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Haiti: The Good News

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 9:47 AM

By Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair, Co-Founders, Architecture for Humanity

It's been more than two years since Architecture for Humanity first started working in Haiti just before the devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 230,000 people and displaced nearly one million more people. Is the country recovering? It's...

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Japan Quake: When to Start Rebuilding

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 2:19 AM

For those not used to working in disasters, the first week is chaotic, filled with stories of heroism and despair. The first responders are not the charities but the families of those who are injured or missing. For those caught in this tragic situation, this is an overwhelming situation to...

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Celebrate International Womens Day by Investing in Them

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 10:08 AM

In Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India our humanitarian reconstruction work has all been led by women. In an industry dominated by men, it is intriguing to find that when responding to those in need, it is women who are the first to stand. Moreover in areas of deep...

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Madonna Makes the Right Move in Malawi

(12) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 11:31 PM

Today we learned of a new strategy by Madonna in her desire to increase access to education in Malawi. As a sharp critic of her earlier plans for a large "academy style" school I welcome this move and hope it can be a point of reflection for many...

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Haiti one Year on: Building a Foundation

(14) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 11:48 AM

The anniversary of any disaster offers a moment to reflect, no more so than in Haiti where more than 1,000,000 people remain displaced a year after the 7.0 earthquake destroyed lives and livelihoods.

Even in the best case scenario rebuilding takes years. In Haiti, violence, political uncertainty and the...

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Southern Sudan: Building a New Nation

(6) Comments | Posted January 1, 2011 | 8:40 PM

In seven days millions of residents in Southern Sudan have the opportunity to decide their future by voting for independence. The outcome is pointing towards a new nation state and the international community will rally around its birth. The real issue is whether the international community will help or...

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Nothing Worse Than Being All Mouth and No Trousers

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2010 | 1:32 PM

This is what my mum used to say to me. I didn't realize what it actually meant but as a nine year old I took it to mean -- don't just talk about something, do it. I guess this always instilled a great urgency to get things done. 12 years...

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The Floating Opportunity in Colombias' Katrina

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 9:45 AM

Many are calling it "Colombias' Katrina". 6 months of constant rain leading up to a record 13 times more rainfall than the previous record, have caused one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in the history of a country that already has more than 40% of its population living bellow the...

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Driver and Architect: The Hurdles of Rebuilding Haiti

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 11:04 AM

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It's been nearly a year since the earthquake that struck Haiti and many people are wondering: What's going on? A cholera outbreak and hurricane near misses haven't eased tensions. Last week's outbreaks of violence are symptom...

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Building up to MENA

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2010 | 8:29 PM

WEF MENA is the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa and this year's Forum is set in the heart of Morocco and it took quite a journey to get from Savannah to Marrakech (stops in Charleston, NYC and Casablanca). This is my sixth forum event...

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My Tea With Tutu

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 7:32 PM

Many, many moons ago, long before I decided to dedicate my life to humanitarian work I got through life thanks to a couple of talents. One of them was singing. A skill and a change meeting that led me, then ten years old, to unknowingly have tea with Tutu....

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Ted Prize Wish Granted With an App That Gives a Damn

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 6:47 PM

Today is a very big day for my 2006 TED Prize.

Thanks to this. It's granted. Done. Finito. Complete.

Four-and-a-half years ago I stood up on the stage at TED with a crazy idea to create an open-source platform to improve the living standards of communities...

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House of Rain: Kenya's First Net-Positive Sports Facility (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 3:38 PM

In early 2009 the St. Joseph Mahiga Primary and Secondary School in rural Kenya requested help for a small sports facility and community center. Fast forward 18 months and, thanks to the gamechangers sports micro-venture fund*, they are now home to the Mahiga Rainwater Court. The structure is Kenya's...

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Hope Floats: The Community Rafts of Northern Pakistan

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 5:54 PM

On Sept. 4 and 5 the Karachi chapter of Architecture for Humanity continued post-flood assessments in partnership with the Karachi Relief Fund. On Sunday, the team was surveying a potential site at Fizagat, which is approximately 3-5 km from Saidu Shaif. They were stunned by what they found. A...

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$50B Infrastructure Plan: Make it Open Source and Transparent

(49) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 4:12 PM

Today, President Obama announced a massive $50 billion plan for improving and building new infrastructure across the United States. This plan includes laying enough road to circle the world six times and coast-to-coast rail.

Part of the president's rallying cry was to note that this plan "will change...

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Pakistan: Community Led Sustainable Reconstruction

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 1:43 PM

It has been devastating to watch the waters slowly rise and sweep away whole villages in Pakistan. With over 20 Million people affected the question is not should we respond, but how? The last thing we need to do is implement a broken system of top down 'hand out' relief....

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Sports Micro-Venture Fund Opens: With $500K on the Line, Are You Game?

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 6:48 PM

Last week we launched a $1/2M fund for building or upgrading facilities for organizations that utilize sports as a mechanism for social change. This fund consists of small $25K awards dedicated towards simple interventions to improve access to play.

With the trend of social network contests with endless voting...

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Ignoring Floods in Pakistan Can Lead to Terrorism

(31) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 7:11 PM

13.8 million people in Pakistan are affected by the worst flood in a century. More than 1,500 are dead and many more unaccounted for. Entire villages and towns have been consumed by rising water levels, and hundreds of thousands are stranded. The only real quiet in this storm has been...

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Haiti Rebuild: Local Ts, Local Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 10:47 PM

What started as a simple query to do the right thing has snowballed into a global search with no end in sight. Why can't volunteer groups and NGO's in Haiti source t-shirts in country and help stimulate the local economy?

I can't justify ordering a small run of 'organic' shirts...

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Haiti Rebuild: The Last Responders

(5) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 2:44 PM

Live from Port au Prince

Tonight you'll see every journalist report 'live from Port-au-Prince'. They will review the devastation, highlight the heroes and question the rebuilding process, all in a six minute segment. Then we will be onto the oil spill, the terrorist attacks in Uganda, the last minute goal...

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