An important dimension of DIB's work is to contribute to the Danish knowledge and understanding of the global poverty, environmental and climate challenges we are faced with today and how our development projects in the South help to address these challenges. Similarly, DIB wishes to be visible and embody the professional and popular national debate and focus on global issues and solutions. We do this through various types of information activities in Denmark as described below.
World Mirror Festival
DIB has been involved in the World Mirror Festival in 2013, 2015 and 2016, which has been held in connection with Aarhus Festival since 2013.
In 2013, DIB organized a Bolivian playroom, inspired by DIB's ludutecs in the Bolivian Highlands. We created a small cinema where we were able to show the kids colorful and fun cartoons from Bolivia, that told the story about Bolivia's endangered climate, seen from the point of view of animals and Indians.
In 2015, a theme day on sustainable development was planned, where we participated in presentation, debate and workshop focusing on local, sustainable solutions to global climate and poverty challenges. In this connection, DIB visited two partners from our Eco-Village and advocacy project in South Asia, and helped to provide first-hand reports on how they work with poverty reduction through the spread of low-energy solutions at local level and climate work at international level.
In 2016, we participated in an exhibition of an eco-village in South Asia, where some of the low-energy solutions implemented in our Eco Village and prosecutions project in South Asia were presented.
This is how I live
Among other things, DIB has produced the information project, This Is How I Live. This project showed the students in the intermediate stage how children in other countries live. At www.saadanborjeg.dk, students could watch small movies, pictures and drawings about children in Vietnam, Ghana, Bolivia and Denmark. The website was supplemented with a school newspaper. The project was developed by DIB in 2006 and was supported by Danida and the Ministry of Education. Since then, This Is How I Live has been further developed by the organization MUNDU (formerly O3V). The idea was to get down on the children’s eye level. Therefore, it was the actual everyday life in and around the home that was the focal point. The children could discuss, put it into perspective and compare with their own experiences and living conditions.
World’s Best News
For several years, DIB has also been involved in the World's Best News, and especially as a distributor of the good news at the annual event in September.
Every year we tour the country with presentations on our work as a development organization and to talk about our projects. The majority of the places we have visited have been universities with relevant study programs, but we are very interested in getting in touch with anyone who could be interested in hearing about our experiences with development work, capacity building and environmental problems and changes.
Our lectures match the projects we are currently working on. In 2018, we have the opportunity to offer three different presentations:
Philippines: In the Philippines, we work with disaster prevention and local planning in particularly vulnerable areas. A large number of poor people are exposed to floods, typhoons and earthquakes, which destroy their houses and roads, especially in these vulnerable areas. The purpose of the project is for the population to brace themselves to better withstand all the natural disasters.
Bolivia: Since the late 80's, DIB has been working on sustainable settlements, decentralization and on strengthening the civil society in Bolivia. Since 2006, we have focused on education, and helped develop alternative teaching methods for school students. This includes legendary learning and eco-literacy, where tuition is linked to the local environment and livelihood.
South Asia: In cooperation with our partners from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and India, DIB is working to promote the eco-village concept. The purpose of the project is to reduce poverty while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by implementing technical low-energy solutions.
In addition, we also talk about our role as a Danish NGO in the field of Danish development assistance.
The aim is both to provide participants with an idea of development work in practice and everyday life in an NGO. At the same time, it gives us the opportunity to raise awareness and information about environmental and climate issues in a development perspective – and also about the good results of our projects. We want as far as possible to involve the Danish population in our development work, both through information work on the projects, but also by offering the opportunity to cooperate. We are interested in collaborations with individuals as well as educational institutions. Regarding our projects, it is possible to get an internship abroad and we also offer to come by and tell you more about the project work.
If you would like DIB to come by your study or workplace or if you know anyone who might be interested in a visit, please contact the secretariat.