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Community Water Development

Edited by Charles Kerr.

Intermediate Technology Publications, London (UK) 1989.280 pp.

ISBN 0-94668-8230. £ 12.95 This collection of articles compiled from the Waterlines and Appropriate Technology Journals covers the following areas: Sources of Water, Abstraction, Pumping and Distribution, and Training and Maintenance, and is an excellent training guide.

Management of Medical Waste

National Conservation Strategy Co-ordinating Agency/GTZ: Study on the Management of Medical Wastes.

NCSA, Gaborone (Botswana),1996.183 pp. (The National Conservation Strategy Co-ordinating Agency NCSA, Private Bag 0068, Gaborone, Botswana).

Several waste streams have been subjects of consultancy studies, including medical, metal and oily waste streams. This report deals with medical wastes in Botswana, addressing their appropriate and relevant disposal methods. The recommendations were developed through technical consultations between interested and affected parties from clinics and hospitals in Botswana and the Ministry of Health.

International Rivers Network

International Rivers Network (IRN): A Directory of NGOs, Activists and Experts Working on River and Watershed Issues Around the World.

IRN, Berkeley (USA), 1996. 66pp. 20 US$. (International Rivers Network IRN, 1847 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, Ca 94703, USA).

Lists groups and activists from the USA and other countries with information on their address, phone, fax and e-mail, if available.

Environmental handbook now in four languages

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ): Documentation on monitoring and evaluating environmental impacts, Volumes I-III.

GTZ/Vieweg, 1995.

In addition to the English (e) and German (g) editions, the French (f) and Spanish (s) versions of this book are now available. They can be ordered from the publisher, Vieweg Verlag in Leverkusen.

Volume I e: ISBN 3-52802306-6; f: 3-528-02310-4; s: 3-528-02314-7;
Volume II e: ISBN 3-52802307-4; f: 3-528-02311-2; s: 3-528-02315-5;
Volume III e: ISBN 3-52802308-2; f: 3-528-02312-0; s: 3-52802316-3
Volumes I-III e: ISBN 3-52802309-0 f: 3-528-02313-9; s: 3-528-02317-1

Prices, for each language:

Volume I: DM 78; 577; Sfr 73; US$56
Volume II: DM 86; 637; Sfr 81; US$ 62
Volume III: DM 82; 607; Sfr 77; US$ 59
Volumes I-III: DM 240; 1,776; Sfr 226; US$ 170

The handbook is aimed at those engaged in examining the environmental relevance of specific sectors or activities. The sixty environmental briefs in Volumes I and II provide environmental impacts and known environmental protection measures. Volume III gives an overview of the many environmental parameters and standards applicable in different countries.

Non-Governmental Organisations

Michael Edwards and David Hulme: Non Governmental Organisations - Performance and Accountability. Beyond the Magic Bullet.

Earthscan, London (UK) 1995.259 pp, ISBN: 1-85383310-X. £ 9.95. (Earthscan Publications, 120 Pentonville Road, London N1 9NJ, UK).

The last decade has seen significant changes in international development and in the status of NGOs working in the field. Not only has the number of NGOs virtually doubled; many of them have seen a considerable growth in their budgets, and have grown closer to governments and official aid agencies. NGOs are acknowledged by many to be more effective agents of development than governments or commercial interests.

Despite this positive trend, the real impact of the NGO sector is still not well documented. This is partly because NGOs' performance-assessment and accountability methods are weak, and partly because NGOs are caught up increasingly in the world of official aid.

This book takes a hard and critical look at these issues and describes how NGOs can, and must, improve the way they measure and account for their performances if they are to be truly effective.

Next issue

gate 1/97

Previous editions of gate have already been devoted to cotton. In gate 1 /97, the emphasis will be on agricultural aspects of ecologically grown cotton, with coverage of various NGO projects. Issues such as cultivation methods and dyeing with natural dyes will be discussed, and we will look at relevant European Union regulations and marketing potentials.

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