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The UNESCO-L'Oreal partnership promotes women's participation in science with three awards and fellowships offered through the 'For Women in Science Programme'. Each year, one woman scientist from each continent receives an award for outstanding contributions to research. The programme grants fellowships to young women working in the life sciences or women scientists who wish to pursue advanced research in their home countries. The website provides information about the programme, including the application process and jury profiles. It also publishes information on past Laureates.
This non-profit alliance of more than 200,000 citizens and scientists uses scientific evidence to lobby governments, corporations and consumers to act responsibly for the benefit of society. They often commission their own research into topics such as global warming or GM crops. Their interest in antibiotic resistance focuses on reducing the use of antibiotics in food animals. They advocate better treatment of animals — by using grass-fed systems, for example — to lower the need for drugs. The union encourages the public to get involved by writing to political representatives and signing petitions. The website also has a news section and links to related networks.
This nongovernmental organisation sets standards of quality, purity and strength for medicines made or sold in the USA. It collaborates with USAID to help countries in the developing world ensure that medicines meet standards for quality and safety, and are used appropriately. The website publishes useful information such as links to courses for chemists and healthcare professionals, a list of drugs pending approval and an overview of Food Chemicals Codex standards. The USP runs a US$35 million project across Africa, Asia and Latin America that focuses on drugs for USAID priority diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
The Volkswagen Foundation provides funds for higher education and fundamental research in the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Another aspect of its mission is to provide support for aspiring young academics, promote international exchange and to enhance the structural conditions for research and higher education. The current list of funding initiatives can be viewed here. The foundation is the largest private research-funding organisation in Germany, and it allocates around €100 million each year.
The Water Sanitation Program is a multi-donor partnership run by the World Bank to improve access to safe water and sanitation. The partnership focuses on five topics: finance, rural water supply and sanitation, strategic communications, sanitation and hygiene, and urban water supply and sanitation. It publishes information about its work in each of these areas across key regions, highlighting relevant news and publications for each.
WaterAid is an international nongovernmental organisation dedicated to using low-cost technologies to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. Its website addresses the need for improved water resources, provides statistics on water sanitation and hygiene, highlights case studies of the organisation's work and provides a comprehensive library of policy, advocacy and research publications.
The Wellcome Trust is a non-profit organisation that funds research into diseases that affect humans and animals. The website is aimed at the general public, and describes some of the research funded by the trust. There is comprehensive and accessible coverage of the science underlying malaria research. It also offers a downloadable animation of the life cycle of the parasite.
The Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) aims to promote women's perspectives and participation in international, regional and local fora on topics such as climate change and corporate responsibility. Its website publishes 'resource kits' in English and French including, for example, overviews of gender rights policies and WEDO projects. It also highlights events and suggests ways to get involved.
The foundation's aim is to raise awareness of diabetes worldwide, with a special emphasis on developing countries. A key activity is funding projects (142 so far) that raise awareness, improve education and build capacity at local, regional and global levels. The website contains details of all ongoing projects, including details of the project budgets and individuals responsible for running them, the expected impacts and results so far. Importantly, the foundation prioritises monitoring and evaluation of its projects to learn key lessons for the future and minimise the risk of project failure.
As with any disease, and particularly those in developing countries, the health economics are important. The website has a useful tool for calculating the economic cost of diabetes in a particular country that allows the user to change variables such as population, prevalence and so on.
The World Nuclear University aims to improve training and leadership for those involved in the peaceful use of nuclear technologies by offering courses in current issues facing the nuclear industry. It is supported by governments, academia and industry. The website publishes information about available courses, which vary in length from one day to six weeks, as well as other training programmes, information about sponsorship for applicants from developing countries, and relevant publications.
The World Wildlife Fund in Bhutan collaborates with the Bhutan government to develop an integrated conservation programme. The programme focuses on immediate conservation needs such as setting up and managing protected areas, developing institutional capacity to manage natural resources, and promoting conservation education and public awareness.
WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Its climate change campaign works to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by putting pressure on industrialised countries, attempting to get legislation passed to reduce emissions in the power sector, seeking solutions in developing countries to significantly reduce greenhouse gases, looking to reduce global warming through renewable energies, and helping communities to adapt to climate change.