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Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 1:20 PM

Last year, the United Nations General Assembly established the International Day of the Girl in recognition of the importance of investing in girls and the unique challenges girls face in accessing education, health care and economic opportunity. Over the past decade, there has been much progress in drawing...

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A Day in the Life of a Yemeni Revolutionary

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 8:51 PM

Sanaa, Yemen

"The second Jasmine Revolution will take place in Yemen," Tawakul Karman announces confidently. "In fact, it has already started." Tawakul, an activist and young mother of three, has been leading student protests at Sanaa University for the past week. Hundreds of demonstrators gather at the university...

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Midwifery: A Smart Investment in Haiti

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 4:40 PM

A year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti last January, the situation on the ground remains grim: more than a million people are still living in tents, less than 5 percent of the rubble has been cleared from Port-au-Prince, and now a cholera epidemic, which has already taken thousands of...

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Good Governance Still Africa's Achilles Heel

(14) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 4:33 PM

This post was co-authored with Charles Landow, associate director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The $5 million Mo Ibrahim Prize, named for the Sudanese telecommunications billionaire who funds it, is awarded to a democratically elected African leader who serves...

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A Winning Recipe for Sustainable Development

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 10:50 AM

During yesterday's opening of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a broad-based, public-private initiative to provide affordable, efficient stoves to 100 million homes around the world by 2020. She was joined by...

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The Week at the Clinton Global Initiative

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 9:52 AM

This post was co-authored with Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking.

As the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) concluded yesterday, we looked back over the annual event with some exhaustion and a bit of awe. The event attracted the largest number of people in its...

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Glimmers of Hope on HIV

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 10:32 AM

We have known for a long time that AIDS in Africa is increasingly a woman's disease. In 2002, when Kofi Annan, then the UN Secretary General, famously declared that "AIDS has a woman's face," young women in sub-Saharan Africa (aged 15-24) were about twice as likely to be infected with...

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Bright Potential for Women's Empowerment

(6) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 4:14 PM

Several years ago, I became intrigued by the transformative potential of small-scale solar devices to improve life for the nearly 2 billion people who live without regular energy access. Take solar cookers: today, hundreds of millions of people, mostly women, prepare meals over open flames. This often requires foraging for...

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Rwanda: Road to Recovery

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 6:22 PM

Today is National Genocide Day in Rwanda, marking the 16th anniversary of the start of the genocide that claimed nearly a million lives out of a population of 8 million people. I happen to be in Rwanda, and took a drive this morning out to the Ntarama Genocide Museum, about...

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Bring Back the Kitchen Mamas

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 12:25 PM

To help break the vicious cycle of corruption and extremism in Somalia, the international community must think long and hard about the politics and logistics of humanitarian aid. According to a UN report presented to the Security Council on March 16, as much as half of Somalia's food aid is...

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Roll Back the Darkness in a Sustainable, Cost-Effective Way

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 4:16 PM

Imagine a U.S. development program that can dramatically improve global health -- even saving 4,000 lives a day. It can significantly reduce violence against women. It can help combat the effects of climate change. It can enable millions of poor girls to attend school. It can help the world's poorest...

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