Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

Christian Aid director Loretta Minghella has welcomed two government initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in the developing world.

The Girls Education Challenge aims to help girls in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia access education. The Department for International Development is to give funding to help prevent the deaths of more than 7,000 women during pregnancy in Africa.

The NSPCC has launched a competition entitled Who's Got the X Factor in Your Life? It is being promoted on the NSPCC's Twitter feed and website, and sponsored by First Direct.

Sportsdirect.com has been announced as the exclusive retailer of the official 2012 Sport Relief T-shirt. The nationwide retailer will produce and sell two variations of the T-shirt for Sport Relief - a core T-shirt and a separate fashion-focused design.

Change.org, the online campaigning platform, has merged with Actuable, the largest campaigns platform in Europe, to create the world's largest activism platform.

Citizens Advice has launched a campaign to show people the stories and statistics behind the places they visit, by using location-based social network Foursquare for the first time.

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