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ARDA News Review: Cocoa as a Source of Clean Energy

When we think about the cocoa plant, the first thought that is likely to come to mind is chocolate and its many associated products: cocoa powder, chocolate flavourings and even cocoa butter. It is hard to imagine that the cocoa plant could also serve as a solution to one of the world’s biggest ongoing problems…
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The Bitter Side of Chocolate

July 7th was World Chocolate Day, which got us at ARDA thinking about cocoa, the raw material for chocolate. The majority of the world’s cocoa – thirty percent of it, to be exact – is produced by Ivory Coast, which produces about 1.5 million metric tonnes of cocoa annually. Chocolate is made from cocoa seeds,…
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ARDA Attends International Storytelling Conference

Earlier this month, ARDA’s Project Coordinator; Rebecca Ebenezer-Abiola set off for Sydney, Australia to attend and present at the ‘Sydney International Storytelling conference’. She has since returned but is still basking in the excitement of the conference and all it stands for. The Sydney International Storytelling conference focuses on the tradition and practice of Oral…
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Aroko Call-In Show a Success

After 5 episodes on two Lagos radio stations, the Yoruba-language call -in show Aroko has come to an end. The show, which was developed as part of SEEFARs project against modern-day slavery combined a call-in show starring experts on preventing human trafficking and domestic servitude, with survivors of these situations. The setup allowed listeners to…
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ARDA Staff Reflect on Successful Bali Summit

It’s hard to believe it but it’s been actually a month since our program staff set off for Bali, Indonesia for the 2018 Social and Behavioral Change Communication Summit.  It was, in a sense, a rebirth for ARDA, 20 years after we started working in this field as it was the first place we debuted…
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Postcard from Kigali

A friend of ARDA recently visited the beautiful city of Kigali in Rwanda. Rwanda is slowly changing the image it evokes in the global mindscape. From the ethnic cleansing and genocides of 1994 to the movie, Hotel Rwanda, to the 21st century, where Rwanda which has the highest rates of female participation in politics (one…
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ARDA LAUNCHES NEW Training Courses for 2018

ARDA is pleased to release our new series of training courses in line with our strategic plan to institutionalize our 20+ years of experience as a leading development and communication non-profit NGO and to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of SMEs, non-profits and NGOs working towards the development of Nigeria. Over the years, ARDA has…
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“Nature for Water” is a Very Apt Theme for World Water Day

Queen’s College is one of Lagos’ oldest and most popular schools.  However, just over a year ago, tragedy struck the institution when three students, all under the age of 15, died from drinking contaminated water. The students died, swept away in an epidemic that affected dozens of students in the school.  Parents and guardians who…
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ARDA NEWS REVIEW: Project Axshya Gives Tuberculosis Sufferers a Voice Through Community Radio

Tuberculosis has existed for millennia and has been a deadly disease for all of it.  It is an airborne disease, spread when those who have active Tuberculosis in their lungs cough, sneeze, spit or even speak. Although the discovery of antibiotics in the 20th century, specifically streptomycin in 1946, made the contraction of TB less of…
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Radio, Sports and Women

The theme of this year’s World Radio Day was Radio and Sports.  It seems fitting, with three major international sports festivals happening in 2018.  The Winter Olympics just ended, the Commonwealth Games are coming up and in June, the World Cup will captivate millions, even billions around the world. Radio will play a big role in…
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