It is true that individuals and local economies have felt the sting of western companies' policies to require minerals that come from Congo, Rwanda, and the region to prove that they originate from conflict-free mines.
we need to create space and time for this type of reflection if we want truly long-term, creative solutions that actually respond to the challenges before us in a meaningful way.
This staggering death toll of mothers and babies -- at least two-thirds of whom could be saved with adequate care -- represents one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century.
Every child in every country should feel safe and secure in school. No right-minded person would disagree with such a simple, fair and just idea. But unfortunately the brutal attack in Pakistan is not a one off: schools are targeted in bloody conflicts across the world, from Syria to Nigeria. It must stop.
Everyone loves coming up with solutions that make positive change in the world, but sometimes they are a mirage. You come up with a solution and drive toward it like a sparkling lake in the desert, only to find it evaporate as you close in on the actual problem that needs solving.
According to an African proverb, "Hope is the pillar of the world." A stronghold of sorts in environments filled with ever-changing circumstances.
Over decades of international gift-giving I've gathered a few pointers which might put more ho than humbug into your holidays if internationals are on your list. My motto is, "Be generous, but appropriate." Here's how...
ver 60,000 women work in more than 22 Red Light Districts in Kolkata, India, alone. Sarah and Kristin wanted to create an alternative for Pinkie, and for all of the women wanting to leave or were vulnerable to the sex industry.
We should not abruptly stop supporting food causes, but we have to consider what else we're implicitly supporting by making food happen in this roundabout (separate but not equal) way.
A day when Hasbro empowers all 5,100 of its employees in 33 countries around the world to combine their philanthropic spirit and engage in community service projects that help bring smiles to needy children this holiday season.
Too many people -- and way too many members of Congress -- can't seem to come to terms with this simple fact: no energy source or technology can succeed without a helping hand from Uncle Sam.
Whatever your story is, this is a time where we either learn about consumerism, or the magic of a holiday Season that can reconnect us with our humanity--with what it means to give and receive.
An onslaught of vehicles on a snake-like road, a horde of pedestrians on either side and drivers playing a guessing game with the wheel - such is life on the road in many low and middle-income countries.
To all of you who, like me, struggle through this time of year: Please be gentle with yourself. If grief visits, let it. Reach out if you need help. Set clear boundaries and don't be afraid to honor them even when you're feeling pressured not to. Don't force things.
Think back on that promise you made when you chose not to give on the street. When you give this year, how will you make sure you support a program that works?
I watched nine people die this year. Nine people who weren't news stories or dots connected by degrees of separation. Nine people who weren't just friends of friends of friends. They were people I loved.