENFACS’ advocacy on environment will focus on the following areas from the beginning of every Wednesdays (starting from 9 October 2019) to the rest of November 2019.
Periods Titles of notes or themed areas of work
09/10 to 15/10/2019 Sustainable trajectories for the nature
16/10 to 22/10/2019 Balanced diets
23/10 to 29/11/2019 Biofuel crops and new forests
30/10 to 05/11/2019 Reduction of coastal extreme events
06/11 to 12/11/2019 Options to adapt to changes and change habits
13/11 to 19/11/2019 Extra protection from wildlife extinction
20/11 to 26/11/2019 Land use, food system & climate needs
27/11 to 30/11/2019 “A la une” monitoring and evaluation
In total, there are seven themed areas of work starting from the 9th of October 2019 and thereafter every Wednesdays until the end of November. These activities will help us to re-communicate our environmental message for the upkeep of the nature in existence as well as triggering changes with our leaves of action. At the end of these notes, we shall carry out monitoring and evaluation.
To engage with “A la une”, contact CENFACS.
• Eight No Direct Cash Donations: Other Ways of Supporting CENFACS this Autumn and Beyond
Ways of donating to charities have changed. We too at CENFACS have embraced this change or evolution in our way and pace of getting support.
Those who would like to support CENFACS by using other means than directly giving cash, they can consider the following.
Eight ways of donating to consider this Autumn and in the lead up to the end of the year
1/ Giving unwanted goods and items to CENFACS e-charity store at http://cenfacs.org.uk/shop/
2/ Sign up for a Gift Aid declaration from which CENFACS can earn an extra 25p for every £1 you give
3/ Nominate CENFACS for a donation at charity fundraising and donation events
4/ Select CENFACS as your preferred charity for donation from advertising revenue
5/ Raise free funds for CENFACS with your online shopping or choose CENFACS as a donation recipient of some of the profits raised from online shopping
6/ Donate your unwanted and unused points and cashback to CENFACS as your chosen charity from your loyalty shopping rewards or good causes gift cards
7/ Name CENFACS as your favourite deserving cause if it happens that you have the opportunity to click the online option “donate cashback to charities”
8/ Donate any unwanted excess points of your loyalty card from apps that may give support to good causes
The above is just the few examples of ways of helping that one can think of or come across with to support CENFACS without having to directly give cash.
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