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Anne Goddard
Anne Lynam Goddard is president and CEO of ChildFund International, a global child development organization dedicated to helping vulnerable children living in poverty have the capacity and opportunity to thrive and bring positive change to their communities.

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As president, Goddard is focused on leading a strategy that expands and deepens ChildFund’s efforts across the globe. Through her leadership, ChildFund has helped to enhance the lives of children and communities on five continents, working to improve children’s health, education and economic conditions and opportunity. She led the organization’s rebranding, which strategically aligned the organization as a member of the ChildFund Alliance to better serve vulnerable children around the world.

Anne is a global citizen having immigrated to the United States with her parents as a child from Ireland. She worked in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer living in a mud house in a small, remote village and traveling the desert on a motorbike. Her experiences in poor communities led her to focus her career on international development.

After earning a master’s degree in public health, with an emphasis on international health, Anne went on to live and work overseas for almost 20 years in Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Egypt. She viewed first-hand the deprivation that many individuals experience. “I learned that poverty isn’t something you can fully convey in a photo. It’s the sights and sounds and smells – it’s the touch and feel – it’s even the taste,” she says.

Anne met and married her British husband in Kenya. Her son was born in Kenya and she has a daughter adopted from Indonesia. As a global citizen she has a deep appreciation for the diversity and dignity of people around the global and a commitment to a world that values and protects the rights of all, particularly children.

Entries by Anne Goddard

Gates' Prediction About Ending Global Poverty Is Built On Progress Already Made

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Next year marks the 30th anniversary since Doc Brown introduced movie audiences to the flux capacitor. What's significant about that milestone is that 2015 was the year that Doc and Marty McFly were set to zoom off to in "Back to the Future's" final flourish. The scene teased our imaginations....

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A Global Perspective on America's "War on Poverty" Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Last month's 50th anniversary of President Johnson's "War on Poverty" elicited considerable introspection throughout the country. A half century later, we are collectively asking ourselves whether we can objectively declare victory, or perhaps more to the point, what victory actually looks like.

From a quantitative standpoint, the numbers show...

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Survey of World's Poorest Children Reveals Telling Insights

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:31 PM

"Children have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things." -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Count me among those amused by the AT&T commercials, the ones featuring four precocious children and their "it's not complicated" answers to a series of softball questions. The premise, of course, is...

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Children's Special Needs in Typhoon's Aftermath

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:35 AM

As Typhon Haiyan swept indiscriminately across the islands of the Philippines last month, it left an estimated 6,000 people dead and another nine million homeless or affected in other ways. Among the numbers are countless children. Just as poverty has a disproportionate impact on children who bear so...

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Reflections on a Milestone with ChildFund

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 3:42 PM

In 1938, at a time when many Americans were fixated on the escalating tensions in Europe, while at the same time resolute that the country not become entangled in distant affairs, one Virginia man was focused on getting involved in another part of the world. Japan's incursions into China had...

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"Free From Violence:" A Campaign to Protect the World's Children

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Like most Americans, I watched in horror as the events unfolded last month at a shopping mall in Nairobi where dozens of people were killed by terrorists. It was an all-too-vivid reminder of the pervasive and capricious nature of violence. And as we know well, developing countries are not immune...

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Reducing Maternal Mortality Means Increasing Access to Care

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Throughout our 75-year history, a legacy that traces back to caring for displaced orphans after the second Sino-Japanese War, our focus at ChildFund International has been on improving the lives of countless children throughout the developing world. But helping provide for the needs of these children starts elsewhere: With ensuring...

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Getting Children Ready for School: It Must Start Years Before

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 11:02 AM

Young children around the world who are just entering school for the first time this fall share a common emotion. Despite their youth -- perhaps only 5 or 6 years old -- they step through the classroom doors with a collective sense of anticipation at the limitless possibilities of what...

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Breastfeeding: Fit for a King... and Millions of Others

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 5:32 PM

Last month's arrival of the Royal Heir was well-timed, a perfect opportunity for the Duchess of Cambridge -- whose every move is analyzed, scrutinized and, to the extent possible, emulated -- to set an important example to new mothers around the world. As chance would have it, August...

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The Cost of Child Labor

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 5:24 PM

This past spring's collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh, an incident that killed more than 1,100 workers, has put an international spotlight on the often hazardous conditions which many workers in developing countries confront on a daily basis. The episode has not only created momentum around improving...

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Child Marriage Keeps Girls from Reaching their Full Potential

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 7:28 PM

Many of the complex issues inflicting developing nations have solutions that require greater spending. Improving education and healthcare, for example, has meant building additional facilities and ensuring that they are equipped with the resources necessary to educate and care for the people they were built to serve. Funding for training...

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A Day for Africa's Children

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Thirty-seven years ago, what began as a peaceful march among high school students in Soweto to protest the South African government's lack of commitment to black children's education descended into riots and chaos. When police began shooting indiscriminately into the crowd of students estimated to be as large as 20,000,...

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Americans' Misperceptions About Assistance to Developing Countries

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 5:01 PM

The ongoing budget debates in Washington taking place under the ominous cloud of sequester will likely tell us a lot about who we are as a nation. Difficult decisions have a way of exposing the most basic core of our collective character, and how we deal with the hard choices...

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Predicted Decline in Charitable Giving Could Have Devastating Consequences for Children

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:16 PM

The federal tax code has long provided an incentive for charitable giving. And yet, the modest adjustments made to U.S. payroll taxes, an uptick of 2 percent that returns the rate to 2010 levels, could have more than a moderate impact on what people donate to nonprofits. In fact, if...

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Protecting Our Children: The Most Deadly Risks Are Not Far Away

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:12 PM

Last month's tragedy in Connecticut has precipitated profound discussions on a number of topics. Foremost among them: how can we better protect our children? It is a question that I have been asking for more than 30 years, not only on occasions of such calamity and heartbreak, but on a...

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Global Survey Turns Focus on the Environment

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 1:57 PM

Children in 47 countries weigh in with green priorities, concerns

"Children," offered Desmond Tutu, "have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things." That wisdom is the foundation for our annual survey of children around the world. The third annual Small Voices, Big...

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Just How Do You Giftwrap a Goat?

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 5:30 PM

The merchandising of the holidays has descended on us again this year, perhaps earlier and more ubiquitous than ever before. But if it succeeds in infusing our days that much sooner with the underlying spirit of what this time of year is supposed to be all about -- more about...

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Nokero Solar Light Bulbs Are Illuminating a Brighter Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 11:25 AM

As a practical matter, the ever-shorter days of autumn -- for most of us -- offer only modest inconvenience. Once the sun has dipped beyond the horizon, we instinctively reach for the "on" switch, illuminating our evenings and nights so that we can extend our waking hours beyond the sun's.

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Back to School

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 6:14 PM

The school day for a child in a developing country is a far cry from what our kids experience here at home.

The advent of a new school year brings with it an uplifting sense of hopefulness, a sentiment that knows no geographic boundaries. For students throughout the world, this...

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Reactions to Uganda's Health Scare Should Ring True for Americans

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Fear over Ebola is understandable, given communication challenges

It's more than 7,000 miles between Uganda and our Atlantic shores, and so if the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus there seems unthreatening and distant to Americans, I suppose that's understandable. Even the name of the virus, named after the...

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