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Women in Micro- and Small-Scale Enterprise Development

Louise Dignard and José Havet: Women in Micro- and Small-Scale Enterprise Development.

IT Publication, London (UK) / Westview Press, Boulder,Col.(USA).282pp, ISBN: 1-85339-284-7. (IT Publication, 103- 105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH; Westview Press, 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80301-2877, USA).

Women's role in enterprise development is now acknowledged as crucial, and a sense of urgency seems to beset all practitioners in the field. However, this eagerness in the sphere of practice has not been matched by equal efforts in research, so there is the danger that entrenched positions on good practice are adopted without research being available to support them.

The book presents the complexity of women's situation in micro- and small business, and the importance of the issues being addressed, and will thus be useful to all those working in the field of small enterprise development.

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Alternative Financing

Ferdinand Vincent: Alternative Financing of Third World Development Organisations and NGOs. Vol. I and Vol. ll.

IRED Geneva (Switzerland) 1995.464,640 pp. ISBN: 2-88368-005-1, 2-88368-006X. Vol.l: US $ 35 or FF 200; Vol.2: US $ 45 or FF 250. (IRED, Varembé 3, P.O.Box 116,1211 Geneva 2O, Switzerland).

This publication is part of research into ways of establishing a social and solidarity building economy; one which is people-centred, based on needs-assessment, and which will lead not only to the sharing of the means of production, but also to decision-making power-sharing.

Volume I is divided into nine parts. The first three chapters discuss the financial requirements, the stumbling blocks and the limitations of the present financing system. Chapter IV presents the model around which the strategy proposed revolves: 'mobilisation' and 'capitalisation'. The next three chapters make reference to case studies which describe the instruments and the new tools for reinforcing this strategy. Finally, the last two chapters introduce the alternative ways of financing these mechanisms.

Vol. II contains 300 technical index cards, presenting documents, case studies, tools and mechanisms, which have been selected on the basis of their usefulness when it comes to taking action. Several indices assist the reader in research and in easily finding the required documents, tools or studies.

Cotton Connection Organic cotton in practice

PAN, Hamburg 1996, 48 pages ,A4 ,DM 14,-plus postage.

Organic cotton - a tender seeding in beginning to grow - English-language proceedings of the seminar "Organic Cotton in Practice - problems and opportunities of ecological cotton production - selected project examples" help by PAN in cooperation with the Work Group Cotton in Erfurt, Germany from 5-6 December 1995 (see "gate» 2/96 pp. 46-48: "Problems and prospects of eco-cotton"). The brochure reports on the development status of organic cotton projects in Benin, Africa and in India, on cotton certification methods and on whether European textile buyers can influence the situation in cotton growing countries.

Cotton Connection Towards sustainable cotton production

PAN, Hamburg 1996, 98 pages ,A4,DM28,-plus postage .

English-language proceedings of the Cotton Connection conference held in Hamburg from 25 to 26 November 1994 by PAN in cooperation with the Work Group Cotton, PAN International and the Pesticides Trust. The five sections of the publication give insights into the present status of cotton production, ecological and socio-economic aspects, integrated pest management, organic cotton growing methods and eco-labels for cotton textiles.

Energy from Biomass AT-Forum No. 8, 1996, Newsletter of German AT Association, the artefact Centre for Appropriate Technology and the Artes Institut.

Address: artefact, Bremsbergallee35,D-24960Gl Glücksburg/Germany. Free of charge. ISSN 0943-9759.

The new issue of this magazine on Appropriate Technology (AT) focusses on "energy from biomass". Articles are about the impact of improved cookstoves dissemination in rural Nepal, biolatrines in Tanzania, energy from rice husk gasification in Kenya, new technologies for wood gasification and municipal heating systems in Germany and the "biocomp method", a combined treatment of big-waste and organic waste.