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Anne Goddard
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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

Revisiting Kenya

(9) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:53 AM

The president's "tough love" visit to his father's homeland underscores some of the persistent challenges that remain for my onetime home.

President Obama's recent visit to Kenya put his ancestral home into the international spotlight, bringing scrutiny to a nation that has come a long way on many fronts, but...

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Renewed Focus and New Goals Must Make Child Protection a Priority

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Last month, UNICEF's most recent Progress for Children report provided a sobering reminder of the many challenges that remain in building a world that is safe, healthy and hopeful for the poorest children. While the report acknowledges the tremendous strides that have been taken over the past 15...

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Two-Wheeled Dreams Have Lasting Impact

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 2:41 PM

Among our priorities in helping provide a better future for children in developing countries, one area of focus rises to the top: the protection of children. It's an issue we are tackling on many fronts... and sometimes on two wheels.

From a global perspective,...

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Baltimore's Lessons Have Global Resonance

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:25 PM

The horizons of my professional life have always extended beyond our borders. This global perspective has shaped my views on the best ways to address some of the world's most intractable issues -- education, poverty, economic opportunity, health care. It's a point of view that also has provided a context...

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Children's Greatest Need: Protection

(7) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:35 AM

This post is part of the Relay for Kids in partnership with SOS Children's Villages. Each time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action) to support children worldwide affected by crisis. Scroll to the bottom to find out more.

I've been on the...

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How One Teenager Transformed a Village... And Her Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 3:10 PM

This is the story of two children. A story of giving and receiving. A story that is not yet complete.

Seventeen-year-old Kara has grown up in the comforts of suburban Long Island. She is bright and curious, determined and generous. And busy.

A continent away, 8-year-old Mijael and his family...

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Virtual Learning May Be Solution to Real Problem

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:15 AM

Global attention to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has exposed a critical problem that exists throughout that continent: the overwhelming need for more trained health care professionals. A shortage of nurses and midwives, in particular, has meant gaps in health care services and, in some areas, no...

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Literacy Program Unlocking New Hope for Native American Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Some of my fondest memories as a parent were of reading to my children. They would snuggle up next to me with book in hand, excited for me to take them deep into stories told in words and pictures. Among their favorites was Deborah Guarino's Is Your Mama a Llama,...

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Children Lend Their Voices to Call for Greater Protection From Violence

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Over the past several months, I've made a concerted effort to turn up the volume on the issue of child violence. I've noted the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the slow -- and unacceptable -- progress governments around the world have made in...

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25 Years Later, Children's Rights Still Lacking

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 7:59 AM

This fall marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a quarter century since world governments officially pronounced that the globe's youngest citizens were, in fact, people who deserved to be treated as such. With that recognition came a set of broad protections...

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Is Ebola's 'Yuck' Factor Suppressing Americans' Compassion for Victims?

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Americans have giant-sized hearts, so big that when disasters occur anywhere in the world, we -- not just our government, but individual citizens -- are among the first to respond. Our compassion and generosity have always extended well beyond our borders. After all, giving to those who are experiencing misfortune,...

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World's Children Echo Call for Making Child Protection a Global Priority

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 9:24 AM

That famous old observation -- "Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything about it" -- has reminded me of the ongoing discussions about protecting children from violence. For generations, children have been subjected to the worst forms of violence -- beatings and mutilations, forced marriage and sexual...

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Children as a Priority

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Of all the images etched in my mind following the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over the Ukraine, none were as vivid and heartrending as those depicting the playthings that littered the wreckage site. It's difficult not to imagine some of the 80 children who perished on the flight...

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The Strive for Five: In Support of Maintaining Foreign Assistance to Help Children Survive and Thrive

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 1:51 PM

Make a wish.

Millions of young children punctuate their birthdays each year by doing just that: a deep breath, a thoughtful moment, a whoosh of air toward flickering candles ... and a wish. It's an annual rite of passage played out in kitchens and around picnic tables throughout the country...

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Nigerian School Girl Abductions Fit Recurring Pattern

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:00 AM

The abduction of more than 200 girls from a school dormitory in Nigeria has understandably shaken the world's consciousness. This reprehensible attack by Muslim extremists offends our collective sensibilities at so many levels, not only putting the lives of these innocent victims in jeopardy but denying them the best hope...

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Cleaning up Ethiopia -- One Car at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:21 PM

For many years, Ethiopia was the poster child for futility. Hip deep in the mire of cross-generational poverty, the eastern African nation never could find the kind of traction that was allowing so many of its sub-Saharan neighbors to find a foothold toward progress. My visits there as an aid...

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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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