CDS News 1997:2
The TV series "En reise i vannets historie"
"NGOs in Aid" Conference arranged in Bergen
Delegation from Birzeit University, Palestine
Funds for further contact with Birzeit University ...
Seminars held at CDS since March 1997
The TV series En reise i vannets historie (Man and Water) - a major success! The four-part TV series about man and the necessity, impact and importance of freshwater resources brings the viewer, through spectacular photography, to such diverse areas of the world as the great floods of China, the holy Ganges, the drylands of Ethiopia, the raincoast of Norway, the canals of the Himalayas and the artificial rivers of the USA. Thematically the series ranges from a look into the fight for everyday fresh water on a local and global scale, to the taming of the powerful inherent forces of floods, rivers and water falls and the societal, ritual and religious importance of fresh water. The series, a large-scale project for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the CDS, has received very positive critical acclaim, and the critic for Bergens Tidende calls the series "grand and very impressive". Verdens Gang´s critic calls Terje Tvedt here
NGOs in Aid" Conference arranged in Bergen The starting point for the conference was the need to exploit current findings and to assess in a critical way the role and impact of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and to develop typologies for studying the NGO channel in development aid. The conference did not wish to restrict its scope and perspective to the NGOs working in developing countries, but also bring in insights and concepts developed in the course of research on non-profit organisations and voluntary organisations in Western welfare societies. This was regarded as important, both in order to get a clearer idea about general and unique characteristics of NGOs in various countries at different times, and because historical "lessons" from Western societies have authorised NGO-politics in the past.